The PokerStars.com EPT London Main Event has seen the 691 starters whittled down to just 24 players and it is fantastic that amongst them are a quartet British players. They are James Mitchell, Martins Adeniya, Benjamin Jenkins and Fowzi Baroukh.
British players have really done us all proud and performed exceptionally well on home soil, with no fewer than 24 of them making it through to the money places, winning a combined £253,500 and that does not include the four heroes who are through to the penultimate day of play, each guaranteed £19,000.
The best place of the British contingent still in with a realistic shot at the £750,000 first place prize is James Mitchell, best known for winning the 2010 Irish Open for a cool €600,000. The young man from Wimbledon will start Day 5 with 869,000 chips at his disposal, which is near as an average stack as you can get. Mitchell seems to be in the zone, as shown when he called an all in for his tournament life with on a board and was correct! Hopefully there will be more big and correct calls during the fifth day of play.
Martins Adeniya is the second best placed British player still in with a chance of glory on home soil and he goes into battle armed with a stack containing 764,000. London-based Adeniya is one of the hottest properties in live poker, highly rated by anyone who plays against him. Had it not been for a number of bad beats and unfortunate situations late on in big live events, such as at EPT Snowfest back in March, Adeniya would have won much more than the $241,957 showing on his Hendon Mob page.
Benjamin Jenkins of Newcastle has been a regular on the PokerStars UKIPT and the Grosvenor GUKPT events since 2010 and has some impressive results. Judging by his Hendon Mob page, Jenkins primarily plays small buy-in tournaments of around £200 but is taking part here in London after winning a satellite. Jenkins has 760,000 chips.
Last but certainly not least is Fowzi Baroukh with 133,000 chips and a lot of work to do. According to his Hendon Mob page, Baroukh is American but the official listings we have had through from our friends at PokerStars have him as representing the UK so that is good enough for me. Baroukh recently finished second to Ali Alrais in the July's Palm Beach Big Game for £12,700 and he is guaranteed to win more than that by the time he cashes out of the EPT London Main Event.
Tune in tomorrow to discover if any of the British quartet have made it through to the eight-handed final table!
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