When Rob Yong slapped a £500,000 guarantee on the 2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championship Main Event, there were many who thought he had finally lost the plot. Getting 500 players to part company with £1,000 for a six-max tournament held midweek was always going to be a longshot, but Yong was correct to place such a hefty guarantee on this tournament because 322 players flocked to the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) poker club on Thursday to take the total attendance to exactly 500 entrants.
Day 1c attracted some of the cream of the poker crop, with the likes of Richard “TheClaimer” Trigg, Chris Sly, Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer, Rob Tinnion, Brett Angel, Team PKR Pro Eleanor Gudger, Ashley Mason, Kevin Allen, Ben Carpenter, Paul Foltyn, Toby Lewis, and UKIPT London champion Robbie Bull turning up for the final start day – and those are the ones who failed to progress to Friday’s Day 2.
The name at the top of the Day 1c chip counts, and the player leading the tournament overall, is Jack Taylor, a relatively unknown player who managed to turn his 50,000 starting stack into 401,500 chips. Taylor cashed in the £250 buy-in 6-Max Mini earlier in the week and now looks odds-on to add another cash in this £500,000 guaranteed event.
As mentioned, the DTD tournament area was full of familiar faces and a large number of them progressed to Day 2. Stephen “allinstevie” Devlin finished second in the Day 1c chip counts with 353,500 chips, while Craig McCoorkell (304,500), Keith Johnson (201,700), Willie Tann (193,000), Everest Poker Ambassador Sam Trickett (164,000), Tamer Kamel, Tom Ambler (131,000), Neil Channing (123,500), Tom Hall (108,100), Team PokerStars Online Mickey Petersen (107,400), Jon “Skalie” Kalmar (104,800), Oliver Price (95,800), Marcin Milde (84,900), Niall Farrell (80,000), and Ben Mayhew (80,000) all had chips to bag up at the end of the night.
Day 2 kicks off at midday with 177 players and the plan is to whittle the star-studded field down to the money places and then beyond. Official prize pool figures are yet to be released, but word around the DTD suggest the first place prize will be around the £100,000 to £125,000 mark.
2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships Main Event Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts