GukPT Goliath 2013 Day 1c
Day 1c Chip Counts
Matt Hays – 589200
Adrian Evers – 495800
Alexander Slade – 474000
Khalick Mohangee – 468700
Ryall Swartz – 438800
Steve Brown – 424800
Gary Wilson – 403700
Tom Deane – 339500
Karl John Lavender – 337100
Gareth Nelson – 332000
David Carter – 331300
Timothy Slater – 311000
David Joseph Broome – 310300
Marc Stephen Brazier – 306500
Tan Le – 304400
Amit Patel – 299300
Chico Lamont – 293200
Dean Hemmings – 281600
Nigel Bull – 268800
Neville Price – 267800
Richard Hadaway – 251900
Callum Malcolm – 242900
Paul Steven Hardy – 239400
Andrew Holdroyd – 232400
Glen Sparrow – 224000
Manpreet Randhawa – 220600
Abdul Qayyum – 212200
Luke Noutch – 210800
Terry Carter – 206700
Scott Maxwell – 202000
Alan Grady – 197300
Terence Sykes – 195700
Robert Taylor – 192800
Kevin Humphrey – 192400
Barry Wilson – 192300
Gary Smith – 187000
Adam Wilson – 181500
Maxwell Gray – 172900
James Koumis – 169400
Ross Wood – 167800
Greig Cushnie – 166500
Michael Davies – 161200
Daniel Cox – 160500
Paula Cowling – 159600
Chris Cancelliere – 157100
Chuc Khuu – 148000
Kamil Kot – 141400
Jason Fairbrother – 141300
Shukri Mushahwar – 136600
Nicholas Alan Flanagan – 134300
Liam Barnard – 132000
Gary Martin Kelly – 130100
John Hayman – 128900
Mark Singer – 127100
Philip Mildon – 121200
Darren Moore – 119600
Tasawar Siddique – 117600
Martin Odonohue – 113700
Stephen Kavanagh – 109300
Justin Williams – 105300
Andrew Duncan – 102000
Martyn J. Hancock – 96000
Terence Etim – 95300
Leo Worthingtonleese – 94700
Dominic Mahoney – 91000
Adam Goulding – 89900
Terry James Marheineke – 88900
Mansa Brown – 87000
Yiannis Liperis – 84600
Peter Vu – 81600
Peter William Leonard Rhodes – 80100
Ann Bullivant – 76900
Simon Ainsley Johnson – 74100
Wayne Maw – 73100
Geoffrey Douglas – 59100
Kerry O’Connor – 51900
Robert Topp – 46100
Carl Moulding – 36600
Day 1c is Over
Well another day has been and gone here at the Goliath and it was our biggest day yet by a long way!! We started the day with 440 players which was HUGE!! There was then 180 alternates which managed to get seated, to make a total of 620 for today. An unbelievable turnout. I wouldn’t even like to guess how many entries we will get tomorrow, but if someone was twisting my arm I’d go for over 1000 entries!! It is going to be that BIG!
To say today has been crazy would be a massive understatement, bust outs were thick and fast and we lost at least 10 players in the first level alone!! It didn’t stop there with the ID cards coming to us at a pace that we were struggling to keep up with.
Around 80 players have finished the day, meaning we have lost a massive 560 players just for today!
Matt Hayes (below) leads the way with 586,200, followed by Adrian Evers – 495,000, Alexander Slade – 464,000 & Khalick Mohangee with 468,000.
Full chip count to follow.
We will be back tomorrow for the big one!! Day 1D where the cardroom will be full, all dealers will be used and it is going to be amazing! The atmosphere should be phenomenal in here!!
If you’re not going to be here you are missing out, but you can join us here again from 11:30am.
From everyone here at the GukPT we will see you tomorrow.
Play has finished for the night, will be along shortly with a quick wrap up. – DM
Joker Poker Reaching a Climax
The Joker Poker £75 + £8 side event is down to 15 players, with only 9 getting to take any money home. The first prize is going to be £1,665, and the kudos that ges with winning in this unusual format. – RK
Set over Set – 00:34
Tim Slater has just managed to claim a bust out and add 80,000 to his stack which is currently around 350,000 – all the money went in pre flop with Slater holding Aces vs 10’s both players flopping a set on a 10–7–A 5 on the turn and only one card could save his opponent but it fell a King. – DM
Last 6 Hands of the Night – 00:33
The clock has been paused, and the tournament directors have just drawn to determine the number of hands we have left to play tonight. The card drawn was the so we have 6 more hands to play tonight. – RK
I Think You’re Big Enough to Look After Yourself Now… – 00:29
Glen Sparrow has just left the building. The thing that separates him from the rest of the players leaving the tournament area right now is, he still has chips. He’s made the decision his stack, of around 220k, is big enough to put him in a good spot in Day 2, and he’s gone home to get an early night. – RK
Getting There – 00:28
Just had the aul limp call the SB with suited and managed to get there, Terry Carter in the SB limps for 5,000 BB pops it up to 12,000 – call, :10s Carter checks BB bets 12,000 onto the turn it came :10h to pair the board and give him trips action went check/check/ river check/check once more with Carter showing his hand the player in the BB sigh folded his hand. – DM
Sometimes decisions made by those not playing can have an impact at least as big as players themselves, and that was the case in the last hand we just saw at table 1. The player in the 9 seat had announced all in, and the chips were over the line. Not realising this Barry Wilson had announced call, thinking he was limping into the pot. The floor was called, and Nick O’Hara, the Tournament Director was the one to answer the call. After consulting with a fellow floor supervisor, the decision was made that the call had to count against the early position shove.
The cards were turned over, and the early shover had and was up against from Wilson. The board ran out to give Barry a rivered straight and a big pile of chips. He is now sitting on about 180k. – RK
Bea Flips Bad – 00:10
Paul Hardy makes it 12,000 to play, Bea Toth moves all in for her 81,000 stack. Paul goes deep into the tank, thinking seriously about the decision, while enjoying his massage.
He then makes the call tabling , it’s a classic coinflip as Bea flicks over
The board runs out
Paul takes the pot with a full house!! He now has over 200,000.
Bea heads out but could be back tomorrow for another bullet.
Announcement – 00:07
Tournament director Nick O’Hara has just made a quick announcement to the room informing them that whatever chips they finish with today will be the stack brought forward tomorrow, you cannot forfeit your stack and re-enter tomorrow. – DM
We have just entered the final level of the night, blinds now running 2,500/5,000/500 107 players remain with an average stack of 144,900. – DM
Busto – 23:59
Action folded around to Skullman on Table 3 opening pre to 10,500 CO flats behind, continuing with the betting it’s 14,000 from Skullman, turn card betting once again to 20,000 the CO raises it up making it 40,500 to go, onto the river it went and then when it all went crazy before I even had the chance to count the bet Skullman had a pile of chips pushed into the middle with the CO announcing all in it was a quick call, for the nuts against the lower end from Skullman with A5. – DM
You Can’t Get All of Them Right – 23:45
Big decisions happen a lot in tournament poker, and Matt Hayes has just made one, and I’m not sure he’s convinced yet he made the right one. With the river dealt, the pot bloated to in excess of 100k, and the board reading , he was put to a decision by Karl Lavender. Lavender had put a bet out of around 40k, and didn’t look like he was going anywhere. After agonising over the call, Hayes folded, and showed the . Lavender didn’t say a word, and left Hayes stewing over the spot. – RK
A Dying Breed – 23:28
As the number of players dwindle, the stream of player ID cards coming scross my desk is slowing to one every ten minutes or so. Saying that, I have a stack of 10 players who have been eliminated, and I’m sure you want to know who they are.
Jacqueline Burrows, Thomas Clack, Luke Conlon, Richard Baker, Muhammad Latif, Mark Hindry,Todd Campbell, Lucas Durney, Karl Guiness and Mudasser Hussain are all out, but may be back tomorrow. – RK
Blinds now running 2,000/4,000/400 average stack of 112,300. – DM
Prediction – 23:18
Speaking to tournament director Nick O’Hara he reckons we will get down to around 78 players (if it follows the maths) the man is very rarely wrong, with two levels left to go and 139 runners remaining he could be right. – DM
Top 5 Stacks – 23:12
With just over a level to play today these are the 5 front runners..
Adrian Evers (above) – 390,000
Robert Taylor – 320,000
Khalick Mohangee – 315,000
Tan Le – 290,000
Richard Swatton – 280,000
Ice Cold – 23:08
With the field having a large number of average chip stacks, and very few big stacks, the shortstacks are at the point where they have to make moves or blind off. I caught the aftermath of a hand at table 4 where John Hayman had just doubled through Kevin Humphey when his had got it all in on a flop against Humphries’ pocket queens. The board managed to avoid pairing, sending the 140k+ pot in Hayman’s direction. – RK
Suck Out – 23:03
Alexander Slade has managed to knock out an opponent with a suckout, open to 7,000 called in one spot player on the button moved all in for 44,000 holding Slade in the BB jammed all in himself but just out kicked with – asking the dealer “Jack one time” she duly obliged as it came turn and river sealed the win. – DM
Blinds now running 1,500/3,000/300 150 players remain with an average stack of 103,300. – DM
Don’t forget folks you can also tune into some live action on the feature table HERE – DM
Early Level 13 Exits – 22:21
“Every Time” – 22:12
Just before the previous break John Hayman’s couldn’t hold against player in the HJ made it 6,000 to go and Hayman in the BB moved all in for 41,075 and after a dwell from his opponent made the call.
Right on the flop the bad news came as the board spread which was the last to be revealed, no help on either the turn or river and Hayman was cursing his luck “every f**king time” he repeated many times, 50,000 was what he had left in his stack so he is still in with a shot. – DM.
The Final Session – 22:04
The players are back as we begin the final session of the day.
Blinds are now 1200/2400 with a 300 ante. Three levels to go till bag and tag time.
Steady Flow – 21:54
AS the day has progressed, we have seen player ID cards continue to flow over the media desk, indicating a steady flow of player eliminations. The latest batch include the Id numbers for Donovan Wiggan, Bruce Williamson, Kevin Godsall, Ashley Cleaver, Keith Walker, Sirous Salehi Bakhtiari and Dariush Ghaedi. They will have the chance to try again tomorrow if they wish. – RK
Play Hard, but Don’t Take Life too Seriously – 21:46
I just caught a hand at table 9 where Daniel Brown opened the pot to 4.2k and got a call 2 seats later from Terry Carter. The flop was fanned out to show and Brown fired his continuation bet of 5.1k, only to see 11k slid out from his opponent. Brown weighed up his options as he slid his cards back and forth over each other on the felt. Finally, he folded the disgust evident on his face. 10 seconds latter, he was bantering with Carter like nothing had happened. – RK
Players will leave for a 20 minute break, 25’s will be raced out of play. – DM
Cracked – 21:39
Jonathan Maybury opens the action with a button raise to 7,000 Barry Wilson from the BB flats, prompted an all in from Wilson who was nearly beat into the pot as he was snapped called, Maybury held vs
As the dealer turned & rivered Wilson was bemoaning his unfortunate luck with the suckout, cutting 22,775 out of his stack he was left with a little over 13,000 – DM
It’s Been a big one Today – 21:15
620 players today for Day 1c and you can feel it in the room there is big buzz in the room, lots of hustle & bustle still going on. – DM
Down to 200!!
The two shortest stacks at the table Laurie Evers & Bavesh Patel get it all in pre flop and receive two callers.
The four players then see the flop as it comes . Rajinder Kumar then puts in a huge pot and the other player in the hand gets out of the way. The three hands are tabled. The pot is only a small one with about 25,000 in the middle, but two players tournament lives are at risk.
Laurie – Jd
Rajinder has the best of it, holding pot pair. Laurie has one over, Bavesh has a gut shot straight draw.
The turn card comes giving Bavesh and Laurie and a pair and more outs.
The river card is .
Rajinder hits two pair to take the pot, the other two are eliminated from the tournament as we are down to 200 players!!
We’ve just rolled over into level 12, and the blinds have increased to 1,000/2,000 with a running ante of 200.
The Field is Contracting – 21:03
As we head towards the inevitability of the end of the day’s play, we are losing players at a steady rate. We are down to around 220 players in the Goliath Main Event, and we expect to lose about another 120 before we close up shop for the night.
Players who won’t be among those with chips at the end of the night include Rubin Phan, Lewis McGregor, Luke Howles, Jeff Keay, Garry Underwood, Glen Nuyts, Bhavesh Patel and Simon Gardner, mainly because they’ve already busted out of the event. – RK
All of It – 20:56
Arrive to a table in the middle of a hand and we were onto the turn 40,000 or so in the middle already, George Jackson in the SB has checked to Garry Underwood in the BB who had lead 15,000 at the pot with about 20,000+ behind.
Jackson was in the tank for a couple minutes before eventually moving all in for 60,000 not sure if Underwood expected the move but he folded after a brief dwell. – DM
Side Action – 20:52
The £75 + £8 “Joker Poker” side event is in full force in the room next to the Main Event. It is is in the last level of late entry, and is approaching its guarantee. The “joker Poker” concept adds in a wildcard to the deck, and allows some pretty impressive hands to crop up. I’ve just been told of a hand early in the event where the Joker was on the board, allowing a to have a higher straight flush than a .
You still have a small amount of time to join in the action if you are in the casino, just visit the cash desk to sign up. – RK
Elimination – 20:43
Darshan Sami has been eliminated here on Day 1c of the Goliath, all in UTG for roughly 6,700 holding action around to a player in LP who also moved all in on a similar stack but held a dominating in hand in the form of
Board running out – DM
Timely – 20:38
Paula Cowling has managed to get herself a timely double up, playing a short stack of 12,000 or so she moved all in with and was called by
Flopping well the dealer spread – DM
An Interview With Paul Twaddle – 20:33
Blinds now running 800/1,600/200 270 players remain. – DM
Dinner Chip Counts
It has take a while to shift through all the data, but we now have the chip counts from when the players went on dinner.
Karl John Lavender – 290000
Khalick Mohangee – 220000
Neville Price – 160000
Martyn J. Hancock – 156000
Adrian Evers – 150000
Erik Sund – 150000
Callum Malcolm – 140000
Philip Butt – 140000
Carl Brindley – 131200
Nigel Bull – 127000
Wayne Eustace – 126000
Gerald David – 125000
Michael Stone – 122300
Adam Goulding – 120000
Gary Coddington – 120000
Darren Sutton – 116700
Paul Crowson – 114000
Ryall Swartz – 110000
Kamil Kot – 109125
Kelly Berry – 101000
Andreas Lytras – 101000
Richard Oswald Nicoll – 100000
Andrew Cameron Finnie – 100000
Jonathan Gill – 100000
Darren Grosvenor – 100000
Bea Toth – 98000
Lee Taylor – 96000
Alexander Slade – 95000
Liam Barnard – 94500
Patrick Simcoe – 94200
Andrew Duncan – 91275
Philip Mildon – 91000
George Jackson – 90000
Richard Hadaway – 88000
Glen Eastham – 87000
Silvano Lieghio – 85700
Sonia Hazeldine – 85500
Robert Panayi – 85000
Angela Berry – 84300
Daniel Cox – 82000
Tan Takes Four Way All In!! – 20:05
I’m waved over to table three by The Tower to see a huge four way all in!! All players holding a pocket pair. Only pocket kings are missing as the four players table their cards…
Aaron Madeley –
Tan Le –
Jordan Daniels –
Ian Berrie –
There is a few side pots for this pot, the only player not at risk is Ian who has 20,000 left behind the line.
The flop comes , Aces still lead for Jordan.
The turn card comes !!!! Tan bangs the table as he hits a two outer, he is now favourite to take the pot, Jordan can still win with an Ace or a four.
The river card is .
A huge hand as we lose Jordan & Ian from the field. Aaron is left with 20,000.
Tan takes the huge pot and now has 170,000!!
Table was Turned – 20:04
HJ raise to 2,500 and Andrew Duncan in the CO 3bets to 6,000 and gets his opponent to fold, two hands later the action is to Duncan who opens 2,700 he now gets the table turned on him when his open got 3bet to 5,600 and like the previous hand he folded to the action, win one lose one. – DM
Shove the Turn – 19:59
Walking by Table 12 I see the board Sirous Salehi Bakhtiari has shoved all in for 12,550 before the river card has been dealt it fell Bakhtiari turned over for a house while his opponent turned over AQ for trips. – DM
Play has just resumed here at the Goliath as we move into a new level blinds running 600/1,200/150 297 players remain from the 620 entrants today. – DM
Players will now leave the tournament area for a 1 hour dinner break, see you all shortly. – DM
They Just Keep Falling
We had a look at table 35 earlier, and nicknamed it today’s table of Aron Swartz got his short stack in with against Lee Taylor’s . The flip went against the player with the slight edge, as it appears to have done all day at table 35. The board ran out and the river brought the death blow of the . – RK
Ze Chip Leader – 18:33
Arfan Mahmood is the chip leader heading into the dinner break, here he is below checking out his massive stack.
We have 350 players remain seated in the tournament. So we have lost a MASSIVE 290 players so far today!! CRAZY stuff!!
Snooping on Snoopy – 18:25
Just popped over to check on Adam Goulding who is better know by his nickname Snoopy to see how he is getting on today, 88,000 chips currently so he is certainly moving in the right direction. When I first got into poker years ago he was the man around town in the poker blogging world, he is still in the poker scene but moved to a more background role from what I know. – DM
The Elimination Chamber
The room has decidedly less people in it than it did a short while ago. We still have over 350 players in the action, but I also have a stack of player Id cards sitting on my desk that indicate that Martin Sturdy, Albert Voortman, Dennis Blaney, Matthew Wilson, Nihilkumar Patel, Azad Fares and Colin Sawbridge have all lost their chips, and are no longer competing in Day 1c. They can all come back tomorrow for Day 1d if they want to try again. – RK
The Man of a Thousand Hats
Alex Miller is one of the players that you can’t help but notice as you walk round the floor. He is either a master of disguise, or one of the players who has fully accepted the entertainment aspect of the GukPT Goliath event. He has a bag full of hats, ranging from a fairly sedate cricket hat, to a tartan concoction, complete with ginger hair attached. He also has an Irish themed Guinness top hat, and a rather fetching Rastafarian affair, as pictured below. – RK
5x – 18:07
3,200 UTG from Silvano Lieghio was the 5x open action on the table, action folded all the way around to the CO and was the only played to call the raise, dealer spreading a it was 7,000 from Lieghio and called, and it was all in for 20,575 too much to call and the CO folded to be shown – DM
The best Trick EVER!! – 18:07
Needles? – 18:04
I just caught a hand at table 34, where the flop was already dealt to show and 3408 was facing a stiff bet of around 3k from Kieren Whatley. Richard Hadaway fired back, adding another 5k to the size of the bet, and saw Whatley slide the rest of his stack over the line almost before it was his turn to act. Hadaway went into the tank, obviously agonising over his decision. Finally, he made up his mind and pushed his remaining chip stack over the line. Whatley turned over his cards to show for an over pair. Hadaway turned over for bottom set. The board ran out the remaining cards, which didn’t change anything. Ruchard was heard to say as he picked u the nearly 50k pot, “I nearly folded, I hate bottom set…” Whatley is still in, but with a crippled stack – RK
Old Classic – 18:01
Geoffrey Douglas opens to 2,000 UTG Mansa Brown to his immediate left repopped to 4,700 action folded all the way around to the BB who put in the cold 4bet to 8,600 which after the briefest of dwells Brown moved all in 22,375
The all in was called and it was the classic vs but as the board ran out – DM
More Chip Counts
Wayne Eustace – 75,000
Makka Hussain – 30,000
Chin Yun Wai – 100,000
Aaron Schwartz – 100,000
Eli Biessek – 15,000
Some chip counts from around the tables
Nathan King – 95,000
Skullman (pictured) – 75,000
Jaz Meegan – 120,000
Gary Coddington – 110,000
Players no longer with us
No, we haven’t had a freak accident, these players have just exited the tournament.
Lee Donovan, Timothy Bryan, Ross Coleman, Long Sui, Kyle Hendry, Gabriel Tuna, Barrie Price, Christopher Kean, James Brown, Ryan Prosser, and Nicholas Fellone are no longer in GukPT Goliath 2013. – RK
Peekay – The Worst Driver Ever!! – 17:25
Level 8 – 17:22
Blinds up as we begin level 8.
They are now 300/600 with a 50 ante.
481 players remaining.
Still Alive, Just…
Rob Cook has had a horrible day. He was going over his bad beats from the first 6 levels a few minutes ago, and they were truly disgusting. Rather than put you off youre dinner, I’ll just say he’s managed to claw back some chips to remain viable in the tournament, but he’s going to have to make a move soon. – RK
Karl Johnson – 16:55
First Elimination of Level 7
We have been back for less than 2 minutes, and we have already seen the first bustout in Level 7. Baojin Gong was the first player to go, and he had already used his re-entry for the day. We have now had 1,747 entries to this event, and we’re expecting a massive day tomorrow. – RK
Blinds now running 200/400/50 that also means that we have finished re-entrys for today. -DM
We still have over 470 players still vying to make into Day 2, and I’m seeing an almost never ending stream of player Id cards hitting the media desk, indicating players are busting their stacks at regular intervals. Some of the latest to go include Vaino Tiik, Steven Elvidge, James Browning, Jordan Hooper, Simon Steedman and Gareth Ludlow. Players have the 20 minute break to re-enter if they wish. – RK
Have a break have a kitkat players will now leave for a 20 minute break. – DM
Go Big, or Get More Chips – 16:12
As we have just under 10 minutes left in the final re-entry level of the day, players are starting to get their short stacks into the middle as they aim to either double up, or re-enter before the deadline.
Bettina Short was one of those, and she got her short stack in from the big blind following the flop. She slid her small mound of chips her chips into the middle after seeing , and Barry Wilson in the hijack made the call for a small portion of his stack, turning over for middle pair. Short also had middle pair, but her was the better kicker. The turn and river of made no difference, and she is a little closer to having a comfortable stack – RK
Main Event Travel
No Good – 16:11
UTG limp and limped along in two spots from Neil Godfrey & Jaz Meegan button up next to act and made it 1,500 to go, SB comes along as does the original limpers.
Dealer spreads a flop check from the SB along with the original raiser, Godfrey leads for 7,000 as Meegan flats behind and one fold from the SB, turn original raiser checks which leads Godfrey to move all in for circa 30,000 & quickly called behind from Meegan who had his opponent covered, one fold and cards were turned on their backs, turned straight for Meegan holding vs for top two pair, once more pull of the trigger as we waited for the river card to reveal itself, brick and we lost another player from today’s action. – DM
Mixed Berrys – 16:01
I arrived to table 21 as the infamous words “All in” rang out. Ian Berrie had got his whole stack in on the river against Angela Berry. Normally, it wouldn’t be smart to have up against , but he had been raising for value ever since the flop had been dealt as . The turn added the case , and the river must have looked like a blank to Berry. The other Berrie was left looking smug as the pot was sent in his direction, but Angela was looking less than pleased to have her Aces cracked. – RK
Bet, Bet, Bet – 15:50
Muhammad Latif in EP opens to 1,100 action folded to the blinds and both called, flop blinds checking to the raiser he keeps up the betting leading 2,000 at the pot, one fold from the SB but the BB tags along onto the turn Latif again bets 1,500 as we moved to the river action once again checked to the aggressor who now moved all in for a bit over 10,000 making his opponent. – DM
Blinds now running 150/300/25 478 remain from 584 runners. – DM
Worst Hoody Of The Day – 15:29
Take a bow John Wescott, you are officially been crowned with the honor of having the worst hoody of today.
Sean Heydon – 15:25
Live Stream – 15:24
For those of you looking to see of the action going on down here at the Goliath you can tune into the feature table HERE
Busiest Poker Room in the UK? – 15:20
With 48 tables currently running in the Ricoh Arena, the GukPT Goliath is most likely the busiest Poker Room in the UK right now. We are currently running 10 handed in order to get as many players as we can into the event, and late registration is going to remain open until the end of Level 6. – RK
River – 15:09
Walking around the room trying to catch some action and the two hands I picked up had played out to the river and that’s when I caught the action, on the first hand Skullman had bet 3,775 on a board of sitting with his head in his hands still as a statue his opponent found a fold.
Onto the next hand, with circa 10,000 in the pot Robert Panayi is facing a pot size bet, when I arrive to the hand there is just under 5 minutes left in the level by the time we got to two minutes he still can’t figure out what to do, asking his opponent if he will shown which came with a response of “no” eventually he called clock on himself to force a decision, as the tournament director counted down from 10 to 1 he mucked his hand and shown one card which was – DM
GONG!! – 15:05
Every time the blinds go up the Goliath Gong is smashed by anyone who is willing to hit it!! Whether it be staff or the players, it’s alot of fun, but my god is it loud!!
Level Up – 15:01
We’re now into the 5th level, and the blinds are sitting at 100/200 with an ante of 25.
Today’s Table of Death – 14:59
When a table loses 9 players and we’re only in the 4th level, something is happening. When you add in the fact the majority of them have been suckouts, a more suspicious person then me might think there was some bad juju going on.
That’s exactly what has been happening at table 35, and the latest bustout happened when Alex Reid got his all in preflop, and found a call from Adrian Evers, who was holding . The flop continued the trend of the day for the table, when it fell . The turn and river made no difference, and Reid became the 9th player in 4 levels to bust from Table 35. – RK
More Exits – 14:30
Some more exits from around the tables…
Players have just retaken their seats as we move into a new blind level, now running 100/200 we’ve just hit the 500 runner mark. – DM
Recent Eliminations – 14:07
As the room has cleared, we’ve got a few moments to update you on some recent bustouts. Shaun Walbridge and Alexander King both just busted in a massive hand at table 39, and we also lost Will Jones, Jake Kumar, Richard Pearce and Mark Draper just before the break. -RK
Break Time – 14:01
The player have finished level 3, and are off for a 20 minute break. We have had 486 entries so far today, and we’re expecting to break the 550 barrier before registration closes after level6. – RK
Smiling Happy People, Having Fun – 13:58
So far this event, we have seen some players coming back for all three starting days, doing their best to qualify for Day 2. Debbie Kershaw is one of those, and she’s been smiling for most of the time as well. It’s always nice to see people enjoying themselves. -RK
River Raise – 13:44
Steven Watkins raised his button to 325 Richard Paul from the BB elected to flat call, two players to a flop checked to Watkins who bet 450, turn and the action & bet from the flop went the same way, onto the river Paul checked the action to be met with a 450 bet but after a brief dwell raised the river and got the quick fold. – DM
Snapped – 13:36
Catching the river action over on Table 12 board reads :9:h Alexander Pyatt snap calls a 6k bet on the river to show while his opponent mucks his hand. – DM
Nose to the Grindstone
Not every pot being played out on the floor is massive. Tournament poker is all about the grind, and table ten at the end of level 2 just had a hand that illustrated that pretty well.
Arran Fletcher opened the action with a bet to 425 and he got a call from Nathan King in the big blind. The flop was fanned out to show and King checked, allowing Fletcher for fire out his continuation bet to 450. Nathan check raised to 1,300, and after a few moments thought Arran folded. King couldn’t resist showing his hand, and turned over the as he scooped the pot. – RK
Exits – 13:23
Blinds now running 75/150 clock reads 443 players remaining. – DM
Barrel the River – 13:14
Couple limps for 100 action to Bob Tait in the CO raising to 300 flat from the BB and the limpers, flop checked 3 times to Tait and he puts in a continuation bet of 300 fold from the BB one call and Adam Wilson repops to 800, Tait is the only one to call, turn 850 from Wilson as we then moved to the river pairing the board checking to Tait this time he barrels 3,125 and gets a quick call, showing K10 it’s no good as Wilson’s wins the pot. – DM
Day 1b Round Up – 12:55
Down with the Sickness
What do you think when you get it all in with a monster early in a tournament? Normally it’s “YES!” and you mentally fist-pump while waiting for the rest of the action to finish. For Alexander Slade and Terry Marheineke, this dream situation has turned into a nightmare. They had Aces and King against Robert Golding’s Queens, but we’ve just been informed that Golding was the sole survivor in the hand, and now has over 80,000 in chips. – RK
Familiar Faces – 12:48
Just having a stroll around the room to see if/how many faces we can spot, Skullman/Willow Connolly/Rupinder Bedi/Brendan Byrne/Tim Slater/Adam Goulding better known as Snoopy/Bob “The Kiltedshark” Tait – DM
Level 2 – 12:41
The blind increase as we begin level 2.
They are now 50/100.
411 entries so far today.
Live Stream – 12:33
Check out the live stream which is running now. You can watch it HERE. It will be running all day with commentary from The Tower.
Lost One!! – 12:14
Well after just 15 minutes we have already heard the cry of “Seat Open”. That seat being table 15 seat 5, which used to be occupied by Maxine Preston. She is gone from the field and it looks like most of her chips have gone to Scott Maxwell who has had a dream start and is up to 45,000.
Shuffle Up & Deal – 12
The players are seated and Day 1c is now underway!!
We have 307 players starting today.
Chip Counts from Day 1b
We’ve just got the chip counts in from the close of yesterdays action, and Vahid Amirzahiri ended the day with the most chips. He had been there or thereabouts all day, but had suffered a few setbacks leading into the final few levels. He obviously overcame those setbacks, and ended with 422,000 in his stack, ready for Day 2 on Saturday.
Full Day 1b Chip count:
Vahid Amirzahiri – 422000
Nigel Griffiths – 384500
Timothy James White – 367100
Andriena Nutt – 353900
Jonathan Cosgrove – 320100
Antony Jason Wickert – 279700
Michael Boitz – 277000
Gordon Goodall – 270600
Alistair Carins – 266800
Ian Sanders – 266500
Luke Vinnicombe – 256500
Richard Sheils – 218500
Wei Wang – 211600
Jason Hesson – 206700
Shahla Javadi – 204100
Christopher Watson – 203200
Martin Tonks – 197300
George Watson – 196000
Jianhui Nie – 187700
Stewart Wood – 185100
Jack Shutt – 183400
Carol Everton – 179600
Paul Leach – 179000
Louis Plested – 177800
Paul David Chester – 173400
Mohammed Hossien “Mr G” Ghollamrezapour – 173100
Susan Oconnor – 167800
Chuck Sellers – 166800
Andrew Garland – 164700
David John W Newman – 156700
Dean Aldred – 152100
Leslie Lamnea – 149700
Adrian Chell – 149200
Mohammed Asad – 148000
Christopher Wildgust – 147000
Giovanni Albanese – 141100
Matthew Gary Charles Needham – 131900
Johnson Nwabuko – 130700
Donovan Burton – 111200
Brian Fenton – 106500
Gary Gilbertson – 105900
John Kane – 100700
George Lawson – 92700
Richard Stocks – 86600
Christopher Huyton – 75700
Paul Foy – 73900
Simon Hill – 66300
Billy Ngo – 65400
Adam James Kelly – 56100
Christopher Pendle – 46800
Robert S Ince – 34700
John Zulewski – 33400
Raimundas Kurminas – 22500
Welcome to Day 1c
We’re back at the Ricoh Area for the third opening flight of the GukPT Goliath. We will be live blogging the action today, and the Live Stream will also be avilable from our feature table.
We’re expecting a big turnout today, and we’ll get the confirmed chip counts from the close of play last night as soon as we can. – RK