GUKPT Thanet Final Table Set

GUKPT Thanet Final Table Set

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Nine players will contest the final of the £1,000 main event of the 8th leg of the GUKPT at the G casino on the Isle of Thanet. They are the surviving players from a field of 226 and will fight it out for the first prize of just under £69,000 and a seat in November’s £3,000 grand final.

Sitting at the top of the pile is 23-year-old Internet pro Jamie Brown on 485,800 chips. He dominated his table for much of Saturday, playing a highly aggressive game and knocked out former GUKPT champion Praz Bansi on his route to the final.

Lying in second place is Blackpool’s Paul Riggs on 409,600 chips. Paul, another pro player juts missed out on a GUKPT final table back in August, when he finished in 12th place at the G casino in Luton.

Following a similar trend, pro player Dave Penly is next with 352,700 chips. Dave has already won two side events on this year’s tour, but this the first time he has graced a main event final table. A victory here would put him in contention for the GUKPT player of the year award, which carries a £10,000 prize.

Professional sports photographer Mike Moore is next in the pecking order, sitting on 280,000 chips. Mike finished the first day of the tournament with a massive chip lead and maintained a healthy chip position throughout most of Saturday’s action.

Limousine hire company owner William Martin is on 233,800 chips. William is a regular on the GUKPT and win lose or draw today, he’s sure to be going home in a nice set of wheels.

22-year-old Andrew Teng from London, another online pro player has 178,300 chips going into today’s final. Andrew put himself in contention early on Saturday and despite taking a few hits to his stack later in the day, he managed to replenish his stack to make it to his first GUKPT final table.

22-year-old Paul McIntyre from Liverpool is perhaps the most learned competitor in today’s final, having recently completed a degree in marine biology at Swansea University. He has now returned to his native Liverpool and has competed in several legs of the tour today. He goes into today’s final with 146,500 chips.

Lying in eighth place is Karl Mahrenholz on 128,600 chips. The Blue Square sponsored player is the only one of today’s finalists to have previously made a GUKPT final table, having finished runner up to Praz Bansi in the inaugural GUKPT event of 2007 in Bolton.

Finally, on just 50,600 chips we have Simon Trumper. Simon, who is now the host at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn poker club is one of the most recognisable faces in UK poker, having won the second series of Late Night Poker and has several other tournament wins under his belt.

Play resumes at 3pm today, with play going down until we know who finishes on top of that bunch. With the likes of Trumper and Marenholz on short-stacks, expect the action to be aggressive from the kick off!

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