2016 GUKPT Manchester Day 2: Mulla Leads Final 16

Reyaaz Mulla
  • Reyaaz Mulla leads the final 16 players in the 2016 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Manchester Main Event.

  • Tom Middleton among the final 16 of the 2016 GUKPT Manchester Main Event.

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

1Reyaaz Mulla700,600
2Matt Davenport499,500
3Liam Hooks459,000
4Priyan De Mel416,000
5Tuan Lee379,000
6Athir Ali349,500
7Dean Hutchinson314,500
8Danny Hernon259,000
9Ming Ju245,000
10Andy Matthews217,500
11Mark Evans167,000
12Grant Wheelhouse148,000
13Darren Lord140,000
14Neil Strike116,500
15Tom Middleton90,000
16Alex Montgomery68,500

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 {A-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} and decided it was strong enough to commit his last six big blinds with. Maudlin’s shove was called by Andrew Mathews and his {Q-Diamonds}{J-Spades}, which improved to the best hand on the {K-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{3-Hearts} flop, and remained best on the {5-Spades} turn and {4-Spades} 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

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