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Ladouceur Leads After Day 1a of EPT London

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Marc-Andre Ladouceur
Marc-Andre Ladouceur

One of the major stops on the poker calendar returned today after an absence of more than 18 months. The PokerStars.com EPT London came back to where the event all began as 236 players descended on The Vic Casino on Edgware Rd for Day 1a of the main event. There’s a whole host of tournaments taking place throughout this two-week poker festival but none shines brighter than this one.

After eight 75-minutes levels of play a familiar face from season 9 tops the chip counts - Marc-Andre Ladouceur bagged up 163,500. Marvin Rettenmaier has earned the right over the last couple of years to be very confident at the table and this is fine unless you have a Québécois at your table. Players from this region of Canada have been dominating the EPT this season, whether it’s at the table or a nearby bar. Ladouceur had already won more than €300,000 on the tour this season and stormed his way through today. He was a raising machine that caused his table mates all kind of trouble.

Someone had to stand up to him and that person was the said German. To be fair, when Rettenmaier called all in after a Ladouceur river over-bet he did have a set but that was no match for Ladouceur who had turned a flush. That put the Canadian up to 170,000 (100,000 more than second placed player at the time) and from there on he steadied his ship to finish on 163,500

Another player to mention is Antonio Matias who took down the Vilamoura leg in Season 6 and he finished on 141,000 chips. Some of those chips came courtesy of Team PokerStars Pro Tono Judet. The man from Portugal was betting into Judet with a flush draw; he got there on the river and this is where Judet called all in, saw his opponent’s hand, mucked and left the room.

Those two players are well placed for a deep run and a shot of glory, as are: Timothy Davie (136,800), Michel Dattani (119,000), Pierre Neuville (83,200), Adria Balaguer (160,300) and Davide Suriano (130,800). Also back for Day 2 are: Luke Schwartz (66,000), Theo Jorgensen (65,500), Henrique Pinho (63,500), Marcin Horecki (57,000), Alex Kravchenko (52,200), Johnny Lodden (33,200) and Luca Pagano (30,600).

EPT London has seen luminaries such as Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren, Benny Spindler, Michael Martin and Aaron Gustavson claim this coveted title in the past. The latter of these was the only former champion playing today and he didn’t last as long as he would have liked. He got a lot of chips in on the turn when he had the nut straight only for the board to pair up for a player holding a set.

Coren was too busy cashing in the UKIPT High Roller to play today but the fairer sex was very well represented by her fellow Team Pros Vanessa Selbst (54,800), Liv Boeree (56,100), Leo Margets (57,000) as well as Annette Obrestad (84,100) who all made it through to day 2. Selbst might have set a live VPIP record today as she seemed to be in every pot for a period. Her stack fluctuated a lot but never to a critical point. Boeree felt like she was back on form today; Margets she was stuck in the corner all day and managed to navigate the mine field that is Mario Adinolfi; while Obrestad saw off the challenge old-timers such as Barny Boatman and Steve Jelinek to cruise through.

Those who also busted today included: Dominik Nitsche, Ari Engel, Sam Holden, Wojceich Barzantny, Max Silver, Kent Lundmark, Paul Foltyn, Chris Bjorin, Andrew Teng, Ville Wahlbeck and Scott Seiver.

Tomorrow is a new day though and a whole new bunch of players will arrive to keep us all entertained. Actually there’s going to be more than a bunch, way more. The Vic will be bursting at the seams as it tries to squeeze a number that will probably be double of today. Where they are going to fit is anyone’s guess! Play will get under way at 12:00 PM GMT and eight more 75-minute levels will be played before all remaining players join forced for day 2 on Wednesday. Until then it's good night from a chilly London town.

Tags: Marc-Andre Ladouceur

Official End-of-Day Counts (full)

[user101598] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Marc-Andre Ladouceur ca 163,500
Adria Balaguer 160,000 -300
Antonio Matias pt 141,000
Timothy Davie 136,800
Antoine Labat fr 130,300 -19,700
Davide Suriano it 130,300 -500
Seun Oluwole 127,900
Ramey Shaio 121,700
Michel Dattani pt 119,000
Eric Sfez fr 115,100 115,100
Jeff Sarwer fi 111,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie 109,400 -18,100
Pawel Zawadowicz pl 105,900 105,900
Samuli Sipila fi 99,600 99,600
Joseph Sheraton Prichard 92,600 92,600
Pierre Huter 92,600 92,600
Matthew Ashton gb 91,700 9,700
Ziv Bachar il 85,300 85,300
Robertas Vaitkevicius 84,200 84,200
Annette Obrestad no 84,100
Pierre Neuville be 83,700 500
Konstantin Puchkov ru 82,300 -7,700
Alex Ferguson 81,300 81,300
Alex Christoper Lindop 80,600 80,600
Robert Akery gb 80,300 80,300

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Unofficial End-of-Day Counts

[user101598] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Marc-Andre Ladouceur ca 163,500 3,500
Adria Balaguer 160,300 40,300
Antonio Matias pt 141,000 -24,000
Timothy Davie 136,800 36,800
Davide Suriano it 130,800
Seun Oluwole 127,900 12,900
Ramey Shaio 121,700
Michel Dattani pt 119,000 9,000
Jeff Sarwer fi 111,000 21,000
Annette Obrestad no 84,100 32,100
Pierre Neuville be 83,200 36,200
Luke Schwartz gb 66,000 21,000
Theo Jorgensen dk 65,500 10,500
Henrique Pinho pt 63,000 13,000
Ruben Visser nl 62,900
Leo Margets es 57,000 26,000
Marcin Horecki pl 57,000 -21,000
Liv Boeree gb 56,100 -10,900
Vanessa Selbst us 54,800 -33,200
Ilkin Amirov az 54,000
Alex Kravchenko ru 52,200
Barny Boatman gb 46,300
Roberto Romanello gb 39,500 -5,500
Johnny Lodden no 33,200 -16,800
Luca Pagano it 30,600 11,100

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Antonio Matias Hits The Top; Judet Hits The Rail

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Toni Judet - Eliminated
Toni Judet - Eliminated

We have a new chip leader at the death and he is a former EPT Champion.

Antonio Matias won EPT Vilamoura in Season 6 and he is currently sat behind a chip stack in the region of 165,000, in part, due to the elimination of Team PokerStars Pro Toni Judet. We believe that Matias was barreling a flush draw with {A-Spades} {8-Spades} when it got there on the river. Judet didn’t show his hand after calling the eventual all-in.

Antonio Matias pt 165,000 165,000
Toni Judet ro Busted

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Mitchell Powering Through Heemskerk

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The flop was showing {5-Spades} {5-Clubs} {4-Spades} and Edwin Heemskerk and James Mitchell were the two players involved in the pot. Mitchell bet 1,400, Heemskerk raised to 3,250 and Mitchell made the call.

The turn was the {10-Diamonds} and this time Mitchell check-raised. It was 4,250 for Heemskerk, 9,500 for Mitchell and Heemskerk called.

The river was the {2-Spades}, Mitchell bet 12,500 and this time Heemskerk folded to hand the pot to the Brit.

James Mitchell gb 60,000 -5,000
Edwin Heemskerk 50,000

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Akhundov Hits the Rail

[user101598] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Murad Akhundov opened to 1,300 in middle position, Matthew Ashton, who final tabled the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship at the 2011 World Series of Poker, three-bet to 3,325 on his direct left, and the action folded back to Akhundov, who called.

The flop fell {10-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{6-Spades}, Akhundov checked, and Ashton continued for 3,000. Akhundov check-raised to 13,000, Ashton moved all in for effectively 25,000 or so, and Akhundov called.

Akhundov: {k-Clubs}{j-Hearts}
Ashton: {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}

Akhundov failed to hit his open-ended straight draw as the turn and river came {8-Clubs}, {5-Clubs} respectively, and was eliminated. Ashton now has around 82,000 chips.

Matthew Ashton gb 82,000

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The Schwartz Invective

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Luke Schwartz
Luke Schwartz

With over 50,000 in the pot, Luke Schwartz had checked the river of a {9-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{5-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{6-Clubs} board across to Adria Balaguer. The latter threw out a bet of 10,000 and Schwartz tanked for a minute or two before grudgingly throwing in the call.

Balaguer showed {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} and Schwartz mucked showing the {A-Clubs}.

As Balaguer raked in the pot, Schwartz, not always the most diplomatic of people, snapped.

"You're the luckiest f**king fish in the world...You have zero table presence...Even my sister is harder than you...I bet you don't even make the money, I'll bet you your net worth...You're just a shy little Spanish guy...There's never been a good Spanish player... You only had two outs...I've seen 15 year-old girls with more table presence..."

That was just a selection of Schwartz' rant, clearly irked by an apparent float that Balaguer had made on the flop before the Spaniard caught a pair on the turn. Nevertheless, it's the latter who won the pot and is comfortably over the 100,000 mark while Schwartz is - let's face it - not best pleased.

Adria Balaguer 120,000 55,000
Luke Schwartz gb 45,000 -75,000

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Labat Up, Duhamel Down

[user101598] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Jonathan Duhamel is struggling a bit here on Day 1a
Jonathan Duhamel is struggling a bit here on Day 1a

Edwin Heemskerk opened to 1,250 in early position, Jonathan Duhamel called on his direct left, and Antoine Labat called out of the big blind. The dealer fanned {4-Hearts}{5-Spades}{8-Diamonds}, and the action checked to Duhamel. He fired 2,200, and only Heemskerk called.

The turn was the {5-Diamonds}, Heemskerk led out for 4,300, and Duhamel folded.

Antoine Labat fr 150,000 38,000
Jonathan Duhamel ca 17,500 -27,500

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