Live updates from day one, level 10 of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
Blinds: 1,000-2,000 (200 ante)
1.02am: That’s it!
And just like that (well, after 13 hours), the day is over. We’re working on a stunning wrap-up piece right now, and it will be put up shortly. As will the chip counts, which are being updated just as fast as our typing fingers can cope. Show some appreciation for our fingers by using your’s to click on this chip page link.
1am: ElkY busts
In one of the last hands of the night, Team PokerStars Pro ElkY busted in a massive pot with Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies, which left the man from Finland as our likely overnight chip leader.
Sahamies had raised to 5,200 from under the gun, and ElkY re-raised from the big blind to 16,600. Call. The flop came 2♦6♥8♠ and now ElkY bet 18,800. Call. The turn was 5♥, ElkY bet 33,300 more… but this time Sahamies moved all-in, covering the Frenchman who still had around 50,000 behind.
After a major dwell, ElkY called, to be shown 5♦5♣ by Sahamies. ElkY mucked in disgust and left the table, not bothering to see the river card. But the dealer, after calling the floor, revealed ElkY’s cards – A♠K♠ – and completed the board by putting out the J♣ river.
Sahamies motored up to 373,800.
12.45am: George loses more
Sammy George is bleeding chips. He just lost another 50,000, this time to Ilari Sahamies, who had managed to spike trip threes on the turn. George is now down to 100,000 and needs to steady the ship. Sahamies, meanwhile, is now up to well over 200,000.
Meanwhile, Tony Bloom is back up to over 55,000 after moving all in on a K♦J♣3♦ flop but finding no caller.
12.40am: More ElkY lessons
The action table remains that featuring ElkY, William Thorson, Illari Sahamies and Sammy George. Who’d have thought. ElkY raised two hands pre-flop, making it 5,200 from the button and the cut-off and taking the blinds and antes, and then after a single hand off, he was at it again, this time finding a customer in George, who was now on the button.
The flop came 10♠2♥4♥ and ElkY bet 6,600. George min-raised, making it 13,200 and ElkY called. The turn was 3♥ and after ElkY checked, George bet 25,000. ElkY had seen enough, raising another 54,600 all in.
George really seemed like he wanted to call, but in the end folded and showed J♥A♠. ElkY, characteristically, did not show a thing.
12.20pm: Flying under the radar
It’s not often you can say that Illari “Ziigmund” Sahamies goes unnoticed, but after turning up four-and-a-half hours late, allowing an empty chair to keep him more than afloat during the early stages, Sahamies is now up to 170,000 and cruising.
The leader is still that man Adolpho Vaeza, who has scaled new heights. He has 340,000.
12.15am: Hachem finds aces but no takers
Joe Hachem has recently moved tables, and raised pre-flop on his first hand. Everyone folded, and Hachem turned over pocket aces, saying with obvious dismay: “The first time today! That’s a bad sign. You get aces on the first hand.”
12.10am: Hat-trick of hat-tricks
Team Pro has lined itself up in threes. On one table, there’s William “William” Thorson, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Humberto Brenes. On another table, there’s Joe Hachem, Leo Fernandes, and Alex Kravchenko, and on another there’s Vicky Coren, Dennis Phillips and the ghost of Greg Raymer. OK, so it didn’t quite work, but it’s late.
12.05am: Quads ahoy!
Erik Cajelais was up against ElkY on a J-J-6-8-K board, and got all his chips in the middle. Call. Big Smile. Quads. Cajelais is now up to 113,000, ElkY takes a hit to hover around 90,000.
11.55pm: Another day, a final level
As today gradually becomes tomorrow, we enter the final level of the day, with 37 players remaining and the average stack now slightly more than 100,000. T’riffic.