Marius Lietuvninkas is the man to catch going into the final day’s play in the 2015 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Southend Main Event where only 24 players remain in contention for the £35,300 first place prize.
Lietuvninkas has a number of live tournament cashes to his name, some of which date back to 2009. The largest of these cashes weigh in at £8,200, his reward for finishing sixth in the UKIPT Coventry Main Event on Season 1. Lietuvninkas needs to finish fourth or better to improve on his career-high.
Each of the 24 players returning to the Genting Club Westcliff on Sunday afternoon do so safe in the knowledge that they will collect at least £950 for their efforts after the money bubble burst during Saturday’s Day 2.
Justin Sevilla was the unfortunate bubble boy, busting at the hands of Lietuvninkas. The flop read and Lietuvninkas led for 13,500 and then called when Sevilla raised to 35,000. Both players checked the but the seemingly innocuous saw Sevilla check and Lietuvninkas overbet shove! Sevilla tanked for five minutes before calling and showing for a set of jacks and was heading for the exits when Lietuvninkas flipped over for top set!
That hand gifted Lietuvninkas the chip lead and he continued his domination right through to when tournament director Colin McTaggart ended play for the night.
2015 Genting Poker Series Southend Chip Counts
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Although Lietuvninkas goes into the final day with the chip lead, him winning this event is far from a forgone conclusion thanks to some very talented players being among the final 24 hopefuls.
Starting Day 3 in second place is Ben Winsor and his 910,000 stack. Winsor is used to high pressure situations thanks in part to him reaching the final table of this very event in 2014 (he finished fifth for £6,750) and then winning the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Walsall Main Event.
Others who will have a major influence on who wins the tournament include Yianni Liperis (428,000), former GPS Grand Final winner Elliott Panyi (397,000), David La Ronde (312,000), and Gabriel Tuna (131,500).
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to discover if Lietuvninkas or one of the other grinders walked away with the title of 2015 Genting Poker Series Southend Main Event champion.
Lead image courtesy of the Genting Poker blog