The 2014 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) London Main Event continued on Tuesday afternoon when the surviving players from the two starting flights, plus seven late entries, returned to their seats at the Grand Connaught Rooms.
Around 375 players began the days with hopes of becoming an EPT champion and the dream ended on Day 2 for all but 130 of them.
The dream is most definitely alive for the British pro Jareth East because the grinder from Surrey sits down on Wednesday’s Day 3 with 395,000 chips in his arsenal, which are enough to put him in fourth place overall. East has almost $2 million in online tournament winnings and is currently ranked 43rd in the world by PocketFives.com, yet he’s still never managed to set the live arena alight with his obvious skills. Perhaps this is the event that puts East’s name out there for all to see.
East is joined in the top 10 chips counts by Simon Deadman who ended the night with a stack of 345,900. Deadman has been in scintillating form throughout 2014 and would be a solid bet to progress to Day 4 and beyond. Should he progress from Day 3 relatively unscathed, it would take a brave person to bet against him going all the way – or at least finishing in second place!
Other Brits who return to the fray on Day 3 include Team PokerStars Pros Jake Cody (269,400) and Liv Boeree (230,300), Billy Chattaway (241,600), Joe Grech (213,200), Niall Farrell (201,600), Oliver Price (144,600), Chris Moorman (135,200), Willie Tann (130,100), Leo McClean (129,100), Ben Roberts (127,500), Simon Higgins (110,100), Sam Trickett (106,000), David Vamplew (59,500), and Steve Watts (59,000).
Ireland is represented by UKIPT Dublin champion Kevin Killeen (55,400) and Eoghan O’Dea (17,100).
2014 EPT London Main Event End-of-Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
Leading the 130 returnees back into battle is Italy’s Raffaele Sorrentino (491,400) who is an unknown quantity when compared to some of the stellar names still in the hunt for the near £500,000 first place prize.
Such luminaries as Nicolas Chouity (390,000), Salman Behbehani (344,900), Anatoly Filatov (318,400), Kevin MacPhee (277,700), Ilan Boujenah (221,600), Benny Spindler (162,900), Sofia Lovgren (84,800), and PokerStars representatives Johnny Lodden (285,400), Marc-Andre Ladouceur (201,400), Eugene Katchalov (86,100), Fatima Moreira de Melo (56,400) and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (11,900) all sit down on Day 3 and that means the EPT London Main Event is far from over.
Play resumes at 12:00p.m. and continues until six 90-minute levels are done and dusted. The money bubble is guaranteed to burst with 95 places paid. Anyone making it into the money place locks up £7,750 for their efforts and will be one step closer to the £499,700 first place prize.