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Brett Kennedy Leads As GUKPT Luton Reaches Its Final Day

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  • Brett Kennedy leads as the GUKPT Luton field is whittled to its final 17 players.

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton Main Event saw 240 players buy in over the course of two starting flights, but only 17 of those hopefuls still have chips to bet with, and they return to their seats on Sunday afternoon to compete for a massive £66,640 first-place prize.

2016 GUKPT Luton Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Brett Kennedy644,000
2Driton Haxhiaj624,500
3Paul Vas Nunes411,000
4Paul Byrne394,000
5Derek Boyle381,500
6Albert Sapiano326,500
7Sandiep Khosa319,000
8Ben Vinson311,500
9Janice Philips301,000
10Alex Zeligman276,000

Brett Kennedy is the man in pole position going into Day 3 having bagged up 644,000 chips at the close of play on Day 2. Kennedy, who originally hails from Seattle in the USA, already has a GUKPT title on his resume because he was victorious in the GUKPT London Main Event in June 2016, a result that banked him £45,470, his largest cash to date.

Kennedy’s lead at the start of Day 3 is only 19,500 chips because Driton Haxhiaj, winner of this very tournament in 2013, bagged up 624,500 chips when the curtain came down on Day 2’s intense action.

Other notables still in with a legitimate chance of glory in Luton include Paul Vas Nunes, Albert Sapiano, Sandiep Khosa, Ben Vinson, David Lloyd, Tamer Kamel, and Jeff Kimber.

Each of the returning players have locked up £2,640 so far with the money bubble bursting late on Day 2. Twenty-three places are being paid, so John Eames’ 25th place finish was practically the bubble – Eames lost a coinflip with ace-king against the red nines of Lloyd – but it was Frank Bastow who fell in 24th place to pave the way to prize money for those with chip still in front of them.

Busting inside the money were the likes of Kikrum Mehta, Neil McCulloch, and Renee Xie who pushed kings into the aces of Janice Philips. Martyn Frey and Nathan Rosinger were the final eliminations of night.

Play resumes at midday on Sunday 9 October and doesn’t stop, breaks aside, until only one man or woman has all of the chips in play in front of them.

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