The first live leg of the 2015 Genting Poker Series took place on Thursday at the Star City casino in Birmingham. An impressive crowd of 153 players parted company with £440 and received 25,000 tournament chips in exchange, but only 53 of those starters managed to progress to Saturday's Day 2.
Shaf Rahman is one of the 53 surviving players who punched his Day 2 ticket and did so in style. Over the course of eight levels, Rahman turned his starting stack into a tournament leading 227,800. Rahman is a regular at Genting casinos, particularly in Newcastle where he has more than 30 cashes in low stakes tournaments.
His largest cash to date is for £2,170 which he collected for a runner-up finish in a £110 buy-in event at the 2012 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Walsall festival. Should Rahman continue as he started in this £100,000 guaranteed event he would obliterate his largest cash and could walk away with a five-figure score.
Paul Malso was the only other player to bag up more than 200,000 chips, ending Day 1b with 218,300 in his stack.
Other big stacks and notable players through to Day 2 include Yiannis Liperis (149,200), Tom Langley (118,600), 2014 GPS Newcastle champion Tim Chung (106,200), David Lloyd (67,000), Tim Slater (62,200), reigning GPS Birmingham champion Faisal Shabbir (62,100), Micky Wernick (43,300), Lynne Beaumont (33,100), Phill Huxley (29,200), and Eirimas Livonas (24,000).
2015 Genting Poker Series Birmingham Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
The final starting flight takes place on Friday afternoon and should see an even larger field descend on the Star City casino thanks to yesterday's busted players being able to re-enter if they so wish. Players such as JJ Hazan, Ryan Spittles, Caicai Huang, Paul McTaggart, Rick Trigg, and Matt Davenport should all take advantage of the re-entry format and take another bite at the cherry.
Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday for a recap of the 2015 GPS Birmingham Day 1c action.
Lead image courtesy of the Genting Poker Blog