EPT: Benny Spindler Shines on Star-Studded Day 1b in London

Benny Spindler rose to the top of the leaderboard on Day 1b at EPT London. (Photo courtest Neil Stoddard/PokerStars)

The second of two starting days is in the books at the European Poker Tour event in London and despite a field that was nearly 50% larger than Day 1a, the Day 1b chipleader wasn’t able to pass Lukasz Golzyt. Benny Spindler finished with the largest Day 1b stack with 160,800 but that puts him 50,800 behind Golzyt who finished Day 1a with 211,600.

Not only was the field on Day 1b larger – 411 players compared to 280 on Day 1a – but it also included a lot more recognizable names and the leaderboard reflects that. Sorel Mizzi and Justin Bonomo both finished with top ten sized stacks. Not surprisingly Jason Mercier is also still in contention for yet another EPT title after finishing his day with 99,200.

They’re not amongst the leaders yet but the likes of Joe Hachem (87,100), Vanessa Rousso (83,500), Scott Seiver (77,600) and Fabrice Soulier (59,300) did get through the day. Current BLUFF Magazine Player of the Year leader Eugene Katchalov will have some work to do on Day 2 as he will return with only 36,100.

It wasn’t all good news though. Over 160 players busted on Day 1b including Daniel Negreanu, Jean-Robert Bellande, Daniel Cates, Bertrand Grospellier, Jonathan Duhamel, Liv Boeree, November Niner Matt Giannetti, Viktor Blom, Matt Waxman and arguably the hottest player on the World Poker Tour, Will Failla.

The £5,000 ($7,800 US) buy-in event attracted a total field of 691 players creating a prize pool of £3,351,350 ($5,218,387 US). The eventual winner will walk away with £750,000 ($1,167,000 US) and 104 players will cash in the event.

Day 1b Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Benny Spindler – 160,800
  2. Raj Vohra – 156,600
  3. Steven Warburton – 142,300
  4. Martins Adeniya – 132,500
  5. Sorel Mizzi – 129,100
  6. Justin Bonomo – 126,100
  7. Raffaele Gerbi – 121,000
  8. Wade Townsend – 119,800
  9. Basile Yaiche – 119,100
  10. John Gale – 118,700
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Lance Bradley

Editor in Chief at BLUFF.com
Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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