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Ali Mallu Passes Million Chip Mark in the 2015 GPS Sheffield Main Event

Ali Mallu


  • Ali Mallu is the man to catch going into the 2015 Genting Poker Series Sheffield Main Event final day.

  • Matt Davenport, Iwan Jones, and Leo McClean among the 20 finalists in the 2015 GPS Sheffield Main Event.

After three starting flights and another day of intense poker action, the 2015 Genting Poker Series Sheffield Main Event is down to its final 20 players, and it is the legendary Ali Mallu whose name is at the top of the chip counts courtesy of being the only survivor with more than one million chips.

2015 GPS Sheffield Main Event Final Day Chip Counts

1Ali Mallu1,017,000
2Sean Rigley897,000
3Ali Ayub800,000
4Mian Wei725,000
5Iwan Jones699,000
6Nigel Ventre658,000
7Matt Davenport523,000
8Chris Cancelliere424,000
9Neil Ryder401,000
10Don Jones387,000
11Tom Dickerson383,000
12Darren Grosvenor368,000
13Sam Bailey325,000
14Nish Hidocha265,000
15Leo McClean257,000
16Brian Harland248,000
17Chris Karanikki222,000
18Pedro Guerrero166,000
19Tony Haughey103,000
20Grand Wheelhouse96,000

Mallu is something of a living legend in British poker circles not least because of his unorthodox style of play that can see him turn up with the stone-cold nuts, or punt off his stack five-bet shoving with {9-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}. It’s a style of play that’s won Mallu fans and enemies in equal measure, but will it win him the 2015 GPS Sheffield Main Event?

While Mallu is the only chip millionaire at the start of Day 3, there are some players returning to the fray who are capable of knocking him from his lofty perch and helping themselves to a £37,000 Christmas bonus.

Sean Rigley (897,000) is the best placed of the chasing pack. Rigley won a £100+£10 buy-in event at the 2015 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships at Dusk Till Dawn for £36,000, so needs to emerge victorious in Sheffield to eclipse that impressive score.

Further down the chip counts we find Iwan Jones (699,000), Matt Davenport (523,000), and Neil Ryder (401,000), with the likes of Darren Grosvenor (368,000), and Leo McClean (257,000), needing to start the day fast out of the blocks if they’re to keep tabs on the leaders.

Each of the returning players has locked up at least £1,040 so far because the money bubble burst on Day 2.

Ellie Biessek, John Eames, Lawrence Gosney, Tim Chung, Waheed Ashraf, Renee Xie, “Chinese Frankie,” Dan Charlton, and Tom Ambler were among those relieved of their chips before the money places, but it was Aaran Fletcher who burst the bubble after running into the {A-}{A-} of the aforementioned Iwan Jones.

Play resumes at 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoon and continues until one players has all of the chips in front of him. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to discover who that player, the champion, is.

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