The UKIPT London Main Event progressed at a frantic pace and it seems like its bigger brother, the European Poker Tour London Main Event, is following suit. On Wednesday, Day 3 of the tournament, only four 90-minute levels were needed to whittle the 106 starters down to a more manageable 45.
As the dust settled at the Grand Connaught Rooms and the hypnotising clattering sounds of chip riffling disappeared into the night, it was Australia’s Martin Kozlov who emerged as chip leader, his 1,351,000 chips enough to see his name displayed at the top of the chip counts.
Kozlov is a regular at PokerStars where he has amassed more than $600,000 in winnings playing under the alias “nizmo jiz.” Kozov’s largest online cash weighs in at $40,193, his reward for finishing fifth in a Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) in May 2013.
As you would expect from someone based at the other side of the world in Melbourne, the majority of Kozlov’s live tournament winnings stem from his home country of Australia. The bulk of Kozlov’s $370,000 live tournament winnings come from a victory in the 2010 ANZPT Melbourne Main Event ($189,908) and a runner up finish in the $1,500 side event at the 2011 Aussie Millions ($54,396). Should Kozlov go all the way in the EPT London Main Event and take the £560,980 first place prize back to the Southern Hemisphere he would climb into the top 20 in the Australian all-time money listings.
Two other players ended Day 3 with seven-figure stacks at their disposal. UKIPT Marbella champion Ludovic Geilich bagged up ceramic discs worth 1,219,000 as play concluded for the night, while PokerStars SuperNova Elite David Yan crept over the one million chip barrier to end with 1,046,000.
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Among the final 45 players are 10 who have the Union Jack displayed next to their name, each one of them hopeful they can emulate David Vamplew and become a British winner of EPT London Each of the 45, and their chip stacks, can be seen in the table below.
The best-placed Brit going into Day 4 is Wolverhampton’s Kuljinder Sidhu, a former GUKPT winner having taken down the Manchester leg in 2010 for a career-best score of £54,850. Sidhu’s 605,000 stack is enough to see him start Day 4 in sixth place. Should Sidhu finish eighth or higher in the EPT London Main Event he would best that score by almost £6,000.
Along with our chip leaders and our British contingent, the railbirds following the PokerNews Live Reporting team and those who are watching the tournament progress in person, will have plenty of big names to cheer on. Kozlov’s fellow Australian Jeff Rossiter (601,000), Shannon Shorr (341,000), Salman Behbehani (329,000), Timothy Adams (271,000), Thomas Muhlocker (207,000), Paul Berende (193,000), Yngve Steen (190,000) and Kitty Kuo (162,000) are all still in with a chance of leaving London as an EPT champion.
EPT London Start of Day 4 Top 10 Chip Counts
|3rd||David Yan||New Zealand||1,046,000|
Play in the EPT London Main Event restarts at 12 noon and continues until only 16 players remain. Each of the returning players is guaranteed to win at least £11,425 for their efforts thus far, but by the time the curtain comes down on another action-packed day in Covent Gardens, £25,780 is the least anyone will be leaving the British capital with.