If the opening day of the PokerStars EPT London event was a day for the ladies, yesterday was the day when it all went tits up wrong! Annette Obrestad, Vanessa Rousso, Liv Boeree and Vicky Coren all busted out on a crazy day which saw 72 players eliminated before the end of the first level. By the end of the day only 128 players remained from the initial 848, and all are now in the money.
Clear overnight chip leader is Edinburgh based David Vamplew and, on a good day for UK Poker players, he has Englishman Christopher Teigh snapping at his heels with UK-based Tomas MacNamara also featuring in the top 5. Team PokerStars will not be disappointed with the appearance of ten pros or PokerStars qualifiers in the top sixteen, although we are yet to see major moves from the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hatchem and Greg Raymer, who hold handy midfield positions along with Phil Ivey and ex-soccer players Tony Cascarino and Teddy Sheringham.
Unfortunately, we will not be seeing any more aces from Boris Becker (Boom! Boom!) who was one of the early casualties along with Day 1a chip leader Soheb Porbandarwala, but Day 1b chip leader Claudio Cecchi is still in the running for a deep finish along with the excellently named Joep van der Bijgaart (Rowan Atkinson would have a field day!).
Play continues in the Main Event today until there are just 27 players left, and on Sunday until we are down to just the final table.
Once the Main Event has concluded on Monday, it will be time for the UKIPT “Champions of Champions” Game, with the nine winners from season 1 battling it out for the prize of a free entry into each of the Main Events in UKIPT Season 2 plus the Main Event at next years EPT London.
Preliminary details for Season 2 have just been announced and are as follow:-
Galway, IE Dec 2-5 Radisson Hotel
Nottingham, UK Feb 11-14 Dusk Till Dawn ~
Manchester, UK Mar 10-14 G Casino
Cork, IE May 19-22 Rochestown Park
Newcastle, UK Jun 16-20 Aspers Casino
Brighton, UK Jul 14-18 Rendezvous Casino
Edinburgh, UK Aug 11-15 Corn Exchange
Dublin Venue TBC Sept 8-11
London Metropole Dates TBC