Day 1b of the 2016 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Blackpool Main Event saw 175 players flock to the casino at the popular seaside town, taking the total number of entrants to a guarantee busting 251. Only 66 of those 175 Day 1b entrants made it through to Saturday’s Day 2 with Andrew Lewis bagging up the biggest stack of the day and of the tournament thus far.
2016 GUKPT Blackpool Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Lewis is a relative unknown on the UK poker circuit with only one recorded cash on his Hendon Mob profile. In September 2016, Lewis finished sixth in the Didsbury leg of Grosvenor’s popular 25/25 Series for £1,810. Whether or not Lewis has parlayed that cash into his Blackpool buy-in is anyone’s guess, but if he has done it looks set to be a great decision on his part.
The recently married Paul McTaggart finished second in chips on Day 1b, ending the night with a healthy 151,300. McTaggart recently broke through the $250,000 barrier for live winnings with a cash at the WPT500 UK at Dusk Till Dawn, and the Glasgow-based pro has an additional $1.36 million in winnings from his online poker endeavours.
Plenty of big names turned out on Day 1b and had varying degrees of success.
John Eames (108,200), Jeff Kimber (98,900), Jonny Gray (98,500), Rick Trigg (89,800), and Mudasser Hussain (81,200) all finished with a stack large enough to place them in the top 10 overnight, while the likes of Derek Kavanagh (76,600), Yiannis Liperis (74,300), Lee Taylor (71,400), Richard Kellett (68,400), Alli Mallu (50,000), Ben Jones (48,500), Ludovic Geilich (32,400), Steven Warburton (30,000), Matt Davenport (29,300), Rick Gilby (11,500), and Gordon McArthur (8,700) also punched their tickets for Day 2.
Day 2 commenced at 1:00pm on November 12 with 96 returning players. The plan is to play nine 60-minute levels which should see the money bubble burst. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday to see who burst the bubble and who is on course to become the 2016 GUKPT Blackpool champion.