An explosive day of poker at the Genting Club Sheffield saw 81 players in the £880 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Grand Final reduced to 17 over the course of 10 hour-long levels. Rupom Pal fared the best on Day 2, ending the night with 1,425,000 chips, enough to see his name displayed at the top of the chip counts.
Pal has a number of impressive results in his live tournament career. His largest cash tops the scales at $23,876, his reward for a deep run in the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event. Should Pal finish fourth or higher in the GPS Grand Final he would bank his largest-ever cash.
One other player, Gabriel Tuna, joined Pal in the “millionaire’s club” by finishing play with 1,150,000 chips. Tuna finished fifth in the GPS Stoke leg in September for £10,045 and more recently finished as runner-up to Switzerland’s Jonathan Roux in the PKR Live event at Aspers in London. That second result netted Tuna £15,500 and was his biggest live score to date.
Joining Pal and Tuna through to the final day’s play are some very talented individuals; players such as Richard Kellett (685,000), Richard Hawes (337,000) and Ben Vinson (248,000) a trio of those names who will have a major influence as to where the title of 2013 GPS Grand Final champion goes.
2013 GPS Grand Final Chip Counts
Day 2 of this exciting tournament was not as kind to some as it was to Pal with players such as Ben Jenkins and Ben Jackson busting out. At least those two players bagged some prize money for their efforts, something that cannot be said for Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott (finished one off the bubble), start-of-the-day chip leader Sin Melin, the legendary Willie Tann and the unfortunate bubble boy Thomas Reverely who left Sheffield empty handed.
The final day’s play commences at 1:00pm on Sunday and continues until one player has won all of the chips in play. Who will that player be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday morning to find out!
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