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Ian Senior Wins the Sky Poker Tour Six-Max for £12,311.40

Ian Senior

A bumper crowd of 246 players bought into the £200+£20 Sky Poker Tour Six-Max Main Event at the Dusk Till Dawn club in Nottingham over the weekend, creating a prize pool of £49,200. This impressive total was £9,200 more than the guarantee, and the lion’s share of it is now in the bank account of popular Sky Poker member Ian “Macmonster” Senior, the tournament’s champion.

The bubble burst at around 2:30pm on Sunday afternoon when Stephen “Jenners” Jennison commited his stack with {K-}{Q-} and ran into the dominating {A-}{K-} of an opponent. Both players flopped a king to improve their hand, although Jennison’s was still second best. That fact remained the same as the turn and river bricked off to send Jennison to the rail in 34rd place with 33 places paid.

Jennison’s untimely demise meant any player with chips in front of them secured a £400 pay day. Rhys Messham was the first player to win this amount, followed by Andrew Garland, Mark Heathfield and the winningest player at DTD, Colburn Tomlin.

As the players fell by the wayside, the prize money increased substantially. By the Chihao Tsang crashed out in eighth place, setting the unofficial final table, the guaranteed pay out was £1,704.00.

Sky Poker Tour Six-Max Final Table Chip Counts

1James Stavastano1,411,000
2Tommy Dyer631,000
3Ross Bennett1,148,000
4Gordon Anthony Casey995,000
5Ryan Spittles1,138,000
6James Rann670,000
7Ian Senior1,425,000

The official final table was set when Tommy Dyer shipped in his stack with pocket tens and looked set to double through James Rann who had called with a pair of nines. That double up never happened because Rann flopped a set and then turned a full house to leave Dyer with a nano-stack. Dyer exited on the next hand.

Team Sky Pro Ryan Spittles was the next player eliminated, much to the delight of the remaining players who no longer had to cope with Spittles’ trademark aggression. Spittles, known as "Scotty77" online, shipped his stack into the middle with ace-king on an {A-}{2-}{6-} flop. Senior called with a set of sixes and Spittles exited.

Minutes later, Gordon Casey jammed his ace-five into the dominating ace-queen of James Stavastano to bust in fifth place.

Four became three with the elimination of Rann. The action folded to Rann in the small blind and he opted to ship in his 1.2 million stack at the 25,000/50,000 blind level. Ran made his move with queen-ten and was called by Senior and his king-jack. A king on the flop left Rann drawing thin and despite catching a queen on the turn, Rann’s tournament ended in fourth place.

King-jack came good for Senior again when Stavastano moved all in, also for 1.2 million, and Senior called. Stavastano showed ace-four to Senior’s king-jack. The latter flopped a straight on a {Q-}{10-}{9-} board, which held to bust Stavastano and send the tournament into the heads-up stages.

Senior went into the one-on-one battle with Ross Bennett armed with a 5 million to 2 million chip lead (blinds 50,000/100,000), a lead that ultimately proved too much to close. The battle was brief, lasting only a couple of minutes, and ending when Bennett pushed with ace-four and Senior called with ace-ten. A final board reading {J-}{K-}{8-}{2-}{J-} eliminated Ross and left Senior to be announced as the latest Sky Poker Tour champion.

Sky Poker Tour Six-Max Final Table Results

1stIan Senior£12,311.40
2ndRoss Bennett£7,114.20
3rdJames Savastano£4,260.00
4thJames Rann£2,982.00
5thGordon Casey£2,343.00
6thRyan Spittles£1,917.00

Lead image courtesy of Sky Poker.

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