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Faisal Shabbir Wins GPS Star City; Simon Deadman Second Again

Faisal Shabbir

The opening leg of the 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) crowned its champion on Sunday night when Faisal Shabbir defeated Simon Deadman heads-up to secure the title and the £40,215 first place prize. Shabbir’s victory was made sweeter by the fact he qualified for the £440 buy-in Main Event for a paltry £63 – that is some ROI!

Genting Poker Series Star City Main Event Final Table Results

1Faisal Shabbir£40,215
2Simon Deadman£27,755
3Matt Davenport£20,120
4Richard Horton£14,335
5Paul Coughlan£10,490
6Leo McClean£7,950
7James Tomlin£6,205
8Yiannis Liperis£4,720
9Rana Gurnam£3,405

The final day began with 17 players in the hunt for the coveted GPS trophy, a hunt that ended earlier than he would have liked for Chaz Chattha, who busted in 17th place. Chattha was followed to the sidelines, via the cashier’s cage of course, by Alex Spencer, Kamy Cunningham – Cunningham’s ext left the tournament as an all-male affair – Junnut Mir, John Conroy, Neil McCulloch, and former GPS Sheffield winner Hasmukh Khodiyara.

Khodiyara’s exit in 10th place burst the final table bubble, leaving the nine finalists to line up as follows:

1Paul Coughlan857,000
2Matt Davenport2,525,000
3Simon Deadman2,305,000
4Yiannis Liperos1,562,000
5Richard Horton647,000
6James Tomlin987,000
7Faisal Shabbir591,000
8Rana Gurnam928,000
9Leo McClean742,000

Within minutes of play starting at the final table, a huge hand took place that sent Rana Gurnam to the rail in ninth place. Matt Davenport opened to 48,000 from under the gun, Yiannis Liperis called only to see Gurnam squeeze to 225,000 from this button. Davenport four-bet to 420,000, Liperis folded but Gurnam five-bet all-in. Davenport called and flipped over {Q-}{Q-} and Gurnam revealed {A-}{K-}. The {9-}{6-}{3-}{7-}{2-} board was of no help to Gurnam and he became the final table’s first casualty.

More than two hours passed by before the cry of “Seat open!” reverberated around the Star City’s poker room. A min-raise to 80,000 from Lierpis was greeted by an all-in three-bet from Paul Coughlan. Liperis beat him into the pot, as you would with {A-}{A-} in your hand, and Coughlan showed {J-}{J-}. Liperis must have been fist-pumping inside at the mere thought of doubling through Coughlan, but any thoughts of a double were soon dashed as the {Q-}{J-}{K-} flop came into view. A deuce on the turn and an eight on the river failed to alter the course of the hand and it was game over for Liperis – at least he has £4,720 and a legitimate bad beat story to tell to anyone within earshot.

Leo McClean was the next player to lose his chips, sending them Simon Deadman’s way shortly after 7:00pm. Down to 450,000 chips and the blinds at 25,000/50,000/5,000a, McClean was running out of options fast, so it was no surprise to see him jam all-in with {A-}{5-}, nor was anyone even remotely perplexed by Deadman’s call with pocket sevens. McClean paired his five on the flop then couldn’t find any more of his outs, resulting in a sixth place finish for the talented youngster.

Then came the demise of Coughlan in fifth place, again at the hands of Deadman. Coughlan’s chips went into the middle of a queen-high flop while holding {Q-}{J-} only to discover he was completely crushed by the {A-}{Q-} in Deadman’s hand. Neither the turn nor the river came to Coughlan’s rescue and he crashed out of the tournament. Coughlan has been in decent form himself of late, finishing 13th in the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event and more recently securing a 5th place finishing the £150,000 Guaranteed Deepstack at Dusk Till Dawn.

Four-handed played lasted around half an hour and ended with the elimination of Richard Horton. The action passed to Deadman in the small blind and he moved all-in to put Horton under pressure. Horton called off his last 13 big blind with {A-}{J-} and found himself to be in a coinflip against the pocket deuces in Deadman’s hand. Deadman flopped a set of deuces and it was game over for Horton.

Davenport busted in third place shortly after losing a massive pot with pocket jacks versus the {A-}{10-} of Deadman – an ace on the flop left Davenport with a couple of big blinds. Davenport’s {A-}{6-} couldn’t get there against Shabbir’s {8-}{8-} and the heads-up stage was reached.

Deadman held an 8,035,000 to 3,120,000 chip lead going into the heads-up battle with Shabbir and looked set to win his first GPS tournament. However, those roles were reversed when Shabbir’s {A-}{6-} somehow turned a straight to beat the {A-}{Q-} of Deadman, with the chips going into the middle preflop. It was a bad beat that Deadman would fail to recover from.

The last hand of the night saw Shabbir raise with {A-}{9-} and Deadman defend with the {7-Clubs}{4-Clubs}. The pair saw the {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{3-Hearts} flop come into view, and Shabbir moved all in! Deadman called with his myriad of draws, but none of them arrived as the {2-Diamonds} landed on the turn followed by the {J-Hearts} on the river to send Shabbir’s rail into raptures and leave Deadman with another runner-up finish in a major live event, having finished second in the GPS Nottingham Main Event and then in a €2,500 High Roller event at the France Poker Series in Deauville.

Next up for the GPS is a trip to the Steel City of Sheffield, a stop that is traditionally well-attended. Last season, 546 players turned out for the GPS Sheffield Main Event and they were all outlasted by Mudasser Hussain who scooped just shy of £43,000 for his victory.

Lead image courtesy of the Genting Poker Blog

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