It is quite a rarity for a poker player to be chip leader on Day 1 who then goes on to win, but we could see this happen at the 2015 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Southend Main Event because Erimas Livonas has accumulated a gigantic stack.
On Thursday’s Day 1b, Graham Hardy claimed the chip lead courtesy of this 151,200 stack. The following day, as 223 players piled into the Genting Club Westcliff, Livonas turned his 25,000 starting stack into a quite ridiculous 339,900!
If Livonas’ name rings a bell it is because he went on a bit of a heater two years ago and won both the APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker Main Event and the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Didsbury Main Event within two weeks of each other. Since then, the hyper-aggressive players has become a regular in live events – mostly in and around Birmingham – where he is a real pain to play against.
Eighty-three of the 223 entries made it through to Saturday’s Day 2 and there are plenty of familiar faces among them.
David La Ronde ended the night with 232,200 chips and now finds himself in second place overall while the likes of Tina Bandyle (160,200), Mark McCluskey (142,700), Yiannis Liperis (63,600), Martyn Frey (61,100), Carlo Citrone (50,100), Elliott Panyi (44,100), Chris Johnson (21,300), and Nick Holbrook (18,700) being a selection of those who are now on course to secure a cash on the GPS circuit.
2015 Genting Poker Series Southend End-of-Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts
|2||David La Ronde||232,200|
Day 2 kicks off at 1:00pm on Saturday and sees 10 levels played. In addition to those who managed t progress from the starting flights there could be some of the Day 1c casualties because they can now buy in up to the start of play on Day 2.
Will the likes of Will Kassouf, Sunny Mistri, Jamie Bott, and Yucel Eminoglu take another bite at the GPS Southend cherry? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday to find out.
Lead image courtesy of the Genting Poker blog