After three days of intense poker action, the 2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships Main Event has reached its final table and each of those six players who return to their seats at Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) at midday on Sunday are only five eliminations away from securing a £110,000 payday.
Topping the chip counts, and by quite a margin, at the start of play is Abhishek Khaitan, a doctor from London who frequents the Palm Beach casino’s cash games. Khaitan needs to finish fourth or better in this tournament to better his current largest tournament score, which stands at £34,390 – his reward for finishing 17th in the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.
Khaitan sits down with 11,780,000 chips, more than double the number of chips than Andy Young’s 4,540,000 stack. Young will be a popular champion should that happen, not least because he is a regular at Sky Poker where he plays as “chicknmelt.”
The next largest stack belong to Ireland’s Stephen “allinstevie” Devlin who has 4,000,000 chips. Devin was ranked 19th in the world for online tournament play in 2008 and has amassed over $1.5 million in online winnings and an addition $85,000 from his live exploits.
Starting the final day fourth in chips is Leigh Wiltshire with 2,080,000 chips. Wiltshire would also be a popular winner. Wiltshire is a self-employed accountant who lies in Dorset and was heavily involved in the Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) and will have the entire APAT community behind him. Wiltshire is already guaranteed to beat his best score of €10,500 that he picked up for 16th place finish in the ISPT Wembley Main Event.
Also present and correct at the final table are Sky Poker qualifier Paul Haycock – who plays fast and loose – who has 1,950,000 chips and Neil Strike (675,000) who is best-known for winning the €2,200 High Roller at the recent UKIPT Marbella festival.
2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships Main Event Final Table
The penultimate day’s play started on Saturday with 45 players in contention for the title of champion and among them were some of the best poker talent from the UK. Sadly for the neutrals, luminaries such as Keith Johnson (41st), Mathew Frankland (32nd), Paul McTaggart (25th), Tom Middleton (20th), Jon Kalmar (17th), Ben Dobson (15th), Neil Channing (14th), and Tommy Bingham (10th) all fell by the wayside at various points of the day.
Play resumes at 12:00 p.m. and continues until one player has all of the 25,000,000 chips in play in front of him. Who will that champion be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to find out.
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