Day 2 of the World Poker Tour National London Main Event is complete after the 115 players who returned to Aspers Casino Westfield with hopes of becoming a WPT National champion were whittled down to just 27. That’s correct folks, we are in the money!
Play came to a close with 2:57 left of Level 16 when we were attracted to Table 2 by the words, “all-in and a call!” We arrived to see Daniel Bergmann all-in and at risk of elimination, his needing plenty of help to crack the of Sebastian Muller. That help never arrived as the board ran out to eliminate Bergmann, whose exit meant the surviving 27 players had locked up a payout of at least £3,000.
The player everyone has to catch is Elior Sion and his monster stack of 573,000 chips, one of only two players – the other being Brandon Hall on 515,500 – to surpass half-of-a-million chips. London-based Sion has some impressive results to his name, including a score of £32,000 earned last week in a £10,000 buy-in 8 Game tournament, his largest cash to date.
Other big stacks include Emma Tolley (418,500), Gabriel Carter (300,500), Rasmus Larson (209,500) and Yan Del Rey (208,500).
At the opposite end of the spectrum are Santiago Nadal (29,500), Jack Salter (38,000) and PartyPoker qualifier Paul Coughlan (84,000). All three will need to double up sooner rather than later otherwise they will be helping themselves to a min-cash.
Each of the 27 players who will return to their seats on Monday at 14:00GMT will do so knowing they are guaranteed at least £3,000 for their efforts. Anyone who manages to navigate their way through until play ends will not only have locked up £10,000 but will also have a WPT National final table to their name. See you there!
WPT National London Main Event top 10 chip counts
Elior Sion – 573,500
Brandon Hall – 515,500
Sebastian Muller – 477,500
Emma Tolley – 418,500
Gabriel Carter – 300,500
Rasmus Larson – 209,500
Yann Del Rey – 208,500
Danny Blair – 198,500
Gicomo Fundaro – 192,500
Zydrunas Lukosiunas – 184,500