The 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final could be the biggest since its creation after 127 players turned out for Day 1a, the first of two starting flights. Should another 171 players buy into Day 1b, the total prize pool will hit £596,000, beating the £594,000 set in Season one when the buy-in was £1,000 more.
2015 GUKPT Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Fraser MacIntyre earned the title of overnight chip leader on Day 1a after finishing the night with 136,100 chips. MacIntyre is one of the most popular figures on the tournament circuit, always playing with a smile on his face and willing to have a laugh with his fellow players. Under the happy-go-lucky exterior, however, hides a talented poker player, one with almost $550,000 in live tournament winnings. Should the Scotsman continue as he has started in this event, he’ll be adding a few more digits to that already impressive total.
Andrew Seden has similar winnings to MacIntyre and has also been fast out of the blocks in the GUKPT Grand Final. Seden finished sixth in the £1,070 buy-in GUKPT London Main Event in 2012, and more recently finished fourth in the 2015 partypoker World Poker Tour Nottingham Main Event for £65,000. Seden ended Day 1a of this tournament with 127,500 chips.
Four more players bagged up six-figure stacks at the close of play and should now fancy their chances of a deep run in the English capital. Edmund Yeung (107,700), Matas Cimbolas (106,000), Robin Fisher (105,500) and Adnan Chamaa (105,300) being that deep-stacked quartet.
Fifty-nine players progressed from the opening flight, among them some big names and familiar faces.
Simon Deadman (82,200), Oliver Price (74,700), Ben Winsor (73,700), Jason Wheeler (66,200), Ludovic Geilich (60,200), Barny Boatman (48,500), Andrew Hulme (46,000), Leon Louis (43,800), Mathew Frankland (31,500), Alex Goulder (18,800), Richard Ashby (10,200) and Mitchell Johnson (7,800) being just some of the circuit regulars to punch their Day 2 tickets.
Day 1b kicks off at 1:00 pm and sees another nine 60-minute levels played. Will the 2015 GUKPT Grand Final be the richest on record? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday to find out.