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SOUTH AFRICA CHALKS UP FIRST INTERNATIONAL WINNER IN GPS III - SHEFFIELD

By James Lowe, posted March 20, 2014

The popularity of the Genting Poker Series is gaining international recognition and enjoyed its first overseas winner following the worthy success of Johannesburg based player James Parker at the recent event in Sheffield.

400 entries created a prizepool of £160,000 and 21 hopefuls shuffled up on Sunday eyeing the first place prize of £35,000 and the all important GPS trophy!

When the nine players at the final table sat down, poker legend Ali Mallu led the field with a huge stack of just over 2.7million, and the South African was hanging on to his seat with the shortest stack at the table, just 455,000. 

Richard Kellet, who had commenced the tournament online as the chip leader from day 1A was in good shape having made it all the way to the final table, but his luck eventually ran out as a resolute James Parker ground out the table, managed to survive the confusing play of poker legend Ali Mallu and eventually took down runner-up Kellett to fly home with the trophy and just over £22k after a three-way chop of the prize pool.

Parker who was in the UK on a business trip decided to play the Genting Poker Series Sheffield as it was “the best value competition on in the UK at this time”. He has previously enjoyed cashes in Gentings Palm Beach Big Game in London and has been in the money repeatedly in the UK, USA, Austria and his native South Africa. With the money for a club class return ticket, it is no surprise that he is already planning to return and play May’s GPS leg in Stoke to try and add another title.

With such a massive chip advantage Mallu kept putting constant pressure on the other players, but he also enjoyed some outrageous luck. In the sickest hand of the final table, Mallu moved in against Steve Warburton who called off with a 1 million stack. Mallu could only turn 5-2 against Warburton’s 8-8, but 2 on the flop and a 5 on the river gave Ali a two pairs to win. Best local player was Sheffield based Steve Devine who left the table in eighth place with £4,720 in his pocket.

As the final three players returned from a break, a deal had been done…  Mallu, with 75% of the chips at the time rightly took most of the money. But thereafter he couldn’t seem to win any of the multitude of ‘all-ins’ between the trio and left in third place, having entertained the room immensely.

At heads-up it was pretty even between Parker and Kellett, until the visitor rivered a flush against the flopped set of Kellett. There was soon no way back as eventually the last of Kellett’s chips went in with A-7 against the A-K of Parker which stood up to send the trophy back to Johannesburg.

Final table result: GPS III Main Event, Sheffield, £400 NLHE, 400 Entries, Prizepool £160,000 1st - £22,120 - James Parker** 2nd - £24,855 - Richard Kellett** 3rd - £31,425 - Ali Mallu** 4th - £13,335 - Ashley Locker 5th - £10,490 - Steve Warburton 6th - £7,950 - Dean Clay 7th - £6,205 - Charles Akadiri 8th - £4,720 - Steve Devine 9th - £3,205 - Gabriel Tuna
10th - £1,610 - Andrew Hulme
** Deal Done three handed

Kevin Proctor, Head of Poker, Genting UK commented, “James was a really popular winner in Sheffield and he added some real spice to the final table. I am delighted that his decision to play paid off for him, and I was even more delighted when he confirmed that the GPS has international prominence. It will be great to have him back later in the year.”

The remaining dates for the £1million GPS III in 2014 are:
9 -13 April 2014 - Genting Club Westcliff. Southend
21 – 25 May 2014 - Genting Club Stoke
6 – 10 August 2014 - Genting Casino Newcastle
17 – 21 September 2014 - DTD, Nottingham      
29 Oct – 2 Nov 2014 - Genting Club Fountainpark, Edinburgh    
10 – 14 December 2014 - Genting Club Sheffield, Grand Final

Genting has raised the guarantee of the prize pool for each regional leg of Series III to £125,000 (buy-in £400 + £40) and maintained a sensational £200,000 guarantee (buy-in £800 + £80) for the Grand Final.
Qualification satellites will be running regularly online gentingpoker.com, dusktilldawnpoker.com, and throughout Genting Casinos across the country.

The streaming coverage on Genting Poker TV has been sensational this year for online poker fans watching at gentingpoker.com. Further information on the remainder of this year’s GPS and all the news for 2014 can be found online at www.gentingpokerseries.com

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