EPT London High Roller Day 2: Markin Holds Chip Lead

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After 10 levels of play in Day 2 of the EPT London £10,300 High Roller event, only 10 players remain from the 86 that started the day.

By the time registration closed in the single reentry event before the start of play on Friday, the number of entries reached 173 with 46 players choosing to fire two bullets.

Right before the money bubble burst, Leonid Markin and Sergio Aido got into a preflop raising war. When all the chips were in the middle Aido was shocked to see that his Ace-King was well behind Markin’s pocket Aces. The win put Markin in the chip lead, which is where he remained the rest of the day.  Aido was crippled but managed to nurse his short stack for a min cash.

The bubble burst in semi-unusual fashion as Pablo Fernandez shoved with two black nines, only to be called by two players both holding pocket Kings. The board bricked out and Fernandez left as the bubble boy.

Marvin Rettenmaier had a deep run that was ended when his kings ran into pocket aces.

Yann Dion, the chip leader at the start of play, was unable to get anything going, but still finished a respectable 12th.

Victoria Coren-Mitchell also had a deep run. Coren-Mitchell said several times that she was looking for a spot “to gamble” but eventually ran into  Martin Quack’s aces and was eliminated in 11th place.

Instead of playing down to the official final table, play ended for the day with ten players remaining.  PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden is one of them, but will be on a very short stack.

The players will return at noon local time on Saturday and sometime later in the day a new champion will be crowned.

Final Table Payouts

1. £394,200
2. £267,000
3. £178,000
4. £145,800
5. £117,000
6. £90,700
7. £67,200
8. £49,400

Final Table Chip Counts

Leonid Markin 1,921,000
Jorryt van Hoof 1,546,000
Martin Quack 1,328,000
Craig McCorkell 887,000
Fady Kamar 771,000
Andrew Chen 566,000
Niall Farrell 510,000
Salman Behbehani 439,000
Philippe D’Auteuil 409,000
Johnny Lodden 272,000