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Brazilians are well known to be among the happiest and hardest party animals out there. Leave a bunch of Europeans in a bar by themselves and they’ll likely drink the place dry, but do the same with Brazilians and they’ll deck the place out in green and gold, and spend the night dancing on the bar. And then drink it dry.
VIP Club Live nights are great fun. There’s loads of entertainment, games and mingling. You get to meet and hangout with some of the guys and gals you’ve been tangling with over the tables – no bad beat stories, please! – and basically have an awesome time. And all that for just a splurge of some FPPs. Not bad.
The Brazilian leg took place recently and looked like a blast, as you’d expect, and London is up next (23 November).
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The EPT London Main Event final table is here and one player will win £560,980 (assuming no chops, of course). All eight players are now guaranteed £60,640. Who are these eight title-hungry players? You can find out here. Also, the £10k High Roller is playing down to a winner with the chip lead currently swinging between Sorel Mizzi and Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott.
Footballers playing poker is not exactly a new concept, and this season John Carew has recently become the latest former Premier League and international star to chance his arm on the European Poker Tour. But just as not all poker players have either the inclination or bankroll to play on the EPT, there are many levels of professional sports that take place away from the glitz and the glamour.
In the UK, there are at least four tiers of professional football leagues, populated by players who would absolutely skin you and any of your mates if they joined your game at the park, but who will not be regular faces on Match of the Day. Their role is to entertain crowds of about four or five thousand, pick up a decent pay-check, and dream of the occasional cup run that can give them glory.
Steve Watts knows all about it. For 12 years, Watts played across numerous professional leagues in the UK, including making 132 appearances for Leyton Orient. He scored 29 goals for the Os, including a crucial opener in a play-off match that gave his side a whiff of promotion from the then third division to the second. But he also got sent off in the match and was suspended from the final, which took place in front of nearly 24,000 at Cardiff’s vast Millennium Stadium.
“I was playing with James Akenhead, Praz Bansi, the Chatta brothers,” Watts said this morning, describing how he originally honed his skillsin games in his native London and put together a bankroll. “I got a little bit of backing and now I’m fully backed.”
He has already started to repay the faith of that backer and has recorded ever-improving results over the past couple of years. He made the final table of WPT Dublin in January 2012, then finished fifth again at the Irish Open a few months later. He made day six of the WSOP Main Event in July this year (his biggest tournament cash, for $ 123,597) and made the money for the first time on the EPT in Barcelona last month.
His 149th place in Catalonia was worth €8,680 and he has already bettered that this week. There are 38 players remaining at time of writing, each guaranteed at least £13,180.
For some players, poker offers their escape from the daily grind, their opportunity to cut loose from a “sensible” day job. But for footballers, for whom liquid gold often pours out of the taps and whose average day can finish at about lunchtime, poker actually offers a chance at some kind of disciplined existence. Watts talks of other footballers he knows who leave training and go straight to the bookmakers to fritter away time and wealth.
“You get out at twelve-thirty, one o’clock and it’s either golf or the bookies,” Watts said. “Poker has much more skill. You’re not relying on a horse or a jockey.”
One of Watts’s best remembered games was when he came up against Everton, one of English football’s biggest teams, in an FA Cup tie. A certain Paul Gascoigne was playing for Everton, and his bamboozling skills pretty much single-handedly beat Watts’s Orient side. But as Watts now takes his place in the EPT London field and continues his second career, Gascoigne continues his existence as tabloid-fodder, still battling addictions to drink and gambling and in desperately poor health.
“Steve Watts, Watts, Watts!” he chanted, before heading off to un-bag his chips and to continue his search for stardom in poker’s Wembley Stadium.
In short: we’re playing six levels of 75 minutes as the two Day 1 fields come together. Dhru Patel is still the chip leader but in the surviving 335 field there’s a huge number of big name players. Check them out here for running chip counts or here for the Day 2 seat draw.
Catch up with yesterday’s action.
Ever had a dinner where the starter was so good, you’re now worried that the main course couldn’t possibly match it? Ever tucked in to a sumptuous lobster claw and had fears about the fillet steak to come?
Well you’re a fool, and so am I. Because it’s fillet steak we’re talking about here, not microwave horse-meat lasagne. The Super High Roller event at EPT London was (and still is) outstanding, but we’re about to begin the £5,000 Main Event, and when did that ever let anyone down?
Play begins at noon BST from the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden. It’s a £5,000+£250 affair and everyone will be seeking to match Ruben Visser’s triumph from March this year. (We’re having two EPT London events in the calendar year owing to some rejigging of the schedule.)
Visser won £595,000 for beating 646 others, and there will be similar money on offer this week. We have Day 1A today, Day 1B tomorrow, then fly through Days 2-5 until we finish next Saturday. We’ll be here from start to finish.
You are spoilt for choice today, though. There’s the culmination of the Super High Roller, which will also feature on EPT Live from 1pm. There’s the final table of the whopping UKIPT London event too. The final table for that begins at noon.
Going to London is always exciting for me. It feels like a home away from home. I’ve probably been there a total of ten times, and I lived in London briefly last spring. It feels similar to New York City, which is where I grew up, and I realized that it’s not the aesthetics of London that are New York-ish, but rather, the degree to which I know it.
When visiting London, I usually stay in Mayfair, Marylebone, or Pimlico, but this time I was staying with Liv Boeree, another professional poker player, at her first grown up home–a modern penthouse in Wandsworth, which is in southwest London. It was nice to stay with a friend, but I definitely missed feeling in the middle of the action.
Right now, my fiancée and I are packing up our place in Los Angeles and spending some last minute time with friends. This week, we’re shipping our things out on a truck, then driving cross country, stopping in various fun cities to see the sights. We’re heading to Phoenix, Austin, Memphis, Louisville, and Niagara Falls, which I’m pretty excited about. She’s also coming with me to EPT Berlin in the middle of April, having never been there before. One of my close friends, Pierre, who lives in Paris, is planning on meeting us there, and hopefully I’ll be able to spend some time just hanging out and enjoying all Berlin has to offer. I’ve been to Berlin twice now, and my general impression of Berlin is that it’s an amazing city, and while I don’t know it as well as I know London, I look forward to getting to know it better.
Day 1B of the World Poker Tour National London Main Event is completed and the man who finished at the top of the chip counts, Lyssandro Rosas, not only tops the Day 1B leader board but leads the tournament overall.
Rosas managed to turn his 25,000 starting stack into 162,700 – an increase of 6.5 times! There is little information available on Rosas but if he continues in this rich vein of form there will be by this tournament comes to an end.
Hot on Rosas’ heels is Tamer Kamel and his 151,900 chips. Kamel was not content with winning almost £80,000 at the nearby, and now completed European Poker Tour London, where he finished seventh, Kamel made the short trip from The Vic to the Aspers Casino Westfield and bought into the WPT event. So far it looks to be a great decision as he is well chipped up and it would take a brave man to bet against him repeating his EPT success here at the WPT.
One hundred and fourteen players bought into Day 1B and by the time tournament director Christian Scalzi called time on proceedings, just 57 of them remain. The top ten chip counts can be found below.
- Lyssandro Rosas – 162,700
- Tamer Kamel – 151,900
- Mark Segal – 110,400
- Zydrumas Lukosiunas – 108,300
- Robin Fisher – 105,300
- Dominik Russel – 102,900
- Neophytov Neophitos – 99,100
- Raphael Dubost – 83,700
- Alain Bauer – 75,900
- Daniel Bergman – 74,600
Day 2 commences at 14:00 GMT and will continue until another eight 60-minyte levels have been played. Join the PartyPoker Blog team tomorrow for updates from the WPT National London Main Event.
Unlike the average poker player, tournament organisers are a risk-averse bunch. Knowing that the card room of the Victoria Casino could seat only about 430 players, they scheduled three opening flights of UKIPT London and made each of them last 11 levels. That ensured we dusted off enough players to allow the Day 2 field to fit in.
So it is that after Day 1B, which attracted 414 players, we remain tonight with fewer than 100 of them, less than a quarter of the field. Singing loudest among them is the appropriately named Luke Bird, who hit a straight flush to double up at the mid-point of the afternoon and then went on a charge tonight. Bird bagged 196,800.
Bird, who comes from Chingford and works in the travel industry, qualified for £22 on PokerStars and is playing the biggest tournament of his career. “It has been a brilliant experience so far,” Bird said.
Lurking behind is a familiar face: Tom Hall, who bags 181,600 tonight. Hall is currently in second place in the UKIPT Player of the Year leader board for season three, and could win the whole thing with a deep run in London. It depends, of course, on what Hall’s closest challenger, Neil Raine, manages here, but Hall has certainly started well in his quest for the prestigious accolade. (Raine is out of the main event, but there are a lot of side events that still qualify.)
There are plenty others hot on his heels tonight, including Daniel Rudd (161,500), David Vamplew (99,800), Kevin MacPhee (25,500), Andrew Teng (119,200), Karl Mahrenholz (41,500), Patryk Slusarek (159,000) and Willie Tann (78,300). Team Online’s Dale Philip also made it through the day, finishing with 25,500. He was the only “Red Spade” to make it through after Team PokerStars Pro’s newest recruit, Leo Margets, busted late in the day.
She found good company on the scrapheap. John Duthie lasted precisely one hand. His friend Barny Boatman lasted about one level more. Nick Wealthall, Luke Schwartz, Steve O’Dwyer, Martin Jacobsen, Richard Ashby and even Marc Convey couldn’t last the day.
Then Team PokerStars Pro lost Vicky Coren, George Danzer and Henrique Pinho, before Mickey Petersen, of Team Online, headed home too.
But let’s celebrate those who remain. The counts of the survivors will be on the chip-count page as soon as we know them.
Tomorrow will be the biggest day of them all — upwards of 420 players, I reckon — and then we will know what they’re all playing for too. It’s likely to be a lot of dough.
Check out how it all played out in levels 1-6 and then levels 7-11. Join us again at noon Thursday for more of the same.
The WPT is set to head back to London this March and we want you there! From the from 14th- 18th March, you could be playing in the biggest game of your poker career with one of our stunning $ 3,000 prize packages.
The event is to take place at the first Super Casino at the Aspers Casino in Stratford and if you make it there you could be going up against some of the biggest name is poker as you fight it out for a massive payday!
Each $ 3,000 package includes
- $ 2,200 WPT National London main event buy-in
- $ 800 spending money
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We want you there in London and so we’ve created a fantastic mix of qualifiers and weekly satellites. Start off with our daily freerolls and we could see you at the WPT National London for free!
But the fun don’t end there as we know there’s going to be as much fun off the table in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium. So make sure you check out the full qualifying structure , register today and you could be on top of the WPT podium in March!
We couldn’t believe the news either when we first heard it too, the WPT and PartyPoker.com Premier League VI are both heading to London this March! We’ll of course be there in full force to report on this tour-de-force of poker power and we want you to qualify to be there too!
Save The Date
The event to be held at the renowned Aspers Casino; a state of the art property on the edge of the London 2012 Olympic Park and within the famous Westfield Shopping Centre will boast a three week poker festival of the likes the world has never before. The dates for this installment of the Premier League have been confirmed as the 17th to the 23rd of March and we can’t wait!
We’re going to see 16 specially invited world class players, who are all going to pay a staggering $ 125,000 buy-in to battle it out to become the PartyPoker.com Premier League VI champion.
The Biggest Names In Poker
Although we don’t have any names for you right now rumors are that invites have been sent to some of the biggest names in the poker world, so keep checking back here for updates.
If the past is anything to go by with names like Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Phil Laak, Tony G, Sam Trickett, Patrik Antonius and Tom Dwan all making an appearance then this installment should be one to remember.
Last Time Around
Last time we saw Scott Seiver take down the Premier League V and since then he’s gone on to crush it in the poker world. Here he talks to Mike Sexton and Jesse May about his win:
This time around the event is going to feature 16 players of whom will be split into two groups of eight in the Main Event. Each participant will end up competing in four league matches all using the now famous $ 2,000 per point system.
Sneaking In The Back Door
And we’ll be seeing the top three from each group automatically heading through to the final table. And after that we’ll see fourth and fifth seeds battle it out in a series of heads-up matches for spots in the eight-handed finale.
No PartyPoker event would ever be complete without Kara Scott who will present the coverage, and of course your PartyPoker blog team will be there to report on this poker extravaganza. We’re pretty sure we’ll see commentarty from Jesse May and Mike Sexton too.
A Truly Unique Event
The event really is known through out the poker world as being truly unique and here we see some pros talk about their love of the format:
WPT London Dates
On top of all of this PartyPoker.com has released the dates for the PartyPoker.com WPT National London, which of course will also take place at Aspers Casino, a £1,500 re-entry Main Event and the dates for this are the 15th – 19th March 2012 and will feature two day one starting days.
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We want you there, it’s that simple so make sure you qualifty only on PartyPoker and get the best package out there. Qualify today and make London your next poker stop!