EPT: Steve O’Dwyer Leads Final 15 Players into Day 5 in London

Steve O'Dwyer finished second in the last EPT London Main Event, but after grabbing the chiplead on Day 4 the title is once again within reach. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

The 2013 EPT London Main Event has kept a quick pace throughout, and Day 4 was no exception. After just six hours of play Thursday they hit and exceeded the target of 16 players in a single hand, leaving 15 contenders to fight it out for eight spots on Day 5.

In a day that began and ended with double eliminations, the chips moved around quickly and frequently throughout with Steve O’Dwyer claiming the chiplead despite being out of position against several top pros with bigger stacks on the featured table for most of the day. He’ll take 2,279,000 into Day 5 as he tries to make it back-to-back final tables at EPT London after finishing second in Season 8.

The only remaining champion in the field is right behind O’Dwyer in second place, as Nicolas Chouity tries to break the increasingly ridiculous streak of no two-time champions in the history of the EPT. Theo Jorgensen held the chiplead for much of the day Thursday, and despite slipping in the late stages enters Day 5 in sixth place. This is the first tournament that Jorgensen has played since a home invasion in December in which he was shot three times in the leg. He’s the last remaining Team PokerStars pro in the field, and he hopes to top his previous best finish of fourth place on the EPT, which he’s done twice, to cap his comeback story.

Just three Brits remain among the final 15, with the hopes of keeping the title in England resting squarely on their shoulders. Tamer Kamel is one of three players with over 2 million chips and sits in third going into Day 5, with Niall Farrell and Chris Moorman each hovering on opposite sides of an average stack in the middle of the pack. Other notables still in the hunt include Dutch pro Ruben Visser and Lithuanian Mantas Visockis, who ended Day 2 in the chiplead and hasn’t stopped building his stack ever since.

They had to get those chips from somewhere, though, and that led to the departure of 17 players over the course of Day 4. It was a mixed day for the American pros in the field as O’Dwyer took the chiplead while the other two went out. Steven Silverman went out in 27th and he was followed shortly thereafter by Jason Mercier in 25th, who was also one of three EPT champions to make Day 4 along with Chouity and Mike McDonald. McDonald suffered a similar fate to Mercier’s, though, and his tournament came to an end in 20th.

Annette Obrestad and Kitty Kuo were the only two women among the final 32, but they won’t be back on Friday as they went out back-to-back in 23rd and 22nd, respectively. With the double elimination of Max Greenwood and Raoul Refos in 17th and 16th places, play was ended for the night with two days of poker separating the final 15 from an EPT title and over $1 million.

Play will resume at 12 pm local time Friday at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London and they’ll play until the final table of eight is set. Here are the chip stacks for the remaining 15 players in the 2013 PokerStars European Poker Tour London Main Event.

  1. Steve O’Dwyer – 2,279,000
  2. Nicolas Chouity – 2,124,000
  3. Tamer Kamel – 2,115,000
  4. Pasi Sormunen – 1,834,000
  5. Niall Farrell – 1,581,000
  6. Theo Jorgensen – 1,474,000
  7. Mikhail Korotkikh – 1,372,000
  8. David Colin – 1,088,000
  9. Chris Moorman – 1,061,000
  10. Mantas Visockis – 915,000
  11. Ruben Visser – 827,000
  12. Christopher Frank – 821,000
  13. Daniel Erlandsson – 700,000
  14. Bassel Moussa – 685,000
  15. Olof Haglund – 453,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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