EPT9 London Day 1A: The midday update at 9pm

It's about this time of day that we like to look back on a midday update written several hours ago. Instead, this late edition will have to do and hopefully provides all the relevant scores on the opening day, however relevant they actually can be at such an early stage.

First some numbers. Some 236 players signed up for Day 1A at the Grosvenor Vic in London which, given that it's blowing minus two outside is becoming a cosy corner of the poker world. Of that number 190 remain with six levels played.

The chip leader right now is Canadian Marc-Andre Ladouceur with 185,000 chips.
Ladouceur normally reserves his big results for EPT side events rather than mains, presumably using these as a warm up. In the past year he has finished fourth in a €5k turbo six-max in Deauville, second in €5k six-handed hold'em in Prague, first in €5k high roller in Sanremo and second in the €10,000 heads-up event in Barcelona. Prior to that he finished 13th in the WSOP main event - so it turns out he does do well in main events.

Some way behind him is Antoine Labat with 100,000 chips, ahead of Luke Schwartz on 88,000. Team PokerStars Pro is also well represented at the top end of the chip count page with Johnny Lodden on 80,000, Vanessa Selbst on 77,000 and Theo Jorgensen, making a welcome return to the tour, on 70,000.

Vanessa Selbst

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Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter