GUKPT London Leg 1 Day 1a Blog

Published On January 31, 2019 |

Huge Field on 1a, Carey Leads – 00:05

The GUKPT is back with a bang! There has been a massive turnout today for Day 1a with 175 entries over the six levels of late registration, that’s one of the biggest 1a fields EVER!

The day has flown by as the players have just finished their 10th and final level of the day. James Carey has finished the day in pole position with a huge stack of 258,000. The full chip counts are:

James Carey258,300
Driton Haxhiaj 203,000
Keith Talkington 195,500
Thomas Winstone 148,100
Andrew Garland 138,000
Axat Mawji 130,900
Mitchell Johnson118,900
Haoran Cai 110,300
Colin Gillon 106,700
Ning Lu 103,000
Victor Ilyukhin 99,700
Wesam Akare 98,900
Michael Sheppard 93,700
Carlos Citara 93,200
Sebastian Jancso 89,000
Christopher Richard Howden 78,800
Benjamin Winsor 72,000
Jags Minglani 69,200
Adam Miller 68,800
Joe Hindry 63,800
Steven Chandler63,300
John Sherif Helmy Ishak 57,700
Felix Stephensen 56,900
Jonathan Weekes55,000
Amir Malik 55,000
Cyrus Ghasempour 53,800
David Lhonore 51,200
David Johnson 51,200
Christopher Kyriacou 50,800
Christopher Cunliffe 49,500
Ben Maregedze 48,400
Paul Scipioni47,100
Yudhishter Jaswal 44,700
Alexandru Cinca 42,900
Raphael Ajayi 42,500
Alasdair Alexander 40,700
Muskan Sethi 39,100
Yazan Mdanat 36,100
David Barnes 34,300
S.B 33,500
Lei Wang 32,400
Rory Liffey32,000
Thomas Myland 31,700
Kfir Ivgi 30,600
Darren Fuller 28,300
Ahmed Abdella 26,200
Mikelle Degiovanni 14,800
Ryan Jonathan Mandara 13,400

We will be back tomorrow for Day 1b, starting at 12pm with late registration open until 7:30pm. Join us then when we will be covering another 10 levels of poker.


Bagging & Tagging – 23:40

Play has now finished on all tables as the players bag and tag their chips.

Full chip counts of the remaining players will be up with you as soon as possible.


Last Three Hands – 23:30

The clock has been paused with 12 minutes remaining.

The players will now play three hands before bagging and tagging.


All is Quiet – 23:10

Not much happening on the tables as we have just 30 minutes remaining before we bag and tag for the night. .

There’s currently 56 players remaining.


The Last Level – 22:55

The blinds increase for the last time today.

They are now 500/1000 with a 100 ante.

60 players remaining.


The Bookie Busts – 22:40

Tony Hardy gets his last 18k all in pre flop holding against , the other player hits a queen on the board and takes the pot.

We lose Tony here during level number 9 of the day, but he can come back tomorrow for a re-entry if he wants to.


Big Numbers – 22:30

Big Stacks – 22:15

James Carey – 200,000
Jags Minglani – 150,000
Keith Talkington – 150,000
Thomas Winstone – 140,000
Haoran Cai – 110,000
Sebastian Jancso – 105,000


Level 9 – 21:50

The players are back seated as we begin level number 9.

The blinds are 400/800 with a 100 ante.

71 players remaining.


Break Time – 21:30

The players will now take a break before beginning the last session of the day. Just two levels to go.


Bust Outs – 21:05

The players below will need to come back tomorrow if they want another bullet:

Jarrett Own
Thao Nguyen
David Williams
Antoine Saout
Tamer Kamel
Alan Mansbridge
Andrey Veselov


Chip Counts – 20:45

David Barnes – 45,000
James Martin – 28,000
Chris Maguire – 40,000
Thomas Myland – 10,000
David Johnson – 7,000
Arun Saood – 70,000
Vamshi Vandanapu – 21,000


Level Up – 20:30

The blinds increase as we begin level number eight.

They are now 300/600 with a 50 ante.

86 players remaining today.




Big Stacks – 20:05

Andrew Garland – 130,000
James Carey – 110,000
Victor Ilyukhin – 95,000
Dan Hardy – 95,000
Thomas Winstone – 92,000




Registration Has Closed – 19:45

Registration has now closed here on Day 1a of GUKPT London. There has been a huge turnout of 175 entries, which is way up on the 132 that turned out last year.

The tournament could well be on the way to a £450k prizepool!


Level 7 – 19:30

The players are back seated as we begin level number 7. 

The blinds are now 250/500 with a 50 ante. 

177 entries so far today but that will be confirmed shortly.


Break Time – 19:15

Break time now for the players as we take 15 minutes, registration will close after this break.


Bust Outs – 18:50 

The most recent exits from the tables:

Marc Foggin
Eric Chen
Gerald Crone
John Mooney
Phil Souki

Duta Dusted – 18:30

We get to the table as 2018 Goliath Winner Florian Duta is all in holding against the of Joe Hindry. Florian is all in for around 7,000.

The flop comes down

The turn card

The river card !

Joe rivers a set to take the pot, he now has around 40,000.

We lose Florian here during level number six, but he can re-enter if he wishes.


Chip Counts – 18:15

Stephen Bean – 13,000
Ryan Mandara – 10,000
Driton Haxhaij – 45,000
Joe Hindry – 30,000
Mike Ellis – 7,,000
Florian Duta – 14,000
Willie Tann – 19,000


Omaha Side Event – 17:55

The omaha side event has just started with 30 entries.

Event 5 Omaha 4/5/6
Buy-in: £150 + £15
Start time: 6.00pm
Re-entry: Unlimited
Entry period: 6 x 20 mins
Clock: 30 mins FTT
Starting stack: 20,000
Breaks: Every 2 hours


Day 1a Seating Plan – 17:35

21Gerald Ringe
22Adam Miller
23Muskan Sethi
24S.B
25Benjamin Winsor
26Daniel Laming
27Gary Fisher
28H.Z
29Philippe Souki
31James Morris
32U.Z
33Nathan Manuel
34Rajkumar Xavieranandayagam
35Victor Ilyukhin
36Alfarouk Obe
37Axat Mawji
38Simon Randall
39Keith Talkington
41Rory Liffey
42Cyrus Ghasempour
43Marte Molvaer
44
45Benjamin Saada
46Arun Sood
47Thao Nguyen
48Wenbin Chen
49Amir Malik
51Darren Richard Leslie Hill
52Jonathan Wong
53Yudhishter Jaswal
54Tony Deluca
55David Galvezwilliams
56Ahmed Abdella
57Thomas Myland
58Yazan Mdanat
59Christopher Maguire
61Jimmy Kebe
62Brad Simpson
63Paul Scipioni
64William Davies
65Glen Williams
66Andrey Veselov
67Lei Wang
68Ning Lu
69Manh Nguyen
71D.B
72Andrew Garland
73Anthony William Hardy
74Morten Mortensen
75Darren Fuller
76Samuel Grafton
77
78Thomas Winstone
79Antoine Labat
81Florian Dimitrie Duta
82Jonathan Weekes
83Vamshi Vandanapu
84Michael Ellis
85Joe Hindry
86Willie Tann
87Christopher Richard Howden
88Ian Berry
89J.O
91Mitchell Johnson
92Sebastian Jancso
93
94Zack Chesses
95Stephen Basri
96Alper Gocer
97Alexandru Cinca
98Steven Chandler
99Masoud Etemadiherisi
101Stephen Bean
102Driton Haxhiaj
103Christian Alessi
104Jan Naderzadeh
105Carlos Citara
106Scott Berko
107Tamer Kamel
108Mikelle Degiovanni
109Jags Minglani
301Scott Craig Adams
302Philip Long
303J.C
304James Carey
305Marc Foggin
306Patrik Szabo
307Antoine Saout
308Fabio Liriomiranda
309Benjamin Ohana
311Kalidou Sow
312Ben Maregedze
313B.J
314J.I
315L.T
316Gerald Crone
317Dooley Alshanti
318Ivan Aurelio Gerard Emanuely
319Felix Stephensen
321Victor Ilyukhin
322Michael Isiguzo
323Alan Mansbridge
324David Johnson
325Wesam Akare
326
327Alasdair Alexander
328Kuljinder Sidhu
329Patrice Brandt
341John Mooney
342Daniel Hardy
343J.M
344Michael Sheppard
345Alan Billy Carr
346H.C
347
348Raphael Ajayi
349Christopher Cunliffe


Level 5 – 17:15

The players are back seated as we begin level number 5.

The blinds are now 150/300 with a 25 ante.

151 entries so far today.


Dinner Break – 16:15

The players are now on a 45 minute dinner break.


Bust Outs – 15:50

Exits from the table just before the dinner break:

Darren Delahunty
Richard Harrison
Amir Hosseinpour
Carlos Gonzalez
Florian Duta
Nikola Antic

These players have the opportunity to buy in again if they wish to as late registration is open for the first six levels.


Pics – 15:30

Some pics from around the room:


Level 4 – 15:20

The blinds increase as we begin level number 4.

They are now 100/200 with a 25 ante.

129 entries so far today.


Exits – 14:40

Exits from around the tables:

Janos Nemeth
Anthony Poole
Kfir Ivgi
Jamie Rutherford


Level Three – 14:20

The players are back seated as we begin level number three of the day.

The blinds are now 75/150.

107 entries so far today.


Break Time – 14:01

No action to speak of in the first session of play as the players now take a 15 minute break.


Live Stream – 13:30

Don’t forget you can watch the GUKPT live stream which runs on a thirty minute delay with all hole cards shown.

You can watch it HERE!


Level Up – 13:01

The blinds increase as we begin the next level of play.

The blinds are now 50/100.

90 entries so far today.


Mini Main Event Result – 12:40

GUKPT London Mini Main Event
£200 NLHE
Entries: 558

1st – £29,240 – A K
2nd – £15,905 – Gerardo Vitagliano
3rd – £15,905 – Victor Ilyukhin
4th – £7,360 – Ning Lu
5th – £4,690 – Catherine Ivgi
6th – £3,240 – Gary Bluston
7th – £2,450 – Fabio Liriomiranda
8th – £2,010 – Francesco Trifino
9th – £1,670 – N B
10th – £1,450 – Alex Peter Bounsall
11th – £1,340 – Jerome Oshea
12th – £1,230 – Gary Fisher
13th – £1,130 – Joseph Gallagher
14th – £1,000 – Alin Copos
15th – £1,000 – L W.
16th – £1,000 – David Barnes
17th – £890 – Artin Bazazi
18th – £890 – Julius Flusfeder
19th – £890 – R B
20th – £890 – Kevin Williams
21st – £780 – Mats Rosen
22nd – £780 – Nicholas Athanasiou
23rd – £780 – Michael Ofarrell
24th – £780 – David Crane
25th – £780 – Daniel Habib
26th – £670 – Oliver Caplan
27th – £670 – Christopher Maguire
28th – £670 – Lorenc Boci
29th – £670 – Sang Leung
30th – £670 – Tony Horn
31st – £670 – Noel Broadbent
32nd – £560 – Charles Chattha
33rd – £560 – Ravinder Singh Mahajan
34th – £560 – Ryan Jonathan Mandara
35th – £560 – Matthew Noonan
36th – £560 – Ethan Endrawos
37th – £560 – Ali Polat
38th – £560 – Onur Dag
39th – £450 – Kevin Houghton
40th – £450 – Thomas Myland
41st – £450 – Jean Chanpangcheong
42nd – £450 – D A
43rd – £450 – Leonardo Fricchione
44th – £450 – Kalin Tonchev
45th – £450 – Arthur Goodhart
46th – £450 – James Manlove
47th – £330 – Thao Nguyen
48th – £330 – Michael Kennedy
49th – £330 – Peter Sweeney
50th – £330 – Thomas Winstone
51st – £330 – Marios Andreas
52nd – £330 – Jan Naderzadeh


Playing Today – 12:20

Some players who we recognise that are playing today:

Willie Tann
Tina Bandyle
Darren Fuller
Tony Ringe
Victor Ilyukhin Jnr
Victor Ilyukhin Snr


Shuffle Up & Deal! – 12:01

The cards are in the air as we begin level number one of the day.

The tournament is a £1000+£110 buy in with a £200,000 Guarantee.

The players start with 20,000 chips on a one hour clock. Late registration is open until 7:30pm.


Welcome To Season 13 – 11:30

Good morning and welcome to season number 13 of the GUKPT!

After 12 successful seasons we are back again. Leg 1 begins at The Poker Room in London where it is always busy!!

Last year Andrew Hulme took down the title here, besting a 433 field to take home £112,400!! We’re expecting a similar field size this weekend.

The team will be here with you for the full four days of play bringing you table updates, chip counts, pictures, exits and of course the live stream which runs on a 30 minute delay with all hole cards shown.

Play begins at 12pm today with late registration open for the first six levels.

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