EPT London Poker Festival Begins

Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier still has a stack in the EPT London European 8-Game Championships.

PokerStars EPT London kicked off Wednesday in the city’s Hilton Metropole hotel with two well-attended side events.

The £5,250 EPT 7 London Heads-Up event got things rolling selling out the 64 spots available.

Names like Jason Mercier, Barry Greenstein, John Juanda, Erik Seidel, Praz Bansi, Scott Seiver, Melanie Weisner, and Sorel Mizzi all got in on the best-of-three heads-up action.

Just eight players remain heading into the event’s second and final day Wednesday, including Bernd Gleissner, Ville Haavisto, Andrew Pantling, Sam Iola, Will Molson, Santeri Valikoski, Richard Gryko and Annette Obrestad.

All eight players are guaranteed £17,600 with £120K set aside for first.

Later in the day, the European 8-Game Championships saw a total of 78 players creating a £151,320 prize pool.

The Day ended with 22 players remaining and Canadian Ami Barer on top.

Notables still in contention include Justin Young, Jason Mercier, Richard Ashby and Scott Seiver.

Last year's debut 8-Game event drew 60 players with Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem claiming a £42,400 win.

With the side events already in full swing, Day 1a of the EPT London Main Event started Wednesday afternoon with 346 players, including at least 80 who won their seats on PokerStars.

November Niner Jason Senti and Team PokerStars Pros including Vanessa Rousso, Barry Greenstein, Greg Raymer, Arnaud Mattern, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, John Duthie and Vanessa Selbst all joined the action there.

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