The Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Gardens were full to bursting on Monday as 389 players turned out in force for Day 1b of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour London Main Event. After eight 75-minute levels, 230 players had survived with Austria’s Maximillian Senft and his 223,000 stack being Day 1b’s chip leader and second in the tournament overall.
Senft may only have seven live tournament cashes to his name, but they make impressive reading. A seventh place finish in the 2012 World Poker Tour Vienna Main Event (€36,870), a win in the 2013 GCOP in the Czech Republic (€51,713) and a 30th place finish in the recent EPT Barcelona Main Event (€24,720) are three of his career highlights.
An army of British and Irish players chose Day 1b as their starting flight, including Christopher Brammer, known in online poker circles as "NigDawG", who ended the night with 161,200 chips. Brammer has more than $3.5 million in online winnings and an additional million from the live tournament arena. Those live winnings could have been much more substantial had Brammer ran better during the business end of the tournament. Could this be the tournament that Brammer takes down? I hope so, especially as he is my captain in my Fantasy Poker Manager team!
There were plenty more Brits and Irishmen who navigated their way through to Tuesday’s Day 2, including Simon Brooks (119,400), the legend that is David “Devilfish” Ulliott (107,000), Alex Lindop (100,200), Jason “blaaaaaah666” Tompkins (100,200), former professional footballer Steve Watts (72,000), and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Barny Boatman (66,600).
But that is not all because former EPT Baden champion Julian Thew (61,800), Zimnan Ziyard (61,300), Tom Middleton (61,300), Sam Trickett (55,000), Andrew Hulme (54,700), Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (51,800), Ross “RLOG” Loggie (45,900), Dermot Blain (41,000), Neil Channing (38,600), Craig McCorkell (38,400), Stephen Chidwick (34,200) and Toby Lewis (30,700) were another fine selection who made it through to Day 2.
Speaking of Day 2, that commences at noon on Tuesday and sees some of the best players in the world return to their seats. Do not miss any of the action from the EPT London Main Event by following the PokerNews Live Reporting team’s live updates (you may as well bookmark the URL here!)
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Wednesday to discover which British and Irish players managed to progress to Day 3 of this fantastic event and which of them inevitably fell by the wayside.
Season 10 EPT London Main Event End-of-Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
In between reading the live updates, why not check out this video where Jeff Gross speaks to Kristy Arnett about a tattoo he ha done in Amsterdam that netted him a reported half of a million dollars!