Season 11 of the European Poker Tour (EPT) continued on Sunday afternoon when the £4,250 buy-in London Main Event commenced at the lavish Grand Connaught Rooms. By the time the shutters came down at the registration desk, 224 players had entered the fray. Eight levels of play later and only 135 of those entrants remained, with Russia’s Anatoly Filatov bagging up the most chips to claim the Day 1a chip lead.
Filatov, who ended Day 1a with 173,900 chips, is a regular on the EPT and in major tournament around the world. With more than $1.1 million in live tournament cashes, the talented Russian certainly knows his way around the felt. Filatov’s largest live score weighs in at €265,200 which was his reward for finishing as runner-up to French star Fabrice Soulier in the EPT Vienna High Roller in March 2014. He now has a legitimate chance of smashing his previous best, but there is a long way to go in this amazingly structured event.
Sat in fourth place in the end-of-day chip counts is the familiar face of Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden. The popular Norwegian has come close to tasting EPT Main Event glory on a handful of occasions, could this season’s London Main Event be the one that Lodden devours? Lodden returns to the felt on Tuesday with 125,800 chips.
Joining Filatov and Lodden through to Day 2 are plenty of British and Irish players who are hoping to follow in Victoria Coren Mitchell’s footsteps by winning an EPT on home soil. Sky Poker’s Ryan Spittles (112,800), James Dempsey (93,900), Ben Warrington (80,200), Simon Deadman (80,100), William Dorey (80,000), Simon Higgins (79,100), Niall Farrell (78,700), Matt Perrins (73,300), Andrew Hulme (56,500), David Vamplew (54,300), Oliver Price (50,500), Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody (48,600), Matt Davenport (46,900), Eoghan O’Dea (44,200), Rick Trigg (37,100), Eli Heath (36,500), Chuck Clark (31,500), Jack Ellwood (30,200), Ben Roberts (28,800), Nik Persaud (22,700), Max Silver (20,400), Billy Chattaway (15,600) and Conor Beresford (14,700) being among those who progressed to the next stage of the tournament.
2014 EPT London Main Event End-of-Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
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The big names and notable who joined the army of Brits through to Day 2 were plentiful with such luminaries as Sergio Aido (113,700), World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event champion Fedor Holz (88,500), Dominik Panka (74,400), Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov (74,400), Leo Margets (54,200) and Jason Mercier (33,600), Marvin Rettenmaier (66,100), Isaac Haxton (65,800), Sam Chartier (56,000), and Joni Jouhkimainen (42,500), among those punching their ticket through to Day 2.
Day 1b kicks off at 12:00 p.m. on Monday and continues until the same eight 75-minute levels are completed. A much larger crowd of players is expected to choose Day 1b to get their EPT London quest underway, many of who will be blurry eyed after spending Sunday night grinding the various Sunday Majors around the world.
Will anyone managed to topple Filatov from the top spot? Find out by following our coverage via the live reporting pages, but remember to tune back into these pages on Tuesday morning for a recap of the action.