2016 GUKPT Manchester Day 1b: Gray Runs Away With the Lead

Jonny Gray

One hundred and forty-six players turned out for Day 1b of the 2016 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Manchester Main Event taking the total entries to 232. Of those who started on Day 1b, only 58 ended the night with chips needing bagging, with nobody having more chips than Jonny Gray.

Gray won the 2015 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event in November for a career-best score of £69,000. The previous year, Gray finished second in the GUKPT Edinburgh Main Event for £22,000. There’s no doubt he’ll be looking to keep up his record of reach the top two places each time he cashes on the GUKPT circuit.

Although Gray ran away with the Day 1b chip lead, his stack is still 27,200 chips short of the Day 1a chip leader, Yani Yanev. That said, Gray is still in a great position to put together a deep run in Manchester.

2016 GUKPT Manchester Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Jonny Gray189,900
2Dan Heald126,900
3Kev Steele124,500
4Ming Ju112,500
5Pablo Martinez102,800
6Jayesh Thakker94,000
7Terry Owens90,600
8Derek Kavanagh82,000
9Dave Maudlin80,600
10Ellie Biessek80,500

Day 1b attracted a whole host of stars to the GUKPT-branded felt, which makes for a shark infested pool of players.

Two-time Sunday Million winner Kev Steele (124,500), the legendary Derek Kavanagh (82,000), Ellie Biessek (80,500), Dean Hitchinson (70,900), Mike “Da Bookie” Hill (57,000), Neil Strike (56,500), Prian De Mel (48,100), Ben Jones (40,900), Jeff Kimber (34,600), and Lee Taylor (18,700) being a selection of those big names who progressed to Saturday’s Day 2.

Those returning players need to navigate their way to the top 20 places if they want to see a return on their £1,100 investment. Twentieth place pays £2,550 while reaching the nine-handed final table locks up £5,300. The eventual champion leaves Manchester with a £67,250 addition to their bankroll, stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews to discover who that champion turns out to be.

Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Blog

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  • Jonny Gray finishes Day 1b of the 2016 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Manchester Main Event as the chip leader.

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