EPT London: Ready for day 1b
Welcome back to the PokerStars.com EPT in London
Day 1b is about to get underway, the second act of a five act play which culminates in the finale on Saturday where, following the elimination of defending champion Vicky Coren yesterday, a new EPT London Champion will be crowned.
As the clock struck noon players were already gathered outside the Victoria Casino in the heart of sunny London’s Edgware Road. As staff opened the doors the hectic formalities of player registration began, the first step towards a seat at a table and 10,000 starting chips.
As happened yesterday they’ll be eight one hour levels with the blinds starting at 25/50. Registration is still open to tempt curious passers-by or for poker players in the area to reconsider their plans for the day. They’ll join the 200 expected today, each paying £5,200 or $10,480. Just to be thorough, that’s €7,400.
Here's some of the players you'd be up against:
Daniel Negreanu - Canada - Team PokerStars
Needing very little introduction, Negreanu is one of the undoubted heavyweights in the world game and joined Team PokerStars this year. Made his debut on the EPT in Barcelona last month, before leading Canada to a creditable third place in the World Cup of Poker.
Noah Boeken - Holland - Team PokerStars
A former rising star now turned star full stop, Boeken made two final tables on season one of the EPT, securing the title in Copenhagen. Gunning to be the first player to win two EPT titles.
Hevad Khan - USA - Team PokerStars
Making his debut on the EPT and also as a member of Team PokerStars, Khan, better known as RaiNKhaN on the site, made the World Series main event final table this year to bolster a terrific string of online results. Winner of last weekend's Hold 'Em 100.
Hevad "RaiNKhaN" Khan
Gavin Griffin - USA - PokerStars sponsored player
Winner of last season's EPT Grand Final, for more than a million euros, Griffin also has a World Series bracelet and pink hair.
David Flusfeder - England - PokerStars sponsored player
Novelist and journalist, Flusfeder writes the poker column for the Sunday Telegraph, as well as a blog detailing recent poker expoits. Those include a cash in this summer's World Series main event.
Joe Beevers - England
As well-known as they come on the European poker scene, Beevers has 12 WSOP cashes and won the 2004 Four Queens Classic in Las Vegas. A member of the Hendon Mob, lining up alongside Ram Vaswani today.
Iwan Jones - Wales - PokerStars qualifier
Here a PokerStars qualifier, Jones has a string of excellent results in the live arena, including a $750,000 payday in the inaugural London Open in 2005.
John Gale - England
A WPT and WSOP champion, Gale is one of only a handful of players in with a shot of claiming the trio of poker's top prizes. Just the EPT title eludes him.
Andy Black - Ireland
Made the WSOP main event final table in 2005 and, with two more final table appearances in the 2007 series and seventh in the EPT Grand Final, is among the top tournament players in the world.
Alan Betson - Ireland
Veteran Irish pro, with countless high-ranking results in major tournaments, including a 12th place in the EPT in Vienna in season two.
Stuart Nash - UK
Wily veteran of the UK poker scene and a regular at the Vic, Nash made the final table of the EPT event in Deauville during season two.
Sander Lylloff - Denmark
The form horse going into today's tournament, Lylloff won the first event on this season's EPT in Barcelona last month.
Thang Nguyen - Germany
Another PokerStars qualifier with exceptional live pedigree, Thang won last year's EPT event in Baden.
Erik Friberg - Sweden
Made the final table of the World Series main event in 2006 having qualified on PokerStars and followed up this year with third in the $5,000 short-handed event.
Thomas Brolin - Sweden
Former Leeds, Crystal Palace and Sweden international footballer, whose goal famously ended England's qualification chances for the European Championship.
Peter Hedlund - Sweden
One of the first players to join the EPT circuit – winning €1,100 for 25th place at the first event in Barcelona in 2004. Also made the money three years in a row at the WSOP.
Thomas Fougeron - France
An EPT regular, with three cashes including one final table, Fougeron is among the most popular French players on the circuit.
Richard Ashby - England
Well known and well respected cash player, Ashby also has six WSOP cashes including two final tables.
James Vogl - England
Burst onto the poker scene when he won a World Series bracelet aged 24 in 2004, as well as two other cashes. Has focused more on business concerns in the past few years but is returning to the tournament scene for his hometown EPT.
Steve Zolotow - USA
Hugely respected American veteran who was cashing in the WSOP before many of today's young guns were born. Has made the money 34 times in series events, including a bracelt win in 2001.
Praz Bansi - England
The Londoner crashed the poker scene in 2006 when he won a WSOP bracelet before going on to boast a string of UK tournament wins including a GUKPT title earlier this year.
Karl Mahrenholz - England
Another young gun on the UK poker scene Karl has had GUKPT success this year and has wins across the world. He has also clocked up four WSOP cashes.
Thomas Wahlroos - Finland
The outspoken Finn is either out early or has a stack of chips at the end of the day. It comes with having such an aggressive ‘no-fear’ style of play that has seen him become a player to be feared in any tournament.
Ram Vaswani – England
One quarter of the notorious Hendon Mob, Ram won the inaugural EPT Dublin event and finished second in Copenhagen in the same year. He has two other final table appearances to his name including the Monte Carlo Grand final last March.
Ben Grundy - England
Known as “The Milkybar Kid” for his youthful appearance, Ben is one of the UK’s internet poker maestros and has had his share of EPT success with four cashes which included a final table appearance in season 1. He narrowly missed out on doing the same in season 2, finishing 9th.
Fabrice Soullier - France
The Frenchman featured in the documentary “That’s Poker” showing life as a young journeyman pro in Las Vegas. The former TV director who lives in Las Vegas, cashed in the EPT Barcelona earlier this month.
Alexander Stevic - Sweden
When Alexander cashes in an EPT he pretty much comes close to winning it. He’s done it twice so far, winning in Barcelona in season 1 to become the first ever EPT winner after a gripping 4 hour heads up battle David O’Callaghan, and then third in the Grand Final that year.
Liz Lieu – United States
The Los Angeles native, formerly of Vietnam is a former dealer now professional poker player. The former cash player turned to tournament poker in 2005 and has had cashes in the WSOP and the WPT.
Neil Channing – England
A regular on the UK poker scene playing in his ‘Office’ here at the Victoria Casino. The former bookie finished 13th here last year and has had success across the Atlantic cashing 7 times in the WSOP. He also won the Grosvenor World Masters here in 2006.
Carlo Citrone - England
A UK poker rounder from the Northeast, The TV commentator/pundit is looking for his first EPT cash on home turf.
Surinder Sunar - England
The English pro, typically described as quiet, was a regular on the revolutionary Late Night Poker series with under the table card cameras that brought poker to TV screens across the world.
Patrik Antonius – Finland
One of poker’s sensations. The former Tennis pro’s breakout year came in 2005 when he one the season 2 EPT Baden and came 3rd at the EPT Barcelona. He then narrowly missed out on WPT success at Bellagio the same year.
Theo Jorgensen - Denmark
Made the final table of the recent WSOP Europe finishing 8th. His EPT record is equally impressive with two 4th place finishes in Deauville in season 2 and again in Copenhagen in season 3. Apparently one of the best rifflers in the game.
Keith Hawkins - England
English pro known as “The Camel”. The PokerStars qualifier and father of one is a massive online player and fan of Queens Park Rangers.
Juha Helppi - Finland
The Finn is an extreme poker champion, winning a much publicised game underwater against the likes of Phil Laak. The honour of the next venue was his and Juha picked the frozen tundra of his native country.
Peter Eichhardt - Sweden
Former card dealer Peter Eichhardt, a pro for 12 years, has cashed in dozens of tournaments across Europe and in Vegas. He made the final table in Baden in season 3 and at the EPT Deauville in season 2. A keen practitioner of the Japanese martial art Bujinkan.
Roland de Wolfe - England
Former journalist turned champion poker player. He became the first player to win both a WPT and EPT event when he won the EPT Dublin in season 3. A regular on the EPT and always a threat.
Julian Thew - England
The former draughtsman now in his third year as a pro has 6 EPT cashes to his name including two final tables in season 1, Most notably of those was his fourth place finish in Copenhagen that year. Julian finished 6th in the Amsterdam Master Classics in 2005.
John Shipley - England
Winner of the EPT London in season one the man from Solihull will be looking to repeat past glory at The Vic. Came 7th in the WSOP main event in 2002, one of 11 WSOP cashes.