Day 1b of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Madrid Main Event has been confined to the history book after eight 60-minutes of intense poker action were completed at the Casino Gran Madrid. A much larger than anticipated crowd of 352 players participated yesterday including a handful of our British and Irish heroes but only a handful of them managed to end the day with chips to bag up; the best placed of them being David Vamplew.
Vamplew ended the day with an impressive 100,000 chips, just slight under twice the average stack. He got off to a great start by flopping a set of tens and getting paid off to put him on 45,000 but according to his Twitter account his opponent was far from impressed with the Scot's play.
Made a set with TT on QT2ssK4 vs the Ukrainian guy. 45k and getting berated by him for not folding the river #eptmadridFollow @davidv1213
The former EPT London Main Event champion then soared to 77,000 when he opened to 500 from the button and Roman Romanovskyi decided to defend his big blind by calling. The flop came down and both players checked. The turn brought the into the equation and Romanovskyi lead out with an 800 bet and Vamplew made the call. The river saw Romanovskyi bet 1,800 and Vamplew make another quick call. Vamplew's was enough to beat his opponent's and he got busy restacking 77,000 chips.
Vamplew ended the day with 100,000 though the last few levels were "boring" for him, his words not ours but he ended the day with 100,000 and now has a realistic shot of becoming the first-ever double EPT Champion.
Pretty boring last few levels, 100k for day 2. First time I've had a day 1 stack in an ept for quite some time, feeling v good #eptmadridFollow @davidv1213
There are three other Brits from Day 1b who also have a chance to becoming the first double winner of an EPT Main Event but they have a little extra work than Vamplew if they are to do so. Vamplew's good friend Rupert Elder ended the day with 43,000 chips, whilst Triple Crown winner Jake Cody (29,000) and Toby Lewis (23,000) finished with just under their starting stacks.
Some faces from the British Isles that you won't be reading about over on the EPT Madrid Live Reporting pages are Ireland's John O'Shea plus Ash Mason and Ben Warrington of the UK as they busted out during Day 1b.
Play resumes at 12:00 CET and the players mentioned above will join up with the Day 1a survivors meaning 264 players will be crammed into the casino today. Which of our British and Irish contingent will make it through to Day 3? Follow the live reporting pages to find out and come back here tomorrow for more UK & Ireland focussed reports!
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