The British poker community is buzzing with excitement at the prospect of playing in the Sky Poker 6-Max UK Poker Championships events this week, but none of them are as tingly as Mike Cummings who on Sunday night took down the opening event of the series.
Kicking off the 11-day festival was the £200 buy-in Sky poker UKPC Six-Max Mini, a name that didn’t do the tournament justice because there was nothing mini about it in the slightest. The smiling cashiers at the Dusk Till Dawn poker room in Nottingham took a total of 625 buy-ins before they pulled the shutters down and called it a night, which meant the prize pool topped £156,250 – some £6,250 over the guarantee.
The likes of Ben Vinson, Chris Sly, Matthew Simpson, recent Genting Poker Series (GPS) Newcastle champion Timothy Chung and Matas “bebaimis777” Cimbolas navigated their way through to the final day’s play, but fell short of the money places.
Not as short as Thomas Murray who crashed out of the tournament in 64th place with the top 63 receiving prize money.
There were two bubbles in the Six-Max Mini because DTD threw into the mix 50 seats to the upcoming £500,000 guaranteed Main Event, which kicks off on Tuesday 12 August. Both Paul Jackson (55th) and Maria Demetriou (54th) missed out on those free seats, while Simon Allen (51st) was the unfortunate final soul to miss out on the freebies.
Players to look out for in the £1,000 buy-in Main Event later this week thanks to securing a free seat include Jack Taylor (47th in the Mini Max), Tom Hall (45th), Will Jones (43rd), Adam Forsyth (40th), Tommy Bingham (35th), Tamer Kamel (22nd), Main Event Travel’s David Lloyd (17th), DTD regular Basharat “Bash” Mahmood (14th), Rupinder Bedi (12th), Stuart Fox (11th), and Sky Poker sponsored Pro Ryan Spittles (10th).
It was Mike Cummings who claimed the first title of the championships, besting a final table that housed Sean Randall, Waheed “Wadey” Ashraf, Mazalahedwa Bako, Simonas Baltrusaitis and the eventual runner-up Stephen Powell. Cummings collected a welcomed £20,000 for his victory and is one to watch in the Main Event for sure.
2014 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Mini-Max Final Table Results
Prize pool: £156,250
Places paid: 63
Monday, at 5:00pm, sees the £3,000 buy-in High Roller take place. Sporting a £150,000 guaranteed prize pool, it is sure to attract some of the biggest names in British poker so stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews for a recap of the action after play ends for the night.