The feature on the second day of the PokerStars EPT London was the start of the Main Event. Three hundred and thirty nine players were involved in “Day 1a”, with the second half of the game due to start this morning (Thursday) – indicating that this is going to be the biggest ever live UK poker tournament
Overnight chip leader after 9 levels was PokerStars qualifier Soheb Porbandarwala, who has already tasted success at the PokerStars EPT Caribbean Adventure this year, and has a commanding 30.000 chip advantage over the rest of the field. Most of the “big guns” do not join the game until today, but one notable scalp that fell on Tuesday was that of Titan Poker´s Sorrell Mizzi*. He and PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst, Luca Pagano and Lex Veldhuis will have to watch the Edgware Road rain and wonder where it all went wrong, on a day when aggression was king.
(*Mizzi was already talking down his London table colleagues on Facebook “my ept london table can only be described as “ridiculous” lol. strangest pots I’ve ever seen. feel like I’m playn medium stakes play money sng” when his AK met pocket tens and he was out and £5k lighter after just three hours – that Facebook is expensive ! LOL!)
Two UK Poker Players are performing with exceptional credit – Victoria Coren, one of England´s finest female professional poker players made a late double-up against fellow PokerStars pro Celina Lin, and Teddy Sherringham, who made the final table at EPT Vilamoura earlier this month and cashed out in 14th at the WSOPE, is also running well. Both get a day off today and return on Friday to do battle with the survivors from Day 1b.
While all the fun and games of the Main Event was going on, one of the side events temporarily grabbed all the attention as Annette Obrestad struck form with a vengeance in the £5k Heads-Up event. Sailing through her quarter-final and semi-final matches without losing a leg, she defeated German Bernd Gleissner 3-1 in the final to stash £120.000 into the Obrestad piggy bank. Speaking after the event, Annette said she was delighted to have won and was feeling really good about entering the Main Event on Day 1b.
You can find out how Annette and the other big names get on by following our Pokerstars EPT London Day 3 Update tomorrow.