The players took a staggered dinner break during today’s action, with half the field wolfing down a sumptuous buffet while the others played level five, before the roles were reversed. Few kitchens can cope with a full EPT field descending on it in one go, and this is a sensible enough solution to the problem, even if it means that there’s no respite for tournament staff.
The first sitting has just ended, and the second batch of players are heading to the restaurant. Eating more happily than most will be young internet phenom Isaac Haxton and Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari, who are jostling somewhere near the chip lead. Haxton took a bunch of Annette Obrestad’s chips before she busted, as detailed below, while Akkari has been happily going with the flow this afternoon, tucked in one corner of the poker room and away from the hustle and bustle of press, players and spectators in the middle. Both Haxton and Akkari have more than 30,000.
The only player with even more than that is the Frenchman Ludovic Lacay, who had a huge cash in this very casino during a WPT event last year. He took €295,000 for second place and then went to the EPT event in Dublin a couple of weeks later and finished 11th, for €23,820. He clearly has fond memories of that winning streak.
David “Chino” Rheem is also right up there, not that he really needs the money. He’s already guaranteed close to a million dollars for making the final table of the World Series main event. You might have heard of those Million Dollar Men, and if you haven’t you can click that text and read all about them.