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PokerStars European Poker Tour London: Matt Glantz Wins High Roller Event, Day 1a Complete

Matt Glantz

The new PokerStars European Poker Tour High Roller champion is Matt Glantz, who won £542,000 after beating out a tough final table that included Team PokerStars Pros Dennis Phillips and Leo Fernandez.

Glantz, who is known for playing high stakes cash games at Borgata started heads up play against recent World Series of Poker Europe bracelet winner Erik Cajelais with a chip lead of 2,645,000 to 1,126,00. Things would not go his way in the early stages, and he relinquished the chip lead when Erik Cajelais doubled up holding {a-Clubs}{q-Spades} against Glantz's {a-Spades}{8-Hearts}.

Glantz's luck would then turn when on a {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}{3-Clubs} flop he and Casjelais got all the chips into the center. Glantz flipped over the {j-Clubs}{8-Clubs} which would need help against Cajelais' {a-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. The turn was no good for Glantz, but the river, the {5-Clubs} completed Glantz's flush and put him back in the drivers seat. Glantz would end it a few hands later, when his {a-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} hit an ace on the river to knock out Erik Cajelais in second place.

Here are the final results:

Matt Glantz - £542,000
Erik Cajelais - £326,000
Eugene Katchalov - £193,000
Adolfo Vaeza - £141,000
Leo Fernandez - £104,000
Ilari Sahamies - £74,000
Dennis Phillips - £60,000
Shane Reihill - £45,000

Day 1a of the EPT London Main Event also began yesterday with 129 of the 305 players surviving. The chip leader was French PokerStars qualifier Mario Cordero who ended the night with 218,100.

Other notables who ended the day over the 100k mark were Team PokerStars Pro's Peter Eastgate, Arnaud Mattern, and Maria Mayrinck, as well as Roland de Wolfe, Vivek Rajkumar, Sami "Lars Luzak" Kelopuro and UK soccer star Teddy Sheringham.

The top ten chip counts going into Sunday's day 2:

Mario Cordero - 218,100
Kevin Macphee - 176,700
Darren Woods - 164,200
Max Heinzelmann - 161,500
Moritz Schmejkal - 157500
Martin Gudvangen - 156000
Rui Soares Milhomens - 152,400
Stuart Fox - 150,700
Sondre Horgmo - 146,800
Umberto Vitagliano - 143,200

Day 1b is already underway today in London. You can follow all the action with chip counts, photos and videos on our extensive Live Update page.

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