Only 12 players remain in contention for the title of 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Newcastle champion after the 87 players returning for Saturday’s Day 2 were reduced to two short-handed tables by the time the 20th level of play was completed.
Tim Chung, a player with a reputation for being fearless at the tables, is the man in pole position going into Sunday’s Day 3 after ending the night with 1,364,000 chips. Should the aggressive Chung go all the way and finish as the last man standing in this event, the £32,815 he would receive would be his largest career score, surpassing the £22,500 he picked up for his runner-up finish in the December 2013 edition of the Dusk Till Dawn £500 Deepstack.
Standing between Chung and that bankroll-boosting score are 11 players who have reached the final day’s play on merit and 11 players who are going to have a say in where the title ends up.
Keith “The Camel” Hawkins is the man closest to Chung at the start of play, his 1,293,000 stack being one of three to be over seven-figures. Hawkins is a popular figure in the UK poker community and one who has stood the test of time. He will need all of his vast experience to come out on top in this event.
Chung and Hawkins aside, the third player with over one million chips is the Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong, who has 1,290,000 chips at his disposal. Yong is better known for his high-stakes cash game exploits, mainly Pot Limit Omaha, but he’s showing that he can play tournament No Limit Hold’em with the best of them.
Others to look out for on Day 3 include Jonathan Beck (892,000), Brett Angell (509,000), Irish Tom Brady (236,000), Willie Tann (205,000) and Matt Davenport (164,000).
Each of the 12 returnees have locked up £1,625 for their efforts and know that a final table appearance boosts that amount to £2,630. Once there, they are only eight eliminations away from the £32,815 first place prize and the title of Genting Poker Series Newcastle champion.
All this talk of prize money means that the money bubble burst on Day 2 and it was Richard Garner who was the unfortunate bubble boy. Garner got it all in with versus on a flop only for the turn and river to come and to send Garner to the rail and the players into the money.
Ben Jenkins (22nd for £875), Day 1c chip leader Fraser Bellamy (21st for £875), and Lynne Beaumont (14th for £1,250) were a trio of established pros who finished with some cash to show for their efforts.
Play resumes at 1:00pm and continues until a winner is decided. Who will that winner be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to find out.
2014 Genting Poker Series Newcastle Day 3 Chip Counts