Elior Sion may be better-known for his cash game prowess, but on Tuesday he showed that he also a major threat in a tournament environment when he took down the 2014 Sky Poker UK poker Championship High Roller at the Dusk Till Dawn poker club in Nottingham.
Day 2, the final day, of the £3,000 buy-in High Roller started with 22 players in the hunt for the £55,000 first place prize and ended with Sion winning all of the chips in play. The shorter stacks busted relatively early as they attempted to spin up their stacks, the likes of Tom Ambler, Dan Charlton, Naftali Bresler and Scott Margereson being the first to fall.
Ian Gascoigne, Andy Bacon, Martyn Frey, Adam Reynolds, Asif Raja, Ben Vinson, Mark Wilson, Tom Middleton, Team PokerStars Online Mickey Petersen and Adam Forsyth all busted, which left the tournament on the money bubble because only seven spots were paid.
The unfortunate bubble boy was Ben “jenbizzle” Jones whose exit in eighth place locked up £7,000 for the surviving seven players.
Robert Hallworth was the first player to pick up some prize money and he was followed out of the door by Dave Shallow. After starting the final table as the chip leader, Shallow had a dramatic fall from grace and crashed out in sixth place for £9,500.
Start-of-the-day chip leader Anthony Nicholls was the next to player eliminated, followed by Daniel Rudd, and Sheffield Wednesday fan – poor bloke – Stuart Rutter; Rutter’s exit leaving World Series of Poker bracelet winner Craig McCorkell and Sion to lock horns heads-up.
Sion eventually despatched McCorkell to claim the £55,000 first place prize and leave McCorkell to collect the £35,000 consolation prize.
2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships High Roller Final Table Results
Arulanandam Leads the £50,000 Guaranteed Pot Limit Omaha Event
Before the doors of the DTD opened for business on Tuesday, the management staff were worrying about a potentially huge overlay in the £50,000 guaranteed Pot Limit Omaha event, yet they need not have worried because they took 96 entries, missing the guarantee by only four entrants, which is quite an achievement considering the tournament took place on a Tuesday afternoon and cost £500 to enter.
Those 96 entrants included Jamie O’Connor, Paul Zimbler, Ludovic Geilich, Ben Mayhew, Ben Jackson and his dad Paul, Waheed “Wadey” Ashraf, Sky Poker’s Tony “Tikay” Kendall, Jeff Kimber, Ben “F3nix35” Dobson, Niall Farrell, Jerome Bradpiece, James Atkin, Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis, and online poker’s former world number one Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer.
The long list of names above were only selection of those who fell by the wayside during Day 1 of the PLO event. When the tournament director called time on proceedings, only 13 players had chips in front of them that needed bagging and tagging.
Adrian Arulanandam is the chip leader going into Day 2, quite remarkable when you consider this is only the second time he has played PLO! Others to look out for include Ben Vinson, Mickey Petersen, DTDs own Simon Trumper, Willie Tann, Ben Carpenter and Kevin Allen.
Play resumes at 1:00pm and continues until a champion is crowned.
2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships Pot Limit Omaha Chip Counts
Big Names Build Big Stacks in the Main Event
The £500,000 guaranteed Main Event kicked off on Tuesday and saw 68 entries taken by the time the registration desk pulled the shutter down. Fifty of those entries busted during the day’s proceedings, leaving 18 players to progress to Friday’s Day 2.
London’s Judah Seruya is the name at the top of the chip counts having turned his 50,000 starting stack into one containing 346,000 worth of betting tokens.
Hot on Seruya’s heels is the talented Mathew Frankland on 342,600. “Franky” is regarded by many to be one of the best in the business and it would take a brave – or stupid – person to bet against the lad from the North East going deep in this event.
Joining Seruya and Frankland through to Day 2 are such luminaries as reigning European Poker Tour Barcelona champion Tom Middleton (318,900), Dutchman Govert Metaal (313,100), Ben Dobson (239,200), PKR sponsored pro Simon Hemsworth (76,700), Paul McTaggart (54,600) and Ludovic Geilich (40,000).
Day 1b commences at 12:00pm and should see a much more substantial crowd buy in and take advantage of the one re-entry rule. Anyone busting on Day 1b can re-enter on Day 1c, but fail to progress on your first Day 1c bullet and it is game over.
2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max UK Poker Championships Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts