Ireland’s Mark Hussey is the man to catch as the 2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships Main Event reaches its third and penultimate day of play. Only 45 players remain in the hunt for the £110,000 first place prize and bragging rights for the next 12 months.
Friday’s Day 2 started at midday with 177 players sat in their seats, riffling chips and over the course of the next 11 hours high profile players such as Shaun Conning, Ludovic Geilich, Sky Poker Pro Ryan Spittles, Ben Mayhew, Tamer Kamel, Niall Farrell, Daniel Carter, James Atkin, Steve Watts, PKR Team Pro Simon Hemsworth, Billy Chattaway, Tom Ambler, Alex Goulder, Ben Jackson, Marcin Milde, Team PokerStars Pro Mickey Petersen, Charles Chattha, Craig McCorkell, Nick Hicks, David Nicholson, and Paul Jackson all busted shot of the money.
The list of bustees goes some way to show how prestigious this £1,000 buy-in Main Event is, with many of them delaying their trip to the upcoming European Poker Tour Barcelona to compete for its title.
Each of the 45 players who return to Dusk Till Dawn on Saturday lunchtime do so knowing they have locked up at least £2,250 for their efforts thus far because the money bubble burst as Day 2 was winding down.
The unfortunate bubble boy was none other than Everest Poker Ambassador Sam Trickett whose 54th place finish left him with nothing to show for his time in Nottingham and paved the way for the surviving players to bank some cash and a Hendon Mob flag.
2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships Main Event Payouts
As mentioned, it is Mark Hussey who leads the way going into Day 3. Hussey’s 1,601,000 chips being enough to pip Leigh Wiltshire (1,512,000) at the top of the chip counts. According to the Hendon Mob database, Hussey’s only cash prior to this event came in 2008 when he finished 13th in the Irish Classic Poker Festival Main Event, a result that netted him €3,500.
Wiltshire, formerly of the Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) had to contend with being out of position against Trickett for several hours on Day 2, yet he more than held his own and is now poised for another deep run in a star-studded event, having finished 16th in the ISPT Wembley in May 2013.
While Hussey and Wiltshire have massive stacks, they are not going to have everything their own way because there are still some fantastic poker players who are all going to have a say in where the title heads.
Former APAT World Champion and Grosvenor UK Poker Tour winner Eirimas Livonas plays an unorthodox style that is sure to bamboozle whoever has to sit with him on Day 3 and the fact he has 1,151,000 chips in his stack is going to make him difficult to combat.
Tommy Bingham (926,000) is a prolific online grinder and will certainly fancy his chances now that he has progressed this far, while Mathew Frankland (918,000), Ben Dobson (914,000) and reigning EPT Barcelona champion Tom Middleton (789,000) are a trio of stars who need no introduction.
Others to look out for include Paul McTaggart (620,000), Leeds David “LeKnave” Jones (466,000), former World Series of Poker Main Event fifth-place finisher Jon Kalmar (452,000), Tom Hall (380,000), Neil Channing (252,000), cash game Guru Keith Johnson (167,000), Stephen “allinstevie” Devlin (155,500) and Tim Davie (148,000).
2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts
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Play resumes at midday and attempts made to reach the final table. Which players will shine and who will falter? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday to find out.