Professional poker player Julian Thew has emerged as the champion of the Birmingham leg of Genting Poker Series (GPS), a live poker tournament that is rapidly gaining popularity and attracting a larger number of professional and recreational poker players every year. This time, the player field was 590, around 60% more than what it was in 2011.
The GPS lasted for more than 4 days, in the course of which Thew had to beat back formidable poker opponents such as Ross Boatman, Daiva Barauskaite, a poker pro at Genting Poker, and Barry Neville. Elated about his latest achievement, which has added $63,101 to his already impressive poker bankroll, Thew said that it was a great way to begin the year. Expressing his appreciation of Genting, he said that they are organizing an excellent poker tournament series. Speaking about his achievement, he said that he had to use a re-entry and was above average with his chip stack till the second day.
The GPS, which began as a low-profile poker event, is now attracting attention for its affordable buy-in of £400. This year, the prize pool had shot up to $371,180 because of the larger player field. Some of the players who won cash prizes were Joe Reeves, Charles Chattha, Mark McCluskey, and Ryan Spittles, who finished 24th, 42nd, and 18th, respectively.
The results of the final table are as follows: As the champion of the event, Julian Thew collected a sum of £40,120, and as the runner-up, Barry Neville won a prize of £32,620. Finalists Ross Boatman, Ceri Rees, Alex Lindop, and Kourosh Radfar finished in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth positions, winning prizes of £30,620, £31,120, £14,750, and £11,800, respectively. Alex Goulder, Daiva Barauskaite, and Cherie Joy finished in the seventh, eighth, and ninth positions and won £9,440, £7,080, and £5,130, respectively.