Main Event EPT London: Benjamin Pollak and Nicolas Vayssieres with 16 Players Remaining

Benjamin Pollack

Only three tiers were played on Day 4 of the Main Event.European Poker Tour Londonand after only six hours of play, it’s David Docherty who leads the last 16 players.

France is still represented by two well-known players on the circuit, Benjamin Pollack with 665,000 and Nicolas Vayssieres with 1,085,000. The latter had risen to almost 3 million chips but lost several moves, including a double up of ian hamilton with aces against king-queen for Vayssieres, who will therefore return tomorrow to eighth place in the standings.

Docherty took the lead in the chip count with 3,560,000 after a fantastic run on day three. One of the key hands saw Doherty knock out jamil wakil in an Ace versus Kings showdown. “I run so well that I feel guilty,” exclaimed the Scottish player after the meeting.

David Docherty

The provisional top 3 is 100% British, with ian hamilton (2,450,000) and the dreaded Jack Sinclair on (2,230,000). Other big-name players vying for a title on home soil include Harry Lodge and Ben Heath.

Marton Czuczor, a two-time EPT finalist, is closing in on his third final table, but he’ll have a tough job to do. Czuczor is currently in 12th place with what will be less than 25 big blinds tomorrow.

Erik Seidel is even lighter, as his stack is 450,000 in chips for Day 5. With over $40 million in winnings, Seidel is one of the most impressive players in history. Yet this is his biggest deep run in an EPT Main Event, beating his 46th place finish at EPT Prague in 2012.

EPT London Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 David Docherty United Kingdom 3,560,000 119
2 ian hamilton United Kingdom 2,450,000 82
3 Jack Sinclair United Kingdom 2,230,000 74
4 Roman Hrabec Austria 2,125,000 71
5 Harry Lodge United Kingdom 2,045,000 68
6 Nils Pudel Germany 1,985,000 66
7 Alexandre Vuilleumier Switzerland 1,710,000 57
8 Nicolas Vayssieres France 1,085,000 36
9 Ben Heath United Kingdom 990,000 33
10 Aleem Kanji United Kingdom 965,000 32

Day 4 recap

It was expected to be a very short day with only 25 players remaining in the tournament at the start of the day, and in addition to the spectacle provided by Docherty in the first tier, there was a steady stream of eliminations during the early tier.

Julien Sitbonchip leader at the end of day Day 2 was finally eliminated in 23rd place for £22,500, despite having correctly guessed his opponent’s set, while the EPT London Ladies Event champion Jessica Pilkington also came out.

Julien Sitbon

ian hamilton and Erik Seidel both managed to double down on the other hand, with Hamilton also making a midday straight flush.

A flurry of eliminations took the tournament from 20 to 16 players in the space of 30 minutes with Thomas Hueber, Enzo Vito, Ambrose Ng and Jordi Romero all of whom left the tournament, hinting at a hiatus to play sooner than expected.

But no further eliminations came in the final 90-minute tier of the day. Docherty had a 2:1 lead over his closest rival coming into the final break, and even the double up of Harry Lodge in the final moments of Day against him didn’t really impact his stack.

Remaining Payouts

The remaining 16 players are all guaranteed £29,800, but all eyes are on the eventual winner’s £664,400.

Square Payout (GBP)
1 £664,400
2 £414,650
3 £296,150
4 £227,800
5 £175,250
6 £134,800
7 £103,700
8 £79,750
9 £61,350
10-11 £49,350
12-13 £41,100
14-15 £34,250
16 £29,800

The final 16 players will return tomorrow Thursday, October 27, and the schedule plans to play up to six remaining players.

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