After completion of both starting days at the 2011 World Poker Tour Amneville, 215 remaining players returned to action on Thursday. At day's end, 76 were still standing; Urs Kohler claiming the top spot with 498,000 in chips.
Plenty of notable players returned to action on Day 2, including overall chip leader Jean-Francois Rigollet, Jamie Rosen, Ilan Boujenah, Antonin Teisseire, Dominik Nitsche, Liv Boeree, Tristan Clemencon and Roger Hairabedian. What all those players have in common now that Day 2 is over is that all have been eliminated and will go no further in this event.
Joining Kohler in the top five are Scott Baumstein (481,300), Marvin Rettenmaier (454,800), Simon Vitali (433,100) and Nesrine Kourdourli (431,500). Those four players following Kohler were the only part of the pack able to bag up more than 400,000 in chips. Joseph Cheong sits in sixth overall with 380,100.
On a big hand toward the end of the day, Rettenmaier scooped plenty of chips after getting involved in a flush-over-flush confrontation and coming out on top.
According to the WPT Live Update Team, the blinds were 1,000/2,000/300 when Levent Mercan open-limped from middle position. Rettenmaier raised to 5,700 from the cutoff seat, and action folded back to Mercan, who called, and the flop came down . After Mercan checked, Rettenmaier fired 5,200. Mercan check-raised to 17,000. Rettenmaier came back over the top with a reraise to 36,800 that Mercan called.
The turn brought the and paired the top card on board. Mercan checked, Rettenmaier fired 38,200, and Mercan called to see the land on the river. Mercan checked again, and after thinking things over for a bit, Rettenmaier fired 56,200. Mercan quickly called holding . His second nut flush wasn't good as Rettenmaier tabled the and won the pot.
Other notables still left in the field include Adrien Allain, Bruno Fitoussi, Pierre Canali, Davidi Kitai and Marc Inizan.
Day 3 will take place starting at 1200 CET (0300 PDT) on Friday. The top 36 players are set to be paid out, so the money bubble should break. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for the daily recap of the action.
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