2022 888poker XL Winter Series
€3,000 Main Event
Days:
2a2b3456
€3,000 Main Event
Day 2b Completed

End of Day 2B: Linton Still On Top

Homer • Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Pete Linton
Pete Linton

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)

YorkshirePud • Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Pete Linton gb
Pete Linton
gb 306,000
Paul Bampton
Paul Bampton
276,000 276,000
Van Tuan Phan
Van Tuan Phan
266,600 266,600
Adebayo Odetoyinbo
Adebayo Odetoyinbo
250,200 250,200
Age Spets no
Age Spets
no 248,000 248,000
James Clutton
James Clutton
238,700
Tomi-Ville Hytti
Tomi-Ville Hytti
236,900 236,900
Martial Blangenwitsch fr
Martial Blangenwitsch
fr 234,000 234,000
Ben Jones gb
Ben Jones
gb 230,300 230,300
Manuel Garcia Gonzalez
Manuel Garcia Gonzalez
229,300
Ben Martin gb
Ben Martin
gb 215,000
Ross Loggie gb
Ross Loggie
gb 214,500
Mahamed Muse
Mahamed Muse
212,600 212,600
Soren Hansen
Soren Hansen
212,400 212,400
Nils Jarefjall se
Nils Jarefjall
se 207,600 207,600
Mitchell Johnson gb
Mitchell Johnson
gb 204,200 129,200
Daniel Hardy
Daniel Hardy
202,200 202,200
Andrew Gough
Andrew Gough
200,200 200,200
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
de 196,700
Giovanni di Persio
Giovanni di Persio
196,200 196,200
Christopher O'donnell
Christopher O'donnell
193,600 193,600
Giuliano Bendinelli it
Giuliano Bendinelli
it 184,500 184,500
Gareth Holt
Gareth Holt
183,600
Thomas Ambler
Thomas Ambler
181,800 181,800
Satnam Sandhu
Satnam Sandhu
181,300 181,300

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Late Chip Counts

Homer • Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Pete Linton gb
Pete Linton
gb 306,000 -9,000
Ade Bayo
Ade Bayo
250,000
James Clutton
James Clutton
238,700
Manuel Garcia Gonzalez
Manuel Garcia Gonzalez
229,300
Ben Martin gb
Ben Martin
gb 215,000
Ross Loggie gb
Ross Loggie
gb 214,500
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
de 196,700 76,700
Chris O'Donnell
Chris O'Donnell
193,600
Gareth Holt
Gareth Holt
183,600 -16,400
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 151,500 31,500
Dave Ulliott gb
Dave Ulliott
gb 145,000 45,000
Toby Lewis gb
Toby Lewis
gb 144,300 74,300
Jon Spinks gb
Jon Spinks
gb 138,800 -21,200
Roberto Romanello gb
Roberto Romanello
gb 125,000 -29,000
Tony G lt
Tony G
lt 97,500 97,500
Liz Lieu us
Liz Lieu
us 70,200 -29,800
James Akenhead gb
James Akenhead
gb 44,700 -5,300

Play Grinding to a Halt

Homer • Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante

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)

Homer • Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Jack Ellwood
Jack Ellwood

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.

Bui: {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}
Ellwood: {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}
Brown {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}

There was a king in the door for Ellwood as the board ran out {K-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{8-Clubs} and he doubled up through Brown and eliminated Bui at the same time to jump his own stack up to 140,000.

Jack Ellwood gb
Jack Ellwood
gb 140,000 80,000
Oanh Bui nl
Oanh Bui
nl Busted

Linton Vs Lieu

Yardley • Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Pete Linton
Pete Linton

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 {3-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} {4-Diamonds} {A-Diamonds} {J-Hearts}

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.

Tags: Liz LieuPete Linton

Devilfish Battles With Wigg

YorkshirePud • Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante

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 {10-Spades}{7-Clubs}{6-Hearts} flop and both players called. The turn was the {K-Spades} 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.

Tags: Anton WiggDave Ulliott

Ferrand Takes Down Multiway Pot

YorkshirePud • Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante

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 {9-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and each player checked in turn. The {A-Spades} 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.

Tags: David GentPraz BansiAsif RajaAlex Ferrand

Mizrachi Eliminated

Homer • Level 9: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

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.

Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us Busted

Tags: Michael Mizrachi