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Anthony Nicholls Leads the Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships High Roller

Anthony Nicholls at a £300 Deepstack at Dusk Till Dawn

Some of the United Kingdom’s biggest and most recognisable poker stars were present and correct at the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) poker club on Monday as Day 1 of the £150,000 guaranteed Sky Poker UK 6-Max Championships High Roller kicked off.

A total of 60 entries were taken – 53 unique players and seven re-entries – meaning the £150,000 guarantee was beaten by a cool £30,000, which will no doubt please DTD owner Rob Yong and his managerial staff no end.

When time was called on Day 1’s proceedings it wasAnthony Nicholls who had accumulated the most chips of the 22 players still in the hunt for the title. Nicholls, a familiar figure at DTD, bagged up 392,400 chips when the curtain came down and has a lead of 78,800 going into the second and final day’s play.

Nicholls’ closest rival the start of Tuesday’s Day 2 is popular pro Dave Shallow, who you may recall chopped the High Roller event at the start of the inaugural Sky Poker UK Poker Championships in May. Could history repeat itself? There’s a fair chance because Shallow has 313,600 chips in his stack when play resumes at 12:00pm on Tuesday.

The names in the overnight chip counts wouldn’t look out of place in a tournament with five-times the buy-in, going to show how prestigious these events are. If you get the chance, you should head to DTD today and rail what should be a thrilling conclusion to this tournament, especially when you look at how the seat draw has worked out.

In addition to Nicholls and Shallow, the likes of Ben “jenbizzle” Jones, Dan “judgedredd13” Charlton, World Series of Poker bracelet winner Craig McCorkell, European Poker Tour Barcelona champion Tom Middleton, Stuart Rutter, Ben Vinson, high stakes guru Elior Sion, Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson and Team PokerStars Online Mickey Petersen are all in the hunt for the gold winner’s bracelet and the title of champion.

2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships High Roller Chip Counts

1Anthony Nicholls392,400
2Dave Shallow313,600
3Andy Bacon213,700
4Daniel Rudd203,600
5Elior Sion173,000
6Adam Reynolds163,200
7Robert Hallworth153,100
8Mark Wilson138,700
9Ben Vinson136,900
10Scott Margereson123,000
11Ian Gascoigne118,200
12Ben Jones116,100
13Mickey Petersen112,500
14Craig McCorkell110,100
15Asif Raja91,300
16Tom Middleton87,400
17Martyn Frey83,400
18Adam Forsyth74,500
19Stuart Rutter65,300
20Tom Ambler63,400
21Naftali Bresler44,100
22Daniel Charlton25,400

DTD should be fit to bursting today because the £1,000 buy-in £500,000 guaranteed Main Event begins with the first of its three starting flights and the £500 buy-in £50,000 guaranteed Pot Limit Omaha event.

If you want to show your support for DTD, then jump into the PLO event at 1:00pm. There are scores of poker players who have been begging DTD to put on a big PLO event and now that their prayers have been answered, they need to head to Nottingham and buy into it otherwise forever keep their mouths closed regarding non-Hold’em tournaments in the UK.

Keep your browsers locked to UK & Ireland PokerNews throughout the 2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships as we bring you recaps of the action each and every day until the Main Event’s champion is crowned.

Lead image courtesy of Blonde Poker

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