With the poker world eagerly anticipating the final table of the World Series Of Poker in October, there hasn’t been much on offer of late in forms of live tournaments. However there have been a few and for the past couple of days there has been an event running down in Stoke which has attracted the interest of a decent sized field.
This tournament provided players with an ample opportunity to increase the bankrolls of players that didn’t have such a good time at the WSOP, it also gave fans a chance to see some poker action that has been in rather short supply of late…
As Day 2 started in the Genting Poker Series Main Event, there were 147 players left remaining with each and every one of them harboring the same goal…to make it through to Day 3 where the real serious money starts to get paid out.
Throughout the long day there was action left and right, however as we got to the close of play there were just 19 players left remaining. These players will now go into Day 3 with at least £950 in their back pockets. That is not what they want though; they will each have their eyes on that first place prize payout of £46,550.
The player that is leading going into the penultimate day is Yiu Chung who stacked up an incredible 1,600,000 chips over the first two days, though many of them came in the latter stages of Day 2. On his little stint in the UK Chung has managed a recent payout of £300 for a ninth place finish in the £200 buy-in event at the MegaStack Manchester tournament.
His best ever payout was $2,258 in a side event at the 2009 APPT Macau, though ne is now firmly on course to beat that record win.
Also into the next day with a sizable amount of chips are Simon Deadman who currently has 1,482,000 and Steve Warburton who is carrying 1,339,000. In fact the top three are the only players who have managed to break the 1 million chip mark. Though there are a couple of players who fall just a little short of that marker, Karl Mahrenholz with 966,500 and Peter Astley with 903,000 being those two players.
Here is the final standing of the top 10 at the end of day 2:
Yiu Chung – 1,600,000
Simon Deadman – 1,482,000
Steve Warburton – 1,339,000
Karl Mahrenholz – 966,500
Peter Astley – 903,000
Neil Ryder – 731,500
Sandeep Shah – 649,000
Damian Hitchen – 606,000
Rob Swindells – 597,000
Long Pham – 594,000