Players in the Genting Poker Series (GPS) Southend Main Event are being treated to a £17,000 overlay, marking the first time in the history that a GPS Main Event has failed to reach its guarantee.
Day 1b saw 193 entries who were all put into the shade by Eric Wenbin Chen who somehow turned his 25,000 starting stack into a quite ridiculous pile worth 300,000! To put Chen’s colossal stack into perspective, his nearest rival going into Saturday’s Day 2 is fellow Day 1b player Andrew Abernethy and his 177,700 chips.
If Chen doesn’t at least cash and then progress to the final table that it will be a minor miracle!
Chen and Abernethy aside, 18 other players bagged up in excess of 100,000 chips at the end of the 10th level of Day 1b play. The more notable of those big stacks belong to recent GPS Sheffield Main Event third place finisher and all-round legend Ali Mallu (151,000), the talented Leon Campbell (133,500), Gary Strang (111,400) and David La Ronde (107,000).
Fifty-six players progressed from Day 1b to Day 2 among then Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event finalist Deborah O’Connell (97,000), Dean Clay (91,900), Tom Dyer (75,600), last year’s GPS Southend winner Danny Tran (67,000), Carlo Citrone (36,800) and the 2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton champ Driton Haxhiaj (35,800).
Genting Poker Series Southend Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
|1||Eric Wenbin Chen||300,000|
At 1:00pm on Saturday, the surviving 71 players from Day 1a and Day 1c combined into one field and each share a common goal: to progress to the money places. The money bubble will burst at some point on Saturday and then play continues until the final table is within sight.
Lead image courtesy of the Genting Blog