The second and final starting flight of the 2013 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Stoke Main Event played out on Friday where 272 players exchanged £440 for 25,000 tournament chips and the chance to become a GPS champion.
There were 272 entries on Day 1b, which when added to the 137 Day 1a competitors, takes the total attendance to 409. While this number is less than the 482 participants from the 2012 edition, it is still an impressive figure, one that has created a £166,000 prize pool.
Over the course of 10 levels, each level being 60-minutes in duration, the 272 players battled for supremacy across the Genting Club Stoke’s red felt-topped tables. It was a battle that went badly for 184 of them as the fell by the wayside at various points throughout the long day. One man who scored an early victory was Daniel Trett, the man who finishes as the chip leader on Day 1b and now leads overall.
Trett, younger brother of Mark “The Threat” Trett, bagged up an impressive stack of 251,200 chips at the close of play, giving himself a legitimate chance of leaving Stoke with a second major live title to his name. In September 2012, Trett took down the £2,150 High Roller event at the UKIPT Newcastle festival, defeating a final table that was the home to the likes of C.T Law, David La Ronde and Kevin Williams. That result awarded Trett a career-best score of £17,500. If he is to win more than that in Stoke we estimate he will have to finish in the top four places, something we will confirm in our Day 2 recap tomorrow.
Three other players bagged up stack in excess of 200,000 on Day 1b, those players being Ricky Wong (225,000), Tom Seaman (210,400) and Paul Whyman (202,400). Other notable players to look out for on Saturday’s Day 2 include Tim Blake (142,200), Gabriel Tuna (132,100), Jon Kalmar (111,400), Neil Ryder (102,200), Ben Jackson (91,700), Caroline Cove (77,600), Thomas Myland (62,100), Brett Angell (58,000) and Ellie Biessek (52,700).
Play resumes at 1 p.m. and will continue until the final table is in sight. With 133 players returning for the penultimate day’s play, it will be some effort to reach the final table of nine, but stranger things have happened in this crazy game we all love!
Good luck to everyone who is taking part today. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday morning for a recap of Day 2’s action.