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Patel on Top After Day 1a

• Nivo 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Dhru Patel
Dhru Patel

For 10 years, the European Poker Tour has come to the city of London. It is one of only two places to hold an EPT every single year since the tour's inception (the other being Barcelona). This year saw a brand new location for the event which has previously been held at both the Grosvenor Victora on Edgeware Road and also the Hilton Hotel nearby.

With Day 1a set on a Sunday, a smaller field than usual was expected due to many players' love of the Sunday online grind. There are benefits to playing the first of the two starting days, though, as anyone involved today was guaranteed to sit at a nine-handed table (the same guarantee does not apply to Day 1b due to space requirements).

There were 209 runners in total, but at the end of eight levels, it was Dhru Patel who led the 105 survivors with 241,000 in chips. Along with [Removed:17] (who finished with 128,000), he was one of the first players to break through the 100,000 mark with the highlight of his day no doubt being the elimination of poker legend Erik Seidel. Patel played the £50,000 Super High Roller a couple of days ago, busting in 19 minutes. Here in the Main Event, he took the chip lead at the end of the night after knocking out Ben Martin with pocket queens against ace-queen.

Elsewhere, Viktor Blom had a slow start but looked to be picking things up until a huge hand sent him to the rail courtesy of Dan Smith, who finished with 103,800.

Team PokerStars Pros had a mixed day. Joao Nunes was unfortunate enough to last just two hands before he was eliminated, Leo Margets and Johnny Lodden joined him soon after, while Matthias De Meulder, Eugene Katchalov and Jonathan Duhamel were knocked out later on.

Henrique Pinho fared much better and made it through with a solid 79,400, and he will be joined on Day 2 by Jake Cody (65,000), Theo Jorgensen (73,000), Christian de Leon (33,300) and Marcin Horecki (23,600).

Jorgensen in particular had a very tough opening few hours. It was only when he was all in and won a 23,000-chip pot with the {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} against Alexander Schilt's {8-Spades}{8-Hearts} on a {3-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{9-Spades}{Q-Hearts} board that the Dane arrested his decline. He will be joined in Day 2 by a triumvirate of Scandinavian former EPT winners in Ramzi Jelassi (36,800), Michael Tureniec (81,000) and Frederik Jensen (45,900).

Of course, there were still numerous casualties during the day including many who did well at the last London festival, Talal Shakerchi (winner of the EPT9 London High Roller), Sergio Aido (UKIPT London champion), Dan Shak, Sorel Mizzi and former EPT champion Kevin Stani.

Monday's Day 1b is expected to be huge and will feature the winner of the £50,000 Super High Roller, Martin Finger, UKIPT High Roller champion and Team PokerStars Pro, Vanessa Selbst, as well as hundreds of other players all hoping to supplant Ruben Vissen as the new king or queen of London.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be here from 12 p.m. local time to follow all the action right to the very end, and we hope to have you following along with us.

Official End-of-Day Counts (v celoti)

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Dhru Patel
Dhru Patel
241,000 94,000
Raj Ramakrishnan
Raj Ramakrishnan
176,800 176,800
Jakub Michalak pl
Jakub Michalak
pl 156,800 156,800
Peter Charalambous gb
Peter Charalambous
gb 136,700 38,700
[Removed:17] NZ
[Removed:17]
NZ 128,000 18,000
Niko Mykkanen fi
Niko Mykkanen
fi 127,100 127,100
Yngve Steen no
Yngve Steen
no 112,000 112,000
Joel Nordkvist se
Joel Nordkvist
se 107,900 107,900
Matt Frankland
Matt Frankland
104,200 -800
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 103,800 3,800
Alain Debackere
Alain Debackere
102,000 102,000
Sven Reichardt de
Sven Reichardt
de 100,200 100,200
Henri Kasper ee
Henri Kasper
ee 96,700 41,700
[Removed:203]
[Removed:203]
94,400 94,400
Rasmus Lund Vogt
Rasmus Lund Vogt
93,600 93,600
Tudor Purice ro
Tudor Purice
ro 93,100
Kimmo Kurko fi
Kimmo Kurko
fi 89,200 89,200
Mario Chiang Guanilo
Mario Chiang Guanilo
89,000 -1,000
Timothy Chung hk
Timothy Chung
hk 89,000 89,000
Senh Ung GB
Senh Ung
GB 87,900 87,900
Juan Manuel Perez (Juan Manuel Perez Solari)
Juan Manuel Perez (Juan Manuel Perez Solari)
84,900 84,900
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 84,100 34,100
Pratik Ghatge gb
Pratik Ghatge
gb 84,100 84,100
Giovani Gouveia br
Giovani Gouveia
br 83,900 83,900
Michael Tureniec se
Michael Tureniec
se 81,500 1,500

Preberi vse

Last Six Hands

• Nivo 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Exactly what it says on the tin. The players are playing the last six hands of the day.

"Anyone Want One?"

• Nivo 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Jamie Brown checked to fellow Brit Mat Frankland on a flop of {j-Spades}{7-Hearts}{10-Spades}{5-Clubs}, and Frankland tossed out 4,525. Brown tank-called.

The {k-Clubs} completed the board, both players checked, and Brown showed {q-Spades}{5-Spades} for a pair of fives. Frankland had that beat with {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} for a pair of kings, and raked in the pot.

"Anyone want one?" Frankland asked the table after ordering a beer.

No one answered.

Matt Frankland
Matt Frankland
105,000 39,500
Jamie Brown
Jamie Brown
61,000 -7,000

Oznake: Jamie BrownMat Frankland

Shak and Blom Bust

• Nivo 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Viktor Blom
Viktor Blom

We're unsure of the action, but Dan Shak was just eliminated holding {a-}{k-} against the {a-}{a-} of Mario Chiang Guanilo. Shak will have a few days to relax in London before the high roller, while Guanilo has 90,000 chips.

On an adjacent table, Dan Smith knocked out Viktor Blom. The chips went in the middle on the turn, where Smith had flush and straight draws against a single pair from Blom. Smith made a club flush on the river, and Blom hit the rail.

Smith now has around 100,000 chips.

Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 100,000 37,000
Mario Chiang Guanilo
Mario Chiang Guanilo
90,000
Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
se Izpadel
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
us Izpadel

Oznake: Dan ShakViktor BlomDan SmithMario Chiang Guanilo

Brown Can't Call Verheijen's River Shove

• Nivo 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Jamie Brown
Jamie Brown

Jamie Brown opened to 1,500 in the hijack seat, Gijsbert Verheijen three-bet to 3,500 on the button, and Brown called.

The flop fell {10-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{4-Hearts}, Brown check-called a bet of 3,200, and the turn was a repeat four - the {4-Diamonds}. Brown checked, Verheijen fired out another 5,200, and Brown called.

The {3-Spades} completed the board, Brown checked a third time, and Verheijen moved all in for 9,325. Brown begrudgingly folded, and Verheijen raked in the pot.

Jamie Brown
Jamie Brown
68,000
Gijsbert Verheijen
Gijsbert Verheijen
33,200

Oznake: Gijsbert VerheijenJamie Brown

Seidel Eliminated

• Nivo 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Erik Seidel
Erik Seidel

Poker legend Erik Seidel has been eliminated in the last level of the day. The multiple bracelet winner had raised preflop to 1,600 with Dhru Patel calling behind him to see a {J-}{3-}{2-} flop. Seidel checked and then jammed for 14,000 over Patel's 3,000 bet.

Patel called with {K-}{J-}, ahead of Seidel's {A-Clubs}{5-Clubs} and the board ran out with a {7-} turn and {J-} river.

Patel is the chip with almost 150,000.

Dhru Patel
Dhru Patel
147,000 44,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us Izpadel

Oznake: Dhru PatelErik Seidel

Da Silva Aggressive on the Flop

• Nivo 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Ben Martin opened to 1,300 from under the gun, Nelson Vaz Da Silva three-bet to 3,450 on the button, and Martin four-bet to 8,800. Da Silva called.

The dealer fanned {9-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}, Martin led out for 7,700, and Da Silva plopped forward 28,075. Martin tanked for a bit, then folded.

Nelson Vaz Da Silva
Nelson Vaz Da Silva
60,000 6,000
Ben Martin gb
Ben Martin
gb 52,000 -15,000

Oznake: Ben MartinNelson Vaz Da Silva