We predicted it and we were right as the 389 field on Day 1b of the European Poker Tour London Main Event almost doubled that of the 209 that took part on the previous opening day flight. This brought us a total so far of 598 registrants for this event, though with registration still open until the start of Day 2, this number should grow a little bigger.
By the time Day 1b was finished there were 230 survivors that would be joining the 105 that progressed from Day 1a into Day 2. At the top of the chip counts was Maximilian Senft, though right behind him in the top ten are some extremely tough players. Among them were Davidi Kitai, Chris Brammer, John Juanda and Dave Ulliot, all putting themselves in a great position to make a deep run in this event.
— Kitai Davidi (@KitBul) October 7, 2013
— John Juanda (@LuckBoxJuanda) October 7, 2013
Also making it through the day were some very big names as Liv Boeree, Daniel Negreanu, Marvin Rettenmaier, Phil Hellmuth, Vanessa Rousso and Barry Greenstein with all them progressing with varying chip counts.
Ended day 1 #EPTLondonME 77,800 in chips avg is about 50k just happy to get thru. Day 1 is the toughest on me mentally
End of day 1. I didn’t win a hand the last level and finished slightly over average with 56k. 70BB #EPTLondon
— Barry Greenstein (@barrygreenstein) October 7, 2013
There were more than 150 eliminations on Day 1b, with a small percentage of them being world renowned pokers players. Among them were Chris Moneymaker, Kevin MacPhee, Chris Moorman, Martin Finger, Max Silver, David Benefield, Jason Mercier and UKIPT High Roller winner Vanessa Selbst.
Bust the EPT pre antes without winning a single hand. #unhappy
— Max Silver (@max_silver) October 7, 2013
Busto the EPT. Got short & lost with a flush draw vs Middy’s 2 pair. #ontothenextone
— Kevin MacPhee (@KevinMacPhee) October 7, 2013
The players that did survive will now be returning to the tables for the start of Day 2 at midday today, so return to us tomorrow to get fully updated on how it played out.
The Current Top Ten
1st) Maximilian Senft – 223,000
2nd) Davidi Kitai – 163,100
3rd) Chris Brammer – 161,200
4th) John Juanda – 156,100
5th) Jan Sjavik – 146,800
6th) Jason Tompkins – 120,000
7th) Steven Warburton – 115,000
8th) Grant Levy – 109,600
9th) David Ulliott – 107,000