EPT London Main Event Day 2: Tudor Purice Leads

EPT London Main Event Day 2: Tudor Purice LeadsThe winner of a massive late-day coin flip, Tudor Purice races his way to the top of the leaderboard in the EPT10 London Main Event.

Day 2 of the EPT10 London concluded today in grand fashion. After accumulating a healthy stack when his wheel beat Mike McDonald’s pair of Aces, Tudor Purice would vault into the chip lead by winning the most classic of classic races.

On the last level of the day, Purice would run AK♠ into Onur Guvan’s QQ. The action was hot and heavy pre-flop, and before the dealer could flip over a single card, the two were all in. Purice would spike a king on the flop, and hold up to win the massive 275k chip pot. He would end the day with 628,200 chips, good for a more than 50k chip lead.

The top ten chip counts heading into Day 3 are:

1. Tudor Purice 628,200
2. Yngve Steen 576,400
3. Ludovic Geilich 487,100
4. Joey Lovelady 447,500
5. Andy Moseley 436,000
6. Mark Newhouse 380,800
7. Robin Ylitalo 362,200
8. Ruben Velasco 350,900
9. Wai Kin Yong 307,200
10. Daniel Reijmer 305,800

Of the leaders, Mark Newhouse is perhaps the most recognizable name. A current November Niner, Newhouse will begin the WSOP final table eighth in chips with 7,350,000. He boasts over $2 million in career live tournament earnings.

Geilich was given a gift when his opponent jammed for 172,000 on a J♠4♣Q103 board. With already 200k in the middle, Geilich snap-called with the stone-cold nuts A♣K♠. The win vaulted him over the 500,000 chip barrier.

Other notables that would survive the fast and furious Day 2 would be Dan Smith, Shannon Shorr, Paul Volpe, Day 1 overall chip leader Dhru Patel, Barry Greenstein and Theo Jorgensen. Patel would be the victim of a sick three-way cooler, when his K♣K would run into Mat Frankland’s AA. Andoni Larrabe was also all-in preflop holding Q♠Q. The board ran out low, Larrabe was eliminated and Frankland would more than double up.

Notable casualties of Day 2 included top pros Lex Veldhuis, Sam Trickett, Jeff Gross, fan favorite Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier. In total, only 107 out of the 604 player starting field, which included 370 returning players from the combined Day 1 fields.

But at the end of the day all eyes were on the new chip leader. Purice is a relatively unknown entity in the poker world. His largest recent cash was in last year’s EPT Main Event at Prague, good for $13,071. Before that he placed second in a side event in 2011, also at EPT Prague. His runner-up finish was worth $16,737. Should he hold on, Purice will trump his largest to date cashes by a hefty margin.

The bubble is expected to burst tomorrow, as the returning players are only 20 spots away from making the money. 87 players will receive at least £9,080 for their efforts, with the eventual winner taking home £560,980 of the £2,929,400 prize pool.

Day 3 will be begin at noon. Stay tuned for continuing coverage of this prestigious event.