Day 2b Completed
Day 2b Completed
End of Day 2B: Linton Still On Top
After blitzing the last live satellite here at Wembley last night, Pete Linton has managed to keep the chip lead although he won't be leading overall. Linton, a Dusk Til Dawn regular who grew up sparring with Sam Trickett and former EPT winner Julian Thew in some tough looking cash games, finished the day with 306,000. This was only 26,000 more than he started with but it was still more than enough to have him be the only player with over 300,000 after nine levels of play. In total, there were 442 players to add to the 319 that played yesterday meaning a grand total of 761 entries across the two (live) start days.
Elsewhere it began as good day for Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi who quickly saw his stack hit the heady heights after flopping a set of deuces against an overpair and eventually peaked at 150,000. But that was to be as good as it got for the ISPT ambassador, he soon dropped down to just 35,000 and then suffered the indignity of running kings into aces.
Fellow ambassador Liz Lieu faired somewhat better and saw her stack steadily rise throughout the day while sharing one of the tougher tables with Pete Linton, and, later on, former WSOP Main Event finalist James Akenhead. Lieu finished with 70,200 while Akenhead was very disappointed to enter Day 3 with 44,700 - especially having been over the six-figure mark earlier in the day.
Other players who have made it through include former Main Event winner Peter Eastgate and EPT Champion Toby Lewis as well as the always entertaining Tony G, all three re-entering after previously being eliminated on Day 2A. It didn't go so well for former November Niner Sam Holden, an early exit after a set-over-set altercation while Jeff Sarwer and Michael Tureniec will also play no further part in this tournament.
Juen Alban will still be the chip leader going into Day 3 of the tournament, the last day incidentally that we will be on Wembley's hallowed turf. From Monday the tournament will be moved back inside and played in the Bobby Moore suite - named after England's most famous footballer who was captain when England won their only World Cup back in 1966.
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End of Day 2b Chip Counts (full)
Late Chip Counts
Play Grinding to a Halt
Play is just about finishing for the day, we're now endeavouring to bring you the chip leaders for Day 2B and thusly for tomorrow's Day 3.
Can't See Ellwood for the Trees (of Chips)
Oanh Bui moved all in preflop for about 18,000 and Jack Ellwood reraised all in for 59,100 in the seat next to her. It was passed around to Jamie Brown in the small blind who tanked for several minutes before he called for roughly half his stack.
There was a king in the door for Ellwood as the board ran out and he doubled up through Brown and eliminated Bui at the same time to jump his own stack up to 140,000.
Linton Vs Lieu
I joined the table as Liz Lieu was facing a hefty bet from Pete Linton. It was 25,000 to call. Just a single orange chip that Linton had flicked out on the table from his huge stack.
For Lieu though it represented a substantial portion of her stack. A lot of it had already been invested in this hand, but that was gone now.
She had already been thinking for five minutes. No one was looking to call the clock, this seemed like a real decision. Agony was etched on her face. She had played so well and patiently all day and it seemed that it could all come down to this one decision against a very aggressive opponent.
25,000 to call. 60,000 already in the pot.
The board read
Lieu pondered on, riffling her chips. Two, three more minutes passed. She counted her stack and glanced again at the pot.
With a sigh, she finally pushed her two cards to the dealer. Whatever they were, they weren’t worth 25,000. Not this time.
Another big pot was pushed towards Linton and a grin split his face.
“How did it go down?” I ask.
“Check raised the flop. Check raised the turn. Bet the River.” He tells me. “Double sandbagged.”
James Aitkenhead, at the same table, tells him to cut out the needling, he’s always at it.
“We’ve hardly ever played together though.” Linton replies.
“Bristol, Newcastle…” Aitkenhead rattles off a few venues.
“Yeah, we did play a few pots together.” Linton suddenly recalls.
I have one more question for Linton. “Did you have it?”
He just grins at me and gets back to stacking his chips.
Devilfish Battles With Wigg
Former EPT Champion Anton Wigg opened to 2,500 on the button and after the small blind called Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott called in the big blind. Devilfish then led for 3,500 on the arrival of the flop and both players called. The turn was the and Devilfish kept to his story and set the price to play at 10,000. This was more than either player was prepared to pay and they both folded, leaving Devilfish to scoop the pot.
Ferrand Takes Down Multiway Pot
David Gent opened to 2,500 from middle position and after one player folded two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Praz Bansi called. Alex Ferrand called in the small blind and Asif Raja called in the big blind.
The flop came down and each player checked in turn. The turn saw Ferrand to lead for 5,000 and nobody wanted to see if he was bluffing and they each mucked when it was their turn to act.
Michael Mizrachi won't be taking home the ISPT title. Having slumped to the previous 35,000, the rest of his chips went in preflop with kings against the aces of Eric Meissonnier. A blank board later and there's no doubt 'The Grinder' will be heading to Vegas earlier than he hoped.