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£5,200 EPT London Main Event
£5,200 EPT London Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Day 1B Complete

The second flight of the EPT London £5,200+£200 Main Event championship hosted at the historic Grosvenor Victoria Casino is over. There are approximately 85 players remaining. Huseyin Yilmaz ended the day among the chipleaders. They all advanced to Day 2 which will be held on Friday.

Day 2 begins tomorrow at 1:30 PM local time where 165 or so players will be in the mix. Return to tomorrow for complete coverage.

Tann the Man

Right at the death, Wille Tann pushed over the top of an early position raiser for an extra 10,400. Perhaps thinking his foe was adopting an all-or-nothing approach with the clock ticking down, the original raiser made the call with {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}. Tann tabled {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}.

After a {6-Spades}{5-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{4-Clubs} board, Tann shook the hand of neghbour Huseyin Yilmaz in mild celebration and finished the day in confident, and more lucrative spirits.

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Ups and Downs for Yilmaz

Huseyin Yilmaz, who's seen more pots than Alan Titichmark, is now down to 95,000 after doubling up an opponent with {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} versus {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}. All the money went in on a {9-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{9-Hearts} flop, Yilmaz chucking in his hand as the {6-Hearts} hit. The {5-Clubs} was therefore academic.

Moments later, he clawed some of those chips back to finish the day with around 100,000, a river bet of 3,800 on a {J-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{K-Hearts} board being called by a non-believer who was swiftly shown {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}.

Tann Teases

With a flop of {3-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}, Wilie Tann led for 3,200.

"Let me win one pot," pleaded Tann as current chip leader Huseyin Yilmaz began to deliberate.

"Will you show if I fold?" probed Yilmaz, asking a question that I have heard so many times that it begins to crop up in my nightmares.

"Yeah, I'll show," replied Tann.

Although Yilmaz folded, Tann mucked his hand, and teased, "There's no way I'm going to pass, I tell you."

After taking the blinds a couple of hands later, Tann jumps up to 34,000.

Little Britian

Britain seems to have a number of Trekkies in today, as Chris Bruce, Mickey Wernick and Joe Grech are playing the part of 'cling ons' to a tee. "I've been clinging by my finger nails," claimed Chris Bruce as he continued to nurture his 25,000 stack. "I've got none left."

Meanwhile, Bruce is fairing relatively well compared to monsieurs Grech and Wernick. Whilst Grech is "on the felt" with 11,500, Wernick has 8,300 and is in dire need of a double through.

Stayin' Alive

He may not be donning flares, platform boots and permed hair, but Neil Channing is still stayin' alive at the felt in champion grinding fashion. At no point today has he boasted a big stack, but like always, he's picked his spots with the aptitude of an acne-ridden teenager and managed to keep his head just above water as each level passes.

On my last outing into the battlefield, Channing was all in, to the tune of 15,800. A flurry of folds led to the big blind, who thought for an age before finally folding {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades} face-up and giving the Brit a suspicious glare. Channing showed {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} to maintain his image.

In a way, I wish he'd been called, because Channing was being massaged at the time, and as I passed post-hand, I was provided with the ungodly sight of crevice Crescent.

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Joao Barbosa Busts a Player

Portugal's Joao Barbosa picked up more chips after he busted one short stack who open-shoved with A-J. Barbosa woke up with A-K in the big blind and casually called. His Big Slick held up and his opponent quickly headed for the exit. Barbosa increased his stack to 75,000.

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Monster Stack

Huseyin Yilmaz is your current chip leader with 130,000. He has enough chips to make Harry Ramsden feel inadequate.