A record breaking European Poker Tour was under way in London and it now stands as the largest live poker event ever held in Britain. There were 339 players who entered on Day 1A of the £5,250 Main Event followed by a massive field of 509 players who started on Day 1B for a combined total of 848. Last year, 730 players were in the field. By the end of the two opening days, the field was reduced to 379 players. The EPT London is taking place at the Hilton Metropole in Mayfair.
Many notable pros made it into Day 2 including Daniel Negreanu who was sitting in 20th spot and Phil Ivey in 24th. Others further down the ladder included former WSOP Champs Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer and Chris Moneymaker as well as Barry Greenstein, John Juanda, Allen Cunningham, Freddy Deeb, Boris Becker, and Annette Obrestad.
In earlier side event action, the young superstar from Norway, Annette Obrestad topped a 64-player field to win the £5,000 heads-up tournament. The tournament featured best of 3 and best 5 matches. Obrestad went an incredible 14-2 against her opponents to take the title and took home £120,000 for her first place finish.
Many notable players have already been eliminated from the Main Event tournament. Some of the early exiters include Kathy Liebert, Jason Mercier, Viktor Blom, Dennis Phillips, Jonny Lodden, Roland de Wolfe, Marcel Luske and last year’s champion Aaron Gustavson.
For those who remember the WSOP Main event this summer, November Nine Chipleader Jonathan Duhamel spent a part of the tournament seated next to Matt Affleck. Duhamel busted Affleck out of the tournament on the final day of play before the final table was set, finishing in 15th place with a $500,165 purse. The two seemed very fine together at the EPT and no hard feelings were shown by Affleck, but while Affleck managed to advance to Day 2, Duhamel wasn’t so lucky.
The leading chip stacks going into Day 2 were as follows:
1. Claudio Cecchi (Italy) 237,500
2. Soheb Porbandarwala (USA) 218,600
3. David Vamplew (UK) 205,200
4. Konstantin Bucherl (Germany) 187,900
5. Thomas Bichon (France) 185,000
6. John O’Shea (Ireland) 184,400
7. Tony Cascarino (Ireland) 181,400
8. Claire Renaut (France) 171,900
9. Alex Kravchenko (Russia) 170,000
10. Joep van den Bijgaart (Netherlands) 167,600
Day 2 resumed today with 379 players and whittled down to 128 by the end of the day just down to the bubble. The bubble boy was Eoghan O’Dea of Ireland. There have been a lot of shake-ups during Day 2 and it’s still a long way to the finish line.
By the end of Day 2, this is what the leading chip stacks looked like.
1. David Vamplew (UK) 1,130,400
2. Christopher Tighe (UK) 912,000
3. Steven Levy (USA) 640,300
4. Benjamin Spindler (Germany) 621,700
5. Tomas Macnamara (UK) 535,800
6. Alex Kravchenko (Russia) 527,400
7. John Hall (USA) 513,900
8. Kenneth Hicks (USA) 484,600
9. Jamie Brown (UK) 457,900
10. Cherif Zacca (France) 413,400
Here is a list of Canadians as well as their position in the tournament after Day 2.
Kayvan Payman (12) 396,499 chips
Gabriel Alarie (65) 160,900 chips
Jeff Sarwer (87) 116,400 chips
Guillaume Rivet (112) 80,700 chips
Daniel Negreanu (117) 66,200 chips
Here is a snapshot of the Prize Pool table:
1st – £900,000 ($1,265,000 CAD)
2nd – £545,000
3rd – £300,000
4th – £240,000
5th – £190,000
6th – £145,000
7th – £100,000
8th – £66,800
9-10th – £45,000
11-12th – £35,000
13-14th – £30,000
15-16th – £25,000
17-24th – £21,000
25-32nd – £19,000
33-40th – £17,000
41-48th – £15,000
49-56th – £13,000
57-64th – £13,000
65-72nd – £11,000
73-80th – £11,000
81-88th – £9,000
89-96th – £9,000
97-104th – £9,000
105-112th – £7,500
113-120th – £7,500
121-128th – £7,500
Here are all other Canadians who participated but who have been eliminated by the end of Day 2: