Day 2 of the Genting Poker Series (GPS) Edinburgh was an explosive affair. An action-packed day of poker action that saw the 103 returning players reduced to a more manageable 14. Leading those 14 players back into battle on the third and final day’s play is Wayne Eustace and his 1,927,000 stack.
At the start of Saturday’s Day 2, the main talking point was of the prize money because more than 70 of the competitors would leave the Genting Club Fountainpark with nothing but memories and bad beat stories to show for their £440 investment.
The money bubble burst shortly after 9 p.m when former UKIPT Newcastle champion Richard Sinclair moved all in with and Paul Johnson re-shoved on him holding . Sinclair was in a coinflip for his tournament life; win the hand and he would double-up to put him back in contention, lose the hand and become the bubble boy. Unfortunately for Sinclair, it was the latter than rang ture. A board reading sealed Sincalir’s fate and secured an £840 pay out for anyone who had chips in front of them.
It took an additional four hours for the 36 in-the-money players to drop to the final 14. The last elimination of the night – or early morning to be more accurate – was that of Chris Khabir. Finding himself down to 220,000 chips at the 6,000/12,000/2,000a level, Khabir wasn’t in desperate shape, but when he found pocket kings in the hole his stack was always going to go into the middle of the felt. And into the middle it went, although it was bad timing because Martin Gallagher woke up with pocket aces, which flopped a set to send a disappointed Khabir to the cashier’s cage to pick up £1,200 in prize money.
Each of the 14 returnees is guaranteed at least £1,200 for their efforts so far in the GPS Edinburgh Main Event, but with £30,850 up top, none of them will want to leave the Scottish capital with that amount of cash.
As mentioned, Wayne Eustace is the man to catch going into the final day, his 1,927,000 stack containing 301,000 more chips than his nearest rival Dan Trett (1,626,000). Prior to this tournament, Eustace’s largest cash was for £620, his reward for a sixth place finish in a £150 buy-in side event at UKIPT Newcastle in 2012. He is guaranteed almost double that and looks nailed on for a final table berth where at least £2,960 awaits.
Play resumes at 12:30 p.m and continues until the tournament has its champion. Who will that champion be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to find that out.
GPS Edinburgh Day 3 Chip Counts
Lead image courtesy of the Genting Poker Series Blog.