EPT10 London: Maximilian Senft takes sizable lead into Day 2 of Main Event

Days like this end in a tired blur. It's brought on by the combined heat that 500 poker players and a TV set will produce in a centuries-old hall like this. That, and the inevitable fatigue brought on my eight levels of play, will wear most out, making them grateful for the sight of a bag for their chips and a taxi home.

But the field that filed out of the Grand Connaught Rooms tonight can be happy about one thing. All of them, that's 235 (approx) of the 387 that started (595 in total), will return tomorrow, along with the 135 from Day 1A. Tired maybe, but while there are chips there is hope, and reason to be cheerful.

Most cheery tonight will be chip leader Maximilian Senft. The Austrian bags up 223,000 tonight, a handsome lead for the least known of the leaders tonight, but his performance is worthy of a hat tip.

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Chip leader: Maximilian Senft (left)

There were others in contention, and as is often the case on opening days it's not always clear who is out front until the last chip is bagged up for safe keeping.

Davidi Kitai looked set to lead tonight. The Belgian, a former EPT winner and Triple Crown winner to boot, was riding high and closed on 163,100. That was enough to inch ahead of another of the earlier leaders Christopher Brammer. The Englishman had been the first to break the 150k mark and closed on 161,200. John Juanda was not far behind. A former runner-up at EPT London, he finished with 156,100 with which to return.

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Davidi Kitai

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John Juanda

Other counts were as follows.

Jan Sjavik - 146,800
Grant Levy - 109,600
Daniel Laidlaw - 99,700
Jesse Sylvia - 99,000
Paul Volpe - 96,200
Vanessa Rousso - 85,100
Daniel Negreanu - 77,800
Marvin Rettenmaier - 69,600
Julian Thew - 61,800
Andre Akkari - 59,300
Luca Pagano - 53,800
Liv Boeree - 51,800
Michael Mizrachi - 35,500
Vicky Coren - 23,000
Ruben Visser - 17,100
Marcel Luske - 16,100
Phil Hellmuth - 12,600
John Carew - 8,500


As usual Day 1B was a day of eliminations.

They'll be no Vanessa Selbst tomorrow, nor Joe Cada, Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier, Chris Moorman, David Williams, Nicolas Levi, David Benefield, Chris Moneymaker, Kent Lundmark, Mohsin Charania, Kevin MacPhee, Bryn Kenney, or Super High Roller champion Martin Finger.

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Chris Moneymaker

They were just some of a long list of those who departed today, a list you can find on our live coverage page, along with hand for hand details from today.

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Not his year? Bertrand Grospellier

This was Day 1B and like always players took their seats amid teams of camera crews. Several of them were focused on rap guests Madcon, who did their thing before busting from the main event.

Sticking around a little longer was former footballer John Carew, as was yesterday's UKIPT Main Event winner Robbie Bull, who was rightly pleased with his result.

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John Carew

Later we examined the cult of youth, or had a go at least, debating whether winnings should be banked or spun up. One players with plenty with which to do both was Jeff Rossiter, who talked about his stature as one of the highest earning player of the year so far.

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Jeff Rossiter

At the dinner break we talked about well, the break, before the tournament room was graced with the presence of Phil Hellmuth making only his second appearance on the EPT.

We finished the night with Madcon and some jellied eels. While the last word is about Vanessa Selbst and that curious high roller.

Catching up on that should keep you busy until play resumes at noon on Tuesday.

Until then it's goodnight from London.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.