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Ellie Biessek wins the GPS Newcastle Main Event; Becomes First-Ever Female GPS Champion

Ellie Biessek

The second leg of the 2013 Genting Poker Series (GPS) has been completed and written into the history books after the £440 buy-in Main Event played out over the weekend. The Genting Casino Newcastle witnessed exactly 400 poker players buy in and create a £160,000 prize pool, obliterating the £100,000 guarantee.

Among the 400 entrants were some of the United Kingdom’s well-known faces and familiar names, names such as the Poker Encore duo Karl Mahrenholz and Amy Trodd, “The Baltic Blond” Daiva Barauskaite, Keith “The Camel” Hawkins, the Grosvenor Poker sponsored pro Jeff Kimber, Ashraf “Wadey” Waheed, the Dusk Till Dawn’s very own Jonathan Gill and talented youngster who finished 11th at th 2013 PCA Main Event George Clyde-Smith. However, all those players were outlasted by the Polish sensation that is Ellie Biessek.

Biessek has been a regular on the British poker circuit since 2011 and has racked up some impressive results to date. Last February, Biessek won a £150 buy-in side event at GPS Birmingham for £4,000 then the following month Biessek reached the final table of GPS London; eventually busting in seventh place for a £9,280 score. Prior to this latest victory Biessek’s largest win topped the scales at €13,170, her prize for finishing third in the Belgian leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour, but now she has a career-best cash haul of £38,750 thanks to winning GPS Newcastle to become the first female GPS champion since the tours creation in 2012.

GPS Newcastle Main Event final table results

1Ellie Biessek£38,750
2Jamie Rutherford£25,600
3George Clyde-Smith£19,010
4Dan Woodford£14,880
5Jimmy Charlton£11,840
6Jonathan Gill£8,960
7Ashraf “Wadey” Waheed£6,400
8Dom Mahoney£4,320
9Dan Hemmingway£2,720

The next GPS main event takes place in May at the Genting Club in Sheffield. Last year Hasmukh Khodiyara bested a 562 strong field to get his hands on the £50,000 first place prize.

Lead image courtesy of Blonde Poker.

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