Main Event
Main Event
Day 1b completed

Official End-of-Day Counts for Day 1b (full)

Benny Spindler de 160,800
Raj Vohra us 156,600
Steven Warburton gb 142,300
Martins Adeniya gb 132,500
Sorel Mizzi ca 129,100
Justin Bonomo us 126,100
Raffaele Gerbi 121,000
Wade Townsend 119,800
Basile Yaiche fr 119,100
John Gale gb 118,700
Adria Balaguer 117,600
Kevin Williams 116,300
Jeff Sarwer fi 111,300 71,300
Sam Chartier ca 110,100
Talal Shakerchi gb 106,400
Matthijs Remie 105,900
Thomas Piccirilli 104,900
Keith Hawkins 103,600
Matthias De Meulder be 103,400
Frank Fellous 101,400
Fabrizio Javier Cataldi 99,600
Paul Vas Nunes gb 99,500
Jason Mercier us 99,200
Christopher John Mcclung 95,100
Jamie Brown 94,600

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Day 1b in the Bag

[user68268] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Benny Spindler
Benny Spindler

Day 1b of the 2011 European Poker Tour London Poker Festival Main Event is in the books after the second and final starting flight completed their first eight levels of play. It looks to be Benny Spindler leading the way in this pack with 160,800 in chips at day's end. There also looks to be around 260 players moving on from this flight of 411 players, but all of that information won't be verified until we receive the chip counts later tonight. Once we do, we'll post them.

Although last year's record of 848 players wasn't broken, 691 for this year isn't a bad number at all. Packed into the field today were plenty of big names including Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier, Joe Hachem, Angel Guillen, Victor Ramdin and David Williams. Negreanu and Selbst were eliminated on the day, while the other players named will be moving on. Mercier wrapped up the day with 99,200 in chips and wrote on his bag "Future EPT London Champion". Whether or not that means this year is still yet to be determined.

Other notable eliminations that occurred on Day 1b included Ross Boatman, Bill Chen, Eddy Sabat, Jean-Robert Bellande, Daniel Cates, Liv Boeree, Nicolas Levi, Bertrand Grospellier and Leo Fernandez.

Some of those moving on with some heavy chip bags are Raj Vohra (156,600), Steven Warburton (142,300), Martins Adeniya (132,500), Sorel Mizzi (129,100), Justin Bonomo (126,100) and Wade Townsend (119,800).

Day 2 will commence tomorrow at noon where the remaining players from both starting flights will combine. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for all of the live coverage starting then!

Done for the Night

[user68268] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The four hands at each table are complete and the players are bagging and tagging for the night. We'll have a complete recap coming for you shortly.

Let it be known that when Jason Mercier was filling out the information on his bag, he wrote his name followed by "Future EPT London Champion".

DJK Chips Up


From middle position, Dan Kelly raised to 1,300. Pat Pezzin called from the hijack seat, Stephane Benadiba called from the button and the player in the big blind also called.

The flop came down paired with the {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} falling. Action checked to Kelly and he bet 1,750. That was good enough to take it down and he chipped up to 54,000 in chips.

Dan Kelly us 54,000 3,000

Tags: Dan KellyPat PezzinStephane Benadiba

Leonzio Flushes Wade


From under the gun, Tristan Wade raised to 1,200. He was called by the two blinds, Marco Leonzio from the small blind and Kambiz Kashi from the big blind. The three of them saw the flop come down {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and action checked to Wade. He bet 2,000 and only Leonzio called.

The turn was the {9-Clubs} and both players checked before the {A-Diamonds} landed on the river. Both Leonzio and Wade checked again.

Leonzio showed the {Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs} for a flush and Wade mucked his hand.

Tristan Wade us 34,000 -6,000

Tags: Tristan WadeKambiz KashiMarco Leonzio

Updated Chip Counts

Martins Adeniya gb 111,000 87,000
Jason Mercier us 104,000 -3,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie 97,000 67,000
Sam Chartier ca 90,000 62,400
Scott Seiver us 75,000 47,000
Ivan Demidov ru 67,000 49,700
Ryan D'Angelo us 61,000 39,500
Dan Kelly us 51,000 21,000
Eli Berg us 49,000 19,000
Isaac Haxton us 40,000 -20,000
Pat Pezzin ca 20,000 -3,000
Rudy Blondeau 10,500 -6,500
Bertrand Grospellier fr Busted
Liv Boeree gb Busted
Nicolas Levi fr Busted
Jonathan Duhamel ca Busted

Gagnon Makes a Big Mistake

[user68268] • Level 7: 250-500, 50 ante

Matt Perrins raised from early position to 1,075 and Charles-Etienne Gagnon called from the hijack seat. In the cutoff seat, Craig McCorkell called. Mike Vesia called from the small blind and Jozef Hancin Hentz called from the big blind.

The five players took the flop of {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and action checked to McCorkell. He bet 1,725 and then play folded around to Gagnon. He put in a raise to 20,025 and much of the table looked around at each other scratching their heads. After about two minutes of tanking, McCorkell moved all in for around 35,000. Gagnon quickly folded and now the table was scratching holes into their heads.

After a few seconds went by, the table started chatting and Gagnon soon realized he had raised to 20,025 and not 4,025. He removed his sunglasses, which have dark lenses, leaned back in his chair and shook his head.

Tags: Matt PerrinsCharles-Etienne GagnonJozef Hancin HentzMike VesiaCaig McCorkell