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Ian Barnett Leads After Day 1a of The Genting Poker Series Sheffield Main Event

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The Genting Poker Series Sheffield Main Event kicked off yesterday afternoon and what a day of poker it was. The club packed to the rafters on Day 1a, but also Day 1b has completely sold out before the club has opened its doors to the poker playing public for this afternoon’s shenanigans! This should be the biggest stop in the tour’s short history.

Over 200 (208 if you add up all of the chip counts) players descended on the newly opened Genting Club Sheffield for Day 1a of the £430 buy-in Main Event and Day 1b’s crowd will be even larger than that. As mentioned, Day 1b has sold out and the alternates list is 40 deep at time of writing.

The man who ended Day 1a as the overall chip leader was Ian Barnett who managed to turn his 25,000-starting stack into a most impressive 236,100 chips. Barnett usually plies his trade at the Nottingham-based Dusk Till Dawn poker club, which was the venue for his largest cash to date; £17,357 that he was awarded for his second place finish in the Nov. 2011 edition of the now-defunct £300 Deepstack.

The only other player to surpass 200,000 chips was David Caffrey and his 220,100 stack. However, there were plenty of players who ended the day with stacks of at least 100,000 chips.

Some of the more notable players to have made it through to Saturday’s Day 2 include “Mad Turk” Yucel Eminoglu (92,200); Barny Boatman (90,000) and his fellow Hendon Mobster Joe Beevers (58,300).

Play resumes at 13:00 for Day 1b, which we already know is a complete sell-out. Tune in tomorrow to discover how large the field actual was and to find out which players made it through the day with their chip stacks intact.

Genting Poker Series Sheffield Day 1a Top 10 Chips Counts

1Ian Barnett236,100
2David Caffrey220,100
3Simon Higgins188,800
4Graham Manley171,500
5Harish Sahnan162,200
6Dale Simmons152,400
7Tom Hall138,100
8Steve Warburton131,100
9Steven Downing121,200
10Matt Myford120,700

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