No one at PokerStars Blog is afraid of a laboured metaphor, but sometimes even our “creative” minds are extended a helping hand. This morning in London, a regular trawl of local news sites turned up a nugget of history whose metaphorical resonance was too convenient not to be spun into a introduction for Day 5 of EPT London at the Grand Connaught Rooms.
According to Londonist.com, today marks the 200th anniversary of a tragedy in the British capital known as the Great Beer Flood. On October 17, 1814, eight people died at the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street (about half a mile from here) when an enormous barrel of beer at the Horse Shoe brewery burst at its seams and washed them all away.
As Londonist notes, “‘Drowning in a tsunami of beer’ sounds like a suggestion from one of those flippant pub conversations about supposedly good ways to die.” But I think we can all agree it’s not exactly good form to make light of such a disaster.
However, today we have to watch 16 poker players return to do battle in London, knowing that eight of them must perish before day is done. We are in the heart of London’s West End, where there are fewer breweries now but infinitely more hostelries, and one suspects those unfortunate eight will be actively seeking a tsunami of beer to drown what will be very acute sorrows.
The first player out today will earn 22,500 beer tokens. But anyone clinging to the wreckage will be guaranteed 51,900 of them which, at London prices, is about three and six pints, respectively.
The returning line-up looks like this:
(Table, seat, name, country, chips)
1 1 Pablo Gordillo (Spain) 1,077,000
1 2 Sebastian Pauli (Germany) 2,674,000
1 3 Simon Deadman (United Kingdom) 732,000
1 4 Yann Pineau (France) 900,000
1 5 Artur Koren (Germany) 1,865,000
1 6 Jonas Lauck (Germany) 840,000
1 7 Jake Cody (United Kingdom) 2,291,000
1 8 Raffaele Sorrentino (Italy) 1,948,000
2 1 Gino Gabriel (United Kingdom) 1,247,000
2 2 Benny Spindler (Germany) 195,000
2 3 Ognyan Dimov (Bulgaria) 552,000
2 4 Jakub Mroczek (Poland) 1,623,000
2 5 Jonathan Bensadoun (France) 1,469,000
2 6 Kevin Killeen (Ireland) 906,000
2 7 Joao Vieira (Portugal) 1,117,000
2 8 Kevin MacPhee (United States) 869,000
And you can watch it all on EPT Live. We won’t let up until everybody is either sloshed or sloshed away. Stick around. Hic.
Follow our coverage of the EPT London festival via the main EPT London page, where there are hand-by-hand updates and chip counts in the panel at the top and feature pieces below. And, of course, you can follow it all live at EPT Live.