Bowker and Juanda tussle at the top
The Pokerstars ( Official Website ) European Poker Tour Main Event is approaching its climax after five frenetic days of action, with Sunday seeing the 24 survivors from an original field of 848 whittled down to a final table of nine.
Sunday evening, Kyle Bowker eliminated John Hall in 9th Place for GBP 45,000 to set the scene for a final table that looks like this:
Seat 1: David Vamplew – 3,670,000
Seat 2: Tom Marchese – 1,480,000
Seat 3: Fernando Brito – 1,100,000
Seat 4: Per Ummer – 1,245,000
Seat 5: Artur Wasek – 2,250,000
Seat 6: Kayvan Payman – 1,295,000
Seat 7: Kyle Bowker – 7,165,000
Seat 8: John Juanda – 7,075,000
Tussling it out for top spot on the leader board are Kyle Bowker and John Juanda, both way ahead of the rest of the field after a day in which Day 3 chip leader Chance Kornuth’s more than 500,000 lead was wiped out in just two heartbreakingly swift hands. The American was never to recover and did not make the final table, headed for the rail in 18th place.
Illustrious names who were also taken out before the final table included Chad Brown, Joe Hachem, Thomas Bichon, Steven Levy, Keven Stammen, Allen Bari and Matt Perrins.
Juanda and Bowker cut a swathe through the opposition throughout the day, ending literally millions of chips ahead of their rivals.
In related news, the GBP 20 000 EPT London High Roller’s Event kicked off with 77 entrants over the weekend, with 26-year-old US player Vanessa Selbst taking the first day’s honours to lead 35 survivors.
Chasing Selbst is Andrew Feldman, but a slew of experienced and potent pros remain in the field, promising more action when play resumes. Still in the pack hunting down the first prize of GBP 556 000 are Fabien Quoss, David Benyamine, Luca Pagano, Juha Helppi, Erik Seidel, Sam Trickett, James Bord and Vanessa Rousso.
The last eight players will cash.