World Series of Poker Europe Coolbet Open EPT Barcelona Day 2: Bryn Kenney Leads the Way

Bryn Kenney

Day 2 of the 2010 EPT Barcelona Main Event is now done and dusted with the 400 players who started the day whittled down to only 112. The overnight chip leader is the well-known American pro, Bryn Kenney who started the day with a rather average 96,400 chips but finished with a massive stack of 693,500.

From start to finish Kenney terrorised his opponents with his hyper-aggressive style and his willingness to gamble. At different points throughout the day we saw him four-bet preflop with the lowly {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and even knock out Casey Kastle with {6-Clubs}{3-Clubs} when Kastle held {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}. With his monster-sized stack, Kenney is going to be a force to be reckoned with going into Day 3. He is followed by the likes of Roman Makhlin, who has 643,000 chips, Giuseppe Pantaleo (622,500) and Dominic Nitsche (535,000).

Luis Rufas, the man who lead for most of the day Wednesday, continued his good run and finished the day with 610,000 chips, enough to put him in fourth place.

Turning up late for poker tournaments seems to the the thing to do at the moment but Team PokerStars pro, Leo Fernandez surely wished he had turned up to the Casino de Barcelona on time today. He arrived at his table having missed the entire first level of play and when he finally did take his seat, the first hand he played saw him lose over half of his stack with {K-Spades}{K-Hearts} against the pocket aces of Per Linde. Fernandez did recover enough to make the final 112 players and will likely show up on time for day 3.

A number of notable players fell victim to early all-in confrontations. Joao Barbosa found himself in a great position to double up when he committed his entire stack whilst holding {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}. His opponent, Leandro Balotin, was in bad shape with his {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} but when the board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} it was game over for the Portuguse player who has managed to cash in no fewer than ten EPT events, including an outright win at the 2008 Polish Open.

Koen de Visscher was the unfortunate 113th place finisher, meaning he was the last player to leave the tournament empty handed. In his exit hand he moved all-in with {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} and ran straight into the {A-Spades}{A-Hearts} of Andre Bucica. The final board ran out {K-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{6-Spades}{6-Diamonds} and with it, de Visscher was eliminated and every other player in the room was guaranteed at least €7,500.

Play resumes at noon local time and will continue until the 112 strong field has been trimmed so that only the final 24 players remain. Amongst them will be Team PokerStars pros Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier, Leo Fernandez, Matthias De Meulder, Ruben Visser and Alex Gomes. Follow all the updates at in our

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