£200,000. That is the massive sum that one of 31 players is going to leave Nottingham with today when the 2015 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event concludes at Dusk Till Dawn. The least any of those returnees will receive is £4,500, but with more than 40 times that reserved for the champion, none of them will want to collect it.
Rather unsurprisingly, it is Matas Cimbolas who enters the final day as the tournament's chip leader. The in-form Lithuanian sits down 5,845,000 chips, more than double the stack of the talented Tom Hall (2,900,000) in second place.
If we were betting people, and we are, we would lump on Cimbolas at least reaching the final table. Should he make it that far he would surely be a favourite to walk away with his third Nottingham title in the past three months.
Among those joining Cimbolas and Hall through to Day 2 are Jonathan “Skalie” Kalmar (2,600,000), Dewi James (2,080,000), Paul McTaggart (1,705,000), David Lloyd (1,555,000), Rupinder Bedi (1,450,000), Fraser Bellamy (1,365,000), Paul “ActionJack” Jackson (1,080,000), Morten Mortensen (1,000,000) and The Firm member Kevin Williams (665,000).
2015 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts
Each of the 31 remaining players is guaranteed £4,500 for their efforts after the bubble burst on Day 2. It was the popular figure of Steve Watts who was the unfortunate bubble boy, three-bet shoving a short stack over the top of a Tom Hall button raise. Watts showed and was in terrible shape against the of Hall. A final board reading kept Hall's king in front and left Watts to make the walk of shame in 90th place, the last man not to receive any prize money.
Play resumes at 1:00pm and continues until a champion is crowned. Who will that champion be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to find out.