The final starting flights of any live tournament are traditionally the busiest and this needs to continue to be true at the 2015 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Newcastle Main Event where only 17 entries were taken in the online leg, a further 60 on Day 1b, meaning Day 1c has to attract 172 players through the door otherwise the £100,000 guarantee will not be met.
While overlays are a nightmare for the organisers, they are welcomed with open arms by the players as it is added value. One man in particular, David Maudlin, won’t care less if there aren’t enough buy-ins to surpass the guarantee because he managed to end Day 1b with a stack of 183,400 chips and the title of that day’s chip leader –Rick Trigg leads overall after finishing Day 1a online with 210,224 chips.
Maudlin has cashes dating back to 2006, including a handful from Newcastle. He has more than $220,000 in live tournament winnings with his best result coming in 2012 when he finished seventh in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final for £13,700.
Scotland’s Ludovic Geilich is always fun to watch, but is more entertaining when he has chips. He now has chips. Geilich, the former UKIPT Marbella champion, turned his 25,000 starting stack into 177,900 and should now be one of the favourites to go all of the way and add a GPS title to his poker CV.
Among the 21 players who stamped their Day 2 tickets were Makka Hussain (98,100), former Irish Open winner Ian Simpson (92,700), Simon Deadman (67,000), Yiannis Liperis (46,100), reigning GPS Newcastle champion Tim Chung (27,600) and Adam Forsyth (26,100).
2015 Genting Poker Series Newcastle Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Day 1c kicks off at noon and sees eight 60-minute levels played. Late registration and re-entries are permitted all day and up to the end of the first level on Day 2, which gives some hope to those holding the purse strings.
Lead image courtesy of the Genting Poker Series blog