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We started the day expecting to play five levels. We got four. Such has been the pace of this Main Event that tournament staff feared having time on their hands. We reduced the field from 106 to 45 today. Tomorrow that number will be tri...
We started the day expecting to play five levels. We got four. Such has been the pace of this Main Event that tournament staff feared having time on their hands. We reduced the field from 106 to 45 today. Tomorrow that number will be trimmed even further as we play on to a final eight on Saturday. It meant a short day today, but still one packed with fun and adventure -- for some players anyway. Martin Kozlov leads tonight. He bagged-up 1,351,000 a short while ago as the echo of "all-in-and-a-call" finally subsided. It's been a good week so far for the former ANZPT Melbourne winner, a point not lost on Salman Behbehani who watched Kozlov bag up tonight. Chip leader tonight: Martin Kozlov "Is that you?" he asked, pointing at Kozlov's stack. "Yeah," replied the Aussie. "Welcome to Europe," said Behbehani, pumping fists with his new best friend. Not far behind Kozlov is Ludovic Geilich in second place. The UKIPT/Estrellas Marbella winner bags up 1,219,000 tonight, looking to add EPT silverware to a Marbella tan. Ludovic Geilich It bodes well that the field contains some interesting faces to make Day 4, which starts at noon tomorrow. David Yan plays with a natural talent that seems to beget chips. It's almost as if, through the simple process of moving his hands and chips around, that more of them appear in front of him. Then, when he gets them, he tosses them around like the worthless objects that in reality they are. It's a spectacle to marvel at, like the perfect golf swing. Tonight it's good for 1,046,000. David Yan Tudor Purice continued to dominate for much of the day, and while not up top, remains among the lead group after another day of play. The Romanian closed with 824,000. Ole Nergard is an unforgiving player. His flush against Ryan Yu late in the day helped secure him a stack of 550,000. While Yu looked visibly distressed about the hand that cost him so much, Nergard looked visibly uninterested. It's an icy determination that will serve him well tomorrow. Kitty Kuo continues to impress. She sparkled on the feature table today, surviving through trademark self-belief, and the occasional all-in. She has 162,000 tonight. Kitty Kuo We all get into this business having been inspired by someone. For at least one member of the press corp (Chad Holloway), it was the antics of Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott throughout the past decade. Ulliott will return tomorrow with a stack of 250,000. Will the Devilfish enjoy some kind of renaissance? We'll find out tomorrow. Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott As we reported earlier, the tale of Nicolau Villa-Lobos is an incredible one; a story that would be made even more remarkable should the former SCOOP and UKIPT winner triumph in London. But given his performance today, and a stack of 244,000, it's not out of the question. Nicolau Villa-Lobos Paul Berende has earned more than $1,6 million in live tournaments around the world but has yet to reach an EPT Main Event final table. His stack of 200,000 is on the short side, but could help make that a reality as the week continues. Paul Berende For the counts of all the 45 players bagging up tonight, check out our live coverage page. There were some equally distinguished players making their way to the rail today. Gaelle Baumann was the first player out in the money in 87th place, followed by Fabian Quoss and Theo Jorgensen in 85th and 81st respectively. Gaelle Baumann Henrique Pinho was the last of the Team PokerStars Pros to depart, in 79th place, while Matthew Frankland (71st), Mike Watson (67th) and Chris Brammer (63rd) would follow. We started the day with a word from chip leader Tudor Purice before turning our attention to the EPT Awards winners Steve Odwyer and Walid Bou-Habib. As the bubble burst we found it to be a rather British one, which was one of various elements of the week that has made it onto our "EPT Quote Board". The TV table in full swing We all start out inspired by someone in the
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We've watched this music video at least a hundred times and it's still the most amazing and confusing thing we've seen all year.
We've watched this music video at least a hundred times and it's still the most amazing and confusing thing we've seen all year.
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White to move. How should white proceed?Source: ChessToday.netChess Daily News from Susan Polgar
White to move. How should white proceed?Source: ChessToday.netChess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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Ever since the World Series introduced its November Nine concept, the players still involved in that event have tended to use the hiatus to travel around the world playing poker knowing that no matter what happens anywhere else, they are...
Ever since the World Series introduced its November Nine concept, the players still involved in that event have tended to use the hiatus to travel around the world playing poker knowing that no matter what happens anywhere else, they are due a six or seven figure payday very soon. The freedom has often worked in their favour and several players have ended up picking up other brilliant scores. (Ivan Demidov famously made the final table of the WSOP-E before going on to finish runner up in Vegas.) This year, Mark Newhouse is on a similar European vacation before returning to the Rio for his moment of destiny. And what do you know, he's made the money and is plodding along nicely. Laura Cornelius, of PokerStars.tv, caught up with the November Niner for a little chat in London. The calm at the eye of the storm
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The final 60 players in the main event occupy only eight tables in Tournament Room A, the biggest in the sprawling Grand Connaught Rooms complex. Admittedly one of those tables is at the centre of the television set, so takes up the spac...
The final 60 players in the main event occupy only eight tables in Tournament Room A, the biggest in the sprawling Grand Connaught Rooms complex. Admittedly one of those tables is at the centre of the television set, so takes up the space of about 12 others. But the point is that the "main" event doesn't seem so "main" as it once did. EPT London TV table The freeing of all the additional tables allowed tournament officials to start the £1,000 Heads Up event today, which always needs floor space and dealing staff disproportionate to both its buy in and number of players. They started with 32 and at time of writing are playing out the third round. Yann Dion and Will Fallia lost their first matches; Keith Hawkins and Christian de Leon went out in the second round. Phil Hellmuth, with one side event title to his name already this week, is the biggest name still involved. He is currently playing Tai Loi Yuen, although there are still two more matches until they make the money. Upstairs in the tournament room nearest the webcast studio, Eugene Katchalov is among a clutch of high profile players still in the £2,000 NLHE event. Jonathan Duhamel went out shortly before the money, but that still left Katchalov, Martin Jacobsen, Hauke Heseding and Ami Barer in the final 11. With £77,780 up top, it's still worth winning. Just made the final table of the £2k side event in #eptlondon ...I'm 4/9 in chips— Eugene Katchalov (@EugeneKatchalov) October 9, 2013 There's a healthy field assembling too in the £1,000 (one-rebuy) event. They are just into level three and the tournament board shows 137 entries, including Kent Lundmark, Marcin Horecki, Tom Hall, Jack Salter and Vojtech Ruzicka. Registration is still open in that one. Meanwhile back downstairs, the PLO event #22 is due to start soon. Even though the main event is playing a short day, the rest of the action continues through the night. Check out the full side event schedule on the Main EPT London page. Follow all the action from EPT London on the EPT London Main Event page, with chip counts and hand-by-hand reporting. EPT Live is at EPT Live.
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Connect to a company/app from the diagram that explain what it does and how it works...it was in news because of its takeover by a high profile company...
Connect to a company/app from the diagram that explain what it does and how it works...it was in news because of its takeover by a high profile company...
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Garry Kasparov first met the my sisters and I at the Thessaloniki Chess Olympiad in 1988. This was the event where history was made when the Polgar sisters with Mádl won the Olympiad Gold, ending the Soviet dominance. 25 years later, Gar...
Garry Kasparov first met the my sisters and I at the Thessaloniki Chess Olympiad in 1988. This was the event where history was made when the Polgar sisters with Mádl won the Olympiad Gold, ending the Soviet dominance. 25 years later, Garry visited us at the Polgar Chess Festival in Budapest.Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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Don't let this ladder tip sideways, you might end up in a parallel dimension.
Don't let this ladder tip sideways, you might end up in a parallel dimension.
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Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013 Hello everyone,Chess.com caught up with Russian talent Alexander Grischuk on the sidelines of the Paris Chess Grand Prix. Here is a must-watch interview for all fan...
Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013 Hello everyone,Chess.com caught up with Russian talent Alexander Grischuk on the sidelines of the Paris Chess Grand Prix. Here is a must-watch interview for all fans of the Russian Grandmaster.Check this out: Robot vs. Humans at Chess: KUKA Monster beats Grischuk 4.5-1.5From Alexandra Kosteniuk'swww.chessblog.comAlso see her personal chess blog at www.chessqueen.comDon't miss Chess Queen™YouTube Channel
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The bursting of the bubble guaranteed consecutive cashes for Tamer Kamel at EPT London. Last year Kamel had something of a breakthrough in his home town event, his seventh place marking a career best, worth nearly £80,000. That propelled...
The bursting of the bubble guaranteed consecutive cashes for Tamer Kamel at EPT London. Last year Kamel had something of a breakthrough in his home town event, his seventh place marking a career best, worth nearly £80,000. That propelled him to further cashes, both on the EPT and in Las Vegas, and the odd memorable encounter. There's something quite different about Kamel, an aspect that which keeps him grounded and the poker fun, even when faced with the line-up he started with today -- including David Yan, Gaelle Bauman and Mathew Frankland. Kamel puts it down to life outside of poker, one that ensures that whatever happens here is a bonus. "I've been playing for maybe three or four years," said Kamel at the first break. "I didn't know how to play until I started in a friendly game. Then I was always playing in my spare time. I have a job, so I'm not an actual pro but I play a lot of these big events." Kamel's "amateur" status works in his favor. When he's not playing he runs his family's Italian Pizzeria on Goodge Street, in London. As director he oversees its day-to-day running, using poker to satisfy his competitive streak, after an injury forced him to quit football. Tamer Kamel "I think it takes a lot of pressure off," said Kamel of his world outside the game. "I'm able to relax a little bit when I'm playing a tournament - it's not the be all and end all -I have an income. "I'm getting married in December. I proposed a year ago so that started off the year that I'm having. I think that's a good thing as well, I've felt a lot more secure in myself. I've been playing better. Also what I like is that I'm quite low key, there have been no blogs about me and I'm quite happy about that." The blog has happily put an end to that idea, but Kamel seems a more accomplished player to the one he was a season ago, pleased with his development which he credits, in part, to playing the best players in the world. "One of my favourite things was playing Phil Ivey in Monte Carlo," he said. "It was amazing to see everyone awestruck at the table but to me I couldn't believe I got the chance to play him. We didn't play many hands but I got talking to him." Kamel is right about that table. As we wrote at the time, there was an obvious sense of wonder. But of all everyone at that table Kamel, sitting directly on Ivey's right, seemed unfazed, relishing the opportunity rather than fearing it. "I've always been like that," said Kamel. "I'm very confident in myself. [I just thought] he's a human being, I'm a human being, he's got a brain and I've got a brain. Let's tango and see what happens." Kamel capitalized on that attitude, going deep in a $1K event at the World Series, a result that as far as he was concerned make it a successful summer - after all, it's all about the performance, not simply the result. "I'm in it because I love competing," said Kamel. "I enjoy the game so much but I want to be the best. To me that's more fun than the getting a score here and there and surviving, because I've got my own income. But obviously it would be good!" Alas, that next big score will not come in London, Kamel being among the first to bust after the bubble. But you sense it can't be far off. Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.
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