Christopher Johnson Tops 2014 GPS Grand Final Day 1c Field

Christopher Johnson

The final starting flight of the 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Grand Final Main Event began with only 60 players in their seats and a huge overlay looked on the cards. However, a flurry of entries during the day saw Day 1c end with 168 entries, taking the total attendance to 255 and beating the £200,000 guranatee by £4,000.

Topping the Day 1c chip counts was the former PokerStars Sunday Million champion Christopher “MAKKAPAKK” Johnson who turned his 30,000 starting stack into 236,400 chips. Johnson actually busted midway through Day 1c, but took full advantage of the re-entry format and sat back down with a fresh stack. A few hours later and Johnson found himself at the top of the chip counts and with a solid chance of a big live score.

Two other players ended Day 1c with more than 200,000 betting tokens. Ben Vinson, who seems to be in superb form right now, bagged up 209,700 chips while Jack Shutt was hot on his heels with 203,300 chips.

Other notables who progressed to Saturday's Day 2 include Tom Langley (187,000), Will Kassouf (169,800), Ben Jackson (161,400), Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton winner Jamie O'Connor (115,500), Jack Ellwood (97,000), reigning GPS Grand Final champion Richard Milner (81,600), Leo McClean (79,400), Sunny Mistri (61,400), Jon “Skalie” Kalmar (60,300), Dean Clay (59,600), Martyn Frey (52,000), Dusk Till Dawn supremo Rob Yong (37,000), Alex Lindop (36,000), former GPS Sheffield winner Hasmukh Khodiyara (30,800) and Adam Forsyth (27,000).

2014 GPS Grand Final Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts

1Christopher Johnson236,400
2Ben Vinson209,700
3Jack Shutt203,300
4Tom Langley187,000
5William Kassouf169,800
6Chi Zhang167,500
7Ben Jackson161,400
8Brandon Shields155,100
9Guy Taylor154,400
10Richard Connolly150,300

Play resumes at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and the initial plan is to complete another 10 levels, by which time the final table should be in sight.

Lead image courtesy of the Genting Poker Blog

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