The first of two starting flights in the eagerly anticipated Genting Poker Series (GPS) Grand Final took place on Thursday afternoon at the Genting Club in the steel city of Sheffield. Including re-entries, 84 buy-ins were exchanged for 30,000 tournament chips on Day 1 and by the time 10 hour-long levels had played out only 27 of those entries remained.
Shane Mossop had a spectacular day at the tables, turning his 30,000 starting stack into a tournament leading 313,400, thanks mainly to winning a massive pot as play ended for the night. We will go out on a limb and say nobody will top Mossop’s monster stack at the end of Day 1b. Mossop is known as AJKMoscow in online poker circles where he is one of the highest ranked players in the United Kingdom for multi-table tournaments.
Another player who had a superb day of poker on Day 1a was Poland’s Patryk Slusarek who ended with a 215,900 stack. If you have ever played poker on London then you will have likely bumped into Slusarek at some point as he is somewhat of a regular. In October 2013, Slusarek reached the final table of the UKIPT London Main Event, eventually falling in seventh for a £19,200 score. Can he beat that finish in Sheffield?
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The Day 1a field was graced by the presence of plenty of big names who shunned the various events taking place in Prague to compete in the GPS, showing just how far the tour has come. The likes of Chris Sly (153,700), David “Devilfish” Ulliott (126,700), Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Ben Jenkins (121,400), recent Grosvenor 25/25 winner Richard Hawes (63,500), Sky Poker’s Julian Thew (54,300), and Jack Ellwood (51,600) some of those familiar faces to progress from Day 1a.
Genting Poker Series Grand Final End-of-Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
|5||Mau Hei Laum||140,900|
Day 1b commences at 1:00p.m and should see upwards of 200 entries. Day 1a bustees such as Paul McTaggart, Rick Trigg, Sam Grafton, Matt Davenport, Paul Jackson, Jamie O’Connor, and Yucel Eminoglu should be among the crowd that is expected to descend on Sheffield.
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