Most of the poker world’s attention is focused on Melbourne, Australia where the WSOP-APAC Main Event got underway Sunday but there’s a number of top players in London, England looking to take home a European Poker Tour title at EPT London. Standing on top of the 140 Day 1A survivors is Anatoly Filatov. The Russian poker pro bagged up 173,900 to sit well clear of the rest of the field.
Johnny Lodden finished with the second largest Day 1A stack but his 125,800 stack is 28 percent smaller than Filatov’s. The three players who round out the top five all finished Day 1A fairly close to Lodden: Alexander Treallion (125,500), Hossein Ensan (124,900) and Alfie Adam (122,300).
A pair of BLUFF Player of the Year contenders both had strong starts. Simon Deadman, who sits 21st in the POY race, finished with 80,100 while PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champ Dominik Panka made it through the day with 74,400. Former BLUFF POYs did relatively well with Eugene Katchalov (74,300) and Marvin Rettenmaier (66,100) leading the way while Jason Mercier (33,600) survived to fight another day.
Other notable stacks include Isaac Haxton (65,800), November Niner Andoni Larrabe (38,000) and 2103 WSOP Europe Main Event winner Adrian Mateos (27,000). The average is just under 50,000.
It wasn’t all good news for former BLUFF POYs though. Sorel Mizzi was one of 84 players to find the rail on Day 1A. Joining Mizzi on the outside looking in were Martins Adeniya, Poker Hall of Fame nominee Bruno Fitoussi, Steve O’Dwyer and November Niner Jorryt van Hoof.
Day 1B action gets underway at 7 am ET.
Top 10 Chip Counts
- Anatoly Filatov – 173,900
- Johnny Lodden – 125,800
- Alexander Treallion – 125,500
- Hossein Ensan – 124,900
- Alfie Adam – 122,300
- Sergio Aido – 113,700
- Simon Taberham – 110,600
- Javed Abrahams – 101,500
- Joni Jouhkimainen – 95,000
- James Dempsey – 93,900
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