It all ticked along nicely, “slow and gradual,” as Vicky Coren tweeted at the start, but as she also wrote: “for twenty grand that’s what you should expect.” Seventy players had paid that prior to the noon start but by the close of play only 32 had more than just a tatty receipt to show for it. We on the other hand got to watch it all for free.
What we got was ten levels of high rolling, the best kind, the type to provide a few surprises, a few constants and an all-star who’s who field from start to finish. Highest of those overnight rollers is Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies. The only thing more surprising than his closing stack was the Finn’s arrival today, coming four and a half hours late. At least he’d avoid early elimination he’d joked.
Sahamies was relentless. In the last four hands of the day, Sahamies refused to ease through them and instead eliminated Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and took chips from Sammy George and William Thorson. That’s 373,800 bagged and tagged for Sahamies tonight. Closest to him is Adolfo Vaeza on 319,500. The Uruguayan had led all day until those last few minutes when Sahamies caught him at the close.
In second, Adolfo Vaeza
They return tomorrow ahead of the likes of Joe Hachem, Vicky Coren, Mike McDonald, William Thorson and Eugene Katchalov, armed to the teeth with the kind of poker grit that can demoralise anyone who once thought this game of ours was an inexact science that can be ridden like a bingo card. This lot have it cracked.
Our voyeurism came at a price, to some at least. Phil Ivey busted first, a man who only got out of bed this morning to spend twenty grand. He spent it fast, out in level one, but was joined soon after by other distinguished guests of the Hilton Metropole, among them Dwan, Moneymaker, Raymer, Greenstein, Rousso, Pagano, Alvarado, Ulliott and of course “ElkY” Grospellier.
They must now find solace in the other 12 side events taking place over the next eight days, or in the EPT London main event starting on Friday. For the survivors now some rest, some sleep and the odd pleasant dream before a
fry up healthy breakfast in the morning. Then it’s back to work at noon.
Until then that’s all for tonight. Before we sign off a late night salute from the PokerStars Blog to two Team PokerStars Pros, Jason Mercier and Daniel Negreanu, both of whom reached the final table of the WSOP Europe tonight in a casino less than three miles from here. Congratulations to both of them and good luck tomorrow.
That all at least 11 hours away, plenty of time to strap yourself in to a night of recapping, which you can do by working your way through the links below:
Introduction – That’s how we roll
Places please, places
Level 2 updates
Level 3 updates
Level 4 updates
Level 5 updates
Level 6 updates
Level 6 updates
Level 8 updates
Level 9 updates
Level 10 updates
Raising the buy-in along the river Thames earlier today
This may be our turf but our Swedish PokerStars blogger still types this stuff up using words to make your mother blush. See what we mean here. You can also browse the chip counts at your leisure over on the chip count page. Photos from London’s South Bank and Hilton Metropole tournament room were provided as ever by the eyes of photographer Neil Stoddart.
Your chip leader tonight
For now it’s good night from London.