Lebanese player Nicolas Chouity and American Steve O’Dwyer out in front at EPT London Main Event
The third leg of the capital’s March Madness of poker is nearing to its conclusion. After record turnouts at both the GUKPT and the UKIPT London followed by a quick heads-up grudge match between PokerStars and Full Tilt, the EPT London Main Event is now in its final stages.
Following five long days of poker the initial field of 647 has been whittled down to just 15 and by the end of today the final table of eight will be set. Leading the way are Nicolas Chouity of Lebanon and Steve O’Dwyer of the USA who both have over 2.1 million in chips. Tournament expert Chris Moorman is also still in the mix, currently sitting with a stack of just over 1 million. This year’s champion can expect to walk away with a cool £700k as well as the coveted trophy, not too bad for a weeks work.
Also at the EPT London, recently signed IveyPoker Pro John Eames collected yet another EPT €2k side-event title, earning £98,430 for his efforts adding to his previous €123k win in Vienna and €101k victory in Prague.
The £10,300 buy-in (rebuy) High Roller Event has also got underway and the 127 entrants have already been cut to 75 after only the first 8 levels of play. PokerStars pro Victoria Coren is sitting in second place while recent WPT Bay 101 runner-up and WPT LA third place finisher Paul Volpe is out on in front.
Following this weekend’s events, London will remain the centre of the poker world for one more week when the EPT leaves town, as it plays host to the WPT National London, which will be taking place at the Aspers Casino in Stratford.