The penultimate day of the Genting Poker Series (GPS) Stoke Main Event saw 132 players return to their seats at the Genting Club, each hoping to bet, raise and bluff their way through to the money places and beyond.
Within two hours of the restart, the tournament lost a staggering 35 players and the eliminations continued to come thick and fast throughout the day, this despite the superb structure of the GPS Main Events.
The key bustout was that of Charlie Denton, the player who burst the money bubble. Denton committed his stack, as you would do while holding pocket aces, and was in fantastic shape to double up through the pocket kings of Mark Wates. The aces stayed best on a flop and the turn, but the river was a king, improving Wates to a set of kings and sending Denton to the rail with nothing but memories and a legitimate bad beat story.
Denton’s exit meant each surviving player locked up £895 for their efforts, an amount picked up by Kevin Dowling, John Hall, Caroline Creasey, Paul Whyman, Mark Wagstaff and Paul Newman.
Caroline Cove (32nd for £995), Mike Hill (22nd for £1,160) and the chip leader going into Day 2 Dan Trett (21st for £1,160) secured increased amounts.
Sunday sees the final 17 players sit down and play for the title of GPS Stoke champion. The player in pole position going into the third and final day is Jonathan Alley and his 1,195,000 stack. Hot on Alley’s heels is Justin Devonport with 1,070,000 chips. Devonport could have increased his stack even more had he not decided to leave and go home with 15-minutes remaining on Day 2! Hopefully, Devonport will turn up on time on Day 3!
Also still in the hunt are Barry Neville, Gabriel Tuna and James “Epitomised” Atkin.
Play resumes at 1 p.m. and continues until one man has all of the 10,225,000 chips in play in his possession. Who will that player be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday morning for a full recap of the GPS Stoke Main Event action.
GPS Stoke Main Event Day 3 Chip Counts