Eric Le Goff leads the field after a fast and entertaining first day of action here at Aspers for the £2,000 High Roller event, part of the 888Poker London Live Festival.
With 37 entries and ten re-entries, players couldn't wait to sit down and didn't want to leave even when they were eliminated, as plenty of the field took advantage of the unlimited re-entry option until the end of Level 6.
Michael Mizrachi and Tom Middleton got involved in a massive early pot as Mizrachi ended up with all of his opponent's chips. On a board of , Mizrachi raised all-in, covering Middleton's 40,000-stack after the Yorkshireman had made it 12,000 on the river. Middleton called and Mizrachi showed jacks for quads to gasps from the watching rail.
Team 888Poker Pro Dominik Nitsche re-bought not once but twice and still got unlucky when his queens lost to Elias Christodoulou's jack-ten suited. The board of sent him home on the turn.
Mizrachi would eventually bust with queens too, all-in and at risk against Luke Hayward's pocket jacks, when a jack on the river sent the American to the rail. Other to fall late included Melanie Weisner and Kara Scott. Both Team 888Poker players got close to the final nine but couldn't find that little bit of luck when it was needed.
As it happened, Luke Hayward's stack of 436,000 was topped only be Le Goff (photo), whose play on a table including such players as cash game pro Jamie Roberts, record tournament result winner Antonio 'The Magician' Esfandiari and EPT Main Event winner Tom Middleton.
Here are the full chip counts ahead of Day 2, which will resume at 3pm local time. Be sure to come back to the PokerNews live reporting before then, however, as Day 1a of the £880 888Poker London Live Main Event begins at 12 noon. We'll be back from the kick-off to bring you all the best action right here on PokerNews.
Overnight High Roller Day 1 Chip Counts:
|1||Eric Le Goff||444,000|
* Photos by William Powell for 888live.