2017 PokerStars Festival London

Main Event
Dias: 1a
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Festival London

Resultados Finais
Mão Vencedora
Event Info
Informações do Nível
100,000 / 200,000

PokerStars Festival London: Romanian Online Qualifier Mihaita Croitoru Leads Main Event

Nível 12 : 1,000/2,000, 300 ante
Mihaita Croitoru
Mihaita Croitoru

The first of four starting days for the PokerStars Festival London Main Event got underway at 2 p.m. at the Hippodrome Casino in the West End of London. A new chapter started for PokerStars as the era of the 'UK and Ireland Poker Tour' was ushered out and a new series of events rostered in.

Online qualifier Mihaita Croitoru (photo) leads after 12 levels of play in the inaugural London edition of PokerStars Festivals. The Romanian bagged up 340,000 while Lam Van Trinh sits second with 291,300. Third is Lucian Tartan on 216,500.

PositionPlayerCountryChip Count
1Mihaita CroitoruRomania340,000
2Lam Van TrinhUnited Kingdom291,300
3Lucian TartanUnited Kingdom216,500
4David JohnsonUnited Kingdom201,300
5Bappie De HaasNetherlands184,600

The event attracted plenty of big names, some of whom played the record-breaking High Roller yesterday. They included PokerStars Team Pro Felipe Ramos, Niall Farrell, Adrian Mateos, Chris Moorman and Philipp Gruissem.

Other familiar faces included the ever popular Barny Boatman and Chaz Chattha and a few of the younger faces on the scene in Ben Winsor, William Davies and Steven Game.

There were a total of 26 online qualifiers in the field with; all got in cheaply and had the plan to make away with a bumper payday. One of them, Mihaita Croitoru from Romania, qualified for just $66 at PokerStars and ended up as the Day 1a chip leader.

The £990 freezeout attracted 169 players in total, all of whom set out with high hopes and 30,000 chips continuing the successful start of the eight-day series.

It was a fiercely fought poker game all day with very few easy tables. Gruissem was one of the chip leaders towards the end of the day and at various stages in the last two levels, it looked as if Lucian Tartan, Brett Kennedy or Sander Sol could grab the lead. In one of the last five hands, though, Lam Van Trinh flopped a full house against his opponent's set and won a huge pot to propel him to the top. Another late twist saw him lose a pot to end up in second place and it was Croitoru who was end-of-day leader.

At the close of play, 45 players had made it through to Day 2 from the 169 entrants. Some of the notables to bag include William Davies (175,0000), David Docherty (127,000), Slaven Popov (95,700), Philipp Gruissem (70,800) and James Dempsey (40,500)

Day 1b is set to take place at the earlier start time of 11 a.m. tomorrow and will follow the same format as today; 12 levels of 45 minutes each with a 75-minute dinner break after level 6. Anyone who played and busted today will not be eligible to enter as the turbo on Friday is the only chance of re-entry.

Check in with the PokerNews Live Reporting team throughout the day for more action from the inaugural PokerStars Festival at the Hippodrome Casino.

Inside the Hippodrome Casino
Hippodrome Casino

Tags: Adrian MateosBarny BoatmanBen WinsorChris MoormanFelipe RamosJames DempseyNiall FarrellPhilipp GruissemSlaven PopovWilliam Davies

PokerStars Festival Main Event Day 1A

Hippodrome Casino
Hippodrome Casino

The PokerStars Festival London got underway at the Hippodrome Casino in the heart of London’s theatre land on the 22nd of January kicking off eight days of poker. So far the festival has been a huge success in terms of numbers through the door including a record breaking High Roller that plays down to a winner today.

Event #10, Day 1a of the Main Event, begins today. This is a £990 freezeout with a starting stack of 30,000and the Hippodrome is once again expected to be packed to the rafters.

There will be an array of top poker pros including PokerStars Team Pro Jake Cody, Felipe ‘Mojave’ Ramos, Aditya Agarwal, and Luca Pagano in attendance. Liv Boeree is currently one of the big stacks in the High Roller so will hope to delay her entry by at least a day.

It’s always fun to have a celebrity at these events and this time it is seven-time World Snooker Champion Stephen Hendry.

"I'm really looking forward to being a part of the PokerStars Festival London,” Hendry said. “The anticipation is much like that of a snooker tournament really - the adrenaline, the eagerness to size up your opponent, and the desire to be on your best game. The strategic thought, patience and focus needed isn't dissimilar to what I'm used to. Although, at least with poker you can practice online. I can't wait to get out there and give it my best in the Main Event; it's going to be a lot of fun."

Cards are in the air at 2pm with 12 levels of 45-minute each set to be played before the survivors can bag up chips. You can follow live updates here on the PokerNews blog