The Genting Poker Series Sheffield main event has reached its final days play in the South Yorkshire city. Only 29 players still have chips left to play with, and they will be lead into battle this afternoon by Simon Higgins and his monster 2,235,000 stack.
Higgins is one of only two players to bag up a seven-figure stack, the other being Hasmukh Khodiyara (1,214,000), and is now in pole position to take down his first major live title. According to his Hendon Mob page, Higgins has two live cashes to his name, one for €500 and the other for €70,000; the latter awarded for his 12th place finish in the 2011 PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event.
Second placed Khodiyara is another man who has had a massive live score, but who is still to win an event. In April 2012, Khodiyara finished fifth in the record-breaking UKIPT Nottingham Main Event, a result that earned him £62,500.
Ironically, winning GPS Sheffield would not earn either player as much money as their previous largest cashes, but they will pick up a trophy and the bragging rights that come with taking down such an event. Whoever does leave the Steel City victorious will do so with £50,000, with the runner-up taking home at least £31,750 for their efforts. Each of the 29 players who return to their seats today will do so safe in the knowledge they have locked up £1,100 and that a final table appearance will guarantee them £4,500.
Tune in tomorrow to discover who the GPS Sheffield champion is.
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