Graham Hardy Claims 2015 Genting Poker Series Southend Chip Lead

Graham Hardy

The second leg of the 2015 Genting Poker Series (GPS) kicked off on Thursday afternoon at the Genting Club Westcliff. When tournament director Colin McTaggart issued the order to shuffle up and deal there were 60 players in their seats, but by the time the late registration period ended, this number had increased to 101, which makes it likely that last year’s attendance of 270 will be eclipsed.

Bagging up the most chips of the 37 surviving players was Graham Hardy whose previous cash came during the 2014 GPS Southend leg where he finished eighth in a £30 buy-in side event for £100. Should he continue in this rich vein of form for the rest of the 2015 GPS Southend Main Event he should win much more money. Hardy returns to the felt on Saturday armed with 151,200 chips.

Six other players ended the night with six-figure stacks and will, like Hardy, fancy their chances of grabbing the winner’s trophy. Mick Cox (127,700), Gabriel Tuna (124,500), Shah Athar (113,500), Mantas Zeringis (109,400), Deniz Ozdenmir (105,500) and Hamish Stuart (102,600 being the sextuplet of big stacks from Day 1b.

2015 Genting Poker Series Southend End-of-Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Graham Hardy151,200
2Mick Cox127,700
3Gabriel Tuna124,500
4Shah Athar113,500
5Mantas Zeringis109,400
6Deniz Ozdenmir105,500
7Hamish Stuart102,600
8Jamie Holt96,000
9Bruce Atkinson95,000
10Paiul Bahbout89,100

Friday’s final starting flight should be much larger and busier than this flight thanks to a number of Day 1b bustees taking advantage of the re-entry format.

Recent partypoker WPT National UK London champion Chris Gordon should take another bit of the cherry, as should the likes of Alan Mansbridge, Driton Haxhaij, Dale Garrad, Dan Trett, David Lloyd, JJ Hazan, and Dave Shallow, the latter having busted twice on the night.

Play resumes at 1:00 p.m. and continues until eight levels are in the bag. Will anyone catch Hardy and claim the chip lead? Check out the GPS blog for live updates and return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday for a recap of the action.

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