EPT London: The rush to the door

Something that always happens immediately following the bubble is a quick procession of all in moves from the short stacks. They're in the money already, so now they might as well go for the top end, and the tournament director has just announced that we'll play down to 32 whatever happens tonight - even if this takes us past the scheduled eight levels.

Despite quite a lengthy bubble, I don't think this is going to be an especially long one. We're already at 43 players as those gamblers followed the dinner break with humble pie for dessert. We're currently updating the full list of eliminations so hold on a moment to find out who has already won what.

One of the recent bust outs was the former EPT champion Arnaud Mattern, who has contributed his entire stack to the ever-growing pile in front of David Benyamine. Benyamine took Mattern's stack in two chunks: firstly with the mighty 7-8, which got plenty of help from the board of 2-7-9-7, especially as Mattern had A-9 and shoved on the turn. Strike two was when Benyamine cracked Mattern's Q-Q with 4-4 when he flopped a four. These French give no quarter.

There's also some team-mates scrapping on another table, where the quirks of the draw have sent Vanessa Rousso to sit between Vicky Coren and Marcin Horecki, keeping all the remaining Team PokerStars Pros around the one strip of felt.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour