A casino-filling crowd of 435 players descended on the Dusk Till Dawn club on Thursday afternoon for Day 1b of the £1,100 buy-in Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event, taking the total attendance over the two days to an 621.
This impressive figures also means that the £500,000 guarantee placed on the prize pool has been obliterated as the surviving players are looking for a slice of £621,000 — and a first place prize in the region of £125,000.
Topping the chip counts at the end of Day 1b is former BMX pro rider Liam Batey with 215,600. Batey is currently recovering from a dislocated shoulder, but his injuries obviously didn't bother him as he multiplied his starting stack seven-fold.
Also nicely chipped up going into Friday's Day 2 are Peter Mok (180,000), Henryk Nowakowski (164,300), Julian Adamson (144,000) and the UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max champion Ben Mayhew (139,700).
Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
If ever proof was needed that the UK Poker Championships have struck a chord with the poker community you only have to look at some of the players who turned out for the second and final starting flight. Established players such as Stuart Fox (100,700), Kevin Williams (84,300), Ben Dobson (82,000), Alex Goulder (71,700), Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Martins Adeniya (65,200), Neil Channing (54,000), Sky Poker Pro Ryan Spittles (48,000), World Series of Poker Europen bracelet winner Scott Shelley (33,100), European Poker Tour champions Anton Wigg (29,000) and Zimnan Ziyard (busted) all competed in the £1,100 Main Event!
Day 2 gets underway at 1:00pm and continues for at least another nine hour-long levels. Blinds start at 500/1,000 with a 100 ante and the money bubble should burst. As soon as we have the official prize pool information we will relay that to you.
"Mad Turk" Leads the £500 Pot Limit Omaha
Yucel Eminoglu, affectionately known as the "Mad Turk" due to his penchant for playing any two cards hyper aggressively, is the man at the top of the chip counts in the Pot Limit Omaha event.
79 players bought in for £550, a figure that beat the £25,000 guarantee by £13,500. Of those 79 starters, 26 made it through to Friday's Day 2 and here's how the top 10 places look.