The 2015 Sky Poker 6-Max UK Poker Championships (UKPC) kicked off on Wednesday evening with its £1,500+£150 High Roller event. Forty-two entries were processed, creating a £67,500 prize pool, resulting in £7,500 of extra value for those who entered.
Of the 42 entries, 22 progressed to Thursday’s Day 2 and it is Dusk Till Dawn regular, Keith Johnson, who finished as the overnight chip leader.
Johnson bagged up 208,800 chips at the close of play and was the only player to end the night with more than 200,000 chips. While he may be a cash game specialist by trade, Johnson knows his way around the world of live and online tournaments and has some excellent results to his name.
In March 2015, Johnson won the €2,200 buy-in IPT High Roller in Malta for a career-best score of €144,500 and more recently, in July 2015, finished sixth in a £300+£30 Deepstack at DTD for £10,000.
Hot on the heels of the silver-haired Johnson was Michael Howard who returns to the fray with 193,200 chips at his disposal and is going to be a force to be reckoned with during play on Day 2.
Each of the other surviving players are familiar faces on the UK and European poker circuit, showing the draw that these events have. The likes of Kuljinder Sidhu (133,500), Paul McTaggart (124,400), Matthew Davenport (83,600), Ben Jones (57,600), John Eames (37,800), Nick Hicks (32,800), Ben Dobson (31,000), and Sky Poker ambassador Neil Channing (15,200) all progressed to Day 2.
On this early showing it appears Froch has taken to poker quite well, but it will be interesting to see if he lasts the distance.
Fourth in chips at the end of Day 1 is the former world champion super middleweight boxer, Carl Froch. The Nottingham-born 38-year old recently hung up his gloves and has played an increasing amount of poker at DTD. On this early showing it appears Froch has taken to poker quite well, but it will be interesting to see if he lasts the distance.
2015 Sky Poker 6-Max UKPC High Roller Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
As with all tournaments, Day 1 produced a few victims who will have to make do with winning the Main Event or one of the side events instead of the High Roller.
Daniel Charlton, Ben Vinson, Basharat Mahmood, Phillip McAllister, Phil Mighall, Owain Carey, Alex Goulder and Chris Sly each bust at various points on Day 1 of the High Roller, leaving the waters slightly less shark infested.
Play in the High Roller resumed at 1:00 p.m on Thursday and continues until a champion is crowned. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Friday to discover who that champion is.