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Morris Leads partypoker LIVE UK Poker Championships Super High Roller

Dusk Till Dawn

The action got underway today at the partypoker LIVE UK Poker Championships with the £5,300 Super High Roller attracting 40 players, exactly the amount required to meet the guaranteed prize pool of £200,000.

As expected, there were plenty of big names from the poker world, with the field predominantly made up of top British pros. The quality was evident from the outset; with ten players registered before the start of play; they included 2017 bracelet winner Chris Brammer and former EPT runner-up Steven Warburton.

They were soon joined by 2017 MILLIONS runner-up Jacob Mulhern, but he was eliminated before the likes of Tom Hall and Ben Winsor even joined the field.

It was Brammer who lead at the first break, after scooping a huge pot against Martyn Frey with the bracelet-winner holding the nut straight.

Shortly after the break, it was some overseas talent that joined the fray, with Manig Loeser and yesterday's MILLIONS Germany €10k High Roller winner Dominik Nitsche making the trip over from Rozvadov to jump into the £5,300 High Roller here at Dusk Till Dawn.

The field continued to swell as they got closer to the magic number of 40, with several players opting to make use of their single re-entry.

By the next break, Brammer was still in the lead, but James Mitchell would double in a huge pot against Andreas Olympios with Mitchell rivering the nut straight to beat the rivered set of tens of his opponent. This pot helped propel Mitchell towards the chip lead, which he would take hold of over the next couple of levels.

Other players continued to join the Super High Roller field, including yesterday's €10k High Roller runner-up and partypoker Ambassador Marcel Luske, and by the final break, Mitchell was still in the lead.

It looked like Nitsche might be putting the pressure on the chip leader as the levels ticked by and the field shrunk to just a couple of tables. However, a short while later Nitsche was sent to the rail after running his tens into the jacks of Mitchell.

By the end of the day, it was Steven Morris who emerged as the overall chip leader with 562,000, good enough for 80 big blinds going into Day 2.

Morris is joined by fellow big stack Luke Marsh (446,000), Chris Sly (389,500), and Ben Jackson (361,500). Long-time chip leader Mitchell is a short way back with 359,000, with another former chip leader Brammer taking 292,000 through to Day 2.

Here is how the final two tables look going into Day 2.

SeatTable 12Chip CountBig BlindsTable 13Chip CountBig Blinds
1James Mitchell359,00051Xiaoyang Luo338,00048
2Nicholas Todd211,00030Chris Brammer292,00042
3Chris Sly389,50056Marcel Luske155,00022
4Nishid Hindocha264,50038Empty  
5Luke Marsh446,00064Tom Middleton215,00031
6Fabio Sperling118,00017Ben Jackson361,50052
7Empty  Chi Zhang102,00015
8Manig Loeser186,00027Steven Morris562,00080

Stay tuned to PokerNews.com for continuing coverage of the £5,300 Super High Roller as they play down to a winner today. We will also be bringing you live coverage of the Main Event which gets underway later this week.

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