Dane Pia Jeppesen has won the Genting Poker Series leg in Stoke after overpowering a final table that included the likes of Simon Deadman and Leo McClean.Pia Jeppesen is the latest winner of a Genting Poker Series (GPS) Main Event. The Dane earned victory at Genting Club Stoke. She was the only non-English player to cash.
Jeppesen defeated a field of 284 entrants, capturing a £30,660 first prize, joining the likes of Ludovic Geilich (Newcastle) and Yucel Eminoglu (Luton) in the 2015 GPS winners’ roll call.
The Stoke leg was the seventh iteration of this year’s series. It was the fourth largest and the £100,000 guaranteed prize pool was easily breached (£113,600 was banked).
It was an impressive victory for the Dane. The final table contained some of the smartest minds in British poker. Robert Boon is a two-time Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour (GUKPT) Main Event final tablist; Leo McClean once finished third in a European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event for a quarter of a million pounds; Chris Johnson is a former GPS Main Event champion (Birmingham Leg 1 earlier this year), and then you had Simon Deadman.
Deadman was cashing for the first time since his amazing summer at the World Series of Poker (WSOP). He has been busy tying the knot since then. Deadman has achieved notoriety for being one of the most consistent top 3 ITM finishers, in the business, and Jeppesen is a chip off that particularly young block.
Jeppesen’s victory, in Stoke, was her ninth live tournament win since 2008. She has cashed 45 times, in that timeframe, with 50% of them coming in the top 3 spots. That’s a record that even Deadman cannot match. Jeppesen has now earned $142,072 in live tournament earnings. This was her largest score to date – her previous best being a 26th place finish in a 2008 WSOP $1,500 event earning $24,134.
Final Table Results
1st. Pia Jeppesen – £30,660
2nd. Gary Payne – £20,450
3rd. Robert Boon – £13,630
4th. Cengiz Karasu – £7,950
5th. Simon Deadman – £6,140
6th. Steve Andreou – £4,990
7th. Chris Johnson – £3,870
8th. Leo McClean – £3,010
9th. Athir Ali – £2,160
There are three legs left in the 2015 season. The next leg will take place at Genting Edinburgh 28th Sep – 4th Oct. Last year, Martin Smith defeated 290 entrants on his way to a £33,730 score.