The final 60 players in the main event occupy only eight tables in Tournament Room A, the biggest in the sprawling Grand Connaught Rooms complex. Admittedly one of those tables is at the centre of the television set, so takes up the space of about 12 others. But the point is that the “main” event doesn’t seem so “main” as it once did.
The freeing of all the additional tables allowed tournament officials to start the £1,000 Heads Up event today, which always needs floor space and dealing staff disproportionate to both its buy in and number of players. They started with 32 and at time of writing are playing out the third round. Yann Dion and Will Fallia lost their first matches; Keith Hawkins and Christian de Leon went out in the second round.
Phil Hellmuth, with one side event title to his name already this week, is the biggest name still involved. He is currently playing Tai Loi Yuen, although there are still two more matches until they make the money.
Upstairs in the tournament room nearest the webcast studio, Eugene Katchalov is among a clutch of high profile players still in the £2,000 NLHE event. Jonathan Duhamel went out shortly before the money, but that still left Katchalov, Martin Jacobsen, Hauke Heseding and Ami Barer in the final 11. With £77,780 up top, it’s still worth winning.
Just made the final table of the £2k side event in #eptlondon …I'm 4/9 in chips
— Eugene Katchalov (@EugeneKatchalov) October 9, 2013
There’s a healthy field assembling too in the £1,000 (one-rebuy) event. They are just into level three and the tournament board shows 137 entries, including Kent Lundmark, Marcin Horecki, Tom Hall, Jack Salter and Vojtech Ruzicka. Registration is still open in that one.
Meanwhile back downstairs, the PLO event #22 is due to start soon. Even though the main event is playing a short day, the rest of the action continues through the night. Check out the full side event schedule on the Main EPT London page.