Simon Deadman’s remarkable start to 2014 shows no signs of slowing down as the popular pro finds himself at the top of the chip counts of the Genting Poker Series (GPS) Star City Main Event with only 17 players remaining.
In early January, Deadman finished second in the GPS Nottingham Main Event, but not before locking up £70,000 for his efforts, some £21,000 more than the eventual champion Michael Richardson. A couple of weeks later in the French coastal town of Deauville, Deadman was runner-up in a €2,500 buy-in French Poker Series High Roller, banking a cool €87,280.
Deadman goes into the final day of the GPS Star City Main Event armed with 1,143,000 chips and will be looking to finish one place higher than in his previous GPS event. Should Deadman manage to go all the way and secure the title, it would be a superb achievement considering the likes of Matt Davenport (1,046,000), Leo McClean (890,000), John Conroy (720,000), Sunny Chattha (462,000) and brother Chaz (382,000) and GPS Sheffield winner Hasmukh Khodiyara (403,000) are still in the hunt for the £40,215 first place prize.
Day 2 started with 131 players and with 46 places being paid, almost two-thirds of the field went home empty handed. Busting from a poker tournament shy of the money places is not a welcomed feeling, so spare a thought for Ross Wood who fell in 47th place to burst the money bubble and secure a £925 payday for each of the surviving players.
Wahid “Wadey” Ashraf (37th for £925), James Bott (35th for £925), Julian Thew (28th for £1,030), Basharat Mahmood (26th for £1,030), Phil “bergeroo” Huxley (25th for £1,030), Sam Grafton (22nd for £1,225) and Gabriel Tuna (18th for £1,225) were some of the big names who crashed out before Day 2 concluded.
The third and final day begins at 1:00pm and continues until only one man has all of the chips in front of him. Many believe this is Deadman’s tournament to lose, but he does have a difficult table to contend with when play resumes in Birmingham.
Good luck to the final 17 players, each of whom will leave Birmingham with at least £1,225 to show for their substantial efforts thus far. The final nine players will lock up £3,405 while the champion takes home £40,215. Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday for a full recap of Day 3’s action.