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Matt Davenport Leads the Star Studded UKPC High Roller

Matt Davenport

The 2014 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships kicked off on Tuesday afternoon with the £3,300 High Roller event and, as expected, it attracted some of the best poker talent the United Kingdom has to offer.

By the time the registration desk had its shutter pulled down, the Dusk Till Dawn staff had taken a total of 77 buy-ins and created a £231,000 prize pool, which obliterated the £150,000 guarantee; a min-cash is worth £7,500 while the champion takes home £61,000 and a commemorative UK Poker Championships bracelet.

On course for the top prize is Matt Davenport who bagged up 171,900 chips to lead the 29 surviving players through to Wednesday’s Day 2. Davenport is a regular on the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) where he has some impressive results, including a third place finish in the 2013 GUKPT Grand Final that netted him £70,600.

More recently, less than a week ago in fact, Davenport helped himself to £20,120 when he finished in third place in the Genting Poker Series (GPS) Birmingham Main Event.

Joining Davenport at the top of the chip counts is Jeremy Nock, who told UK & Ireland PokerNews that he “accidently discovered the High Roller last night and late reg’d.” Nock won a big pot at the expense of Leeds’ Jamie Sykes when his {A-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} got there versus Sykes’ {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} with the chips going into the middle on a queen-high flop containing two diamonds. Another diamond landed on the turn to give Nock the nuts and Sykes the second nuts.

Nock will be hoping to have a similar result to the Deepstack Open Paris event that he chopped for €47,000 in January.

Sky Poker UK Poker Championships High Roller Chip Counts

1Matt Davenport171,900
2Jeremy Nock147,200
3Tony Salmon147,200
4Christopher Brammer141,500
5Zimnan Ziyard133,800
6Robert Cooper130,800
7Leon Louis128,900
8Martyn Frey117,900
9Mitchell Johnson116,100
10Albert Sapiano93,500

Among the 29 players returning for Day 2 of the High Roller are players such as Christopher Brammer (141,500), European Poker Tour Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard (133,800), Leon Louis (128,900), Mitchell “Min-Cash” Johnson (116,100), JP Kelly (69,200), Sam Grafton (64,900), EPT Barcelona winner Tom Middleton, UKPC Ambassador Sam Trickett (38,000), Toby Lewis (35,900), Ben Jackson (30,900) and Richard Trigg (22,000).

That list of survivors shows how eagerly anticipated the UK Poker Champioships are because they are some of the best players in the business. But their participation only tells half of the story because some of the players who busted during Day 1 include David “sexygee” Gent, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, Matt Perrins, Paul Foltyn, Alex Goulder, Simon Deadman, Dave Nicholson, Ben Dobson, Andrew Hulme, Kevin Allen, Jack Ellwood, Ludovic Geilich, Paul “ActionJack” Jackson and former Irish Open champion Ian Simpson! Quite the list I’m sure you’ll agree.

Day 2 of the High Roller starts at 2:00pm and continues until a champion is crowned. Wednesday, at 1:00pm, the £500,000 guaranteed Main Event commences and should see a massive crowd descend on the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham.

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