On the drive up the M62 from Liverpool to Sheffield, Terry Owens will have probably been mentally preparing himself for what lay in store for him in the Genting Poker Series Sheffield Main Event. Whatever plans he made worked as he finished Day 1b as the chip leader and he leads the tournament overall.
Richard Kellett was the man at the top of the chip counts after the online Day 1a after bagging up 149,400 virtual chips. This impressive total was obliterated by Owens who had the welcomed problem of trying to fit 250,000 chips into the overnight chip bag. Owens’ huge stack contains 50,000 more chips than second placed Steve Devine.
Owens is regular on the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) and has some impressive results to boast about. The Liverpudlian has several final table appearance in Pot Limit Omaha games, but has shown that he is equally adept at No Limit Hold’em as he is with the four-card game.
Joining Owens and fellow monster stacked Devine through to Saturday’s Day 2 are such luminaries as Dan “judgedredd13” Charlton (192,700), Andrew “stato_1” Hulme (163,600), Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Sin Melin (86,500), Dusk Till Dawn regular Waheed “Wadey” Ashraf (77,700), recent GUKPT Manchester third place finisher Steve Warburton (63,600), the one and only Simon Trumper (53,800), and the man almost nailed on for a runner-up finish Simon Deadman (44,600).
2014 Genting Poker Series Sheffield Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 1c kicks off at 1:00pm on Friday and should see upwards of 250 players exchanging £440 for 25,000 tournament chips and the chance to become a GPS champion. Among the Day 1c crowd should be some of the players who failed to progress from Day 1b including Jack Ellwood, Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event champion Alex Spencer, Barry Neville and Grosvenor Poker sponsored pro Jeff Kimber.
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday to see if anyone manages beat Owens’ impressive chip haul or if the man from Liverpool is still in pole position going into Day 2.