Day 1a of the first World Series of Poker Europe tournament, the £1,000 + £75 no-limit hold’em event, kicked off yesterday at the Casino at the Empire in London with 295 players.This first tournament of the European side of the Series is the first WSOP gold bracelet event played in 64 days.Notable players and former champions in the mix included Phil Hellmuth , Eric Seidel, Raymond Rahme , John Duthie , Barry Greenstein , Neil Channing , Roland de Wolfe , and last year’s winner Jesper Hougaard .With 41 players remaining, now awaiting their next day of play — day 2 on Sunday — the chip leader is actually a recent bracelet winner from the WSOP in Vegas, John-Paul Kelly. However, a whole new group of wannabe champs will take to the floor today for day 1b, therefore the chip leader going into day 2 is yet to be determined.Here are some notable busts of the day:Phil Hellmuth bet out and Eddie Hearn raised it up a couple hundred more. The flop came 10 4 3 and both players found themselves suddenly excited. With both all in, Hellmuth flipped over 6 5 for an open-ended straight draw, and Hearn showed pocket kings for the overpair. The turn and river were the 9 and the Q and it was all over for one of the biggest names of the day.Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott was also doing it tough when all in on a K J 4 flop, he flipped over A J and was met by the pocket fours of his opponent, for the set. The turn was the A , which improved his hand, but it was still not good enough, and just to make things clear, the river was the fatal 4 . However, there are still plenty more tournaments for the British legend to take a shot at.EPT founder John Duthie went all in with pocket queens on a flop which also included a queen. His opponent revealed pocket aces, but as the rest of the cards came down, so did Duthie’s mood, as the river brought another ace.Some familiar faces and names still left in are Richard Kellett , Roland de Wolfe , Ian Frazer , Raymond Rahme , and Joe Grech .
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