Live updates from day one, level four of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
Blinds: 150-300 (25 ante)
Players are taking a 15 minute break at the end of the level. Shortly before we broke, we discovered a new chip leader. It’s the Uruguayan player Adolfo Vaeza, who explained: “I doubled with Erik.” That’s Erik Seidel, by the way, who remains in but with a short stack.
4.39pm: Juanda delivers Glantz-ing blow
John Juanda made it 800 pre-flop but Matthew Glantz had seen a pattern from the cut off. “That’s three in a row now you’ve raised,” he said, taking him on with a raise to 2,500. Juanda called and they saw a Q♣K♠A♠ flop. Juanda checked before Glantz made it 3,200. Juanda called. A 4♣ on the turn. Juanda checked again. Perhaps sensing trouble Glantz checked too. On the 8♥ river Juanda made it 6,000, saying “that’s three in a row.” Glantz folded.
Soon after the elimination of Ashton Griffin, Sammy George also went over to see Tom Dwan and to compare stacks. Those two have got a high-stakes heads up game going on sometime this week — they’re playing blinds of one-squillion, two-squllion, I think — and it appears they might have some side action on their participation in this event too. “Come on, you can’t turn down a last longer,” Dwan said. “You have 93,000 chips. I have, like, half that.”
George, seemingly reluctantly, agreed and they shook (or pumped fists) on what sounded like: “Twenty-five? Fifty? OK, twenty-five.” (The thousands were implied.)
Shane Reihill, sitting next to Dwan, seemed to think that durrr was still the favourite in this last longer, but the American disagreed: “I’m the biggest dog ever,” he said. Reihill was insistent, so Dwan said: “You can buy my action if you want.”
4.15pm: Not a cooler
Sammy George has just accounted for Ashton Griffin — the man they call “Any Two” dumping “theASHMAN”. Griffin had A♥Q♥ and there were two hearts on the flop; George had pocket sevens and there was a third of those among the same community cards. “What a cooler!” George said, as Griffin strolled away from the table and over to Tom Dwan to tell him of his departure. “Not a cooler. I mean, it was just weird that I had a set and he had the nut flush draw.” The real miracle, of course, is that these two both had legitimate hands. That “Any Two” nickname doesn’t come from nowhere.
4pm: It’s good to be back
There’s a board of K♠9♠6♠4♠6♣ and it’s Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren against Luke Schwartz. Schwartz got a bit of attention earlier by taking an hour off, returning after shaking off an earlier beat. He immediately got stuck in. Coren had made it 2,500 and was waiting for Schwartz to react. He called. “I have jacks,” said Coren, but Schwartz turned over A♣Q♠ for the flush. Coren joked it was a slow roll. “I just felt you weren’t bluffing,” said Schwartz. “I didn’t think I was!” replied Coren. The break may have done the Englishman some good.
3.50pm: Raymer reveals curious TV favorite
Greg Raymer is on fine form, chatting away to his table, local boy Sammy “Any Two” George, who said: “You know the best movie to come out of America? Police Academy!”
“Police Academy? Are you serious? Is that meant to be an insult?” replied the Fossilman, perplexed by George’s choice of cinematic heaven. “Well in that case, do you know the best TV show to come out of Britain?”
“No,” said the shaven-headed Brit.
“Bargain Hunt,” said Raymer. “It’s a great show.”
“Now that really upsets me,” came the reply. “I mean, come on, Bargain Hunt?”
Oh well. The fun never ends. Enough of this frivolity, however, as this is a serious event. Raymer, between dreaming of Bargain Hunt, has amassed a tasty stack. He’s now up to 90,000.
Meanwhile, Luke Schwartz, who was sitting at the same table as Vicky Coren and Joe Hachem for the first two levels, has disappeared. He’s been missing for several hours now, his stack of 45,000 waiting patiently for his return. Next to him is a stack that has no owner at all all day.
“He’s coming,” said one of the tournament staff. “Who’s is it?” asked Hachem. “Ilari Sahamies,” came the reply. That’s online terror Ziigmund to you and I.
3.45pm: New level
Don’t these levels just fly by. It’s already level four, and the chip leader at this stage is this man, Joe Cada: