BTPsOverpriced Leads the Race to Slay the Goliath
Day 1A of the Grosvenor Poker Goliath is completed and what a day it was. If there were any fears the event wouldn’t hit its £100,000 guarantee they were soon quashed because players turned out in droves and created a huge £231,495 prize pool!
Some 2,013 entries were processed before the late registration period ended and these hopefuls ensured the £100,000 was blown out of the water. The 2020 Goliath Online Main Event is easily the largest multi-table tournament held on the iPoker Network for some time.
“BTPsOverpriced” has made their second £125 bullet count because it resulted in them claiming the overnight chip lead. The leader is the only player in the event who has a seven-figure stack. They return to the action, under the watchful eye of the PokerNews Live Reporting team, armed with a 1,148,820 stack.
“ChiZhang” is hot on the leader’s heels thanks to turning their 25,000 starting stack into an impressive 933,396 chips by the close of play.
Other big stacks include “kissmyace1” (852,507), “WilfredWallace" (835,141), and “LiamH” (828,114).
In total, only 205 of the 2,013 starters made it through to Day 2, which shuffles up and deals at 2:00 p.m. on August 9 and continues until a champion is crowned. Only 144 of those returnees will receive a slice of the prize pool, so there are going to be more than 60 disappointed players.
Should they reach the money places, each player will lock up £370 for their efforts. This increases to £3,009 for reaching the final table. The first five-figure prize, namely £11,574, is awarded to the fifth-place finisher, but the champion of the 2020 Goliath Online Main Event will walk away with the title of champion and a bankroll-boosting £42,248 haul.
Sadly, it won’t be a member of the Team Grosvenor stable of pros who becomes the champion. Jamie Nixon, Katie Swift, Andy Hills, Joe Beevers, and Jeff Kimber all made it through at least 13 levels but ultimately fell by the wayside before the night was over.
2020 Goliath Online Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
Play resumes at 2:00 p.m. CEST on August 9 and you can follow the action via our live reporting pages. Who will become the winner of this huge Goliath event? Tune in to find out.