The seventh leg of the 2016 Genting Poker Series (GPS) tour take place between Thursday 26 May and Sunday 29 May at the Genting Club Stoke on Etruria Road in Hanley.
Players wishing to compete in the £35,000 guaranteed GPS Stoke Main Event have three starting flights to choose from. Those kicking off on May 26 and May 27 start at 7:00 p.m. with the Day 1c on May 28 opening its doors at the slightly early time of 5:00 p.m.
The buy-in for the GPS Stoke Main Event is £220 and for that players receive 25,000 chips and play to blinds that increase every 40-minutes. Should anyone dust off that initial 25,000 during the first six levels of play, it is possible to re-enter once per day; players can also enter multiple Day 1s by surrendering their stack if it is less than 25,000 at the close of play.
Those players who reach the final table of the Main Event receive a £440 buy-in GPS seat in addition to their prize money.
2016 GPS Stoke Schedule
|Thursday 26 May||7:00 p.m.||Main Event Day 1a|
|Friday 27 May||7:00 p.m.||Main Event Day 1b|
|Saturday 28 May||5:00 p.m.||Main Event Day 1c|
|Sunday 29 May||2:00 p.m.||Main Event final day|
The new £220 buy-in GPS events have been well received thus far with Sheffield, Glasgow, and Reading all beating the £35,000 guarantee. This leg in Stoke should be no different if past events are anything to base our judgement on.
When the GPS last visited Stoke, it did so with a £440 buy-in Main Event. A total of 283 players bought into that particular event, creating a £113,200 prize pool.
That tournament’s final table housed the likes of Leo McClean (eighth for £3,010), Chris Johnson (seventh for £3,870), Simon Deadman (fifth for £6,140), and Robert Boon (third for £13,630). It was Pia Jeppesen who walked away with the winner’s trophy and £30,660 in cash, becoming only the second-ever female GPS champion in the process, the other being Ellie Biessek back in 2013.