Day 1b of the 2011 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour London Main Event ended on Saturday after the second and final starting flight completed their first eight levels of play. Leading the way at the end of the day — Benny Spindler with 160,800 in chips. Out of the 411 players who came out for Day 1b, 255 will be moving on to Day 2.
Spindler received a lot of his chips from Nicolas Levi. After a raise to 1,350 preflop from an unknown player with the blinds at 300/600 with a 75 ante, Levi reraised to 3,400. Spindler four-bet to 10,000 and the original raiser got out of the way. Levi moved all-in for approximately 40,000 and Spindler immediately called. Spindler tabled and was up against Levi's . The flop, turn and river ran out and Spindler's aces were able to fade Levi's big flop.
Although last year's record of 848 players wasn't broken, 691 for this year isn't a bad number. A prize pool of £3,351,350 was created with first place being awarded a whopping £750,000. The top 104 places will be paid out.
Packed into the field on Saturday were plenty of big names including Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier, Joe Hachem, Angel Guillen, Victor Ramdin and David Williams. Negreanu and Selbst were eliminated on the day, while the other players named will be moving on. Mercier wrapped up the day with 99,200 in chips and wrote on his bag "Future EPT London Champion." Whether that means this year is still yet to be determined.
Mercier just saw his stack take a giant leap to over 100,000 in chips after Anrei One gifted him about 45,000 in chips. During the 250/500 with a 50 ante level, One raised to 1,100 and Mercier three-bet to 2,725. One then four-bet to 6,200, and Mercier five-bet to 12,050. One still wasn't convinced and moved all-in for about 45,000.
"I beat him into the pot," said Mercier, describing his call.
Mercier held offsuit and One held . The flop came down with two clubs and one spade before a was added on the turn and a on the river.
Other notable eliminations that occurred on Day 1b included Ross Boatman, Bill Chen, Eddy Sabat, Jean-Robert Bellande, Daniel Cates, Liv Boeree, Bertrand Grospellier and Leo Fernandez.
Players who are moving on with some heavy chip bags are Raj Vohra (156,600), Steven Warburton (142,300), Martins Adeniya (132,500), Sorel Mizzi (129,100), Justin Bonomo (126,100) and Wade Townsend (119,800).
Day 2 will commence on Sunday at 1200 BST (0400 PDT) where the remaining players from both starting flights will combine. Lukasz Golczyk is the overall chip leader with 211,600 in chips after his performance on Day 1a. The total number of remaining players is 417. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for all of the live coverage starting then.
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