The PokerStars European Poker Tour London to the fantastic Hilton Park Lane has been a resounding success so far. Several players picked up huge scores, such as Henrik Hecklenwho removed the £50,000 a few moments ago for £652,700.
Although this event ended earlier, the £5,300 EPT London Main Event is still going strong, with Day 1b happening right now. So far, there have been 401 entries into the second starting flight and only 250 players remain.
From cracked aces to full aces
One lucky player to still be in the running is the Norwegian Mats Ullereng, who is coming off a wild ride in the Main Event. Ullereng was all-in and in danger of being eliminated after betting his last 40,900 chips following a button versus small blind encounter with wayne heung.
The cards were revealed and Ullereng was a huge favorite as he held pocket aces while Heung held pocket red queens. The jack-high all-diamond flop kept Ullereng in front but Heung would take the lead if another diamond touched the felt. This is exactly what happened on the turn when the dealer brought the to give Heung the flush, however Ullereng was not drawing dead as he collected outs for quads and a full house.
Another valet appeared on the river to bring Ullereng up and the table fell silent. Heung stayed in place, seemingly unimpressed with the river card and was knocked out a few hands later.
Landon Tice Bust Main Event
Tice Landon also appeared on Day 1b of the Main Event but has since ended up on the wrong side of the rail.
In a hand involving Julien Sibon and Samuel Ju, the American lost most of his stack in a brutal cooler. At the first level of the day, the action started with Tice opening at 300 from the button. Ju and Sitbon both called from the blinds.
The blinds checked Tice on the flop, which continued for 200. Ju then popped it to 900 before Sitbon re-raised the flop to 2,500. A cold 3-bet on the flop following a check-raise is quite rare and surprisingly, Tice and Ju call.
Sitbon bet 3,000 on the turn and again both players called which brought the River. Sitbon fired a third barrel and calibrated up to 13,500 and only Tice made the call. Sitbon showed he had pocket nines for a full house while Tice had an ace-eight for an underboat and was left with a short stack.
Sudden chill for @LandonTice at @PokerStars #EPTLondon Main Event on Day 1b. https://t.co/7plalGTGxz
Shortly after, Tice was ousted by Ju after getting all-in preflop, with the former in danger of being knocked out. Tice had tens but met pocket kings and couldn’t improve to stay in the Main Event.
Across Days 1a and 1b, there were 662 entries into the Main Event, with 83 players advancing to Day 2 from Day 1a. Another seven-figure prize pool has been created, with £3,210,700 being the current tally. These numbers are expected to increase as late registrations are open until the start of Day 2, which begins Monday, October 25 at 12:00 PM BST.
Be sure to check the EPT London Live Reporting Hub to follow all the action.
Calum has been with the PokerNews team since September 2021 after working in the energy sector in the UK. He played his first hand of poker in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the game. The poker feat Calum is most proud of is winning the only tournament he has ever played in Las Vegas, the prestigious night Flamingos at $60.