When Michael Howard ended Day 1c of the 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) DTD Main Event with 381,000 chips I didn’t think anyone would be able to match his colossal total. I was wrong, because on Day 1d seasoned pro Stuart Fox turned his 25,000 starting stack into a tournament-leading 384,500!
You’d be forgiven for not knowing who Fox is despite the fact he has more than $1.5 million in live tournament cashes. This is because Fox prefers to shun the limelight, instead preferring to get it quietly, and he gets plenty!
Fox’s first recorded live cash came in 2004 when he finished second in a £110 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha/Hold’em mixed event in Walsall for £4,150. His largest cash to date stands at $448,892 which he picked up for finishing as runner-up to James “mig.com” Mackay in a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2007 World Series of Poker.
While a victory in the 2014 GPS Dusk Till Dawn Main Event won’t net Fox – or whoever does win – the same princely sum, thanks to a total of 632 players turning out of the £440 buy-in tournament and creating a £252,800 prize pool, first place should pay around the £50,000 mark, which nobody who sits down for Saturday’s Day 2 will sniff at.
In addition to Fox, three other players finished the final starting flight with stack in excess of 200,000. Daniel Ward (248,000), Adam Roberts (224,000) and Aleksandrs Golubevs (200,200) being that trio of deep-stack stars.
Others to progress to Day 2 from Day 1d include Lee Taylor (149,000), Eirimas Livonas (147,700), Ellie Biessek (137,700), Joe Grech (137,000), Mark McCluskey (134,500), Leon Campbell (126,800), Kuljinder Sidhu (77,200), Will Kassouf (74,900), Kevin Houghton (71,600), Willie Tann (64,300), Leo McClean (59,800), Haresh Thaker (43,800), Jeff Kimber (36,500), Steve Watts (30,000), Tommy Bingham (25,800) and Dean Clay (17,700).
2014 Genting Poker Series DTD Day 1d Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 2 begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and will see 173 players return to Dusk Till Dawn’s felt. Around a third of those returnees will finish the day having some prize money to show for their efforts, meaning the other two thirds will head into the cold Nottigham air empty handed.
Be sure to check back to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday morning to see how many players are left in the tournament and which player it is who leads them all.