EPT London: Day 1b bullet-point bulletin No2
As yesterday, the players are enjoying a complimentary glass of wine served at their seats by the Vic's waiting staff. We still don't have the full, final number, although we've recently been told that yesterday's total was 289. There'll be about the same today, if not more. We do, however, know this:Tournament stats:: They're just going into level four, where the blinds are 100-200 and they still don't post an ante. Yet. The full structure can be seen HERE.
Chip counts: Have been updated. They're HERE.
Becker versus Thew: Julian Thew will be the first to admit that he didn't win Wimbledon at the age of 17. But he knows his poker, and he just made a good call against the former tennis ace Boris Becker - who did win Wimbledon at 17 - busting Becker's river bluff with a pair of tens. It only cost the German legend about 2,000 in chips, and he still has about 10,000 more. Thew, on the other hand, is up past 30,000.
Passport holder update: Dustin Mele's trip around the world as the PokerStars passport holder has this week landed him in London - on the same table as Erik Seidel, Antonio Esfandiari and David Williams. "It's been ridiculous," said Mele. "They played really good, but were more interested in their side bets. They get Erik Seidel to guess how many women they've been with, things like that, and the guy who Erik guesses closes to wins." Mele has about 12,000. Chips that is.
Lazarus department: Back from the dead (ie, not out, as previously reported): Darus Suharto, Hafiz Khan and Micky Wernick.