Alli Mallu Tops GUKPT Leeds Day 1a Chip Counts
The first of two starting flights in the £100,000 guaranteed 2018 GUKPT Leeds Main Event saw 102 players take to the felt at the Grosvenor Casino Westgate in Leeds and only 23 of those players had chips needing bagging and tagging when the curtain came down on the action.
2018 GUKPT Leeds Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
|7||Alan Billy Carr||108,400|
Alli Mallu is the man in pole position at the end of Day 1a having bagged up an impressive 200,100 chips by the close of play. Mallu, a three-time GUKPT Main Event champion, has an unorthodox style of play that could see him go all the way and win this £560 buy-in event or bust out within a couple of levels of the Day 2 action on Saturday.
Seven other players finished Day 1a armed with a six-figure stack. A player wishing to remain anonymous ended the night with 149,300 chips, enough for second-place overnight, while Paul Rigg bagged up 137,200 chips.
Lee Vause returns on Day 2 with a 130,500 stack, 2014 GUKPT Leeds runner-up Michael Howard accumulated 118,600 chips with loose-aggressive Lithuanian Eirimas Livonas ended the day with 115,800. Alan Billy Carr (108,400) and Mazalahedwa Bako (104,400) make up the seven big stacks.
Navigating their way into the top 10 overnight counts was Terry Jordon with 91,000 chips. Jordon recently underwent heart surgery so him playing in the GUKPT Leeds Main Event is great to see.
Day 1b should see an even larger field than the opening flight, meaning the GUKPT Leeds attendance could be broken yet again. Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews to see if Mallu can maintain his good start or if a rising star will knock him from his lofty perch.