Alan Brown is the name at the top of the chip counts from the £125,000 guaranteed Genting Poker Series (GPS) Newcastle Main Event after the completion of two of its three start days.
Day 1a was held online at Genting Poker and Dusk Till Dawn and saw 25 players pony up the £420+£20 buy-in. Only six of those players managed to make it through to Saturday’s Day 2 relatively unscathed, with Jack Lam (149,900), Andy Taylor (127,800), Jonathan Beck (114,300), Richard Garner (89,400), Matt Davenport (76,100) and Waheed “Wadey” Ashraf (67,900) being that sextet of stars.
The first of the two live Day 1s took place on Thursday afternoon and saw a total of 82 entries taken. This means at least 202 players need to flock to the North East for Friday’s Day 1c otherwise the GPS faces the daunting prospect of an overlay of the prize pool, something that has never happened since its creation in 2012.
Nineteen players navigated their way through the choppy Day 1b waters, with Alan Brown faring the best, bagging up a tournament-leading stack of 252,000 chips.
Brown’s closest rival is Kenny Billups and his 181,300 stack, while Dan Patterson (156,100), Paul Nixon (147,000), Chris Howden (140,300), Alan Gooprum (134,600), George Harle (133,100), Tim Chung (131,200), Dean Reay (122,800), Colin Turnball (114,300), and Hasan Hosheyar (113,600) all bagged up six-figure stacks.
Plenty of familiar faces flocked to Newcastle for Day 1b, but fell by the wayside at various points in the day. Expected to take advantage of the re-entry format are such luminaries as Brett Angell, Full Tilt Poker ambassador Ben Jenkins, Paul McTaggart, Jamie Rutherford, Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event winner Alex Spencer, Dan Trett, Gareth Walker and Ben Winsor in addition to a relative army of players who will be making their way to “Geordie Land” on Friday afternoon.
2014 Genting Poker Series Newcastle Top 10 Chip Counts (After Day 1a and 1b)
Lead image courtesy of the Genting Poker blog.