A couple of weeks ago, Michael Howard finished as runner-up to Harry Law in the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Leeds Main Event and collected £21,350 for this efforts. Now he has given himself a realistic shot of a repeat performance in the 2014 Genting Poker Series DTD Main Event thanks to a superb day at the felt on Thursday.
Unless something drastic happens on Friday’s Day 1d, Howard should easily be the overall chip leader going into Saturday’s Day 2 after turning his 25,000 chips into a mountainous stack of 381,000.
To put Howard’s stack into context, it has 95,900 chip more than his nearest rival Todd Cairns (285,100), which is remarkable considering only 10 60-minute levels were completed.
Forty-three of the 169 entrants made it through to Day 2 including Richard Blacklock (183,800), James Bott (136,800), Basharat “Bash” Mahmood (132,000), Sunil Mistri (126,900), Ian Simpson (76,000), Elliot Panyi (44,100) and High Roller finalist Thomas Dunwoodie (40,600).
2014 Genting Poker Series DTD Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts
The attendance on Day 1d, the final starting flight, should be massive due to it naturally being the most popular start day plus anyone who busted out on previous days can re-enter. This means the likes of Danny Laming, Chinese Frankie, Martyn Frey, Billy Chattaway, Julian Thew and PKR Pro Eleanor Gudger all have another bite at the proverbial cherry.
Day 1d commences at 1:00 p.m and continues until 10 one-hour long levels are in the bag. Will anyone catch Howard? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday to find out.