The World Poker Tour Amneville Main Event kicked off yesterday with Day 1s taking place3 at the Seven Casino. A total of 176 players exchanged €3,500 for 30,000 tournament chips and the chance to become a WPT Champion and by the end of eight 60-minute levels the dream was still alive for 113 of them. Amongst the survivors was British pro Luke Fields, who managed to stay near the top of the leaderboard all day long, bagging up 129,900 chips, enough to put him in third place.
Fields is primarily an online poker player and is better known to most as Lfmagic, the moniker he uses when grinding tournaments, especially on PokerStars where he has won almost $650,000. Although he is an online poker specialist he also has some very impressive results in the live arena, including an outright win in the 2010 GUKPT Tournament of Champions that netted him a career best score of £44,250. Now he is in the perfect position to make a push for more glory in France.
The Grimsby-born pro returns to the Seven Casino in Amneville on Thursday lunch time and will be hoping to be surrounded by a few of his fellow Brits as many of them will be playing Day 1b today. The British contingent includes John Eames, Mathew Frankland and Dan Carter. According to their Twitter accounts both Toby Lewis and Chris Moorman were due to play but there was a mess up with their flight booking and with Air France being on strike they could not change their tickets so it is highly unlikely they will make the trip.
We also have news that James Akenhead is second from five in one of the many side events running at WPT Amneville so we will keep an eye out for him and let you know how he gets on.
Day 1b of the WPT Amneville Main Event kicks off at 1200CET and their live updates can be found in the usual places.