Day 1a of the Sky Poker UK Poker Championships 2015 Main Event commenced on the afternoon of Sunday at Dusk Till Dawn.
The event, which has a buy-in of £1,000 and a guaranteed prize of £1 million, attracted a field of 66 players. At the end of 12 levels, Andreas Olympus, who had qualified for the event at Sky Poker, had successfully increased the size of his chip stack to 474,000. Besides Olympus, 12 other poker players managed to survive into Day 2. The holder of the second biggest stack of chips was Ian Simpson (357,500), British poker player Paul Jackson (139,000), and Farhard Hatanejadan (184,500), who had qualified for the event at Sky Poker.
The 13 players, who survived into Day 2, along with their chip counts, are Andreas Olympus (474,000), Ian Simpson (357,500), Davide Magnan (335,000), Martin Hogarty (334,000), Barkatul Mohammed (285,500), Gareth Brideaux (254,000), Ian Parry (244,500), Andrew Abernathy (203,000), Frahard Hatanejadan (184,500), Jav Javed (182,000), Jonathan Wilson (173,000), Paul Jackson (139,000), and Jamie Clossick (125,500).
These 13 players returned to the venue on Saturday to play at blind levels 2,500/5,000/500a. Three more starting flights will be held this week on Wednesday, Friday, and Thursday, and each of those is expected to draw huge crowds of players.
Meanwhile, Sean Rigley has emerged as the champion of the UKPC Mini, which was being played throughout the past week. Players from different parts of the UK had taken part in the UKPC Mini, which had a number of starting flights, some of which were held online at partypoker.com. The £100 buy-in tournament attracted a field of 2,357 players.
At the end of it all, Sean Rigley turned out to be the champion, winning the £36,000 first-place prize and the trophy. A resident of Sheffield, he had to play heads-up against Lauren Render in order to win this title. As the runner-up of the event, Render took home a prize of £21,500. Among the finalists of this event was Eleanor Gudger, a sponsored poker player at PKR.com and winner of the WPT500 UK. But Gudger was eliminated in the ninth position and won a prize of £1,600.
The players who finished third and fourth were Matthew Curtis (£14,500) and Tariq Mahmood (£9,000), respectively. Andrew Johnson and Stacy Coore finished fifth and sixth, winning £6,500 and £4,500, respectively. The finalists who finished seventh and eighth were Jamie Glover (£3,200) and Emran Hussain (£2,150).