If you were in central London in this past hour you may have felt the doors and windows rattle. This was nothing to be worried about, and for once wasn’t the subterranean rumbling you often feel of the Tube trains meters beneath your feet. It was instead the welcome for players taking their seat at the EPT London Main Event final table.
The thunder, for the banging of the TV table hoarding does create a noise like thunder, was loudest for the British: Leo McClean, Ludovic Geilich and Kully Sidhu.
Each has been in action during this first hour of play, notably Geilich, who doubled up earlier as his name was chanted by some well-rehearsed railbirds.
He’d shoved with queen-four of diamonds from the small blind with 685,000. Stefan Vagner, looking to become the first Slovakian Main Event winner, looked down at king-queen of clubs and made the call, watching as the flop, landing ace-ace-four, brought one of Geilich’s three outs. That single four was enough.
Vagner was right to feel unlucky, although it marked the reversal of a similar streak of bad luck Geilich had endured the previous day, usually at the hands of Georgious Karakousis. Geilich has performed brilliantly for most of the week and with this double-up has at least the chance to continue in the same way.
But the effect of that was to shuffle Sidhu further down the counts, his stack of 440,000 now looking oblivion in the face.
The Brit knew this, and when he found ace-queen in the cut off
The final table
He moved in behind a raise from Karakousis. The Greek had found jack-ten and counted on the fortune that had got him this far to lift him over any obstacle. It did.
Sidnu looked nervous as he moved over to stand with his friends on the rail. He looked like a man who could spot fate working against him and proved his point when a jack hit the flop. He was powerless to change the turn or river which delivered no help. He looked distinctly unimpressed to depart in eighth place.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.