EPT9 London Day 2: Aido, the colour purple, and contenders to the throne

An American member of the media just asked about purple patches and from where specifically they originated. I suggested it could be a regal term, connected with royalty, given that purple was often a colour connected to the regent. I explained this to our American cousins and also that more likely it was connected to Roman noblemen (I first checked that they'd heard of the Romans - they had), and that it was a colour representative of wealth and nobility.

They thanked me and praised my Britishness. I nodded and said they should thank Google, an American company.

The purple patch was no doubt in reference to Sergio Aido, our chip leader today, who is ruling London, well the Vic anyway, in as efficient and ruthless a way as Emperor Hadrian or Septimus Severus ever did.

Aido bagged up 215,200 last night. Two days ago he won the UKIPT London main event worth £144,555, the day after he chopped a turbo side event with Nicolas Chouity. In terms of historical figures Aido might be more akin to Midas than any great leader, but leader he is and right now is reign looks unlikely to come to an end.

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Sergio Aido

The rest will be playing catch up today with the field united under the same roof for the first time. Looking to overthrow the leader will be Marc-Andre Ladoucuer, leader on day one and now leader of the rebellion. His 163,500 looked sturdy on Day 1A and while he may trail Aido, Ladouceur's own record is striking, albeit with results usually confined to side events.

Keep tabs on all chip counts today via our chip count page, which also boasts live hand-for-hand coverage from every level of today.

You can also watch all the action in vivid colour detail on PokerStars.tv where EPT Live Lite, hosted by James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton, will begin their broadcast later this afternoon and continuing through to the finish.

It's still only day two, a time when the chip lead does not necessarily bring forth great wealth by he end of the week. But by the close today we should begin to see exactly who the principle title challengers are.

Stay tuned. Play starts at noon.

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Starting seat draw
(Table, seat, player, country, status, chip count)
1 1 Peter Akery UK PokerStars qualifier 29,900
1 2 Miguel Arraco Serna Spain PokerStars qualifier 54,600
1 3 Sam Trickett UK 80,400
1 4 Lauri Personen Finland PokerStars qualifier 44,200
1 5 Sotirios Koutoupas Greece PokerStars qualifier 77,400
1 6 Julien Brecard France Team PokerStars Pro 32,400
1 7 Costa Bataille France PokerStars qualifier 47,900
1 8 Guy Bachar Israel PokerStars player 70,500
1 9 Vladislav Varlashin Russia 28,700
2 1 Peppino Finocchi Italy 24,600
2 2 Ruben Visser Netherlands PokerStars qualifier 62,900
2 3 Martin Bader UK 52,900
2 4 Gaelle Baumann France 43,900
2 5 Marcel Luske Netherlands Team PokerStars Pro 46,800
2 6 Raoul Gilmar Refos Netherlands 69,200
2 7 George Danzer Germany Team PokerStars Pro 60,400
2 8 Georgios Karakousis Greece 36,600
2 9 Nicolas Levi France 86,400
3 1 John O'Shea Ireland PokerStars player 90,300
3 2 Jorge Ufano Spain 24,600
3 3 Francis Foord-Brown UK 23,900
3 4 Lars Bonding Denmark 38,300
3 5 Matthew Russell USA 105,000
3 6 Anatoly Gurtovoy Russia PokerStars player 48,000
3 7 Lam Man Hei Australia 56,600
3 8 Rui Ferreira Portugal PokerStars player 64,000
3 9 Tamer Kamel UK 97,700
4 1 Alex Christoper Lindop UK PokerStars player 80,600
4 3 Arkady Kielman UK 26,700
4 4 Pedro Pellicer Spain 16,500
4 5 Kristian Linnell UK PokerStars qualifier 56,800
4 6 Charlie Combes UK PokerStars qualifier 12,600
4 7 Pawel Zawadowicz Poland PokerStars qualifier 105,900
4 8 Samuli Sipila Finland PokerStars player 99,600
4 9 Marcin Horecki Poland PokerStars player 57,000
5 1 Giuseppe Sammartino Italy PokerStars qualifier 60,600
5 2 Fabian Quoss Germany PokerStars player 18,500
5 3 Pasi Sormunen Finland 32,600
5 4 Andoni Larrabe Spain PokerStars qualifier 53,800
5 5 John Eames UK PokerStars qualifier 10,800
5 6 Fadhil Farag Sweden 28,400
5 7 Andrey Gulyy Russia PokerStars qualifier 62,100
5 8 Michael David Guy Brown Canada 63,300
5 9 Darren Mason UK PokerStars qualifier 19,500
6 1 Luke Schwartz UK PokerStars player 66,000
6 2 Vojtech Ruzicka Czech Republic 122,300
6 3 Joseph Sheraton Prichard UK PokerStars qualifier 92,600
6 4 Georgios Zisimopoulos Greece PokerStars qualifier 21,600
6 5 Mattia Tagliavini Italy 62,200
6 6 Nicolas Chouity Lebanon PokerStars qualifier 81,100
6 7 Tor Anton Welo Norway Live Satellite winner 76,000
6 8 Walid Bou Habib Lebanon 26,500
6 9 Ivan Tikhov Russia PokerStars player 37,800
7 1 Jason Lavallee Canada PokerStars player 67,800
7 2 Connor Drinan USA PokerStars qualifier 66,000
7 3 Steven Silverman USA PokerStars player 103,800
7 4 Stephane Benadiba France 52,000
7 5 Jacques Torbey Lebanon 21,700
7 6 Andrew Abernethy UK 32,000
7 7 Sergio Aido Spain UKIPT London winner 215,200
7 8 Fraser Macintyre UK 22,600
7 9 Vicky Coren UK Team PokerStars Pro 43,200
8 1 Niklas Asplund Sweden 36,400
8 2 Dan Abouaf France 34,600
8 3 Steve O'Dwyer USA PokerStars player 109,400
8 4 Milan Tomasz Rabsz Poland PokerStars qualifier 52,900
8 5 Calvin Anderson USA PokerStars qualifier 38,600
8 6 Ville Mattila Finland PokerStars player 44,400
8 7 Luca Moschitta Italy PokerStars Team Online 83,000
8 8 Nicola Grieco Italy 53,600
8 9 Bruno Pereira Brazil PokerStars player 11,500
9 1 Anael Dossevi France PokerStars qualifier 65,300
9 2 Dan O'Brien USA PokerStars player 9,900
9 3 Erik Tamm Sweden 34,300
9 4 Leo Margets Spain Team PokerStars Pro 56,900
9 5 Florence Allera France 69,500
9 6 Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier France PokerStars player 65,500
9 7 Rumit Somaiya UK 74,300
9 8 Simon Mattsson Sweden PokerStars qualifier 99,900
9 9 Shahaf Hadaya Israel 28,000
10 1 Matthew Mckenzie UK PokerStars qualifier 8,600
10 2 Jeffrey Rossiter Australia 37,000
10 3 Hiren Patel USA PokerStars player 125,700
10 4 David Boyaciyan Netherlands 46,200
10 5 Robert Barsi Hungary PokerStars qualifier 15,000
10 6 Aleksander Spadijer Montenegro 60,500
10 7 Jeff Sarwer Canada PokerStars player 111,000
10 8 Rory Mathews UK PokerStars player 108,900
10 9 Salman Behbehani UK PokerStars player 19,100
11 1 Franck Kalfon France 29,200
11 2 Luca Pagano Italy Team PokerStars Pro 30,600
11 3 Sandra Naujoks Germany Team PokerStars Pro 102,800
11 4 Mikal Blomlie Norway 66,200
11 5 Alexander Zayonts Russia 34,300
11 6 William Ross Estonia PokerStars player 14,600
11 7 Antonio Buonanno Italy 21,100
11 8 Tom Hall UK PokerStars player 18,500
11 9 Jonathon Prested UK PokerStars player 16,200
12 1 James Mitchell UK PokerStars qualifier 44,500
12 2 Soteris Charalambous UK PokerStars qualifier 9,900
12 3 Patrick Uzan France 36,500
12 4 Timothy Davie UK PokerStars qualifier 136,800
12 5 Adrian Veghinas Romania Live Satellite winner 40,100
12 6 Jason Tompkins Ireland PokerStars player 78,500
12 7 Johannes Korsar Sweden PokerStars player 10,400
12 8 Sebastian Gohr Germany PokerStars player 41,600
12 9 Neils Van Alphen Netherlands PokerStars qualifier 72,900
13 1 Fredrik Andersson Sweden PokerStars qualifier 62,000
13 2 Victor Podofedenko Russia PokerStars qualifier 33,500
13 3 Hui-Chen Kuo China 96,200
13 4 Mohammad Bilal Ali UK 78,500
13 5 Bryn Kenney USA PokerStars qualifier 25,000
13 6 Rob Yong UK 50,500
13 7 William Smith UK PokerStars qualifier 45,900
13 8 Manig Loeser Germany PokerStars player 109,100
13 9 Daniel Gomez Spain PokerStars player 44,100
14 1 Julian Stuer Germany PokerStars qualifier 44,700
14 2 Nils Jarefjall Sweden PokerStars qualifier 40,200
14 3 Byron Kaverman USA 22,300
14 4 Hamad Almannai Qatar 57,700
14 5 Georgios Theodorou Cyprus PokerStars qualifier 38,400
14 6 Viktor Blom Sweden 111,300
14 7 Gael Seydoux Switzerland 28,000
14 8 Ilkin Amirov Azerbaijan 54,000
14 9 Rasmus Agerskov Denmark PokerStars qualifier 60,500
15 1 Alex Kravchenko Russia Team PokerStars Pro 52,200
15 2 Alessandro Longobardi Italy 65,500
15 3 Ramzi Jelassi Sweden 91,900
15 4 Gert Zumkehr Switzerland 21,900
15 5 Waldemar Essig Germany PokerStars player 60,200
15 6 Juha Lauttamus Finland PokerStars player 41,400
15 7 Jamie Roberts UK 45,100
15 8 Spain PokerStars qualifier 62,700
15 9 Niall Farrell UK PokerStars player 75,900
16 1 Peter Jetten Canada PokerStars player 109,500
16 2 Joao Mathias Baumgarten Brazil PokerStars qualifier 24,400
16 3 Bassel Moussa Lebanon PokerStars qualifier 146,900
16 4 Johnny Lodden Norway Team PokerStars Pro 33,200
16 5 Enrico Tau Italy 109,800
16 6 Jason Mercier USA Team PokerStars Pro 58,300
16 7 Roberto Romanello UK 39,500
16 8 Stephen Lacey UK PokerStars qualifier 81,600
16 9 Davidi Kitai Belgium 21,200
17 1 Martin Hanowski Germany PokerStars qualifier 76,400
17 2 luis rodriguez Spain PokerStars player 20,300
17 3 Tom Alner UK PokerStars player 21,700
17 4 Juha Helppi Finland 45,900
17 5 Robert Stain UK 20,400
17 6 Jonathan Concepcion Spain PokerStars player 78,200
17 7 Mario Adinolfi Italy 35,900
17 0 Daniel Laidlaw Australia 70,400
17 9 Ben Warrington UK PokerStars qualifier 32,700
18 1 Andrew Pantling Canada 22,000
18 2 Yoni Basin Israel Live Satellite winner 86,800
18 3 Sebastian Mueller Germany PokerStars player 25,500
18 4 Jose Manuel Nadal Sordo Mexico PokerStars qualifier 69,300
18 5 Marc-Andre Ladouceur Canada PokerStars qualifier 163,500
18 6 Ilari Sahamies Finland PokerStars player 106,200
18 7 Stefan Bormann Germany PokerStars qualifier 18,000
18 8 Patrick Renkers Netherlands PokerStars qualifier 65,200
18 9 Jan Collado UK PokerStars player 51,000
19 1 Christopher Day UK PokerStars player 37,100
19 2 Anton Teisseire France 50,900
19 3 Yuri Gulyy Russia 60,500
19 4 Richard Milne Snr. UK PokerStars qualifier 71,500
19 5 Stefan Olofsson Sweden 132,400
19 6 JP Kelly UK PokerStars qualifier 59,700
19 7 Axel Junker Germany PokerStars qualifier 33,500
19 8 Dominik Schuba Germany PokerStars qualifier 24,000
19 9 Mickey Petersen Denmark PokerStars Team Online 10,500
20 1 Salvatore Bonavena Italy 66,000
20 2 Eric Sfez France 115,100
20 3 Govert Metaal Netherlands PokerStars player 57,000
20 4 Chun Ho Law UK 47,800
20 5 Shayam Srinivasan Canada PokerStars qualifier 19,900
20 7 Liv Boeree UK Team PokerStars Pro 56,100
20 8 Adnan Chamaa UK 20,100
20 9 Russell Carson Canada PokerStars qualifier 65,800
21 1 Kevin Williams UK 17,200
21 2 Anaras Alekberovas Lithuania PokerStars qualifier 54,400
21 3 Simon Deadman UK 21,400
21 4 Jon Spinks UK PokerStars player 41,100
21 5 Michael Watson Canada 40,700
21 6 Sam Greenwood Canada PokerStars qualifier 28,300
21 7 Javier Etayo Spain PokerStars player 74,900
21 8 Cyril Andre France 24,500
21 9 Marcel Delestrade France Live Satellite winner 46,300
22 1 Andrey Andreev Russia 9,800
22 2 Mike McDonald Canada PokerStars qualifier 95,800
22 3 Amir Mozaffarian Germany Live Satellite winner 86,400
22 4 Manfred Sierke Germany PokerStars qualifier 17,900
22 5 George Meitanis Cyprus PokerStars player 58,000
22 6 Pierre Neuville Belgium Friend of PokerStars 83,700
22 7 Jonathan Duhamel Canada Team PokerStars Pro 21,100
22 8 Kevin Iacofano USA 10,800
22 9 Oscar Romero Spain 46,300
23 1 Davor Pavic Sweden PokerStars qualifier 22,700
23 2 Theo Jorgensen Denmark Team PokerStars Pro 65,500
23 3 Nicolau Pacheco Villa-Lobos Brazil PokerStars player 41,500
23 4 Matthias Tikerpe Estonia PokerStars player 70,700
23 5 Carlos Arjona Galgo Spain 46,200
23 6 Dmitry Ponomarev Russia 62,300
23 7 Daniel Rudd UK PokerStars player 12,500
23 8 Vasileios Panagiotidis Greece Live Satellite winner 48,000
23 9 Zoltan Purak Hungary Live Satellite winner 14,900
24 1 Ramey Shaio UK PokerStars player 121,700
24 2 Brandon Hall USA 29,200
24 3 Aleh Plauski Belarus PokerStars qualifier 58,300
24 4 Alex Millar UK PokerStars player 76,800
24 5 Diego Ivan Arbuello Argentina 36,000
24 6 Laurent Polito France PokerStars qualifier 39,100
24 7 Thomas Piccirilli UK PokerStars qualifier 14,200
24 8 Pierre Huter Switzerland 92,600
24 9 Jamie Burland UK PokerStars player 41,400
25 1 Vanessa Selbst USA Team PokerStars Pro 54,800
25 2 Marc Wright UK PokerStars player 92,700
25 3 Anton Wigg Sweden PokerStars qualifier 42,700
25 4 Teddy Sheringham UK 27,700
25 5 Griffin Benger Canada PokerStars qualifier 54,700
25 6 Isaac Haxton USA PokerStars Team Online 21,400
25 7 Mark Jose UK PokerStars qualifier 16,000
25 8 Michael Tureniec Sweden PokerStars qualifier 113,900
25 9 Olof Haglund Sweden PokerStars player 72,200
26 1 Ziv Bachar Israel PokerStars qualifier 85,300
26 2 Dermot Blain Ireland PokerStars player 44,700
26 3 Rumen Nanev Bulgaria Live Satellite winner 37,400
26 4 George Clyde-Smith UK 35,200
26 5 David Williams USA Team PokerStars Pro 92,200
26 6 Andreas Kohler Germany PokerStars qualifier 20,700
26 7 Khaitan Abhishek UK 56,800
26 8 Surinder Sunar India 112,100
26 9 Albert Sapiano UK 12,500
27 1 Philipp Gruissem Germany 49,500
27 2 Jude Ainsworth Ireland PokerStars qualifier 48,400
27 3 Ian Simpson UK 68,100
27 4 Renato Almeida Portugal Live Satellite winner 50,900
27 5 Franz-Xavier Ditz Germany PokerStars qualifier 47,600
27 6 Ivan Morales Escobosa Spain PokerStars qualifier 13,400
27 7 Lennart Konst Netherlands PokerStars player 41,300
27 8 Joris Springael Belgium PokerStars qualifier 14,800
27 9 Nick Abou Risk Canada PokerStars player 63,200
28 1 Alexander Zaborskiy Russia PokerStars qualifier 40,600
28 2 Corey Burbick Mexico 8,200
28 3 Tobias Reinkemeier Germany 18,300
28 4 Katja Svendsen UK PokerStars player 11,200
28 5 Radoslaw Jacek Morawiec Poland PokerStars qualifier 31,400
28 6 Carl Henriksson Sweden PokerStars player 46,900
28 7 Luca Franchi Italy PokerStars qualifier 87,900
28 8 Annette Obrestad Norway PokerStars player 84,100
28 9 Max Greenwood Canada PokerStars player 97,300
29 1 Albert Daher Lebanon 58,500
29 2 Matthew Michael Ashton UK 91,700
29 3 Shahin Baharan Sweden PokerStars qualifier 22,400
29 5 Michel Abecassis France 41,100
29 6 Yngve Andersen Norway PokerStars qualifier 84,700
29 7 Adrian Mateos Diaz Spain 61,000
29 8 Antonio Matias Portugal PokerStars qualifier 141,000
29 9 Anton Teisseire France 50,900
30 1 Sykes Adam UK PokerStars player 39,100
30 2 Ole Schemion Germany PokerStars player 25,000
30 3 Moser Nuno Portugal 41,600
30 4 Paul Berende Netherlands PokerStars player 135,000
30 5 Ben Jackson UK 39,000
30 6 Chris Moorman UK PokerStars player 159,800
30 7 Andrew Boccia USA PokerStars player 78,100
30 8 Rino Mathis Switzerland Team PokerStars Pro 50,500
30 9 Mads Amot Norway PokerStars player 21,000
31 1 Alexander Ferguson UK Live Satellite winner 81,300
31 2 Adria Maria Balaguer Malta PokerStars player 160,000
31 3 Daniel Ezquerro Llorente UK PokerStars qualifier 23,100
31 4 Nesrine Kourdourli France 54,200
31 5 Tim Reilly USA PokerStars player 16,000
31 6 Nicola Lategano UK PokerStars player 20,000
31 7 Robert Akery UK 80,300
31 8 Jan Bendik Slovakia 88,400
31 9 Ana Marquez Spain PokerStars player 36,400
32 1 Barry Greenstein USA Team PokerStars Pro 79,900
32 2 Gus Hansen Denmark 11,300
32 3 Robert Haigh UK PokerStars player 64,300
32 4 Faraz Jaka USA PokerStars player 61,600
32 5 Piero Guido Italy PokerStars qualifier 29,600
32 6 Konstantin Puchkov Russia 82,300
32 7 Roberto Morelli Italy Live Satellite winner 86,700
32 8 Christopher Frank Germany PokerStars qualifier 133,500
32 9 Jamal Bay Netherlands PokerStars player 24,600
33 1 Stephen Jelinek UK Live Satellite winner 30,100
33 2 Jomeen Karim UK 85,800
33 3 Emil Ekvardt Sweden 10,700
33 4 Robertas Vaitkevicius Lithuania Live Satellite winner 84,200
33 5 Ami Barer Canada PokerStars qualifier 75,200
33 6 Vizsnyiczai Zsolt Hungary PokerStars qualifier 29,000
33 7 Dragan Kostic Spain 40,000
33 8 Flavien Kevin Luc Guenan France 35,300
33 9 Diogo Veiga Portugal 19,900
34 1 Mikhail Korotkikh Russia 73,500
34 2 Matthias De Meulder Belgium Team PokerStars Pro 12,200
34 3 Adam Tomasz Jaguscik Poland PokerStars qualifier 48,800
34 4 Andrej Vrazic Slovenia PokerStars qualifier 44,300
34 5 Hannes Speiser Austria PokerStars player 9,900
34 6 David Breitfuss Austria PokerStars qualifier 35,700
34 7 Matthew Perrins UK PokerStars player 36,200
34 8 Jenvick Meinsohn France PokerStars qualifier 12,900
34 9 Pratik Ghatge UK 77,400
35 1 George Ana Romania PokerStars qualifier 99,500
35 2 Toby Lewis UK 79,200
35 3 Ismael Bojang Germany PokerStars player 62,900
35 4 Benjamin Simon James Jenkins UK PokerStars player 97,000
35 5 Seun Oluwole UK PokerStars qualifier 127,900
35 6 Adam Forsyth UK 30,800
35 7 Roxane Duguay Canada 20,100
35 8 Sebastian Saffari UK PokerStars player 62,700
35 9 Faraz Iqbal Pakistan 108,900
36 1 Eli Heath UK PokerStars player 28,700
36 2 Henrique Pinho Portugal Team PokerStars Pro 63,000
36 3 Carlo Citrone UK 32,700
36 4 Alexander Schechter UK PokerStars player 36,000
36 5 Daniel Erlandsson Sweden 87,600
36 7 Antoine Labat France 130,300
36 8 Sylvain Naets Belgium Live Satellite winner 61,900
36 9 Joe Mouawad Lebanon PokerStars qualifier 10,900
37 1 Jason Wheeler USA PokerStars qualifier 77,900
37 2 Martin Jacobson Sweden PokerStars player 12,800
37 3 Kyriakos Mitsopoulos Greece PokerStars qualifier 67,300
37 4 Sofia Lovgren Sweden 52,100
37 5 Michele Guerrini Italy 44,700
37 6 David Colin France 99,500
37 7 David Vamplew UK PokerStars qualifier 65,500
37 8 Yann Dion Canada 97,200
37 9 Raphael Dubost France 29,600
38 1 Edwin Heemskerk Netherlands PokerStars qualifier 39,800
38 2 Christophe Malaurie France 33,300
38 3 Tom Castellano USA 32,200
38 4 David Sonelin Sweden PokerStars player 96,200
38 5 Antoine Saout France 37,400
38 6 Nathan Lee UK Live Satellite winner 24,400
38 7 Lex Veldhuis Netherlands Team PokerStars Pro 91,100
38 8 Timo Pfutzenreuter Germany PokerStars player 134,600
38 9 Luca-Lucian Koller Romania PokerStars qualifier 61,100
39 1 Michel Dattani Portugal PokerStars player 119,000
39 2 Mantas Visockis Lithuania PokerStars player 65,600
39 3 Christopher Jones UK PokerStars qualifier 54,400
39 4 Atanas Gueorguiev Bulgaria Live Satellite winner 10,600
39 5 Adam Levy Canada PokerStars qualifier 127,800
39 6 Barny Boatman UK Live Satellite winner 46,300
39 7 Juan Ignacio Sanchez Diaz-Casanova Spain PokerStars qualifier 44,100


Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter