EPT London down to 15 entering penultimate day

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Mar 14, 2013 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

EPTDay 4 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour London Main Event was a short one, as the field played-down from 34 players to 16, or at least that was the plan heading into Thursday’s action. In the end only 15 players made it through to Day 5 as two players were eliminated on the final hand of the day, leaving just 15 players vying for the EPT London title and the £700,000 first-place prize-money.

Despite some high-profile eliminations on Day 4, with the likes of Annette Obrestad and Jason Mercier hitting the rail, there are still some burgeoning superstars sprinkled in the final 15 players. Among the players who will be returning to the Vic on Friday to play-down to the official final table of eight players will be Steve O’Dwyer, 2010 EPT Grand Final Champion Nicolas Chouity (who could become the first two-time winner in the tour’s history), Lock Poker Pro Chris Moorman, and Team PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen.

Chouity is in excellent shape to make a run at history and win his second EPT title, as he sits in second-place on the leader-board heading into Day 5. Despite well into its ninth season, remarkably the European Poker Tour has yet to produce a two-time champion.

Here is a look at the chip-counts for the final 15 players in the EPT London Main Event:

1. Steve O’Dwyer — 2,279,000

2. Nicolas Chouity — 2,124,000

3. Tamer Kamel — 2,115,000

4. Pasi Sormunen — 1,834,000

5. Niall Farrell — 1,581,000

6. Theo Jorgensen — 1,474,000

7. Mikhail Korotkikh — 1,372,000

8. David Colin — 1,088,000

9. Chris Moorman — 1,061,000

10. Mantas Visockis — 915,000

11. Ruben Visser — 827,000

12. Christopher Frank — 821,000

13. Daniel Erlandsson — 700,000

14. Bassel Moussa — 685,000

15. Olof Haglund — 453,000

While all of the players have secured a decent payday for their deep runs in the event, there is a huge difference between being the 15th place finisher on Friday and making the official final table (£20,000 compared to £57,000), and there is even a bigger difference between finishing in 8th place and 1st place (£57,000 compared to £700,000).

Here is a look at the payouts for the final 15 players:

* 1st place: £700,000

* 2nd place: £455,000

* 3rd place: £245,000

* 4th place: £183,000

* 5th place: £146,000

* 6th place: £112,000

* 7th place: £79,950

* 8th place: £57,000

* 9th – 10th place: £44,000

* 11th – 13th place: £33,000

* 14th place: £25,000

* 15th place: £20,000

Friday should be another relatively short day with only seven eliminations needed before the tournament goes back on break. Once the final table is set the players will have a chance to get a good night’s rest before returning to the poker tables for the final table on Saturday afternoon.

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