World Series of Poker Europe EPT London Main Event Day 2: Tudor Purice Wins a Big Flip Late to Lead

Tudor Purice

Season 10 of the European Poker Tour continued on Tuesday with Day 2 of the EPT London Main Event, and leading the 107 players was Tudor Purice. Purice made the wheel during Level 11, eliminating Mike McDonald, who only had a pair of aces, and won a 275,000-chip race during the last level of the night with the {a-Hearts}{k-Spades} against the {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} of Onur Guvan. There was a king on the flop, and Purice’s hand held up as the turn and river both produced bricks. Purice bagged 628,200 chips.

Also joining Purdice towards the top of the counts are Ludovic Geilich (436,000), November Niner Mark Newhouse (380,800), Andy Moseley (487,100), and Yngve Steen (576,400).

Geilich had an incredibly turbulent last two levels, but was also gifted a large stack while holding Broadway. The German checked on the river with Broadway, and his fellow countryman, Patric Laudam, moved all in for 172,000 into a pot of around 200,000. Geilich snapped it off, and doubled.

Steen rocketed up the charts during the last few minutes, winning a pot off of Kitty Kuo. Kuo is still very healthy with 266,000 — she eliminated former EPT Copenhagen winner Michael Tureniec during the last level of play, turning the nuts against the semi-bluffing Swede. Tureniec was left with one out to chop, but the river produced a brick and the pot was shipped to Kuo, who chipped up to nearly 400,000.

Other players who survived the day with healthy stacks include Dan Smith, who hit a two-outer against John Juanda in a 320,000-chip pot, Shannon Shorr, Daniel Weinmen, Paul Volpe, and the overall chip leader entering into Day 2, Dhru Patel,

Patel lost a sick three-way all in against Mat Frankland and Andoni Larrabe, where Frankland’s aces held against Patel’s kings and Larrabe’s queens preflop.

Three members of Team PokerStars Pro remain — Henrique Pinho (150,300), Barry Greenstein (129,300), and The Jorgensen (71,200).

The prize pool was announced during Day 2. The 604-player field generated a total prize pool of £2,929,400, and the top 87 players will receive a minimum of £9,080. The eight members of the final table are guaranteed £60,640, and the winner will take home £560,980.

There were hundreds of casualties on Day 2, including Lex Veldhuis, Sam Trickett, Richard Toth, Richard Yong, Dimitar Danchev, Sam Panzica, Michiel Brummelhuis, Joe Kuether, Jeff Gross, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Vicky Coren, and a host of others.

Negreanu lost a flip in Level 12 against Anton Wigg, Veldhuis flopped top pair of kings against a middle set of tens, Danchev ran a weak ace into an opponent’s ace-king, and Trickett lost a series of hands, including a final one with {a-}{q-} against a player’s {k-}{q-} to bust.

The surviving 107 players will return at noon local time on Wednesday, just 20 eliminations away from the money. PokerNews will be on hand for up-to-the-minute updates straight from the floor, and we look forward to you joining us then.

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