An action packed day of poker at the Dusk Till Dawn casino saw 261 players reduced to only 40 in the Genting Poker Series (GPS) Nottingham Main Event. Once the dust had settled and the chips counted, it was Stuart Giulian who emerged as the tournament’s chip leader courtesy of his 2,276,000 stack.
Scotland’s Giulian is a relatively unknown quantity who has two cashes on his Hendon Mob page. In 2008, Giulian finished second in the £200 Gala Casinos Poker Tour Edinburgh Main Event for £5,795 and three years later Giulian busted in fourth place in the £200 Scottish poker Championships, also in Edinburgh, for £1,350. Should Giulian continue in the rich vein of form shown in the event, he could be heading back across the border with a prize that beats both of those amounts combined.
One player who will not be helping themselves to a slice of the massive prize pool is Stuart Barnett, who was the unfortunate soul who burst the money bubble. Barnett committed the last of his chips on a board with and was in a whole world of pain against the of double World Series of Poker bracelet winner JP Kelly. The river failed to come to Barnett’s rescue and he exited in the bubble, leaving everyone else to bank a pay out of at least £1,000.
Over the course of the next few hours, the tournament lost the likes of Nick Hicks (88th for £1,000); Caicai Huang (87th for £1,000); Yucel ‘Mad Turk’ Eminoglu (82nd for £1,000); Mitch Johnson (78th for £1,400); Sin Melin (77th for £1,400); Andrew Hulme (74th for £1,400); Jamie Burland (63rd for £1,400); and Mark McCluskey (44th for £1,800).
Despite losing so many stellar names there are still plenty of heroes to rail as the tournament heads into its third day. Renee Xie (1,170,000), James Atkin (867,000), Simon Deadman (846,000), JP Kelly (781,000), and Kirit Patel (244,000) being a handful of those well-known and respected players.
Each of the returning players sits down on Sunday afternoon safe in the knowledge that they have won no less than £1,800 for their efforts so far, but with a huge £80,000 reserved for the eventual champion, none of them will want to claim that sum.
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