The casino-filling crowd of 621 players in the Sky Poker UK Poker Championship Main Event has been whittled down to a much more manageable nine, which means the final table is set. Leading the way going into the finale is Alex Spencer and his 5,200,000 stack, but despite holding a substantial lead a Spencer victory is far from a certainty.
Spencer, a 20-year old from Doncaster, is in great form having won the Grosvenor 25/25 Main Event in Sheffield for £13,150 in January and then finished third in the £150,000 guaranteed deepstack at DTD on February for £14,000. He is now guaranteed at least £10,000 for his efforts in this event and has a realistic chance of banking the £125,000 first place prize.
Second in chips at the start of play is Danny Blair, a cash game pro who hails from London. Should you ever visit “The Vic,” you will no doubt find Mr Blair sat at a £5/£10 table earning a crust. He’s no slouch at the tournament tables either with two outright wins in £385 buy-in event at the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Finals in 2011 and 2012 making up two of his three largest cashes to date.
Others in with a chance of the trophy, bracelet and the huge first place prize include Charles “Chaz” Chattha (who needs no introduction), Galway’s Paul Delaney, Steve Sargent, James Rimmer, Liverpudlian John Haigh and two players hoping to turn a tiny investment into a massive prize.
Allan Graham of Leicester, known as “Beefy777” at Sky Poker, qualified for the £1,100 UKPC Main Event for £2.80 in one of the “all-in” satellites! Going even better than that is Deborah O’Connell of Stoke who qualified for this tournament for a paltry £1. O’Connell entered the £1 online satellite and worked her way up, all the way to a final table appearance. It would be an amazing story if O’Connell could go all the way and be crowned queen of DTD!
2014 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event Final Table
Play resumes at 2:00pm and continues until a champion is crowned. Who will that champion be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday morning to find out.
Alex Golubevs Wins the Pot Limit Omaha Event; Tony “Tikay” Kendall Second
The Pot Limit Omaha event finished on Friday night with Alex Golubevs walking away with the title of champion, a finish worth a cool £11,750.
Golubevs defeated Sky Poker’s Tony “Tikay” Kendall heads up when the chips went into the middle of a board, Kendall holding the to Golubevs’ . The river was the and Goluev’s two pair held to bust Kendall in second (worth £7,000) and claim the title for himself.