Igor Kurganov heads English Poker Open

Igor Kurganov heads English Poker Open

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

As expected an absolutely stacked line up was on hand the Fox Poker Club for the opening flight of the £250k guaranteed RakeTheRake.com English Poker Open yesterday. By the close of play, the 71 starters had been whittled down to just 30 with EPT Grand Final $25k High Roller winner Igor Kurganov leading the way.

The Russian will return tomorrow with a stack of 117,450, just ahead of Rhys Jones (116,100), Ian Simpson (106,325) and 2010 English Open third place finisher Mathew Frankland (99,175).

The line up is absolutely loaded further down the chip counts with WSOP Hall of Fame nominee Chris Bjorin (86,575), defending champ Fabian Quoss (81,850), Neil Channing (78,875), triple British Poker Awards winner Sam Trickett (77,975) and last week's Unibet Open London winner Pratik Ghatge (70,475) all in the top ten!

Further back are the likes of the Hit Squad's Karl Mahrenholz, WSOP bracelet winner Scott Shelley, WSOP November Niner James Akenhead, BlackBelt Poker's Jamie Burland and EPT Vilamoura winner Toby Lewis.

Plenty of more big names are expected for the second opening flight which gets under way at 2pm today. Late entry is available until 9pm.

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