Brunson, Greenstein Advance at EPT London Day 1A

Barry Greenstein
Barry Greenstein is among those returning on Day 2 of the EPT London main event.

Day 1A is over at the 2011 EPT London main event with big names like Doyle Brunson and Barry Greenstein advancing to Day 2.

280 in total bought in today and while that number is less than expected, staff and players remain optimistic about tomorrow’s turnout. To put that number in perspective, just 339 of the total 848 last year played on Day 1A.

Finishing in the top spot was Polish poker player Lukasz Golzyt, who stacked an impressive 211,600 by day’s end.

He’s followed by Mustapha Kanit in second with 152,200.

Also in the top ten is 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Nick Binger, brother of 2006 WSOP Main Event final tablist Michael Binger.

Headlining the Day 1A roster was Doyle Brunson, the Godfather of poker. Astoundingly this was Texas Dolly’s first-ever EPT event. Brunson finished the day with 45,200, just under the average stack.

Also making it through to Day 2 is defending EPT London champion David Vamplew. The young Scot banked £900,000 here at the Hilton Metropole one year ago and has a shot at doing it all over again. He finished the day with 27,700.

Among those not so fortunate this evening was Canadian pro Xuan Liu, who rode the shortstack for much of the day and busted in a last-ditch effort to stay alive, shoving Q-4 from the small blind and getting looked up by pocket sixes in the big.

Also on the rail by day’s end was 2011 November Niner Phil Collins, EPT founder John Duthie and UK poker old-schooler David “Devilfish” Ulliott.

Click here for the official end of day chip counts and check out the leaderboard below.

We’ll be back in action tomorrow at noon as the second Day 1 heat plays out. Click here for live coverage of the EPT London main event.

  • Lukasz Golzyt – 211,600
  • Mustapha Kanit – 152,200
  • Umberto Vitagliano – 143,600
  • Raul Paez – 136,500
  • Lev Marmymsky – 133,800
  • Sandor Demjan – 121,100
  • Scott Shelley – 119,100
  • Konstantinos Nanos – 111,600
  • Nick Binger – 111,500

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