Like everything else in the poker world, the Genting Poker Series (GPS) went on a hiatus while the 2014 World Series of Poker did its thing over in Las Vegas, but on July 23 it returns with a bang in the fantastic city in the North East, Newcastle.
Poker is extremely popular in Newcastle and everything points towards the 2014 GPS Newcastle Main Event and side events being well-attended and the Genting Newcastle Forth Street being packed to the rafters until the five-day festival is completed.
Raising the curtain on 2014 GPS Newcastle is a £30+£3 rebuy satellite that guarantees at least 10 players will book their seat into the £400+£40 buy-in Main Event. That Main Event has three start days, with Day 1a taking place online at Genting Poker and Dusk Till Dawn’s online poker site, while 1b and 1c are both held in the casino like a traditional poker tournament.
Running alongside the £125,000 guaranteed Main Event are a trio of side events, namely a £50+£5 No Limit Hold’em event (£2,500 guarantee), a £75+£10 buy-in tournament (£5,000 guarantee) and a £25+£5 side event (£2,000 guarantee), the latter closing out proceedings.
2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Newcastle Schedule
|Wed 23 Jul||8:00pm||£30+£3 Rebuy Satellite|
|Wed 23 Jul||9:00pm||£420+£20 Main Event Day 1a Online|
|Thu 24 Jul||1:00pm||£400+£40 Main Event Day 1b|
|Thu 24 Jul||7:00pm||£50+£5 No Limit Hold’em Side Event|
|Fri 25 Jul||1:00pm||£400+£40 Main Event Day 1c|
|Sat 26 Jul||1:00pm||Main Event Day 2|
|Sat 26 Jul||2:00pm||£75+£10 No Limit Hold’em Side Event|
|Sun 27 Jul||1:00pm||Main Event Final Day|
|Sun 27 Jul||£25+£5 No Limit Hold’em Side Event|
When the GPS was last in Newcastle, in March 2013, it was a historic event because Ellie Biessek navigated her way through the 400-strong crowd to become the tour’s first-ever female Main Event champion.
Biessek locked horns with Ashraf “Wadey” Waheed (seventh for £6,400), Jonathan “Gil3000” Gill ( sixth for £8,960), George Clyde-Smith (third for £19,010) and Jamie Rutherford (second for £25,600) on her way to securing the winner’s trophy and the £38,750 first place prize.
There is every chance that Biessek will be in the North East to defend her title because British schools are now on a six-week break and Biessek is a teacher by trade. Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews during the 2014 GPS Newcastle Main Event to see if Biessek does attempt to defend her historic title and for recaps from what should be an action-packed festival.
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