EPT London: £1 Million Showdown updates - No 1

The high roller event is underway, a £20,000 buy-in tournament to rival any other. This who's who of poker event has started with 86 players and will play through to a final table today, as long as it takes. Starting stack of 20,000, opening blinds of 50/100. We'll be bringing updates here alongside our EPT London coverage. Click refresh to see the latest details.

3.50pm: As play goes hand for hand it's worth remembering that once we get our final table of nine, and the necessary break for pre-match interviews is complte, the action begin on EPT Live. The live broadcasts will bring you every hand of the final.

3.40pm: Players pause for a 15 minute break.

3.30pm: Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker is back up to 10,000, forcing Million Dollar Man Chino Rheem out of a pot with the board reading 2h-6s-Kd-7c. Chino folded his 5-2 whilst Moneymaker flashed pocket nines.

Another former World Champion Joe Hachem has also won bit more. He's now back up to 17,500. But it’s fellow Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu who is the early chip leader, more than 50,000, thanks in part to the Vicky Coren hand. Negreanu just took another pot from Sorrel Mizzi.

With the board showing Js-Jd-8s-2c the action was checked to Mizzi on the button who bet 1,200. Negreanu re-raised, making it 3,600, forcing out the seat nine player. Back on Mizzi, he thought about it but eventually mucked his hand, to the relief of Negreanu who laughed, showing 9s-6s.

3.10pm: Chris Ferguson in the cowboy hat just took down a pot worth a few thousand, showing pocket tens on a board of 2c-2d-3s-6h-2s. His opponent Jonas Danielsson, in a woolly hat, couldn’t match it.

After a few setbacks earlier Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem just picked up welcome few thousand, leading the betting on each street.

On the table alongside Gus Hansen is making some bold moves. With the board already showing Tc-Kc-3s-6d the seat nine player in middle position had made it 2,800 to go. Hansen in the big blind was thinking it over before shoving his chips in, literally gripping them by the handful and plonking them across the line. Team PokerStars Pro ElkY was also in the hand, but got out. So too did the raiser. Another pot for the Dane.

3pm Daniel Negreanu is up to 50,000 after busting his Team PokerStars Pro team-mate Vicky Coren. He does so with the mighty 7-2 diamonds. Coren makes it 700 pre-flop, Gus Hansen and Sorrell Mizzi call and Negreanu makes it 3,700. The flop comes A-7-4 with two diamonds and Coren bets 8,000. Negreanu pushes, Coren calls and shows A-K for top pair top kicker. Negreanu has the flush draw with his "worst hand in poker" and hits it on the turn.

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Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren

2.40pm: Gus Hansen’s reputation as a slightly unconventional player is well documented, but watching him you realise that whilst he may be unpredictable his play is devastatingly effective. Just ask Sorel Mizzi. He bet out from the small blind on the Td-3d-2c flop, 825 total which, after spreading out his chips to count them, Hansen called from the big. It was the same process on the 4d turn card, a bet of 1,600 from Mizzi, again called after a pause for internal deliberation by the Dane. The river card Jd. Two checks and a showdown. Hansen showed his 2h-3c for two pair, ahead of anything Mizzi could table.

Brandon Adams looks to be an early faller, now to be found in the bar eating a burger whilst the tournament players are served fish cakes and prawns. On the table he busted from, two World Series bracelet winners contest a hand – Praz Bansi bet on a board of 4-9-T-T-6. Sitting opposite David Benyamine, who late yesterday still had the EPT London title in his sights, spend several minutes plotting whether to call. He didn’t. An early pot for the Englishman.

2.20pm: Terrifying. It’s the kind of table that would make a mockery of the random draw in any other event, but this is high roller day. The most unknown player at the 'stand out' table is PokerStars qualifier Johan van Till, who woke up this morning to find himself drawn alongside Vicky Coren, Scott Fischman, Sorel Mizzi, Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, William Thorson and ElkY Grospellier.

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Turn the other way and you’ll see Denis Phillips, Chino Rheem, Isabelle Mercier, Chris Moneymaker, and Sebastian Ruthenberg sitting together. And in the near distance Jason Mercier, Phil Ivey, Brandon Adams and David Benyamine. The soft tables here have just one bracelet winner. I’m kidding of course, there are no soft tables. It’s not Greg Raymer’s table at least, which features Per Ummer, Dario Minieri, Jani Sointula and Chris Ferguson.

Stand by for an interesting day. Starting stacks of 20,000 for 85 runners, playing all the way through to a final table whatever the cost.

Stephen Bartley
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