After five levels of play, the fifth day of the PokerStars European Poker Tour London £5,300 EPT Main Event concluded with Erik Seidel accumulating 955,000 chips among the 25 remaining players.
With nine World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and a WPT (World Poker Tour) title on his poker record, the legendary Seidel is vying for a Triple Crown. He had a red-hot run at EPT Barcelona this summer, which featured a second-place finish in the €100K Super High Roller for €1,286,900.
Seidel, who finished the day with a set-over-set double up against Day 2 chip leader Julien Sitbon, will have his work cut out for him as many other top crushers survived Day 3, including fellow high-rollers Ben Heath and Marton Czuczor, as well as EPT London Ladies Event champion Jessica Pilkington and £2,200 UKIPT High Roller runner-up Roman Hrabec, who amassed a stack of 1,900,000.
£5,300 EPT Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts
|RANK||PLAYER||COUNTRY||CHIP COUNT||BIG BLINDS|
|1||Roman Hrabec||Czech Republic||1,905,000||127|
|5||David Docherty||United Kingdom||1,420,000||95|
|9||Ian Hamilton||United Kingdom||1,060,000||71|
|10||Enzo Vito||United Kingdom||989,000||66|
Day 3 saw a multitude of notable casualties
As the day progressed, a number of notable competitors withdrew from the tournament, reducing the number of contestants from 80 to 50.
Pro Team PokerStars Ramon Colillas was eliminated early in the day when his pocket jacks were defeated by Conor Beresford’s Ladies in a six-bet pot. Conor Beresford was eliminated later that evening after his pocket tens lost a coin toss to Benjamin Pollak’s ace-queen.
Beresford’s remarkable campaign featured a runner-up finish in the £1,100 UKIPT Main Event to none other than WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson, who joined the British player in the Day 3 field before being eliminated in a straight vs straight cooler as the night came to a close.
Adrian Mateos, Gianluca Speranza, and Day 1 chip leaders Ole Schemion, Luis Faria, and Henrik Hecklen, who just won the £50,000 EPT London Super High Roller for £652,700, were all eliminated on Day 3.
Day four will begin at noon on Wednesday, October 26. The victor of the six-day competition, scheduled to conclude on October 28th, will be awarded £664,400.
The PokerNews live reporting crew is nearby and ready to report on the remainder of the tournament until the first EPT London Main Event victor is crowned in eight years. In the meanwhile, check out the live reporting team’s coverage of other EPT London events.