The first starting day of the 2015 partypoker World Poker Tour National London £200 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator drew a total of 193 entries. Once the bagging and tagging took place, just under have the field was gone with the screens showing 94 players left. WPT president Adam Pliska delivered the "shuffle up and deal" announcement at Aspers Casino in Stratford, and some notable names of the poker circuit had made it to the East End of London.
Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Lucio Pacifico and his stack of 104,000 finished Day 1a atop the pack, while Vasile Cosmin Stancu advanced with 93,700 thanks to cracking pocket aces in a crazy hand. Other big stacks include Erion Tota (92,000), Laurence Essa (81,200), and Jeraint Hazan (78,800).
Surinder Sunar advanced to Day 2 with 42,300 in chips, and James Akenhead busted towards the end of the first flight. Tamer Kamel bagged up 55,900 and will be returning with exactly that stack on Saturday to blinds of 600/1,200 and a running ante of 200, as the Brit cannot participate in any of the two remaining flights in this special accumulator event. Defending champion Gabriel Tuna advanced with 29,100, but he still has the opportunity to increase that amount in the two remaining starting flights on Friday.
WPT champions club member Tony Dunst has made the trip over to Europe and will play on Day 1b at 2 p.m. UK time Friday, as well as Day 1c at 8 p.m. Once again, eight 30-minute levels are scheduled and everyone can acquire further chips in the remaining two accumulator heats.
Day 1a saw 21 online qualifiers take their seats, and there are yet another 72 left to battle on the tables. The event's main sponsor, partypoker, provided a lounge with ping pong as well as free drinks pizza and hoodies, which was a treat for everyone involved.
The PokerNews team will be back just after lunch time on Friday for Day 1b and Day 1c, so make sure to tune back in and follow along what's happening at Aspers Casino.