Main Event
Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Laurence Essa Leads After Day 2 of the partypoker 2015 WPTN London Accumulator

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Laurence Essa Leads last 24 into the Final
Laurence Essa Leads last 24 into the Final

The second day of the 2015 partypoker World Poker Tour National London £200 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator at Aspers Casino started fast and furious with one-fourth of the 205 remaining participants being sent to the rail within the first two levels. After 12 levels of 40 minutes each, only 24 players remained, and it was Laurence Essa who bagged up the lead with 1,069,000 in chips.

The vast majority of Essa's stack came off two coin flips despite Essa not preferring the pressure of these situations.

Among the early eliminations were Carlo Citrone, WPT Champions Club member Tony Dunst, James Akenhead, Tamer Kamel, and July 2014 WPT National London champion Gabriel Tuna.

On the stone-cold bubble, Jeraint "JJ" Hazan would make a hazardous move to crack the pocket kings of Francisco Manuel Salvador Flores, and the bubble burst in Level 19 when Jacques Arama could not hold up against Christopher Yong.

Once in the money, the eliminations came in quickly, and Surinder Sunar, as well as Xuan Nguyen, were among those to settle for a min-cash worth £600. With Kelly Ann Saxby (34th) and Alexandra O'Brien (31st) bowing out in the second payout step for £690, an all-male affair for the final day of the tournament was created.

The chip lead was decided in a massive coin flip that sent Martin Spearing to the rail in 30th place, and then another five players ended up on the rail in the last level of play. With upcoming blinds of 10,000/20,000 and a running ante of 3,000, more fireworks can be expected right from the start of Day 3 at 1 p.m. UK time.

All remaining 24 players are guaranteed at least £895 for their efforts, whereas the first-place payout of £22,500 and the title of WPT National champion are still up for grabs. Some of the contenders with big stacks include Rahim Tadj-Saadat (921,000), Christopher Yong (784,000), Kevin Allen (709,000), Jesus Gracia (687,000), and 2014 WPT Nottingham champion and Day 1b chip leader Matas Cimbolas (589,000).

Be sure to tune back in with the PokerNews Live Reporting team as we'll be here to deliver all key situations on the way to write another chapter in the WPT history books.

Day 3 Seat Draw

11Andrew Bell295,000
12Jeraint Hazan625,000
13Lucio Pacifico537,000
14Marius Lietuvninkas361,000
15Kenny King400,000
16Umberan Akhtar388,000
17Petrit Papushi386,000
18Paul Siliceo587,000
21Christopher Yong784,000
22Michel Melkert362,000
23Laurence Essa1,069,000
24Jesus Gracia687,000
25Saulius Tumosa133,000
26Justin Kean105,000
27Matas Cimbolas589,000
28Karl Roberts574,000
31Kevin Allen709,000
32Chan Ha413,000
33James Manlove60,000
34Jamal Gormati232,000
35Christopher Gordon417,000
36Rahim Tadj-Saadat921,000
37Darren Mapley469,000
38Matthew Buckland158,000

Tags: Alexandra O'BrienCarlo CitroneChristopher YongFrancisco Manuel Salvador FloresGabriel TunaJacques AramaJames AkenheadJeraint HazanJesus GraciaKarl RobertsKelly Ann SaxbyKevin AllenLaurence EssaLucio PacificoMartin SpearingMatas CimbolasPaul SiliceoSurinder SunarTamer KamelTony DunstXuan Nguyen

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Laurence Essa GB
Laurence Essa
GB 1,069,000
Rahim Tadj-Saadat GB
Rahim Tadj-Saadat
GB 921,000 857,800
Christopher Yong gb
Christopher Yong
gb 784,000 234,000
Kevin Allen gb
Kevin Allen
gb 709,000 109,000
Jesus Gracia ES
Jesus Gracia
ES 687,000 137,000
Jeraint Hazan gb
Jeraint Hazan
gb 625,000 25,000
Matas Cimbolas lt
Matas Cimbolas
lt 589,000 169,000
Paul Siliceo GB
Paul Siliceo
GB 587,000 37,000
Karl Roberts GB
Karl Roberts
GB 574,000 174,000
Lucio Pacifico IT
Lucio Pacifico
IT 537,000 117,000
Darren Mapley GB
Darren Mapley
GB 469,000 -148,000
Christopher Gordon gb
Christopher Gordon
gb 417,000 32,000
Chan Ha GB
Chan Ha
GB 413,000 93,000
Kenny King GB
Kenny King
GB 400,000 100,000
Umberan Akhtar gb
Umberan Akhtar
gb 388,000 323,800
Petrit Papushi GB
Petrit Papushi
GB 386,000 36,000
Michel Melkert GB
Michel Melkert
GB 362,000 187,000
Marius Lietuvninkas LT
Marius Lietuvninkas
LT 361,000 261,300
Andrew Bell GB
Andrew Bell
GB 295,000 15,000
Jamal Gormati GB
Jamal Gormati
GB 232,000 -8,000
Matthew Buckland GB
Matthew Buckland
GB 158,000 105,700
Saulius Tumosa lt
Saulius Tumosa
lt 133,000 66,600
Justin Kean GB
Justin Kean
GB 105,000 -85,000
James Manlove GB
James Manlove
GB 60,000 -3,800

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24 Players Bag Up Chips

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

With no further eliminations, everyone got to bag up chips and the redraw for tomorrow took place immediately. Some of the smaller chip denominations were also taken out of play to make less of a mess for the restart. Chip leader is Laurence Essa as only player above a million in chips. In a quick chat, he said the following:

"Two flips. I don't like flips in tournaments but sometimes you gotta get it in."

Laurence Essa GB
Laurence Essa
GB 1,069,000 -131,000

Tags: Laurence Essa

Wheatley Busts in Penultimate Hand

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Karl Roberts had less than one big blind left early today at blinds 2,000-4,000 ante 500 and came back all the way to survive and bag up chips. He also left Richard Wheatley short-stacked after winning ace-king versus ace-king thanks to a flush.

Wheatley had less than 30,000 chips left in the big blind and called all in after Matas Cimbolas had moved all in. It was the {K-Hearts} {4-Spades} for Wheatley and Cimbolas' {J-Hearts} {9-Hearts} with the better end for the Lithuanian on a board of {A-Diamonds} {2-Diamonds} {J-Diamonds} {10-Hearts} {6-Diamonds}.

Karl Roberts GB
Karl Roberts
GB 400,000 360,000
Richard Wheatley GB
Richard Wheatley
GB Busted

Tags: Richard WheatleyMatas CimbolasKarl Roberts

Two More Hands Announced

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

The clocks have been stopped with three minutes left in the current level and there are 25 players remaining.

Bell is Running Well

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Andrew Bell first doubled up with {10-Diamonds} {9-Hearts} against an opponent's {A-Hearts} {J-Clubs} on a board of {9-Clubs} {10-Spades} {4-Diamonds} {K-Spades} {10-Hearts}. He then moved all in against a raise to 42,000 and scooped the pot as the opponent folded. Last but not least he had Christopher Gordon at risk but with the weaker hand.

Bell's {A-Hearts} {J-Hearts} earned a split pot versus {A-Diamonds} {Q-Hearts} on the {K-Clubs} {9-Spades} {K-Hearts} {7-Clubs} {7-Diamonds} board.

Andrew Bell GB
Andrew Bell
GB 280,000 170,000

Tags: Andrew BellChristopher Gordon

Mitchell Busts to Cimbolas

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Steven Jones, Peteris Berzins and Anthony Mitchell are the next trio to join the rail. As for Mitchell, he faced two limps in front of him and jammed for 81,000 with {A-} {Q-}. Matas Cimbolas called from one seat over with {K-} {10-} and improved to trips ten.

Matas Cimbolas lt
Matas Cimbolas
lt 420,000 105,000
Steven Jones us
Steven Jones
us Busted
Anthony Mitchell GB
Anthony Mitchell
GB Busted
Peteris Berzins GB
Peteris Berzins
GB Busted

Tags: Anthony MitchellMatas CimbolasPeteris BerzinsSteven Jones

Papushi Doubles Through Zihni

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante

Petrit Papushi was all in for 98,000 from early position and Ali Zihni tanked in the big blind. It was 82,000 chips more to call and he eventually made up his mind, tossed in the chips and flipped over {3-Diamonds} {3-Hearts}. It was a flip against the {A-Hearts} {10-Clubs} of his opponent and the river of a {J-Diamonds} {5-Clubs} {2-Hearts} {Q-Diamonds} {A-Clubs} board would save Papushi.

Petrit Papushi GB
Petrit Papushi
GB 210,000 186,500
Ali Zihni gb
Ali Zihni
gb 135,000 -35,000

Tags: Ali ZihniPetrit Papushi