The Genting Poker Series (GPS) Edinburgh has completely smashes its £100,000 guarantee after 254 players turned out in force for Day 1b of its £440 buy-in Main Event. Add this impressive figure to the 98 who bought in on Thursday and the 2013 GPS Edinburgh main Event has an attendance of 352.
Bagging up the most chips as play ended on Friday’s Day 1b was Thomas Partridge who turned his 25,000 starting stack into a much more substantial 278,000. Although Partridge’s stack is smaller than Mudasser “Makka” Hussain’s from Day 1a, it still puts Partridge on course for another cash in a major live tournament.
In 2009, Partridge topped a strong field in a €1,000 side event at the PokerStars Baltic Festival in Tallinn, Estonia (pictured). That result saw €76,750 added to Partridge’s nest, the largest score of his career so far.
Almost two years to the day, Partridge ran out the winner in the £500 Scottish Poker Championships in Edinburgh for £13,250. Could history repeat itself in this beautiful city?
Plenty of established professional players progressed to Saturday’s Day 2 including Jamie Rutherford (177,900), Andrew “tufat23” Teng (170,800), GPS Stoke champion “Mad Turk” Yucel Eminoglu (161,500), Dan Trett (97,700), Ben Jenkins (63,900), and Stuart Fox (31,000).
Sadly, for these players at least, the likes of Ellie Biessek, Neil Ryder, James Rann, UKIPT Newcastle winner Brett Angell, the legendary Julian Thew, Jon Kalmar and reigning GPS Edinburgh champion Paul McTaggart all busted during Day 1b’s proceedings.
Day 2 welcomes its players back to the Genting Club Fountainpark at 1 p.m. At this time, the surviving 24 players from Day 1a and the 79 from Day 1b (103 in total) will sit down and try to a close to the final table as possible. The money bubble is set to burst (we will bring you prize pool information on Sunday) and dreams are set to be dashed. All in all, Day 2 of the GPS Edinburgh Main Event should be a great day of poker action.
GPS Edinburgh Main Event End-of-Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Lead image courtesy of the PokerStars Blog