Only three levels were played on Day 4 of the Main Event.European Poker Tour Londonand after only six hours of play, it is David Docherty leading the last 16 players.
France is still represented by two well-known players on the field, Benjamin Pollack with 665,000 and Nicolas Vayssieres with 1,085,000. The latter had risen to nearly 3 million chips, but lost several moves, including a double down ian hamilton with aces against king-queen for Vayssieres, who therefore returns tomorrow to eighth place in the standings.
Docherty took the chip lead with 3,560,000 after a great run on day three. One of the key hands saw Doherty tap out Jamil Wakil in a showdown with aces against kings. “I’m running so well I feel guilty,” exclaimed the Scotsman after the meeting.
The provisional top 3 is 100% British, with ian hamilton (2,450,000) and the feared Jack Sinclair of (2,230,000). Other major players vying for a title on home soil include Harry Lodge and Ben Heath.
Marton Czuczor, a two-time EPT finalist, is closing in on his third final table, but he has a tough job to do. Czuczor is currently in 12th place with what will be less than 25 big blinds tomorrow.
Eric Seidel is even easier as his stack is 450,000 in chips going into day 5. With over $40 million in winnings, Seidel is one of the most impressive players in history. Still, this is his biggest deep run in an EPT Main Event, beating his 46th at EPT Prague in 2012.
EPT London Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts
|Rank||Player||Country||Chip counting||Big blinds|
|1||David Docherty||The United Kingdom||3,560,000||119|
|2||ian hamilton||The United Kingdom||2,450,000||82|
|3||Jack Sinclair||The United Kingdom||2,230,000||74|
|5||Harry Lodge||The United Kingdom||2,045,000||68|
|9||Ben Heath||The United Kingdom||990,000||33|
|10||Aleem Kanji||The United Kingdom||965,000||32|
Day 4 summary
It was expected to be a very short day with only 25 players left in the tournament at the start of the day and apart from the performance provided by Docherty in the first level, there was a steady stream of eliminations during the first levels.
Julien Sitbonchip leader at the end of Day 2 was finally eliminated in 23rd place for £22,500, despite correctly guessing his opponent’s set, while the EPT London Ladies Event champion Jessica Pilkington also came out.
ian hamilton and Eric Seidel both, on the other hand, managed to double up, with Hamilton also making a mid-day straight flush.
A flurry of eliminations took the tournament from 20 to 16 players in the space of 30 minutes Thomas Hueber, Enzo Vito, Ambrose Ng and Jordi Romero all of whom left the tournament hinting at a break to play faster than expected.
But there were no further eliminations in the final 90-minute series of the day. Docherty had a 2:1 lead over his nearest rival going into the final break, and even doubled up on Harry Lodge in the final moments of Day against him didn’t really affect his stack.
The remaining 16 players are all guaranteed £29,800, but all eyes are on the eventual winner’s £664,400.
The final 16 players will return tomorrow, Thursday, October 27, and the schedule plans to play up to six remaining players.
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