GUKPT Grand Final Day 1b – Johnson Leading The Way (vids)


Day 1b of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour has just been completed as another 206 entries joined that of the 88 on Day 1a to bring us a total of 294 for this £2000 NLHE event. Come the end of Day 1b there were around 90 of those players remaining, with each of them now primed to join the 44 survivors from Day 1a into Day 2 tomorrow.

An event of this magnitude and on such a local scale as this was always going to bring in some very notable names and we saw the likes of Tony Cascarino, Chris Brammer, Craig McCorkell, Bryn Kenney, John Haigh, Ana Marquez, Simon Deadman, Nicholas Cardyn and Zimnan Ziyard all taking to the felt in order to win one of the UK’s most popular titles of the year.


It was Mitch Johnson that finished up as the days chip leader as his stack of 227,600 will be the biggest going into Day 2 tomorrow. He has a wealth of experience behind him though, as we have Ana Marquez, Simon Deadman, Nicholas Cardyn and Zimnan Ziyard hot on his tails.

We lost a whole bunch of notable players on Day 1b including John Haigh, David Green and Chris Sly, with each of them possibly cursing either their luck or the way that they played on Day 1b.

Day 2 is set to continue the trend of awesome poker, with the players that survived one or the other of the opening day flights now getting primed to bust the money bubble and make some inroads to the title and of course the lion’s share of that £588,000 prize pool. We have to mention that as usual this event was a huge success, beating its £400,000 guarantee and delighting the rail in one of Europe’s most prestigious cities.

The Top Ten From Day 1b

1st) Mitch Johnson 227,600

2nd) Simon Deadman 201,000

3rd) Eirimas Livonas 149,625

4th) Joe Townsend 142,725

5th) Nicholas Cardyn 134,750

6th) Zimnan Ziyard 134,725

7th) Tudor Purce 121,000

8th) Ryan Spittles 111,000

9th) Ana Marquez 108,425

10th) Ben Jackson 95,800

The prize Pool Information

1st) – £158,700

2nd) – £105,800

3rd) – £70,600

4th) – £41,200

5th) – £31,700

6th) – £25,900

7th) – £20,000

8th) – £15,600

9th) – £11,100

10th) – £8,000

11th – 13th) – £7,400

14th – 20th) – £5,900

21st – 28th) – £4,400