Nine levels of one-hour each were not enough to reach the money places on Day 2 of the record-breaking Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final Main Event, although they almost were. Some 157 players returned to the Grosvenor Casino Victoria on Saturday afternoon, a figure reduced to a more manageable 32 by the time the curtain came down on proceedings. Thirty of these players are paid, meaning only two Day 3 players go home empty handed.
2015 GUKPT Main Event End of Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
One man almost guaranteed at least the minimum payout of £4,500 is Ronaldo Amirahiri thanks to him finished Day 2 with 776,000 chips. This stack is enough to see Amirahiri’s name at the top of the chip counts and by a margin of 197,000 chips.
Day 3, the final day’s play, has the potential to be an amazing spectacle of poker because there are several players who are household names.
Eli Heath (577,000) has featured on the European Poker Tour several times, while Ben Winsor (518,500) already has a GUKPT title to his name. As does Simon Deadman (467,000) who returns to action with enough chips to see him in fifth place at the start of play.
Spanish duo Sergio Aido (328,500) and Adrian Mateos (101,000) need no introduction, and neither do the likes of James Akenhead (250,000), Andrew Hulme (188,000), James Wheeler (165,500), Richard Ashby (137,500), Fraser MacIntyre (100,000), and Tamer Kamel (82,000).
Play resumes at 12:00 pm on Sunday and continues until the Grand Final champion is crowned. It could be a long one thanks to there still being 32 players in contention for the massive £178,600, but a winner will definitely be crowned. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to discover who that winner is.