The 837 players who entered the 2011 PokerStars.it EPT San Remo Main Event have been whittled down to just 24 and amongst them are two British hopefuls in Jon Spinks and Barny Boatman.
Of the pair it is Boatman who is the best placed for EPT glory, his 1,257,000 chips enough to put him in sixth place when play resumes on Wednesday afternoon. Boatman is part of the famous Hendon Mob who you may recall signed a new deal with Genting Poker after their relationship with Full Tilt Poker came to a premature end. Boatman has $1,757,882 in live tournament winnings and is guaranteed to add a further €19,000 today and he has the potential to increase his lifetime figures by a whopping €800,000. Amazingly, if he reaches the eight-handed final table it will represent his largest tournament cash to date!
Also flying the flag for England is the aforementioned Spinks, who has a little more work to do than Boatman as his stack contains 788,000 chips but he is far from short-stacked. Spinks, from Exeter, will be looking to put the fourth-place curse behind him in this tournament, a position he claimed in not one but two World Series of Poker events this summer. He came fourth in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event before finishing in the same spot a week later in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. More recently he won the £1,500 High Roller event at the PokerStars UKIPT Edinburgh festival and came 11th in the €1,500 6-Max Pot Limit Omaha tournament at the WSOPE.
Between the British duo and EPT glory are a whole host of well-known faces and respected players including former EPT champions Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee and Mike “Timex” McDonald, Mustapha Kanit, current WSOPE Main Event champion Elio Fox and Team PokerStars Pros Johnny Lodden and Lex Veldhuis.
It looks like it could be an absolute cracker so be sure to follow the action, as it happens, over on the PokerNews Live Reporting pages.