Only 16 players remain in the £250,000 guaranteed Sky Poker 6-Max UK Poker Championships (UKPC) Main Event and it is Richard Hawes who leads courtesy of his 3,395,000 stack.
Any fears of the lofty guarantee not being hit were soon dismissed thanks to a superb effort by the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) staff and great support by the players. By the time Saturday’s final starting flight, a turbo tournament, ended there were 514 entries processed, which means the guarantee was beaten by £7,000.
As the time approached 09:45 p.m on Saturday night, Desislava Deller bust in 43rd place to earn the unwanted title of bubble boy, paving the way to the money places for the remaining 42 players.
Such luminaries as Timothy Chung, Harpit Singh Gurnam, Tommy Bingham, Kyriacos Dionysiou, Richard Blacklock and Nick Hicks all crashed out on Day 2, but with prize money to show for their effort.
As mentioned, it is Richard Hawes who is the man to catch as the Main Event reaches its final day. Hawes is a most accomplished poker pro and would be a popular winner should he capitalise on his chip lead and walk away with the title of champion.
With $750,000 in online tournament winnings and almost $150,000 from his live poker exploits, it is safe to say that Hawes knows how to grind poker tournaments. Should he finish fourth or above, Hawes would collect his largest-ever live score.
2015 Sky Poker 6-Max UKPC Main Event Final Day Chip Counts
Hawes isn’t going to have matters his own way despite holding a sizable chip lead because there are some very talented individuals through to the business end of this event.
Tom Kugelsdtadt is vastly experienced and will have a major influence on where the trophy calls home, while Paul Ephremsen has been a constant thorn in opponents’ side since the cards were first shuffled up and dealt.
Paul McTaggart is another who is more than capable of winning this event and while Leo McClean and Leon Campbell are towards the wrong end of the chip counts, they are fantastic players and none of the remaining players will be happy if they’re seated with them.
Each of the 16 returnees is guaranteed £3,250 in cash with a final table appearance upping this sum to £9,000. The eventual champion wins £60,000 and the trophy. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to discover who that champion is.