This afternoon, the Genting Poker Series (GPS) returns to the fray after a three month hiatus when the GPS Southend Main Event commences. With Southend’s relatively close proximity to London, we would fully expect a bumper crowd of stellar names turning out for the latest £440 buy-in GPS Main Event.
Today’s deepstack tournament marks the first occasion that the GPS has dropped anchor in Southend and everything points to it being a spectacular occasion. Like previous stops on the 2013 GPS, the Southend Main Event has a whopping £100,000 guaranteed prize pool, a guarantee that is sure to be smashed by the time registration closes after Level 9 on Friday’s Day 1c if past events are anything to base our assumptions on.
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Although the GPS Southend Main Event starts on Thursday lunchtime, the eagle-eyed among you will notice the GPS Southend schedule calling it Day 1B. That is because Day 1A took place online on Sunday night. The move was in an attempt to boost numbers, but only 16 players bought in online and only three of those navigated their way through the 10 levels of play.
Among those expected to play on either Day 1B or Day 1C are the likes of former BMX pro Liam Batey, GPS regular and all-round nice guy Albert Sapiano, the GPS Newcastle champion Ellie Biessek, Sky Poker’s Julian Thew, the Boatman brothers Barny and Ross and the winningest player on the GPS, “Mad Turk” Yucel Eminoglu.
Eminoglu is a legend on the UK poker circuit thanks to his trademark hyper aggression. With $136,574 in winnings on the GPS, thanks to him winning GPS Stoke in 2012 and finishing second in GPS Sheffield in 2013, Eminoglu has the most winnings of any player in GPS events. Eminoglu also tops the charts for number of cashes with five, two more than the likes of Paul Jackson, the aforementioned Boatman brothers and Biessek, Neil Ryder, Joe Beevers, the tallest man in poker Karl Mahrenholz, Timothy Chung and the “Baltic Blond” Daiva Barauskaite.
GPS Southend Day 1B begins at 13:00 sharp on Thursday and comes to a conclusion late on Sunday, possibly in the early hours of Monday morning. UK & Ireland PokerNews wishes all GPS Southend competitors the best of luck in the main event, here’s hoping we are writing about your success by the time Monday morning comes around.