World Poker Tour London Classic

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The London Poker festival is underway and one of the key events is the World Poker Tour (WPT) London Classic.

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The WPT London Classic is sponsored by Party Poker and is taking place in the luxurious Palm Beach Casino in the Mayfair Hotel from 29th August until the 5th September. The buy in for this main event is $8,000 along with a free seat in the 2011 WPT Championship final in Las Vegas.

The chip leader at the end of the first day  (day 1 A) was Erik Seidel who bagged up 226,200 chips. Seidel is no stranger to WPT events, and the London Classic is the hundredth that he has competed in. His cloasest rival is Talal Shakerchi who has 188,600 chips and he is followed by Bruce Atkinson with 149,800 chips.

Perhaps Shakerchi has less to fear from numbers two and three than he has from the player with the fourth biggest chip stack. With 146,200 chips, Phil Ivey in fourth is probably the player to fear the most. Ivey has eight WSOP bracelets and is considered by many to be the greatest poker player in the world. Othe big names still in the action are Praz Bans, Joe Beevers and Huck Seed.

A big name who crashed out in style was James Akenhead who was eliminated when his full house of 3s and twos was beaten by four 2s.

Altogether 36 of the original 72 players survived into day 2. Although this was a lower than expected turnout, day 1B is anticipated to bring a larger number of players to the tables, their numbers swollen by people who have already been eliminated from the EPT Vilamoura. It is also anticipated that Tony G will turn up.

The WPT London Classic final table will be recorded for television.

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