The European Poker Tour(EPT) marked its 10th year of poker in London as the Main Event kicked off with little known, Dhru Patel in lead at the end of Day 1a. With a small playing field of about 209 players, eight levels of poker game were held with 105 survivors in the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.
The 21 year old student holds no poker laurels but remained an enigma all day as he broke through the 100,000 chip stack by eliminating Erik Seidel. Patel had earlier participated in EPT London £50,000 Super High Roller Event a few days ago but didn’t fair good there lasting barely 20 minutes. Patel holds 241,000 chips as the day ended with David Yan behind him with 182,200 chips. Another less known player in Raj Ramakrishnan was in third place with 176,800 chips.
Apart from Seidel, other notable poker players who crashed out included Jonathan Duhamel, Viktor Blom and Leo Margets. EPT London will resume on Monday with Day 1b of the Main Event expected to get a better player response this week.
In other news from the EPT London, Martin Finger won the Super High Roller Event getting a nice pay-day of £821,000 and the Shamballa Bracelet. It was a top three finish for Germany as Tobias Reinkemeir came second and won £593,900 while fellow countryman Christoph Vogelsang was third getting £383,200.