Live updates from day one, level two of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young.
2.25pm: Take fifteen minutes
That’s it for the level. Players are now on the first of the day’s breaks.
Moneymaker has some chips and is playing that way. When John Juanda made it 450 from under the gun plus one Moneymaker called from the big blind for a flop of Q♠5♣2♥. He checked and Juanda made it 575, forcing out the seat two player, who had also been along for the flop, but not Moneymaker who called for a 4♥ on the turn. A check again. Juanda threw out 2,175 without looking how much and Moneymaker called without looking. An A♥ now on the river. Check-check. Moneymaker showed Q♥9♥. Juanda winced, folding slowly face down.
2.15pm: I’d like to be…Under the sea
Per Ummer and Humberto Brenes have developed something of a magnetic attraction over the years. Or, more precisely, an aquatic attraction. At the World Series this year, the self-styled “Shark” (Brenes) found his way through the plankton to sit himself next to the Swedish high-stakes player Ummer, nicknamed “Nemo”, after the Disney/Pixar character, with whom he bears a, well, he looks a bit like. (Scroll to the bottom of this post from the WSOP to see the July meeting.)
Here at the High Roller event in London, they’re neighbours again – and they’re chattering merrily away, despite Ummer wisely putting some headphones in. Recently, Brenes tried to pinch his blind, raising to 425 from the button. Ummer bumped it past 1,000 and showed pocket tens after Brenes folded.
2pm: More news of Rousso’s exit: she was killed off by Team PokerStars PRO colleague Chris Moneymaker. Rousso had K-K against pocket sixes.. “and I flopped a six”, said a delighted Moneymaker.
1.50pm: Vanessa Rousso is out. The Team PokerStars Pro was last seen walking from the tournament room, her backpack on, unlikely to return today.
1.40pm: It’s Chris Moneymaker and David Elder with a board already showing K♣2♣A♦10♥6♣. Elder flung out 575 and Moneymaker raised the minimum, hoping that the pained expressions on Elder’s faces, real contortions, are a sign of an imminent fold. They weren’t, and could have been anything. Instead he called, shrugged and watched Moneymaker turn over 8♠9♠. Elder relaxed a little, showing 6♥6♠. “Tough call,” joked Moneymaker, which everyone laughed at.
1.35pm: Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso bet out 500 on a 10♣4♠A♥ flop, only for John Juanda to come over the top for a total of 2,700. Rousso did not look happy. She contemplated the call but came to the conclusion that doing so could lead to a world of pain on later streets. She open folded K♠K♥… no wonder she was displeased. Juanda did not show, but muttered something about “a queen”.
1.30pm:John Juanda picks a card from a tournament official who then leads him to his seat, the nine spot at his table with Chris Ferguson, Vanessa Rousso, Erik Seidel and Chris Moneymaker. Meanwhile Joe Hachem just won a pot without showing against Luke Schwartz. On a board of K♠2♦J♣ there had been betting and calling all the way to the river where Hachem persuaded Schwartz enough was enough.
1.20pm: As we enter the second level of the day, Phil Ivey remains our only elimination from a field that has now swelled to 66. In other news, those who trawl through the online poker message boards will no doubt be salivating at the prospect of Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Luke “FullFlush1” Schwarz meeting around the felt sometime this week. They’re both playing in this event, but are currently on tables at either end of the room. Things can change though.
Here they are: