World Series of Poker Europe

2011 European Poker Tour Loutraki Day 2: Toni Judet Cruises Through

Toni Judet

As Day 2 of the European Poker Tour Loutraki Main Event came to a close, not a star was to be seen in the dark Greek night. At the tables, it was a different matter. Poker stars were glittering so brightly their opponents were shielding their eyes behind the latest expensive eye wear.

One star who shone brighter than any other was Team PokerStars Pro Toni Judet, who began the day nestled in second place with 143,500 chips. He blistered through the day to end with a tournament-topping 288,200. Judet’s performance was impressively professional and despite the heat that was emanating from him we didn’t see him leak one bead of sweat.

The day kicked off with some excellent tables but none better than Table 19. Kenny Hallaert, McLean Karr, Jude Ainsworth, Heinz Kamutzki, Salman Behbehani and Rupert Elder were all trading blows early on. The table was disbanded a few levels into the day, but not until Hallaert, Kamutzki and Behbehani were eliminated.

Karr and Ainsworth racked up their chips and moved to their new table only to find Roberto Romanello, Jan Bendick and the ghost of Tom Marchese (Marchese won a seat playing online but could not attend. In the end his plastic bag out lasted over half the field before its inevitable demise). Despite the tough tables, McLean Karr (33,400), Jude Ainsworth (117,200), Roberto Romanello {112,500) and Rupert Elder (118,300) all made it through to Day 3.

Day 2 began with 232 of the original 336 players determined to take one step closer to the €347,000 first prize. By the time the sun had disappeared over the Gulf of Corinth, the field was whittled to the final 100 players.

Notables returning for Day 3 include Jason Wheeler (178,500), Kevin MacPhee (130,100), Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden (115,100), David Peters (76,500), Team PokerStars Pro Ana Marquez (69,000) and David Vamplew (67,600).

Those who will have to try harder next time included Mats Gavatin, Jan Bendik, Pierre Neuville and Jeff Sarwer.

Top five chip counts heading into Day 3

Toni Judet288,200
Zimnan Ziyard238,900
Fahredin Mustafov225,200
Robert Cezarescu221,900
Jacques Torbey219,600

Action kicks off Friday at 1200 EET (0200 PDT), so be sure to follow every flop, turn, and river at

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