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Julian Thew Wins Genting Poker Series Star City Main Event

Julian Thew receives the winner's trophy.

The second season of the Genting Poker Series (GPS) got underway at the Genting Club, Star City, Birmingham this weekend and if this tournament is anything to go by then this season’s GPS is going to be spectacular!

The GPS has a superb debut season, with each stop attracting crowds of poker players. The low buy-in (£440) couple with a superb deepstacked structure appealed to professional players and budding poker enthusiasts alike. Thankfully, the GPS organisers have adopted an “if it isn’t broke don’t try fix it” approach to the second season and that has gone down well with the GPS’ fans.

Last season’s GPS Star City Main Event attracted 365 players who created a prize pool of £146,000. Ruslan Vlasov won that particular tournament after a six-handed chop. This year’s tournament saw an even larger crowd of 590 runners participate and they created a prize pool of £236,000, which completely smashed the £100,000 guarantee. The main beneficiary of this massive prize pool was Julian Thew, the eventual champion.

Thew, a Sky Poker sponsored pro, walked away with £40,120 for his efforts and the title of GPS Star City Champion. Thew would have won £55,000 but he agreed to a deal with Barry Neville, Hendon Mobster Ross Boatman and Ceri Rees when play was four-handed that made the top four payouts more evenly matched.

Some well-known players made it into the top 60 places and left Birmingham with some cash to show for their efforts. The likes of Joe Beevers (47th); Mark McCluskey (42nd); Ben Jackson (39th); Chris Sly (30th); Karl Mahrenholz (24th); Charles Chattha (23rd) and Ryan Spittles (18th), Daiva “BalticBlonde” Barauskaite (8th) and Alex Goulder (7th) all cashing in the main event.

2013 Genting Poker Series Star City Main Event final table results

1Julian Thew£40,120*
2Barry Neville£32,620*
3Ross Boatman£30,620*
4Ceri Rees£31,120*
5Alex Lindop£14,750
6Kourosh Radfar£11,800
7Alex Goulder£9,440
8Daiva Barauskaite£7,080
9Cherie Joy£5,130

*denotes deal struck when play was four-handed.

The next stop on the GPS takes place March 20-24 in Newcastle. The North-eastern city is home to an army of poker fanatics so expect another massive turnout there.

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