Toby Lewis is a British professional poker player and the only former European Poker Tour champion remaining in the field. He was also the early chip leader of this event, finishing atop of the pack of survivors after Day 1a and landing the overall lead heading into Day 2.
Lewis' live poker career dates back to 2009, but his big break came at the beginning of the second half of 2010 when he won the EPT Vilamoura €5,300 Main Event to €467,836 ($594,568). To earn the title, Lewis had to defeat 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Martin Jacobson. That win propelled Lewis into the international poker spotlight, and he's done quite well for himself in the years since, racking up nearly $2.7 million in live tournament earnings throughout his career.
That big EPT win has held strong as the largest score of Lewis' career leading up to this point, but he boasts six other six-figure paydays.
Outside of the live realm, Lewis has quite a successful record in online poker. Specifically on PokerStars, where he plays under the screen name "810ofclubs," Lewis has bagged nearly $3.5 million in winnings. The biggest of this bunch was worth €232,400 ($304,735) when he scored fifth place in the 2013 EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final €25,500 High Roller.
According to PokerStars, "Lewis started playing poker in casinos, mostly low buy-in tournaments, when he turned 18." Lewis moved to online cash games after he graduated college, but he soon went back to multi-table tournaments thanks to a few wins in 2009 that sparked his enthusiasm.
With 4.665 million in chips to enter Thursday's final day of play, Lewis is fourth in chips amongst the remaining six players. He's already guaranteed himself $153,920 and the fourth largest score of his career, and a victory would not only be his largest ever, but it would also vault him into the select ranks of two-time EPT winners.