The Steel City of Sheffield plays host to the latest Genting Poker Series Main Event and it is preparing itself for a potentially record breaking attendance.
Since its creation in 2012, the Sheffield leg of the Genting Poker Series (GPS) has been one of the most popular stops on the schedule. In 2012, a staggering 562 players bought in for £440 and created a prize pool o £224,800. The largest slice of the pie, a chunk weighing £50,000, went to Hasmukh Khodiyara who defeated Stephen McGrath heads-up for the title of GPS Sheffield champion.
The 2013 edition of GPS Sheffield saw 546 players pass through the doors of the Genting Club Sheffield, creating a £218,390 prize pool as they did so. The nine-handed final table as one of the toughest assembled on the GPS with it being the home to players such as Liam Batey, Simon Trumper, eventual runner-up Yucel “Mad Turk” Eminoglu and the Scottish champion Mudasser “Makka” Hussain. That final table ended in a three-way chop and saw Mudasser head back up the A1 with £42,960 reasons to be happy.
GPS Sheffield has three start days; Day 1a was played online on Wednesday night with Day 1b and Day 1c taking place at 1:00pm on Thursday and Friday respectively at the Genting Club Sheffield.
Eighteen players progressed from the online leg on Wednesday night with Richard KellettHasmukh Khodiyara bagging up the most virtual chips, 149,400 of them to be exact. Other big stacks include Dean Clay (133,200), Harpit Gurnam (114,800), Andrew Cowl (114,700), Ceri Rees (107,500), Matthew Davenport (107,300) and Yucel Eminoglu (105,100).
2014 Genting Poker Series Sheffield Day 1a Chip Counts
Day 1b kicks off at 1:00pm on Thursday and should up to a couple of hundred people pile into the casino. The buy-in for GPS Sheffield stands at £440 and for that princely sum players receive a generous stack of 25,000 tournament chips and get to play to a 60-minute clock.
The prize pool carries a hefty £125,000 guarantee, but there is not a cat in hell’s chance that the guarantee will not be obliterated by the time registration closes at the end of Level 9 on Friday’s Day 1c.
Good luck to everyone who is taking part, here’s to you receiving a mention on UK & Ireland PokerNews during the GPS Sheffield festivities.
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