Day 1b of the 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Edinburgh Main Event kicked off on Thursday afternoon with 47 players in their seats, a number that increased to 87 by the time the shutters on the Genting Club Fountainpark cashier desk slammed firmly shut.
Only 22 of those 87 entries finished with chips in front of them at the end of 10 hour-long levels, with Todd Cairns leading the way with 265,000.
Cairns can usually be found playing low stakes tournaments in Glasgow and Edinburgh and has some superb results in them. Recently, Cairns has been playing larger buy-in events, notably the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) events in Leeds and Luton – he finished sixth in Luton – and the GPS Nottingham event where he came 15th. Should Cairns keep up his early form in this tournament, another major tournament cash is there for the taking.
The only other player to bag up more than 200,000 chips was Gavin Maguire who ended with 241,000 and is one to watch going into Saturday’s Day 2.
Joining Cairns and Maguire through to Day 2 are some well-known players such as KellyAnne Heffernan (176,900), everyone’s favourite hyper-aggressive Scot Ludovic Geilich (157,600), and former UKIPT London champion Robbie Bull (82,900).
2014 Genting Poker Series Edinburgh Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Everything points towards Friday’s Day 2 being massive, with more than 200 entries expected, covering the £125,000 guarantee with relative ease. Day 1b casualties such as Paul McTaggart, Jeff Kimber, reigning champion Mark Lane and Willie Tann should take advantage of the re-entry format, in addition to plenty more fresh faces.
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