Pia Jeppesen has the chance to become only the second female player to win a Genting Poker Series (GPS) Main Event, following in the footsteps of Ellie Biessek who won the Newcastle Main Event in 2013, as she leads the final 21 players in the 2015 Stoke Main Event.
2015 Genting Poker Series Stoke Final Day Chip Counts
Jeppesen, of Denmark, has more than two dozen cashes dating back to 2008 that when combined fall just shy of the $100,000 mark. By the time the GPS Stoke Main Event is completed, Jeppesen should have powered through the $100,000 barrier as she only needs a final table appearance to do so.
The returning 21 players are in the money after the bubble burst late on Day 2.
Vince Meli committed his five big blind stack with and found a caller in the shape of Robert Boon who held the dominating . Neither player improved by the river of the board meaning Boon’s king-kicker played, Meli was bust and anyone with chips in front of them was guaranteed at least £850 for their effort.
Renee Xie, Louis Scriven, Andreas Olympios, Ying Liu, Matt Rainford, Vishal Mani, and Sunny Mistri all fell during the final level of play to leave the waters of the Main Event slightly less shark infested, only slightly though because there are some talented individuals through to the final day.
Brandon Sheils (627,000) is only a couple of big blinds behind the chip leader, as is Leo McClean (624,000) who put in a deep run at the recent Pokerfest Live Main Event in Nottingham.
Also still in contention are the GPS Birmingham winner Chris Johnson (329,000), World Series of Poker bracelet winner and local hero Alex Lindop (204,000), up-and-coming star Tom Haney (171,000), professional footballer Anthony Gardner (120,000) and a very short stacked Simon Deadman (80,000).
Play resumes at midday and continues until one player has all of the chip in play. Whoever that is wins £30,660 and place in the GOPS history books. Who will that champion?UK & Ireland PokerNews will have the answer for you on Monday morning.