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Colin Gillon Grabs 2015 GPS Edinburgh Main Event Chip Lead

Colin Gillon

The live element of the Edinburgh Main Event of the 2015 Genting Poker Series (GPS) began on Thursday afternoon and 86 layers make their way to the casino to start their quest to become a GPS champion. Less than half of that figure, 31 to be exact, progressed to Saturday’s Day 2, none of them with more chips than Colin Gillon.

Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Colin Gillon193,400
2Patricio Leoni159,500
3Paul McTaggart136,400
4Tom Gill101,600
5Anrew Leatherm99,300
6Thomas Partridge95,700
7Jim McLean90,300
8Maj Iqbal86,200
9Martin Gallagher81,100
10Criag McDowell80,200

Gillon recently secured his largest live tournament score in Edinburgh when, in June 2015, he won the Edinburgh leg of the Grosvenor 25/25 Series for £10,670. He now has given himself a shot of eclipsing that amount by getting off to a blistering start in this £100,000 guaranteed event.

Things were already going well for Gillon but improved greatly 15-minute from the end of play. Gillon managed to get all of his stack into the middle holding {a-}{a-} against an opponent holding {k-}{k-} and when the aces held, Gillon soared to the top of the chip counts and ended the night with 193,400 chips.

Patricio Leoni (159,500) finished the night with 159,500 chips, while Paul McTaggart (136,400) and Tom Gill (101,600) both bagged up six-figure stacks at the close of play and are just two names to look out for on Day 2.

Joining the aforementioned players through to the Day 2 are the likes of Andrew Leathem (99,300), Jonthan Gray (69,900), and Richard Blacklock (18,400) plus Iain Farrell (84,200) and Dominic Nitsche (17,800) who were two of five players to progress from online Day 1a.

A total of 160 entries are needed to hit the guarantee, a figure the GPS blog thinks is going to be hit. Among those buying into Day 1c should be some of the Day 1b casualties such as Niall Farrell, Jeff Kimber, Todd Cairns, Ludovic Geilich, Makka Hussain and Andrew Teng.

Day 1c, the final starting flight, commences at 1:00pm and continues until eight levels are completed. Players can re-enter throughout the day and can even buy in or re-enter during the first level of Day 2. As always, return to UK & Ireland PokerNews during the 2015 GPS Edinburgh Main Event for recaps of the day’s action.

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  • Colin Gillon the man to catch in the 2015 Genting Poker Series Edinburgh Main Event

  • Paul McTaggart ends Day 1b third in chips

  • Niall Farrell and Ludovic Geilich expected to re-enter on Friday's Day 1c

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