Friday 30th June, 2017

Tina Bandyle leads after GUKPT London Day 1a

By Mad Harper

After nine levels of play, British player Tina Bandyle is leading the £100k guaranteed Main Event at the end of Day 1a. Day 1b starts at 1pm today, with players allowed one entry and two re-entries.

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There were 148 entries for the prestigious event at The Poker Room above Grosvenor Casino Victoria on Edgware Road. Bandyle, who has $151k in live tournament winnings, enjoyed a deep run at the GUKPT Walsall event in April, finishing 22nd for £1,050.

 

Bandyle held the chip lead from Level 5 and finished the day on 279,500. Among the 47 players made it through to Day 2 are Greek pro Alexios Zervos on 139,800 and Britain’s Matt Perrins who is short-stacked on 21,600.

 

The £100k guaranteed GUKPT London Main Event is running June 25 to July 2.  It’s the GUKPT’s second visit to London this year; in January Michael Zhang won the debut GUKPT of 2017 for a staggering £113,000. The first GUKPT London Main Event was the biggest in the tour’s history attracting a whopping 435 entries.

 

The GUKPT is the  longest running poker tour in the UK and now in its 11th season. At the last event in Reading, legendary GUKPT Veteran Ali Mallu defeated a 247-strong field in the Main Event for £35,310. It was Mallu’s second GUKPT Main Event trophy, his first being the Manchester leg in 2015. He also narrowly missed winning GUKPT Wallsall after being beaten heads-up by Gareth Howard.

 

GUKPT Passport winner Andy “Logjam” Hills, who took down GUKPT Manchester in March, made yet another final table, finishing sixth at GUKPT Reading for £4,280. He now lies second on the GUKPT Leaderboard behind Martin Holmes. Chris Cooper won the Mini Main for £5,010.

 

Grosvenor Casinos welcomes poker enthusiasts from all across the UK for a week of fun poker action at the GUKPT London festival. As well as the packed schedule of satellites and tournaments, there will be plenty of cash games on offer. Remaining GUKPT events this  season include Goliath 2017 starting July 27, UKPT Leg 7 Leeds in September, GUKPT Leg 8 Luton in October plus GUKPT Leg 9 Blackpool and the GUKPT Grand Final London in November.