Cardiff’s Gareth Acreman is the chip leader going into the third and final day of the 2015 Grosvenor UK poker Tour (GUKPT) Main Event where only 18 players remain in contention for the winner’s trophy and the £78,650 in cash that comes with winning.
2015 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts
Acreman goes into the final day’s play armed with 492,500 chips, 18,000 more than his nearest rival Lee Kiat (474,500). When the GUKP was last in Blackpool during November 2014, Acreman finished fourth in a £200+£20 side event for £2,600. A similar result in this year’s Main Event would see him return to Wales with a more substantial £20,900.
The potential for a star-studded final table is there, thanks to several household names progressing to Day 3.
The best-placed of these more notable players is Waheed “Wadey” Ashraf with 422,000 chips. Anyone who has visited Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham since its opening will have seen Ashraf playing his trade at the tables. He’s a big winner in tournament poker and is definitely one of the favourites to walk away victorious when this tournament is settled.
Another DTD regular is Yucel Eminoglu. The man affectionately known as “Mad Turk” due to him (1) being Turkish and (2) playing a style of poker most would consider mad, returns to his seat with 386,500 chips in front of him, enough for sixth place at the start of play.
Andrew “stato_1” Hulme (275,000), Matt Davenport (264,500) and Yiannis Liperis (231,500) are also still in the hunt, while Miikka Toikka (94,000) goes into Day 3 as the shortest stack, but a couple of double-ups and he’s right back in the thick of it.
Each of the returning players has locked up £2,750 for their performance so far as the money bubble burst quite late on Day 2.
Seasoned veteran of the game, Paul Jackson, fell in 25th place when his couldn’t come from behind to beat the of Dennis Troake to leave the tournament on the money bubble. Then Owain Carey moved all-in, Enid Musson also moved all-in and Jonny Gray called both bets.
Both Carey and Gray showed and Musson . An ace appeared on the flop, which was enough to bust Musson in 24th place and leave everyone else in the money.
Once the bubble burst, Damian Hitchen, start-of-the-day chip leader Reyaaz Mulla and Damian Hitchen bust, followed by the previously mentioned Carey, with Bolton Wanderers fan Lee Taylor falling in 19th place to bring an end to Day 2 proceedings.
Day 3 kicked off at 1:00 pm on Sunday and continues until only one man has all of the chips in front of him. Who will that man be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to find out.