The Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham was packed to the rafters on Wednesday as the Sky Poker UK Poker Championships continued with the conclusion of the £3,300 High Roller and the £500,000 guaranteed Main Event.
Twenty-nine players retuned for the High Roller, which has been reported as being one of the toughest fields ever assembled on British soil, with Matt Davenport leading them back into battle. Play resumed at 2:00pm and some five hours later Willie Tann burst the money bubble as he crashed out in 13th place, leaving the 12 remaining players to bank £7,500 and a nice return on their initial investment.
Andrew Hills, Adam Reynolds, Robert Cooper and Mitchell Johnson busted inside the money places, leaving the eight finalists to assemble on the feature table, which is to be shown on Sky Sports in a few months’ time.
First to be eliminated from the final table was Tony Salmon, followed by Mike “Da Bookie” Hill, start-of-the-day chip leader Davenport, online hero Christopher Brammer and Emran Hussain who qualified for the £3,300 event for £450 in a live satellite at the start of the week – a superb return.
Play eventually ended in the small hours of Thursday morning with Jeremy Nock defeating Zimnan Ziyard heads-up to claim another huge win, this one coming only a month after chopping the Deepstack Open Paris Main Event for €47,000! Congratulations, sir.
Sky Poker UK Poker Championships High Roller Final Table Results
Barny Boatman Leads the UKPC Main Event
Everyone’s favourite Hendon Mobster, Barny Boatman, had a superb day at the black DTD felt on Thursday that resulted in him topping the chip counts with a monster stack of 321,300 chips. Boatman, who won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2013, has given himself a great chance of winning another major title, although he is experienced enough to know there is a long, long way to go in this competition as over 400 players are expected to compete on Day 1b.
Joining Boatman at the right end of the chip counts was Darren Dealhunty (232,600), Allan Graham (231,300) and the legendary Albert Sapiano (176,900).
Other luminaries who successfully navigated their way through to Friday’s Day 2 include Leeds’ Richard Hawes (152,600), Paul Jackson (122,400), Dave “Le Knave” Jones (114,100), Kyriacos “Greek Jack” Dionysiou (102,300), Jon Kalmar (85,600), Jeff Kimber (73,300), Mathew Frankland (62,500), Jack Ellwood (20,100) and Paul Foltyn (19,400).
Day 1b kicks off at 1:00pm today and should see one of the biggest fields ever assembled at DTD. Stay tuned for more updated from the 2014 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships.
Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event Day 1a Chip Counts