Saturday 4th March, 2017

GUKPT Manchester – Day 2 underway

By Mad Harper

The second and final day one of GUKPT Manchester is in the books after players completed another nine levels. There were 181 entries in total for Day 1b, making it 268 in total – and creating a monster prize pool of £268,000 - the biggest GUKPT Manchester has had in years. The winner will get £75,550 with 26 players paid.

 

Join the action! Next GUKPT is Edinburgh with £100,000 guarantee Main Event from March 30 – April 2.

 

There was no runaway chip leader at the end of Day 1b. Paul Harman leads the remaining 116 players into Day 2 today with 113,000, just ahead of Jamie O’Connor on 101,300. Day 1a chip leader Steve Warburton has 97,600. Today will be full of all-ins and it's a MainEventTravel sponsored all-in triangle that will grace the felt - look out for it on the live stream

The £1,100 GUKPT Manchester  Main Event came with a monster £200,000 guarantee but as has easily surpassed that. Among those who will be back for Day 2 today are Grosvenor-sponsored Hendon Mobster Joe Beevers, who won Wednesday’s Omaha event, last year’s winner Reyaaz Mulla and runner-up Tom Middleton, Ben Dobson. Mini Main finalist Osman Mustaoglu, Will Kassouf, Dean Hutchinson (who won the £200 side event for £5,290), two-time GUKPT winner Priyan Demel and super-short-stacked EPT Dublin finalist Kully Sidhu who will be fighting for survival on 6,800. There were 268 entries, beating last year’s 232 players. The Day 1a chip leader was local legend Steve Warburton. There is a live stream throughout the event on GUKPT’s live page.

 

Grosvenor-sponsored Hendon Mobster Joe Beevers won the £150 Omaha event for £1,390 after a cutting four-way deal with runner-up Alex Kiziltas, Mark Stephenson and Hayley Eskdale. There were 43 entries in total. Dean Hutchinson beat an 84-strong field in the £200 6 Max Side Event for £5,290. The £220 Mini Main Event attracted 269 entries, creating a prize pool nearly three times the £20k guarantee. There were 27 players who got a share of the £53,800 total. Kam Lee won the event for £9,110 after cutting a four-way deal with runner-up Les Kearney, Joe McKeown (3rd) and Osman Mustanoglu (4th).

 

Last year Reyaaz Mulla won the Main Event for a career-best cash of £58,300. He cut a heads-up deal with EPT Barcelona champion Tom Middleton before seizing victory and the GUKPT trophy. There were 232 players last year creating a £232,000 prize pool.

2017 is the GUKPT’s 11th consecutive season and promises to provide another record breaking year with a packed schedule and £1.8 million in Main and Mini Main guarantees. There will be nine legs in total this year before the GUKPT Grand Final takes place at the Vic in London in November.