If you had ever promised anyone that you would love them “until the Stars fell from the Skies”, this was the weekend that you got off the hook! From a Friday night position of having ten representatives in the top sixteen of the PokerStars EPT London Main Event, Team PokerStars have only LAPT winner Tom Marchese and online qualifier Artur Wasek hanging on to relatively shaky positions as the tournament enters it´s final day.
Chip leaders Kyle Bowker (won two WCOOP bracelets in 2006) and Full Tilt´s John Juanda share a healthy advantage over the remaining six players, with Edinburgh UK Poker Player, David Vamplew, being the last remaining home based participant in third, Wasel and Marchese closely matched in 4th and 5th places with Kayvan Payman, Per Ummer and Fernando Brito each having around fifteen big blinds left in which to make an impression.
Possibly the luckiest man still alive (in terms of this game of poker!) is Per Ummer, who cracked Day 1b chip leader Claudio Checchi´s pocket aces with AJ – seeing Jacks drop on the turn and river (330/1 chance if anybody wondered) – having previously disposed on one-time leader Jamie Brown with ten´s on the turn and river to complete a full house. With luck like that, Ummer may still be in with a chance of having a monster payday when play resumes for the final day at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino.
Other side events due to be wrapped up today include the PokerStars £100K Charity Event on behalf of Cancer Research and the £20.000 buy-in High Roller tournament – currently led by PokerStars pro Vanessa Selbst, who will be kicking herself for selling shares for her performance on 2plus2 earlier this week and potentially forgoing half of the £556.000 first prize.
Grosvenor UK Poker Tour
Meanwhile, down the M23 the GUKPT 2010 season resumes with leg 7 at the G Casino in Brighton. Play starts this evening (Monday 4th October) with a £200 freeze-out NL Hold´em tournament, with the highlight of the week being the £1.000 Main Event which begins on Friday.