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Ben Vinson Wins Sky Poker UKPC 6-Max PLO; Nick Hicks Leads the Main Event

Ben Vinson and Nick Hicks

Ben Vinson is the latest stellar name to get his hands on a Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships bracelet after he took down the £50,000 guaranteed Pot Limit Omaha event on Wednesday night.

Vinson was one of 13 players who survived Tuesday’s Day 1 antics at Dusk Till Dawn and returned to his seat on Thursday lunchtime to go to battle with the likes of Kevin Allen, Ben Carpenter, Basharat Mahmood, Alex Lindop, Simon Trumper and Team PokerStars Online’s Mickey Petersen.

First to bust was Kevin Allen who is on a horrendous run right now. Allen is one of the most respected and like pros on the UK circuit, but must have angered the Poker Gods somewhere along the line because he can’t seem to get anything going right now. I saw him running awfully in Las Vegas at the 2014 World Series of Poker and yesterday he finished two places of the money in the PLO event in Nottingham.

It was Benjamin Philipps who burst the bubble, locking up £1,000 for anyone with chips in front of them. The aforementioned Carpenter was the first player to collect some winnings, followed by Jonathan Slater, and Mahmood.

Lindop was th first casualty of the final table and he was followed out of the door by the legendary Willie Tann, Simon Trumper, Sean Randall, Pawel Bakiewicz, Mickey Petersen and finally Adrian Arulanandam who has managed to earn the nickname of “Mad Norwegian” in the short time he has been in Nottingham, such is his style of play and love for betting big at the roulette wheel!

So there you have it, Ben Vinson adds yet another title to his name and is one to watch going into the third and final day of the £500,000 guaranteed Main Event.

2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships Pot Limit Omaha

1Ben Vinson£14,000
2Adrian Arulanandam£8,775
3Mickey Petersen£5,775
4Pawel Bakiewicz£4,000
5Sean Randall£3,000
6Simon Trumper£2,500
7Willie Tann£2,000
8Alex Lindop£1,650

Nick Hicks Tops the Day 1b Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships Main Event Chip Counts

The second of three starting flights in the £500,000 guaranteed Main Event took place as Vinson was weaving his way to victory and saw 110 players buy in for £1,000. These 110 entrants added to 68 on Day 1a take the running total to 178 entrants, leaving DTD needing 322 players to buy into Thursday’s Day 1c.

Once again, the big names and familiar faces from the UK poker circuit were out in force as they showed their support for this prestigious series.

One such player was Nick Hicks who you may recall reached the final table of the ISPT Wembley Main Event where he finished third for €254,000. Hicks had a great day at the felt, turning his 50,000 starting stack into a colossal 342,200.

Others who punched their Day 2 tickets include the GUKPT and APAT champion Eirimas Livonas (333,800), Leeds’ Richard Hawes (327,900), David “LeKnave” Jones (298,500) Harpit Gurnam (248,000), Lee Taylor (161,500), Alex Goulder (160,200), Paul “ActionJack” Jackson (140,000), Ben Jackson (130,100), WPT Marbella winner Steve Watts (121,000), Martyn Frey (117,200), James Atkin (96,100), Charles Chattha (87,700) and Daniel “lucky_scrote” Carter (51,000).

Day 1c kicks off at 12:00p.m. and continues until nine hour-long levels are completed. A huge crowd is expected and, as usual, we will have a rundown of the action her at UK & Ireland PokerNews.

Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Nick Hicks342,200
2Eirimas Livonas333,800
3Richard Hawes327,900
4Hamid Toghyan326,700
5David Jones298,500
6Harpit Gurnam248,800
7Norbert Berent213,800
8Paul Haycock213,700
9Jeffrey Hemmerman188,500
10Abhishek Khaitan185,300

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