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Tony Housden Leads as GPS Nottingham Set to Break Records

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The Genting Poker Series (GPS) is at the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham for the first time in its history and everything is pointing towards it being a record-breaking event.

Two of the three starting flights are in the bag and the attendance already stands at an impressive 399, which has smashed the £100,000 guarantee. Word has it that around 600 players are set to compete on Day 1c on Friday and if those rumours are accurate, the GPS Nottingham Main Event could see 1,000 entrants and a £400,000 prize pool!

Day 1a of the GPS Nottingham Main Event took place online and saw 143 players turn out at the virtual felt. By the time the tournament was paused and Day 1a brought to a conclusion, it was Sam Grafton who had accumulated the most chips – 242,649 – and claimed the chip lead. 43 players made it through to Saturday’s Day 2.

Joining Grafton through from the online leg are such luminaries as Tom Middleton (153,422), Jamie O’Connor (112,551), the in-form Ben Jones (108,620), Kevin Allen (100,385), Mitch Johnson (77,536), and JP Kelly (46,274).

Genting Poker Series Nottingham Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

1Sam Grafton242,649
2John Conroy195,810
3Neil Strike179,449
4Mohammed Sadiq172,011
5Stuart Bill159,900
6David La Ronde154,400
7Tom Middleton153,422
8James Williams129,875
9Ganesh Jayaraman114,654
10Jamie O’Connor112,551

Day 1b took place at DTD on Thursday and attracted 256 player, of which only 60 navigated their way through the 10 hour-long levels. Topping the Day 1b field and leading the tournament overall is Tony Housden who bagged up 326,600 chips at the close of play.

One other player, World Poker Tour National Dublin champion Simon Deadman, finished with more chips than Grafton did; Deadman starts Day 2 with 301,200 chips and will be confident of another deep run in a major live tournament.

Other established pros to look out for on Saturday’s Day 2 include Chris Sly (153,000), Andrew “stato_1” Hulme (119,700), Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Sin Melin (114,000), Ben Jackson (59,400), Alex Goulder (57,700), James Atkin (29,500), veteran Willie Tann (16,200) and poker writer extraordinaire Paul Seaton (15,300).

Genting Poker Series Nottingham Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Tony Housden326,600
2Simon Deadman301,200
3Alan Lambert244,400
4Umar Khan241,800
5Kevin Whelan225,700
6Cosimo Dellisola197,500
7Madlena Rezk173,500
8Sacha Brookes164,000
9Marios Arkadiou161,700
10Emrah Yidiz159,400

The management team at DTD has been making changes to the club in an attempt to fit everyone in who makes the trip to the casino for Friday’s Day 1c – they have even rearrange The Sam Trickett Room and filled it with tables for the GPS Nottingham Main Event! Play begins at 1:00pm and late registration is available until the end of the eighth level.

Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday morning to discover how large the Day 1c crowd was and if any of those competing managed to toppled Housden from his lofty perch.

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