The fifth leg of the 2013 Genting Poker Series is under way after Day 1a of GPS Stoke took place on Thursday. Leading the way after the first starting flight is Josh Venman who turned his 25,000-starting stack into a tournament leading 277,000 over the course of 10 levels.
Venman finished as runner-up to Danny Tran in the GPS Southend Main Event last month, a result that banked Venman £24,000. With his confidence levels at a record high, Venman has entered GPS Stoke and has continued in a rich vein of form that should see him at least cash, but you never know with tournament poker.
One only has to look at World Series of Poker bracelet winner Lawrence Gosney for an example of how holding lots of chips can go horribly wrong. Gosney was fast out of the blocks on Day 1a and quickly built his stack to around 200,000 before losing them all and having to re-enter towards the end of the night. Amazingly, Gosney lost his second stack, too!
Second in chips after Day 1a is Jonathan Gill, a talented youngster who has some impressive results on his poker CV including a runner-up finish in a £150 Dusk Till Dawn Deepstack event, an outright victory in another DTD £150 Deepstack and a sixth place finish at this season’s GPS Newcastle Main Event.
GPS Stoke Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Of the 137 players who entered only 45 of them managed to survive the minefield that is a Day 1. Along with those players highlighted in the table above, the likes of Latif Patel (114,300), Jack Allen (110,700), James “Epitomised” Atkin (102,000), the UKIPT Marbella champion Ludovic Geilich (90,300), Mike Hill (50,800), Waheed Ashraf (40,500), Shola Akindele (40,100) and Barry Neville (34,300) all progressed to Saturday’s Day 2.
According to the GPS Stoke blog, a crowd of between 300 and 350 people is expected to buy into the £440 Main Event on Day 1b, which would take it towards the 482 players who attended last year’s event that was won by Yucel “Mad Turk” Eminoglu.