They say time flies when you’re having fun and we must have been having bags of it because it feels like it was only five minutes ago that we were announcing the inaugural Sky Poker 6-Max UK Poker Championships and now they are right here and ready to commence.
Kicking off the 11-day festival at the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) poker club in Nottingham is a £250 buy-in event dubbed the 6-Max Mini, but there is not many things mini about it except its name. The prize pool of the 6-Max Mini is guaranteed at £150,000, of which £50,000 is given out as £1,000 seats to the 6-Max Main Event that takes place next week.
The turnout for the opening event looks set to be massive, with the DTD management team pleading with local players to choose Day 1a or Day 1b as their starting flight because Saturday’s Day 1c is going to be so busy. As always, DTD will attempt to accommodate everyone.
Once the 6-Max Mini is done and dusted on Sunday, the higher buy-in events start.
Monday sees the £3,000 buy-in 6-Max High Roller take place, again featuring a £150,000 guaranteed prize pool. Despite the relatively high buy-in, this event could potentially be great value because a significant number of players who would usually be competing in it are either on a stag-do or are still out of the country. While an overlay is possible, it is difficult to imagine less than 50 players turning out for the £150,000 High Roller.
The largest guarantee, one that is an impressive £500,000, is reserved for the £1,000 buy-in 6-Max Main Event. This tournament, which had its structure designed by a number of the UK’s top poker talent, features three start days, with players able to re-enter once on the day after they bust – if they bust on Day 1 or Day 1b – with Day 1c being played as a traditional freezeout.
At least 500 entries need to be taken in order for the guarantee to be met, but with 113 players showing in the Sky Poker lobby and a further 100 seats to be won at the DTD club, reaching that total should not be a problem at all.
Other events for players to sink their teeth into include a £500 buy-in £150,000 guaranteed 6-Max Turbo, a £500 buy-in £50,000 guaranteed 6-Max Hyper-Turbo and a £500 buy-in £50,000 guaranteed 6-Max Pot Limit Omaha event.
All in all, everything points towards the 2014 Sky Poker 6-Max UK Poker Championships being a roaring success and, as always, UK & Ireland PokerNews will have an ear to the ground so we can bring you updates from each of the short-handed events.
Lead image courtesy of Dusk Till Dawn