Sheffield Gears Up for the 2014 GPS Grand Final
The 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) comes to a conclusion this week once the not-so-small matter of the Grand Final is completed in the steel city of Sheffield. The South Yorkshire leg of the GPS has proven to be extremely popular since the tour's creation and everything points towards this even being no exception.
Day 1a of the £200,000 guaranteed Grand Final takes place online at Genting Poker and Dusk Till Dawn's online poker arm at 9:00 p.m. on December 10. The online leg costs £840+£40 to enter and for your money you receive a generous helping of 30,000 tournament chips and play to a 24-minute blind structure.
Those of you preferring the live arena, Day 1b and Day 1c run at 1:00 p.m. on December 11 and December 12, cost £800+£80 to buy into and for that princely sum you receive 30,000 tournament chips and play to a 60-minute clock.
Although everyone who enters the 2014 GPS Grand Final Main Event plans on winning it, it does make sense to make plans for when the inevitable happens and your quest for glory ends in tears. Thankfully, if you do bust – and your re-entries too – there are some juicy-looking side events to get your teeth into before heading back home through the Christmas traffic.
2014 Genting Poker Series Grand Final Schedule
|Wed 10 Dec||9:00pm||£840+£40 Grand Final Main Event Day 1a||£200k GTD, Online leg|
|Wed 10 Dec||9:00pm||£20 NL Hold'em Rebuy||£10k GTD, 1 day event, 1k chips, 20-min clock|
|Thu 11 Dec||1:00pm||£800+£80 Grand Final Main Event Day 1b||£200K GTD|
|Thu 11 Dec||7:00pm||£135+£15 NL Hold'em Day 1a||£20K GTD, 2-days, 50k chips, 40-min clock|
|Fri 12 Dec||1:00pm||£800+£80 Grand Final Main Event Day 1c||£200K GTD|
|Fri 12 Dec||7:00pm||£135+£15 NL Hold'em Day 1b||£20K GTD, 2-days, 50k chips, 40-min clock|
|Sat 13 Dec||1:00pm||Grand Final Main Event Day 2|
|Sat 13 Dec||7:00pm||Side Event Day 2|
|Sun 14 Dec||5:00pm||£50+£5 NL Hold'em||£3k GTD, 1-day, 10k chips, 25-min clock|
In 2012, during the GPS' inaugural season, Hasmukh Khodiyara outlasted a 562-strong field in the Sheffield Main Event and banked a cool £50,000 for his win. Later that year, Elliott Panyi won the £1,500+£100 Grand Final in London and collected £66,900.
The 2013 GPS Sheffield Main Event attracted another bumper crowd with 546 players buying in. All of those entrants were pipped to the post by Mudasser Hussain who defeated Yucel “Mad Turk” Eminoglu heads-up to scoop £42,960.
Sheffield hosted its first Grand Final in 2013 and saw Richard Milner walk away with the lion's share of the spoils – £40,086 to be exact after a four-way chop– after dancing his way through the 262 player field.
In March 2014, a crowd of 400 players bought into the Sheffield Main Event creating a £160,000 prize pool. James Parker of South Africa emerged victorious and won £22,120 for his efforts, although second placed Richard Kellett (£24,855) won more money and third placed Ali Mallu (£31,425) more than him thanks to the deal that was struck in the latter stages.
With the Prague festivities in full swing, the 2014 GPS Grand Final should be less pro-heavy than you would expect for a £880 buy-in event and could end up being one of the best value tournaments of the year if a sizeable field isn't created during the online leg or on Day 1b as the £200,000 could end up being a little too ambitious, which spells good news for the players!