It took six 75-minute levels on Tuesday to reach the end of Day 2. That may sound like a short, easy day, but it was not. After many big pots, suckouts and preflop five-bets, only 113 players remain, with Mantas Visockis on top with 522,200. Mike "Timex" McDonald and Chris Moorman are also near the top with 422,100 and 380,300 in chips, respectively.
End-of-Day Chip Counts for Day 2
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The day began with Martin Jacobson's elimination by David Vamplew, and Matt Perrins lost all his chips to Mikhail Korotkikh. Both Vamplew and Korotkikh made it to the third day of play. PokerStars Team Online and former EPT Copenhagen winner Mickey Petersen ran ace-king into pocket tens and was also gone within the first level.
Team PokerStars Pro Isaac Haxton, who found his seat on Day 2 at the toughest table in the room, was eliminated by Teddy Sheringham. Haxton got his chips into the pot with ace-jack, which was not enough to beat the soccer legend's ace-king. Sheringham survived Day 2 with 87,500 chips and appears to be heading to his fifth-ever EPT cash and third EPT London in-the-money finish.
Full Tilt Poker's Professional Tom Dwan showed up as late as possible, and with a stack blinded down to 10,200, he began this event. It didn't last long for the online phenomenon, who was knocked out within his first level of play. Fellow high-stakes regular Sam Trickett was eliminated early on, he ran ace-king into queens.
The eliminations added up quickly as Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel was also knocked out. The former World Series of Poker Main Event winner lost with jacks against ace-queen in a preflop all-in situation. Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano, who is the EPT final table record holder, lost pocket fours against ace-queen, leaving him still waiting for his first EPT cash in Season 9 with just three events to go.
McDonald started the upward trend about halfway through the day, but at that point, he was still far behind Moorman. The man who plays online under the handle "Moorman1" was number one in the tournament for quite some time after he rivered a full house in a big three-way pot.
For the longest time, it seemed like Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis was headed for Day 3, but he eventually ran into McDonald. The Canadian EPT Dortmund winner flopped trips against Veldhuis' aces and the pot sky-rocketed him to the top of the counts.
The first player to crack the 400,000-chip mark was Estonian Matthias Tikerpe who knocked out Niels van Alphen when both players rivered a flush.
Another Dutchman was involved in a crucial pot on Day 2. Paul Berende was very unlucky in a spotthat gave Full Tilt's Professional Viktor Blom the chip lead. Berende got his money in with kings on a seven-high flop, but the Swede rivered his gutshot to win the hand.
Michael Tureniec wasn't as lucky as his fellow countryman, and he busted to Team PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen with ace-queen to pocket eights. Jorgensen ended the day on 333,500.
Other big pros to have made it through to Day 3 are David Vamplew (150,000), Philipp Gruissem (129,700), Anton Wigg (90,300), Moorman (380,300) and Team PokerStars Pro's Jason Mercier (147,800), Leo Margets (75,400), Jorgensen (333,500), Sandra Naujoks (71,600), David Williams (134,000), Vicky Coren (33,800) and Marcel Luske (196,200).
Play will resume tomorrow at 12 p.m. GMT when players will work toward the money. The top 96 players will be paid, so with only 113 remaining, everyone can taste the cash. Finishing in the money is worth £8,000, while a massive £700,000 lies ahead for the winner. Make sure to tune back in to PokerNews.com as we bring you all the live updates throughout the day.
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