Day 5 of the International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) Wembley Main Event started with 20 players ready to claim the €1 million first-place prize. Only six remained after several hours of play on Day 5.
Within minutes after tournament director Simon Trumper started the day, James Sullivan, Neil Benardout and Giuseppe Stagno were gone and a redraw for new seats took place.
Even with the possibility of winning the inaugural champions' spot and the seven-figure cash prize that was waiting, the players never slowed down which sent them to the rail in rapid succession. Leon Louis, Leigh Wiltshire and two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Praz Bansi lost their stacks next, only to be followed shortly after by the legendary Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, Freddy Deeb and Florian Hoeller.
Devilfish shortly after his elimination:
Bassam Elia was the next one to leave but not before telling the PokerNews' Live Reporting team that he has never played in a casino before — he prefers cash games at his and his friends’ houses instead. Now that he's had a taste of the action, bright lights, and excitement, along with winning the €19,000 for his 11th-place finish in the ISPT Main Event tournament, he may change his mind.
The final table was set just four hours after play began. After Jean Miguel Lacerda doubled through Pete Linton with pocket aces against Linton's ace-queen, his tournament run was over. Ferhad Seyadi opened from the cutoff and called when Lacerda moved all-in from the button. Lacerda showed ; Seyadi the .The board changed nothing and Lacerda left in 10th place to set the final table.
The final nine went on a one hour dinner break and discussed a deal that would chop up the remaining prize pool, based on chip count, that would leave €200,000 for the eventual champion. It took a while but the players decided to keep the payouts as they were and play on.
The first player to bust suffered a runner-runner beat. Linton was in the small blind and put in a min-raise to 240,000. Julian Gardner — the big blind — called to see a flop of . Linton bet 240,000 and Gardner raised to 550,000. Linton tanked and then answered with an all-in bet. Gardner insta-called and showed for trip tens; Linton held the . The turn brought the , followed by the on the river. Linton backdoored the nut flush and Gardner was forced to exit in ninth place.
Short-stacked Jerome Brion open-shoved from early position with and Gwendoline Jadot, the last standing female player in the ISPT Wembley Main Event, called from the big blind with . The board brought the and Brion was gone in eighth-place pushing Jadot toward the 5-million chip mark.
Day 5 ended 40 minutes later when Seyadi moved all-in from the small blind with for 11 big blinds. Nick Hicks made the call with , and the board ran out . Seyadi was eliminated and the tournament paused for the last time.
Play starts at 12:00 U.K. time on Wednesday and continues until one man or woman has won all 40,450,000 chips in play. Linton leads with 11,070,000 chips, followed by Alban Juen with 7,615,000 and Hicks with 6,230,000. Each player is guaranteed a prize of at least €73,000. A chopping deal could still be in the works.
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