If you ever here anyone complaining that the European Poker Tour (EPT) doesn’t give fans enough poker then you have my permission to administer a tombstone piledriver. After Rupert Elder had earlier this week upset the locals in San Remo by winning that leg of the EPT, another event is already underway and it’s the big one.
This season’s final stop is for the Grand Final in Madrid that begins tomorrow but for now there’s the little task of finding a winner of the pre-main event EPT Madrid High Roller. The €25,000 + €500 buy-in didn’t put anyone off as 58 players turned up.
Currently in the lead is a player more used to the virtual felt and all it has to offer. Viktor “Isildur1” Blom has been on a one-man wrecking mission of the online poker circuit for some time now and has now translated this on the first day of the high-roller event leading with a stack of 225,800
More interesting than this though is that Blom and Full Tilt’s online poker phenom, Tom “Durr” Dwan faced off at the same table in what would have gotten those on the rail rather moist when Dwan finally showed. This was after he took the term fashionably late to a new extreme by turning up SEVEN hours late.
It’s the first ever EPT event in Madrid, first time that a high-roller has been held before the main event so the winner will feel…like any other winner of the high-roller.
The top ten in the chip count are as follows:
Viktor Blom 225,800
Benny Spindler 208,269
David Sonelin 174,500
Philipp Gruissem 170,000
Andrew Lichtenberger 156,400
Galen Hall 135,400
Sami Kelopuro 121,800
Bryn Kenney 117,800
Johnny Lodden 114,000
Roberto Romanello 109,300.