Bichon, Thorson Lead EPT London Day 1a

William Thorson
William Thorson

Thomas Bichon, John O’Shea and William Thorson rose to the top of the chip counts on Day 1a of EPT London.

A total of 349 runners started the day but only 146 players made it through all nine levels of play.

American PokerStars qualifier Soheb Porbandawala finished the as the overall chip leader with 218,600 while Frenchman Bichon was the highest finishing Team PokerStars Pro with 185,000.

Ireland’s O’Shea ended up with 184,400 which was good enough for fourth place overall while Thorson built a stack of 125,600 to hold down 14th place.

Numerous pros secured a seat on Day 2 including Barry Shulman, Alex Kravchenko, Tom Marchese, Greg Raymer, Shannon Shorr and John Juanda.

There were also a number of notable pros that fell to the rail on Day 2. Celina Lin, Tony Bloom, Greg Mueller, Roland de Wolfe and Lex Veldhuis were all amongst the players to take the long walk to the exit.

Day 1b of EPT London is set to go off today with Team PokerStars Jason Mercier among the 360 players already registered to play.

The main event of EPT London wasn’t the only story that came out of the festival yesterday.

Young Norwegian Annette Obrestad outlasted 64 players to win the £5,250 Heads-Up tournament. Obrestad beat Bernd Gleissner in the final match to secure the £120,000 first place prize.

Obrestad, who won the WSOPE Main Event in 2008, has now earned over $3.2 million since she started to play live tournaments in 2007.

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