Dusk Till Dawn was awash with some of the country’s best poker talent on Wednesday as the £1,100 buy-in High Roller event of the 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) DTD got under way.
With the prize pool guaranteed to be at least £50,000, the tournament needed to attract no fewer than 50 entrants, which it did with ease as 74 buy-ins were received. Only 33 of those starters progressed to Thursday’s Day 2, with Robert Boon being the man out in front at the close of play.
Boon bagged up 314,400 chips as Day 1 ended to earn himself the title of overnight chip leader. A regular at Dusk Till Dawn, Boon boasts of live tournament winnings weighing in at more than $260,000. It is an impressive total that has been reached with help of a runner-up finish in the 2007 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final, a third place finish in the 2012 GUKPT Blackpool Main Event and a sixth place in the 2012 GPS Sheffield Main Event.
Joining Boon at the top of the Day 1 chip counts is the 2010 Irish Open winner James Mitchell, whose day at the DTD felt went well judging by his 296,800 stack. Mitchell is vastly experienced and now that he has a substantial stack in front of him will be one of the favourites to take down the tournament and claim the title of GPS High Roller champion.
Sat among the 33 surviving players are a whole host of well-known players and familiar faces.
Yucel “Mad Turk” Eminoglu (211,800), Martyn Frey (173,300), Ben “f3nix35” Dobson (108,100), Ian Simpson (87,500), Mitchell Johnson (64,700), cash game specialist Steven Warburton (53,500), Tom Ambler (52,300), Ben Vinson (51,400), Ben Martin (50,500), Nick Hicks (37,100), and DTD supremo Robert Yong (26,000) all progressed to Wednesday’s Day 2.
2014 GPS DTD High Roller End-of-Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
Play resumed at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday with blinds of 1,200/2,400/300a making the average stack slightly less than 113,000 and UK & Ireland PokerNews will have a recap of the day’s action, plus a report from Day 1b of the £125,000 guaranteed Main Event, for your enjoyment on Thursday.