Live updates from day 1A, level one of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Mark Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young.
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1.10pm: Didn’t get Carter fully
Carter Phillips just lost a big pot but it could’ve been a lot worse for our recent EPT Barcelona champion. The river was out giving us a 5-3-10-3-7 board. Phillips led for 9,050 before his opponent moved all-in. Phillips thought it was a call and tabled A-A which was losing to his opponent’s 5-5 for a full house. The floor was called and the ruling was that Phillips’ hand was dead as he exposed it out of turn, thus he lost no more chips. He now had 15,000 left to work with.
1:00pm: Mistake pays dividends
Freddy Deeb managed to double-up a while ago and it was worth us finding out the details as it was an amusing story. He called a pre-flop raise to 300 from an opponent to see a 7-4-3 flop. His opponent continued with a 1,000 bet that Freddy Deeb accidentally raised to 15,000 thinking he was raising to 3,000. His opponent made the call also thinking it was a raise to 3,000. The rest of the chips then went on the turn when a 2 came. Deeb managed to hit a gutshot with A-5 totally crushing his opponent’s A-7.
We pick up the action in a hand with Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren. With the board reading 8♠9♦10♠, she called a 550 bet on the flop and looked ever so slightly reluctant to do so. When the 9♥ came on the turn, she had the action checked to her. Now, the reluctance was gone. When a 700 bet came at her, she raised to 2,500. Now it was her opponent’s turn to look skiddish. Still, the call came. The river was an unremarkable 2♦. Now, the reluctance was in full effect. Her opponent checked and Coren quickly put out 5,000. After dwelling for a bit, her opponent flicked out his 5,000 chip.
“Aww,” Coren sighed. “You were right. King-high.”
Sitting across from was A♣A♥.
12.35pm: Tales from the turn
Two hands to tell from the turn stage onwards. Firstly Richard Grace check-called a 1,500 bet on a 6♣2♥5♥10♥ board and then called a 4,000 bet when the river came J♦. His opponent duly showed him 5♣5♦ for the flopped set that was good for the pot. Grace down to 25,000 as a result.
On the very next table Roland de Wolfe was keeping it small-ball with a 300 bet on the turn of a 2♦Q♦J♦ board. A player in the small blind called as he did with De Wolfe’s 650 bet when the river came 7♣. De Wolfe announced “queen” before tabling K♠Q♣ which was good for the pot. That pot got him back to his starting stack of 30,000.
12.15pm: Under way
After the big pre-match fidget, play is under way. The plan is to play nine levels, with a 75-minute dinner break after the first five of them. There’s an absolutely whopping field, full details of which will be forthcoming, but it’s going to be a big one.