Each of the 91 players who have bought into the WPT National London Main Event have done so sharing a common goal – to win this £1,650 buy-in event. One man who is competing for what would be his second WPT National title is Simon Deadman.
In January, Deadman outlasted a 238-strong field to get his hands on the trophy and the €67,500 first place prize. Now Deadman is bought in and playing here in London. Deadman, sporting a black hoodie that is pulled over his head, just opened to 450 from early position but his reputation must proceed him because everyone folded in turn, leaving him to add the blinds to his stack. Deadman has started well and has 29,300 chips.
When in a hand Deadman is deadly serious, but when he is not putting on his best poker face he is usually sporting a smile, and it is evident he loves the game. Two other players who always look pleased to see you, at least they act that way, are Mathew Frankland and Karl Mahrenholz. The latter is sat with 25,800 chips while Frankland has just late-regged so is sat with his 25,000 starting stack.