The Star City casino was full to bursting on Friday afternoon when 228 poker players headed to it to compete in Day 1c of the 2015 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Birmingham Main Event. This impressive number takes the total attendance to 381, which means the £100,000 guarantee has been smashed by some £52,400.
Local player Farzad Hatamnejadian was the man who fared best on Day 1c, turning his 25,000 starting stack into 180,000 over the course of eight action packed levels of poker. Hatamnejadian pipped Simon Deadman to the chip lead, Deadman ended with 175,000 chips and will once again be one to watch going into Day 2 and almost certainly beyond.
Neither Hatamnejadian or Deadman are going to have matters their own way because they are joined on Day 2 by some excellent players who also progressed for the Day 1c flight.
Yucel “Mad Turk” Eminoglu already has a GPS win and a runner-up finish to his name and now that he has 132,700 chips to his name he is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Also safely through is Michael “RipCheader” Rosaman (135,600), Stephen Bean (120,100) and Paul Jackson (113,900).
Those are not the only notables to watch for because the likes of Mark McCluskey (100,500), Sky Poker UK Poker Championship Main Event winner Alex Spencer (96,000), Ali Mallu (95,200), Ben Jackson (95,100), Leo McClean (85,400), Ben Carpenter (85,400), Richard Milner (67,100), Lee Taylor (66,700), Dean Clay (58,200), Mike Hill (46,200), Stuart Fox (28,100), Fraser MacIntyre (27,000), Rob Sherwood (25,300) and high roller specialist Senh Man Ung (22,400) are all still in the hunt for glory.
2015 Genting Poker Series Birmingham Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 2 kicks off at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and sees at least 145 players return to their seats. We say “at least” because late registration is available until the first cards are dealt. Buying in at the start of Day 2 would see you sat with 25,000 at the 600/1,200/200a level, giving you a shade under 21 big blinds.
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday to discover if anyone did buy in late and who managed to dominate the Day 2 action.