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By Gary Oakes, posted March 26, 2013


Tournament Result 2013 Genting Poker Series, Leg 2, Newcastle
Runners:  400          
Prize Pool: £160,000
Champion:  Ellie Biessek (xMissHansenx)
Winner’s Purse:       £38,750

25th March 2013, Newcastle: Despite snow storms and a power outage, Ellie Biessek made the 680 mile round trip from Southampton to Newcastle a profitable one on Sunday night when she landed leg two of the 2013 Genting Poker Series and a very useful winner’s cheque for £38,750.

Ellie is the first woman to win a GPS leg and the 30 year-old hails originally from Szczecin, Poland, before emigrating to the UK in 2005. A qualified high school math’s teacher she was back in class at Peter Symonds College Winchester on Monday morning, albeit with a beaming smile on her poker face.

However, combining teaching with professional poker, her talent for the game continues to blossom since she decided to take poker more seriously in 2011 and this was her biggest win to date. Sundays win pushes her poker earnings for the last two years close to £100,000 with a notable 7th place finish in the GPS at the Fox Poker Club in 2012, and a 3rd place GUKPT result.

Having won her seat in an online promotion at, where she plays under the nickname xMssHansenx, Ellie beat 400 entrants to land the title in Newcastle. “I am absolutely thrilled, very happy indeed” she said after her victory. “I didn’t get Aces or Queens once during the whole tournament, but I ground it out and I always thought that the trophy had my name on it because it is engraved with one of my favourite numbers, 13! It is a prime number and because most people think it is unlucky, I adopted it! As a mathematician I am fascinated by numbers, and that is why I love teaching and poker.”

Gary Oakes, Genting Alderney’s Head of Poker commented: “Newcastle provided yet another superb leg, and with the weather as disruptive as it was, it is fantastic for the tour to beat the guarantee by such a large margin in a new venue. The snow prevented a lot of our Northern based and Scottish regulars from travelling down to Newcastle, or we may well have pushed past 500 starters. But, it was great to see Ellie take home the title because she is becoming a feature on the Series. A huge thank you to the staff at Genting Casino Newcastle for putting on such a great event and with only 51 days to go until the start of Leg 3 in Sheffield, we are already looking forward to it.”

The Genting Poker series stays in the North of England for leg 3, when Sheffield plays host to the event between 15-19 May 2013. Qualifiers are taking place at Genting Poker, Poker Encore and Circus Poker, whilst in-club qualifiers are being held across selected Genting Casinos poker rooms.

Players can also pre-register for a Genting Poker Series Main Event, or indeed any side event in many of the groups casinos across the UK. More information can be found at Each regional leg of The Series and the online tournament carry a guaranteed prize-pool of £100,000 (buy-in £400 + £40). The Grand Final is worth a mouthwatering £200,000 guaranteed once more (buy-in £800 + £80)

Online Satellites and in club qualifiers commence almost immediately with full information at

Final Table
1. £38,750 Eli Biessek
2. £25,600 Jamie Rutherford
3. £19,010 George Clyde-Smith
4. £14,880 Dan Woodford
5. £11,840 Jimmy Charlton
6. £ 8,960 Jonathan Gill
7. £ 6,400 Wadey
8. £ 4,320 Dom Mahoney
9. £ 2,720 Dan Hemmingway
10. £ 2,080 Carl Taylor10

The 2013 GPS dates are:
Date                 Venue                       Buy In       Guarantee
6th to 10th Feb 2013       Genting Club Star City Birmingham Winner       Julian Thew
20th to 24th March 2013       Genting Casino Newcastle       Winner       Ellie Biessek
15th to 19th May 2013       Genting Club Sheffield           £400 + £40 £100,000
14th to 18th August 2013 Genting Club Westcliff Southend       £400 + £40 £100,000
11th to 15th September 2013 Genting Club Stoke on Trent       £400 + £40 £100,000
9th to 13th October 2013 Genting Club Fountainpark Edinburgh £400 + £40 £100,000
17th November 2013           £400 + £10 £100,000
11th to 15th December 2013 Genting Club Sheffield           £800 + £80 £200,000


About Genting UK Genting UK plc, trades in the UK as Genting Casinos and are one of the UK’s largest operators of casinos with over 40 facilities.  The casinos outside London operate under two brands: Genting Casinos and Genting Clubs. In London the group owns the oldest private members gaming club in the world, Crockfords, along with the Colony Club, Maxims, Palm Beach and Mint in close proximity. Genting UK is Official Club Sponsor to Aston Villa Football Club. 

About Genting Alderney Genting Alderney, operates and and now provides white label solutions to a number of leading media operators. Genting Alderney Limited is licensed and regulated by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and supports responsible gambling.

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