In the £5000 Main Event, 24 players returned to the tables to determine the eight handed EPT final table this afternoon at the Hilton Metropole Hotel. One of those players was Canada’s Aadam Daya, whose stay would not be a long one.
After starting out the day in 22nd place with 372,000 in chips, Aadam was unable to gain any traction as, about thirty minutes into play, he pushed his remaining stack in against Steve O’Dwyer. Aadam’s A-J was dominated by O’Dwyer’s A-K, but a Jack on the turn gave him the lead. Just as cruelly, however, a King on the river yanked that lead away, eliminating Aadam in the same spot (22nd) that he’d come to the felt with on Wednesday for a £19000 payday.
At this moment, the EPT Main Event is down to the final fifteen players, with Day Four chip leader Mattias Bergstrom still at the helm of the field with his 3.55 million in chips. O’Dwyer used the knockout of Daya to push his way into the second slot with 2.635 million chips and Team PokerStars Pro Juan Manuel Pastor holds down third place with 2.5 million chips. There are still some fairly notable names in the final fifteen, including Kevin Iacofano (1.37 million), James Mitchell (1.137 million) and Day Two chip leader Benny Spindler (740K, on the short stack) still in contention.
The news is a bit better for Canadian players when it comes to the EPT High Roller tournament. The event, with its £20000 buy in, drew 75 of the best players in the world. A look at some of the names that were eliminated on Day One – Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Justin Bonomo, Antanas “Tony G” Guoga, Barry Greenstein and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier – is indicative of the talent level of the field. Even with those big names gone, however, there is still a plethora of top pros remaining in the field.
Thirty players came back to the tables on Tuesday, with the United States’ Sam Stein holding a slim lead over Canada’s Mike “SirWatts” Watson. Mike was joined on the tables by several countrymen, including 2010 World Champion Jonathan Duhamel, recent Epic Poker Tour champion Mike “Timex” McDonald and Sorel Mizzi. Through the play early on Day Two of the High Roller, one of those players has found the door, but three stay to play on.
After starting with a short stack, “Timex” caught an early double up through the defending World Champion to attempt to make a comeback. Mike pushed his A-K against Jonathan’s K-10 suited and, once the board brought no surprises, Mike had doubled to over 50K in chips. That didn’t last long, however, as Mike reported his demise over Twitter, “AT<T9s, busto,” approximately an hour ago.
As play continues, there are 24 players remaining that are vying for the eight positions that will take a payday from this event. Leading the way for the Canadian contingent is Watson, although he just suffered a cruel beat at the hands of Anton Ionel when Ionel’s pocket eights caught a set on the flop against Mike’s pocket Kings. Even after that beat, “SirWatts” still is in good position in sixth place with his 164,000 in chips.
Down the leaderboard, Sorel has been able to keep pace in the middle of the pack with his 126K in chips, while Duhamel is going to need to get moving soon. Holding 84,000 in chips, Jonathan is currently sitting in the lower echelons of the leaderboard. The minimum payout for the tournament is £59,400, while the eventual champion will take down a respectable payday of £520,000 and the runner up will take home £326,500…not a bad return on a £20K investment!
The EPT London will wrap up tomorrow with the final table of the Main Event. With a £750,000 first place prize on the line, the competition will be fierce as the latest champion on the European Poker Tour is determined.