The players in the 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Edinburgh Main Event are enjoying something of a rarity on the tour, an overlay of £9,000. This is because the 203 entries taken on Day 1c were not enough to push the total prize pool past the £125,000 mark.
Jamie Caira is the name at the top of the Day 1c chip count after accumulating a stack of 217,100 chips over the course of 10 hour-long levels. Caira’s stack was the only one that had more than 200,000 chips in it and is enough to see him start Saturday’s Day 2 third overall.
Day 1c was the start day of choice for some of British poker’s most talented and respected players, one of who is Kuljinder Sidhu.
Sidhu finished eighth in the 2013 European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event for a career-best score of £60,640 and now that he has 182,300 chips in this tournament he would be a good bet to go all the way and become a GPS champion.
Someone else who fancies their chances of glory is the former EPT London champion David Vamplew who bagged up 108,900 chips at the close of play.
Caira, Sidhu and Vamplew are joined on Day 2 by such grinders as Paul McTaggart (98,100), Richard Blacklock (77,300), Willie Tann (74,000, Eldon Orr (67,300), and the runner-up of this tournament in 2013, Darren Knaggs (39,400).
2014 GPS Edinburgh Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 2 begins at 1:00 p.m on Saturday afternoon and sees 80 players take to the GPS branded felt. The money bubble will burst and by the time the curtain comes down on proceedings we will have a clearer picture of who may become the 2014 GPS Edinburgh champion.