The 2014 edition of the Genting Poker Series (GPS) Southend Main Event looks set to sport a chunky overlay after a much lower than expected turn out.
The online leg, which was scheduled to be Day 1a, did not have the required 20 entrants at the start of play so had to be cancelled. Only 77 players turned out for the live Day b, leaving the organisers needing 236 entries on Friday’s Day 1b in order to avoid an overlay.
Of those 77 who bought in on the new Day 1a, only 25 managed to progress with their chip stacks intact. Josh Venman had a great day at the felt and when the curtain came down on the day’s proceedings he had turned his 25,000 starting stack into a tournament leading 155,000.
Venman has happy memories of Southend because he finished second in this very event in 2013. On that occasion, Venman outlasted all but one of the 367 entrants, eventually falling in second place after losing to champion Danny Tran. Venman secured a £24,000 payout – after a four-way chop – and will be hoping for a repeat performance over the weekend.
Another player with a GPS runner-up finish on his poker CV is Callum Smith. Smith finished second to the legendary Albert Sapiano in the 2012 GPS London Main Event, banking a cool £32,940 in the process. Smith bagged up 152,900 at the end of Day 1a, which puts him in second place after the first starting flight.
Other notables to look out for on Saturday’s Day 2 include Karl Mahrenholz (144,100), Main Event Travel’s David Lloyd (108,500) and Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Sin Melin (76,500) who was the first player to bust on Day 1a but managed to recompose herself and bag up a decent stack.
2014 Genting Poker Series Southend Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 1b kicked off at 1:00pm on Friday and continues for 10 one-hour levels. Late registration and re-entries are available until the end of Level 9. Will there be a big overlay or will players travel from far and wide hoping for one but inadvertently pushing the prize pool over its guarantee. We’ll have the answer to that question and more ready for you on Saturday morning!