EPT10 London: Dhru Patel emerges from nowhere, heads stack London field
The prosperity of the European Poker Tour depends on the success of two type of players. We need our big names to keep winning and keep smiling and keep featuring on the front of magazines, but still there's nothing like a victory for someone we've never heard of before.
It creates, of course, a win-win situation for us in the press corps. We can root for the underdog and the favourite alike. But if I'm honest and show my true allegiance, I like it best when the rookie hits the jackpot.
And so it is with great pleasure that I announce the chip leader at the end of Day 1A of EPT London season 10. It's Dhru Patel, a 21-year-old student from Portsmouth, who doesn't have a single live result to his name, but today took the scalp of Erik Seidel, among others.
With 241,000 chips, Patel heads David Yan (182,200) and another total unknown, Raj Ramakrishnan (176,800). Then there's a field still stacked with enormous, established talent. And tomorrow's attendees will be significantly more numerous even than the 208 who joined us today.
Among those still in the hunt are:
David Yan - 182,200
Peter Charalambous - 136,700
Niko Mykkanen - 127,100
Joel Nordkvist - 107,900
Mathew Frankland - 104,200
Dan Smith - 103,800
Seng Ugh - 87,900
Michael Tureniec - 81,500
Henrique Pinho - 79,400
Theo Jorgensen - 73,000
Jake Cody - 65,000
Luca Moschitta - 57,000
Mike Watson - 55,100
Fred Jensen - 45,900
Shawn Buchanan - 44,000
Timothy Finne - 42,300
Vojtech Ruzicka - 42,000
Jamie Brown - 41,300
Ramzi Jelassi - 36,800
Christian De Leon - 33,300
Marcin Horecki - 23,600
David "Bakes" Baker - 17,900
They distinguished themselves today either by their past reputation or the exploits through the first eight levels of this tournament. The full list of remaining players will be in the chip-count panel as soon as we know it.
Among those to bust -- ie, to fail to live up to their reputations -- were Viktor Blom, Sorel Mizzi, Leo Margets, Jeff Sarwer, Erik Seidel and Joao Nunes. The Portuguese Team Pro last only about two hands.
Tomorrow promises even more. We'll have appearances from the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Liv Boeree, ElkY and Vanessa Selbst, the latter fresh from victory in the UKIPT High Roller event today.
This afternoon we took a close look at our surroundings, the incredible, inconceivable and inflammable Grand Connaught Rooms, then we watched as the players went through their morning routines.
Jonathan Duhamel was nattering about smashing his starting table, while Marcin Horecki talked about focus, fast cars and £300,000. Jake Cody has his eyes on the main prize, if only to pay for his new baby.
That should be more than enough to keep you going. Goodnight!