The Genting Poker Series (GPS) may only be entering its third season but it has already cemented its place on the UK live poker circuit calendar. Combining a relatively low buy-in with a large guarantee and an excellent blind structure has seen the tour’s popularity increase year-on-year.
Leg 1 of the 2014 tour – Season 3 – gets underway at the Genting Club Star City in the United Kingdom’s second most populous city of Birmingham. When the tour stopped off here in 2013, 590 players bought into the £400+£40 GPS Star City Main Event, creating a £236,000 prize pool as they did so. Sky Poker’s Julian Thew won the tournament, taking home £40,120 after a four-way chop.
This season’s Star City stop is expected to be even larger thanks in part to the addition of a third starting day that takes place online. The online leg costs £420+£20 to enter and can be played at either Genting Poker or at the Dusk Till Dawn online poker site at 8:00pm UK time on February 12. For their £440, players receive 25,000 tournament chips and play to 24-minute blinds. 10 levels are played and anyone who has chips remaining at the conclusion of the 10th level will progress to Day 2 at the Genting Poker Club Star City.
The two live starting flights take place at 1:00pm on February 13 (Day 1b) and February 14 (Day 1c) and cost £400+£40 to enter. As in the online portion of the tournament, the live players receive 25,000 starting chips, but play to a 60-minute blind structure instead.
Genting has increased the guarantee on the Main Event’s prize pool by 25% to £125,000 and that figure is expected to be obliterated by the time registration closes for good at the end of Level 9 on Day 1c. Players are permitted to enter and then re-enter on the same day once. They are also allowed to buy-in and re-enter once on any subsequent start day, too.
New for Season 3 is the “stack surrender” option that allows players who finished their start day of choice with 25,000 chips or less to surrender their chips and re-enter on a different start day.
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