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Martin Smith Leads Final 12 of the 2013 GPS Edinburgh Main Event

Martin Smith

Edinburgh’s Martin Smith is on course to secure his largest-ever live tournament cash thanks to going into the final day of the 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Main Event being held in his home city.

Smith’s currently largest cash tops the scales at £4,900, his reward for winning a £110 buy-in event in 2011. Should Smith, who starts Day 3 with 1,830,000 chips, finish sixth of higher he would beat that already impressive sum.

Parts of that massive stack used to belong to Kellyann Heffernan and Todd Cairns, two talented players who Smith busted during the same hand.

David Vamplew raised to 26,000 and Heffernan three-bet to 56,000. Cairns jammed all-in for 350,000 only to see Smtih move all-in and Heffernan call! It was {K-}{Q-} for Cairns, {K-}{K-} for Heffernan and the top of the shop {A-}{A-} for Smith.

A board reading {9-}{7-}{Q-}{7-}{10-} kept Smith’s aces as the best hand and both Heffernan and Cairns crashed out.

Two other players have more than one million chips going into the final day, Martin Gallagher (1,392,000) and Anor Ali (1,121,000) being those players. Despite that trio of big stacks, most people’s favourite to walk away as champion will be the aforementioned Vamplew who is vastly experienced and who will not be afraid of the money jumps at all.

Talking of money, each of the 12 returning players is guaranteed £1,560 when they exit with £33,730 reserved for the eventual champion.

The bubble burst on Saturday as the clocks approached 9:00p.m. and it was Chris Jupp who was the unfortunate soul who popped it. Jupp pushed all-in with {A-}{9-} and Robert Griffiths looked him up with {K-}{K-}. The {10-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{K-} board was rather final and when Griffiths improved to quads on the turn it was game over for Jupp.

Paul Carnegie was the first player to collect some money for his efforts and he was followed to the cashier’s desk by players such as Paul McTaggart, Ludovic Geilich, Kuljinder Sidhu, Kellyann Heffernan and Todd Cairns.

2014 GPS Edinburgh Main Event Day 3 Chip Counts

1Martin Smith1,830,000
2Martin Gallagher1,392,000
3Anor Ali1,121,000
4David Vamplew514,000
5Chris Craig373,000
6Syed Zaidi364,000
7Mindaugas Kriauciunas363,000
8Iain Farrell361,000
9Jonny Gray309,000
10Michael Kane306,000
11Jamie Caira242,000
12Jamie Anderson195,000

Play resumes at 1:00p.m. and continues until a champion is crowned. Who will that champion be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to find out.

Lead image courtesy of the Genting Poker blog

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