The 2015 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Newcastle Main Event continued its march onwards on Friday afternoon with its third and final starting flight. By the time eight 60-minute levels were in the bad, 153 entries had been processed leaving a shortfall in the guarantee of £6,000, although with players able to re-enter during the first level of Day 2 it is likely the £100,000 mark will be breached.
Bagging the most chips of the 68 surviving players was Main Event Travel owner Fraser MacIntyre, the Scot finishing the night with 150,300 chips. MacIntyre has more than $520,000 in live tournament winnings, the bulk of which stem from his runner-up finish in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Madrid Main Event in Season 8 (2012) which netted his €290,000.
MacIntyre’s stack contains a mere 300 chips more than his nearest Day 1c rival, Eric Foreman. While Foreman may not be as experienced as those around him in the chip counts, he acquired his big stack on merit and will be quietly confident of reaching the third day of play.
Also progressing to Saturday’s Day 2 are a handful, or two, or familiar names and faces. The likes of Stephen Bean (123,000), Jamie Rutherford (86,500), Neil Strike (85,000), Ben Jenkins (84,400), Michael Kane (77,100), Yucel Eminoglu (68,000), Jack Ellwood (56,500), Brett Angell (49,000), Kevin Houghton (43,400), Jeff Kimber (37,900), Dominic Mahoney (35,300), Willie Tann (29,800), Sylvia Hewitt (24,600) and Renee Xie (19,900) all did enough to stamp their Day 2 passes.
2015 Genting Poker Series Newcastle Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts
Ten levels are on the schedule for Day 2. Leading the 95 returning players is online superstar Rick Trigg and his 210,300 stack. Trigg is the only player to pass the 200,000 mark after demolishing the online Day 1a leg.
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday to discover if Trigg is still the man in front or if his lofty position has been taken by one of the talented players in the chasing pack.