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Dan O’Callaghan On Top in the 2014 GPS DTD Main Event

Dan O’Callaghan

It is the final day of the 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) DTD Main Event and only 30 players remain in the hunt for the £62,500 first place prize. Each of the 30 hopefuls have a legitimate chance of becoming a GPS champion, but it is Dan O’Callaghan who fancies his chances the most because he starts the day as the tournament’s chip leader and the only player with a seven-figure stack.

O’Callaghan had the welcomed problem of trying to cram 1,195,000 chips into his overnight chip bag when Day 2 concluded at around 1:00 a.m on Sunday morning. O’Callaghan has a handful of live tournament cashes to his name, the largest weighing in at an impressive $14,016, his reward for finishing second to Jeff Kimber in the inaugural PKR Live Mixed Max in March 2014.

If you get the chance to call in at the Dusk Till Dawn club in Nottingham on Sunday, you should do so because there is a wealth of poker talent on display. You may think that £400 buy-in tournaments are avoided by the so-called big names, but the GPS is different, it attracts some of the best poker talent from the United Kingdom.

Ellie Biessek is one such player. Biessek, the only female player to win a GPS Main Event, has a massive stack of 974,000 at the start of play, while the likes of Lee Tatters (885,000), Eirimas Livonas (774,000), Michael Howard (772,000), Stuart Fox (732,000), Ben Martin (656,000), Chris Sly (573,000), Mark McCluskey (488,000), Yucel “Mad Turk” Eminoglu (435,000), Robert Sherwood (299,000), Rana Gurnam (248,000) and Steve Watts (199,000) also return on Sunday afternoon.

Each of the 30 returnees have locked up at least £1,050 for their effort so far thanks to the money bubble bursting during the evening of Saturday’s Day 2 and then 40 players busting out in the money places.

It was Alex Gabriel who popped the money bubble, losing a race with {10-Spades}{10-Hearts} versus the {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades} of Michael Howard when the five community cards fell {3-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Hearts}.

Plenty of stars helped themselves to some prize money including, Fraser MacIntyre, Waheed “Wadey” Ashraf, David Lloyd, Kyriacos “Greek Jack” Dionysiou, and Sunny Mistri being a selection of those banking some dough.

2014 Genting Poker Series DTD Main Event Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Dan O’Callaghan1,195,000
2Ellie Biessek974,000
3Lee Tatters885,000
4Jamid Rowshanaei849,000
5David Greene830,000
6Eirimas Livonas774,000
8Michael Howard772,000
9Stuart Fox732,000
10Ben Martin656,000

The final day kicks off at 1:00 p.m on Sunday afternoon and continues until a champion is crowned. Who will the GPS DTD winner be? Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to find out!

Lead image courtesy of the Genting Poker blog

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