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Stoke Gears Up For Genting Poker Series Main Event

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  • Iwan Jones won the GPS Stoke Main Event in 2014, walking away with £32,030

  • PLO, Mix-Max, turbo NLHE and a charity cash game make up the 2015 GPS Stoke side events

The city of Stoke-on-Trent may be more famous for its Premier League football team and producing stars such as Lemmy from Motorhead, Anthea Turner and Robbie Williams that it is for its intense poker action, but from September 8 through September 13 that will change because the Genting Poker Series (GPS) is in town.

Taking place at the Genting Club Stoke on Eturia Road in Hanley, the 2015 GPS Stoke features several tournaments with buy-ins starting as low as £40 and increasing to £440. This more expensive of the tournaments on the schedule is the GPS Stoke Main Event, which in 2014 saw 360 entries taken and a £144,000 prize pool created.

This year’s GPS Main Event has a £100,000 guaranteed prize pool (£25,000 is guaranteed for first place) and sees players sit down with 25,000 tournament chips and play to a superb blind structure that increases every 60-minutes.

Cardiff’s Iwan Jones was the player who got his hands on the GPS Stoke trophy in 2014, that and £32,030 after he bested a final table that was the home to the likes of Dominic Kay, Will Kassouf, Alex Spencer, Matthew Simpson, Jack Allen, and Jones’ heads-up opponent, Richard Horton.

This year’s GPS Main Event has a £100,000 guaranteed prize pool (£25,000 is guaranteed for first place) and sees players sit down with 25,000 tournament chips and play to a superb blind structure that increases every 60-minutes.

Sandwiched between the Main Event antics are a host of side events for players to get their teeth into, plus a handful of cut-price Main Event satellites including a fun £40 buy-in 11-player random draw satellite.

2015 Genting Poker Series Stoke Schedule

DateTimeTournamentStarting chipsClock
Tue 8 Sep4:30pm£20 entry + £10 top-up Main Event Satellite10,00020-mins
Tue 8 Sep8:00pm£50 0-Max NL Hold’em15,00020-mins
Wed 9 Sep4:30pm£20 entry + £10 top-up Main Event Satellite10,00020-mins
Wed 9 Sep7:00pm£1/£2 Charity cash gameMin £250, Max £500 
Wed 9 Sep8:00pm£50 PLO Double Chance15,00025-mins
Wed 9 Sep9:00pm£400+£40 GPS Stoke Main Event Day 1a Online25,00024-mins
Thu 10 Sep12:00pm£40 player draw- 11 players  
Thu 10 Sep1:00pm£400+£40 GPS Stoke Main Event Day 1b25,00060-mins
Thu 10 Sep7:00pmPoker seminar with Paul Jackson  
Thu 10 Sep8:00pm£40 + £20 top up Main Event Satellite 5-seats10,00015-mins
Fri 11 Sep12:00pm£40 player draw- 11 players  
Fri 11 Sep1:00pm£400+£40 GPS Stoke Main Event Day 1c25,00060-mins
Fri 11 Sep7:00pmBeautician on site  
Fri 11 Sep8:00pm£100 NL Hold’em Turbo15,00015-mins
Sat 12 Sep12:00pm£40 player draw- 11 players  
Sat 12 Sep1:00pmMain Event Day 2  
Sat 12 Sep4:00pm£100 Mix-Max NL Hold’em15,00030-mins
Sun 13 Sep1:00pmMain Event final day  
Sun 13 Sep4:15pm£40+£5 NL Hold’em10,00025-mins

Each of the starting flights of the Main Event run for eight 60-minute levels and are played to a re-entry format with one re-entry permitted on each day. Player can also re-enter at the start of Day 2, meaning a maximum of seven bullets can be fired by those adamant on some Stoke-based glory.

UK & Ireland PokerNews will be writing recaps of each Main Event day’s action so if you’re heading to play the £100,000 guaranteed GPS Stoke Main Event, tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews to see if you can find your name on our pages.

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