EPT: Marc-Andre Ladouceur Leads London Main Event

Marc-Andre Ladouceur finished atop a loaded field. (Photo c/o PokerStars Blog)

The PokerStars European Poker Tour rolled into London for the ninth straight year and Day 1a of the £5,250 ($7,457) Main Event attracted 236 players. After eight levels of play Marc-Andre Ladouceur ended as the chip leader of 135 survivors with 163,500.

Adria Balaguer was right on Ladouceur’s heels with 160,300 and Antoine Labat was third in chips with an even 150,000. Steve O’Dwyer landed in the top ten chip counts and he’ll joined by Jeff Sarwer, Annette Obrestad, Theo Jorgensen and Leo Margets all with above average stacks.

Liv Boeree, Vanessa Selbst, Alex Kravchenko, Mike Watson, Johnny Lodden, Jonathan Duhamel and Eugene Katchalov all survived and will return on Day 2.

Scott Seiver, Mclean Karr, Ville Wahlbeck, Chris Bjorin, Marvin Rettenmaier and Ari Engel were eliminated in the day’s action.

Ladouceur benefitted greatly when he eliminated Rettenmaier in a huge pot. They were at a flop of K T 6 and Rettenmaier check-called 2,600. The turn came 7 and Rettenmaier check-called 6,800. The river came 2, Rettenmaier checked again, Ladouceur put out enough T5,000 to cover the German and put him all in. Rettenmaier tanked and eventually called but mucked his hand when Ladouceur tabled K 9 for a flush.

PokerStars Team Pro Jorgensen made his return to live poker after suffering from three gun shots late last year in a home invasion. He bagged up 65,500 at the end of the day and some of those came at the expense of Nicola Grieco. Jorgensen called all in on the river on a 8 6 5 3 3 with 9 8. The good news was that Grieco only held 5 4 and Jorgensen doubled up.

Karr was eliminated at the close of the seventh level when Davide Suriano opened and Karr three-bet to 3,250. Suriano played back by making it 8,200 to go and Karr not wanting to be outdone raised a large stack of T5,000 chips. Suriano moved all in and Karr called for around 60,000 with A K. Suriano tabled pocket queens, watched the board run 2 J 3 5 Q and Karr was sent to the rail.

Selbst will be looking for a second straight EPT cash after shipping the PCA $25,000 High Roller event. She moved up the counts midway through the day when got involved in a hand with Georgios Theodorou. Selbst check-raised the flop of J 9 5 and then fired out on the 5 turn to push her stack to about 80,000. Though her count would slip a bit to 54,800 at the end of play.


EPT London Main Event Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Marc-Andre Ladouceur – 163,500
  2. Adria Balaguer – 160,300
  3. Antoine Labat – 150,000
  4. Antonio Matias – 141,000
  5. Timothy Davie – 136,800
  6. Davide Suriano – 130,800
  7. Seun Oluwole – 127,900
  8. Steve O’Dwyer – 127,500
  9. Ramey Shaio – 121,700
  10. Michel Dattani – 119,000
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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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