Teacher Gives a Poker Lesson at GPS Newcastle

Teacher Gives a Poker Lesson at GPS Newcastle

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Ellie Biesek has become the first female winner on the Genting Poker Series tour after taking down the latest event in Newcastle over the weekend.

The £400 event attracted an impressive field of 400 runners (even more impressive considering the blanket of snow currently covering much of the UK).

Having battled her way through a tough field that included some familiar UK faces, such as Daiva Barauskaite, Jeff Kimber and Keith Hawkins, the Polish native banked £38,750 as well as her second win on the Genting circuit.

Biessek, whose day job is as a maths teacher in Winchester, sealed victory after beating Jamie Rutherford heads-up to take her lifetime earnings beyond the £100,000 mark.

“I am absolutely thrilled, very happy indeed” Biessek 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.”

Genting Poker Series Newcastle Final Result:

1. £38,750 - Ellie 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

Sheffield plays host to the next Genting Poker Series event from 15-19 May 2013. Online satellites are taking place at Genting Poker, PokerEncore and Circus Poker, whilst in-club qualifiers are being held across selected Genting Casinos poker rooms.

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