Twenty-one year old economics student, Harry Lodge, is £60,000 richer today thanks to him winning the 2015 Sky Poker 6-Max UK Poker Championships Main Event at Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham in the early hours of August 24.
Lodge went into the final day second in chips from the 16 returning players, trailing only Richard Hawes in the standings. The two start-of-day chip leaders would ultimately meet heads-up in what was a thrilling battle.
The first player to fall on the final day was Matt Cartwright who shoved from the small blind with and couldn’t get there versus the of the talented Leon Campbell.
Cartwright was followed to the sidelines, via the cashier’s cage, by Leo McClean, Tom Kugelstadt, Paul Ephremsen, Leo Worthington-Leese, Ian Gwynne, Adam Maxwell, Tim Wright, Craig McDowell and the final table bubble boy Mohammed Ifzail.
Paul McTaggart was the final table’s first casualty, pushing all-in from the cutoff with and being called by Lodge in the big blind with . The five community cards ran , both players had a spade in their hand but Lodge’s was the bigger of the two so McTaggart bust.
More than two hours passed by without an elimination, then Michael Lyons found himself all-in for 2,100,000 during the 80,000/160,000 level with against the of Hawes. The snowmen held on an ace-high board and the final table was down to four players.
Four became three after a huge three-way contested pot sent Campbell to the rail.
Lodge pushed all-in for 2,950,000 from under the gun, Hawes called on the button only to see Campbell re-shove for 4,300,000 from the big blind. Hawes put in the extra chips to call and turned over which was up against the of Lodge and the of Campbell. The queens of Campbell remained best on the flop, with Lodge sailing into the lead on the turn. A jack on the river bust Campbell, cut down the stack of Hawes and propelled Lodge into the chip lead.
Shortly after Campbell’s exit, George Devine’s tournament ended. Lodge opened to 400,000 on the button, Hawes made it 1,100,000 from the small blind and Devine four-bet shoved for 6,000,000 from the big blind. Lodge got out of the way, but Hawes called to put Devine at risk.
It was pocket nines for Hawes versus the tens of Devine and the latter looked set for a double-up. That was until the door card was a nine and when the board refused to straighten out or show a ten, Devine was gone.
The chip lead exchanged hands a few times before Lodge began to put a cushion between himself and Hawes. The final hand came three hands after a scheduled break as the time approached 2:00 a.m on Monday morning.
Hawes committed his stack with pocket jacks and Lodge called with a pair of fives, spiked a set on the turn and when the river bricked, Hawes’s fantastic run came to an abrupt end.
2015 Sky Poker 6-Max UK Poker Championships Main Event Final Table Results
The £60,000 won by Lodge is his largest live cash to date, eclipsing the £27,600 he won for finishing fifth in the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event in 2013.
Both Sky Poker and Dusk Till Dawn need to be commended for the efforts the put into this festival and hitting the guarantees of its High Roller, Mini and Main Event despite the massive fields being created in Spain during the Estrellas and European Poker Tour Barcelona festivities.
Next up for Dusk Till Dawn is the Pokerfest Live festival that runs from August 28 through September 6.