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888Live Poker Festival London £2,000 High Roller: Le Goff Leads, Moorman, Esfandiari and Middleton Still In

Eric Le Goff
  • Eric Le Goff leads the field in the @888poker £2,000 High Roller after an entertaining Day 1.

Eric Le Goff leads the field after a fast and entertaining first day of action here at Aspers for the £2,000 High Roller event, part of the 888live Poker Festival London.

With 37 entries and 10 re-entries, players couldn't wait to sit down and didn't want to leave even when they were eliminated, as plenty of the field took advantage of the unlimited re-entry option until the end of Level 6.

Michael Mizrachi and Tom Middleton got involved in a massive early pot as Mizrachi ended up with all of his opponent's chips. On a board of {K-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{J-Hearts}, Mizrachi raised all in, covering Middleton's 40,000 stack after the Yorkshireman had made it 12,000 on the river. Middleton called and Mizrachi showed jacks for quads to gasps from the watching rail.

Team 888Poker Pro Dominik Nitsche re-bought not once but twice and still got unlucky when his queens lost to Elias Christodoulou's jack-ten suited. The board of {A-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{9-Spades} sent him home on the turn.

Mizrachi would eventually bust with queens too, all in and at risk against Luke Hayward's pocket jacks, when a jack on the river sent the American to the rail. Other to fall late included Melanie Weisner and Kara Scott. Both Team 888Poker players got close to the final nine but couldn't find that little bit of luck when it was needed.

As it happened, Luke Hayward's stack of 436,000 was topped only by Le Goff (photo), who played a table with such players as cash game pro Jamie Roberts, record tournament result winner Antonio 'The Magician' Esfandiari and EPT Main Event winner Tom Middleton.

Here are the full chip counts ahead of Day 2, which will resume at 3 p.m. local time. Be sure to come back to the PokerNews' live reporting before then, however, as Day 1a of the £880 888live Poker Festival London Main Event begins at noon. We'll be back from the kickoff to bring you all the best action right here on PokerNews.

Overnight High Roller Day 1 Chip Counts:

Eric Le Goff444,000
Luke Hayward436,000
Robert Heidorn425,000
Chris Moorman395,000
Tom Middleton395,000
Antonio Esfandiari287,000
Jason Ross186,000
Matas Cimbolas154000
Jamie Roberts93,000
Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari fell short on Day 1

* Photos by William Powell for 888live.

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