Day 2 of the 2016 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Manchester Main Event was a fast and furious affair with the 90 returning players reduced to only 16, with almost 50 of those exits occurring during the first four levels of play. Ending the day as the overall chip leader was Reyaaz Mulla courtesy of his 700,600 stack.
2016 GUKPT Manchester Main Event Day 2 Chip Counts
|4||Priyan De Mel||416,000|
With 20 places paid, nobody wanted to bust in 21st position, but the nature of tournament poker meant someone had to. That someone was Dave Maudlin who looked down at and decided it was strong enough to commit his last six big blinds with. Maudlin’s shove was called by Andrew Mathews and his , which improved to the best hand on the flop, and remained best on the turn and river.
Maudlin’s exit meant the surviving 20 players were guaranteed £2,550 for their efforts, a sum collected by Lazar Micovic, Brynn Cropper, and Pablo Martinez. Yu Wu was the final casualty of Day 2, his 17th place finish being worth £2,800.
The 16 remaining players return to the felt on Sunday afternoon with Mulla in a commanding position. Mulla has almost $300,000 in live tournament winnings so knows his way around the poker table.
Second place going into the final day’s play is Matt Davenport, who is a superb poker player and someone who would be a popular champion. A win in the 2015 Genting Poker Series Sheffield Main Event in December for £37,000 helped boost Davenport’s confidence, he is one to watch going into Day 3.
Among the rest of the field are Priyan De Mel (416,000), Neil Strike (116,500) and Tom Middleton (90,000). With blinds at 3,000/6,000/500a, both Strike and Middleton aren’t exactly deepstacked, but they are both the type of player who could easily spin their stacks up and become a nuisance to the rest of the field.
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to discover who won the 2016 GUKPT Manchester Main Event.
Lead image courtesy of the GUKPT Blog