Now Live EPT 2016 EPT Season 13 Malta EPT10 Sanremo Day 2: Lukas Berglund Leads Final 115 w/ Monster Chip Lead

Lukas Berglund

The 2014 European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event continued Wednesday with Day 2 action from the Casino Sanremo on the Italian Riviera. There were 316 players still in contention for the title at the start of the day, and with no further players taking the option to buy in the prize pool was announced. A total of 556 entrants generated a €2,480,872 prize pool, with €476,100 going to the eventual winner and 79 players being paid.

After six levels of play on Day 2, Lukas Berglund from Sweden leads with 700,600 in chips. Berglund ran well all day including a hand where he called a four-bet preflop shove from Marcos Panque and his {10-Spades}{10-Hearts} held against {A-Clubs}{k-Spades} on a final board of {10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs}{4-Clubs}. Not long after that he busted Elesion Tusha who held {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} when he flopped a set with {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts} on a board that ran out {j-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{5-Spades}.

Berglund is followed by Thiago Crema De Macedo from Brazil in second place with 482,400 and Raul Mestre from Spain with 473,300.

Liv Boeree’s quest for a second EPT title at the venue of her first triumph came to an end fairly early on when she got her short stack in with a big ace against David Yan’s {a-}{9-}, but she was outdrawn and her hopes of winning the title for a second time came to an end.

Birthday boy Sorel Mizzi managed to double up on the feature table, but he busted later after losing a flip. He jokingly described it as the worst birthday ever.

The action sped up as the day went on and by the halfway point one-third of the starting field had been eliminated with 199 still left fighting it out. Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren had a great day which included busting Kevin MacPhee when her {a-}{k-} won a flip against his {q-}{q-} to push her above 100,000. She won numerous pots throughout the day and ended with 162,400.

Yan, who led at the start of the day after finishing Day 1b as chip leader, ended with 280,000 chips. However, the Day 1a chip leader, Cristiano Guerra, busted in one of the last hands of the day. He was left short and got it in with {k-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} but was called by Artem Romanov's {7-Clubs}{7-Spades} and the pair held up.

The most startling hand of the day was surely on the feature table where, after a series of preflop raises, Gianluca Petrone six-bet jammed and got called by Shyam Srinivasan. They were both the big stacks at the table and whoever won would be the tournament chip leader. Srinivasan tabled {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades} and Petrone showed {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs}. The cards ran out {4-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}. Srinivasan shot into the lead and ended the day with close to 300k.

Victor Ramdin had a very swingy day, starting short before running his stack right up the leader board, though losing a flip he faded away toward the end of the day finishing on 56,600.

PokerStars Team Pro Johnny Lodden also had an up-and-down day. He started well but then in Level 13 he lost a big pot when his {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades} lost a race against {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} only to more than double up shortly after when he got it in with {k-Diamonds}{q-Spades} on a flop of {3-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{j-Clubs} against the draw of Tommaso Briotti who had {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}. The turn {j-Diamonds} and river {7-Spades} bricked out and Lodden’s top pair held. He returns tomorrow with 185,000.

Other notables to look out for on Thursday include Olivier Busquet (387,900), Michael Tureniec (212,100), Mathew Frankland (165,800) and PokerStars Team Online's Mickey Petersen (164,700).

The final tally of Day 2 survivors was 115 players, all of whom will return when play resumes at noon local time on Thursday. That is when the tense money bubble will burst, sending a further 36 players home empty-handed.

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