EPT London: £1 Million Showdown updates - No 3

The high roller event coverage continues here. This who's who of poker started with 86, each paying a £20,000 buy-in and they’ll play through to a last nine tonight, returning for the final tomorrow afternoon. Starting stacks of 20,000, blinds now 200/400 with a running ante of 50. We'll be bringing updates here alongside our EPT London coverage. Click refresh to see the latest details.

8pm: Play pauses for a 45 minute dinner break.

7.55pm: Michael Watson bet 1,750 pre-flop from under-the-gun-plus-one and the action folded to John Juanda in the cut off. Juanda put his mirrored shades on and made it 5,020 to go. The flop came Kd-4s-3h. Watson checked, leaving it to Juanda to work the momentum, 7,200 this time. Watson called. An 8c on the turn and again Watson checked. Juanda reviewed his hand again and took his shades off, tapping his hand indicating a check. To the river card, Jc. This time Watson bet out, 14,500, which swung the momentum his way. Juanda thought about it, or at least appeared to, waiting three or four minutes before passing. Watson up to roughly 40,000.

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Michael Watson

7.45pm: Here's a little known fact, little known to anyone but readers of the PokerStars blog. Daniel Negreanu sits today in the high roller event alongside some of the established stars of poker, as well as a man from Canada named Darus Suharto, with whom he has shared a table before. Suharto, if you have been in a cave for the past two months, is one of the Million Dollar Men, the PokerStars Six or the November Nine, who will go to Las Vegas next month to play the World Series final table. But Suharto's journey to there also began on the same table as Daniel Negreanu at the World Series main event. He was just a mere PokerStars qualifier then hoping to make good. His dreams duly came true, while Negreanu perished early on that first day.

7.30pm: Sorel Mizzi has been eliminated, his assassin coming in the form of Johan von Till who held A-J to Mizzi’s all-in with A-7.

7.20pm: Per Ummer is hanging on despite coming out battered and bruised from a blinds war with Scotty Nguyen. With an ace on the flop the money went in, A-7 for Ummer to Nguyen’s A-5. Another cruel river card crushed all hope for Ummer. He was soon all in again with pocket sevens, called by Greg Raymer’s K-Q; a mercy double up for Ummer but he still floats around the danger zone.

7.10pm: There have been fireworks elsewhere. Team PokerStars Pro ElkY Grospellier moved all-in pre-flop with pocket queens and was called by Daniel Negreanu holding A-K. The ace on the river busted the PCA winner.

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Team PokerStars Pro ElkY

Chris Moneymaker will join him on the rail. He got his chips in with the best possible hand pre-flop, showing aces, called by pocket kings that found a third on the river card.

7pm: The payouts for the high roller event have been made official...

1st – £516,000
2nd – £327,000
3rd – £241,000
4th – £189,000
5th – £137,500
6th – £103,000
7th – £86,000
8th – £59,000
9th – £51,000

6.50pm: On what is one of the most fiersome looking tables ever concocted, seating as it does Juha Helppi, Philippe Rouas, Greg Raymer, Per Ummer, Scotty Nguyen, Jani Sointula and Chris Ferguson; Raymer takes down a pot against Rouas, taking his stack to close to 30,000. A pre-flop re-raise and a bet on the flop of 4c-8d-2d and Rouas had a decision to make. He took a while over it but folded.

6.30pm: The latest chip counts

Daniel Negreanu, 75,000
Sami Kelopuro, 55,000
Dennis Philips, 54,000
David Benyamine, 44,000
John Juanda, 42,000
Scotty Nguyen, 37,000
Max Pescatori, 36,000
Isabelle Mercier, 35,500
Tom "Durrrr" Dwan, 34,000
Jani "Hellraiser" Sointula, 33,500
Jason Mercier, 30,000
Andre Akkari, 25,000
Illari Sahamies, 25,000
Alex Roumelotis, 24,500
Dave "Devilfish" Ulliot, 23,000
Juha Helppi, 21,500
Greg Ramer, 21,000
Soren Kongsgaard, 20,000
William Thorson, 19,000
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, 19,000
Chris Moneymaker, 18,000
Barry Greenstein, 15,000
Per Ummer, 13,000
Peter Eastgate, 12,000
Steve Zolotow, 12,000
Sorel Mizzi, 7,500
Chris Ferguson, 5,000

6.20pm: Jason Mercier tangled in a pot with Masaaki Kagawa, raising pre-flop from middle position and getting called for a flop of Td-8s-Jh. Mercier checked but was forced out of the hand by Kagawa’s raise of 4,500. The EPT San Remo winner is still above average though with 29,000.

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Jason Mercier

Meanwhile a tense pot developed between recent WSOP Europe winner John Juanda and Liya Gerasimov. Things slowed down after the 3d-3h-2s flop. Gerasimov checked in the cut off leaving it to Juanda on the button to make it 5,200 to go. Eventually Gerasimov called for a turn card Qh. Gerasimov checked again but Juanda was still intent on big bets, making it 8,500 this time. There followed a five minute spell where Gerasimov re-arranged her chips but she opted not to go on.

6.00pm: Play resumes with blinds at 200/400 with a running ante of 50.

Stephen Bartley
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