PokerStars EPT London Main Event Day 2: Boeree in Strong Contention as Sorrentino Leads
After a long day of action at the 2014 European Poker Tour London Main Event, it's Raffaele Sorrentino who leads the way with 491,400 in chips. Out of the 675 players that entered this season's EPT London stop only 135 players remain in contention for the £499,700 top prize.
Ole Schemion, Viktor Blom, Dermot Blain and Andrew Chen were among the first players to hit the rail on Day 2, and many would follow. Pratyush Buddiga was eliminated by Robbie Schiffbauer who held queens on a jack-high board versus Buddiga's middle pair. Unfortunately for Schiffbauer, he was later knocked out himself as well. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Craig McCorkell was also among the eliminations in the first level on Tuesday.
Every member of Team PokerStars survived Day 1, but things ended much differently on Day 2. Luca Pagano, Joao Nunes, Victoria Coren Mitchell and Leo Margets all hit the rail, as did PokerStars Mind Sports Ambassador Jennifer Shahade and Team Online members Ike Haxton and Mikhail Shalamov.
Going into Day 3 PokerStars will be represented by SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo (56,400), Team Online's Mickey Petersen (141,900) and Marc-Andre Ladouceur (201,400) and Team Pros Bertrand Grospellier (71,900), Eugene Katchalov (86,100), Johnny Lodden (285,400), Jake Cody (269,400) and Liv Boeree, who is in great shape with a stack worth 230,300 as she looks to add a second EPT title to her resume in the coming days.
Jason Mercier started the day with very little chips but managed to build up an impressive stack towards the end of the day. Just before the day concluded, however, he was knocked out by David Cabrera who made a full house against Mercier's flush. Cabrera's one of the chip leaders heading into Day 3 with 418,500.
Other notables taken down on Day 2 included the first ever EPT Grand Final winner and the Netherlands' first WSOP bracelet winner, Rob Hollink and other former champs Michael Tureniec, Frederik Jensen, Davidi Kitai, Rupert Elder and Dominik Panka. Recent WCOOP Main Event winner Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz also hit the rail.
The man who hasn't busted out of many tournaments this year, Daniel Colman, won't add to his staggering $22 million live winnings in the Main Event here, as he was knocked out on Day 2 as well. Fellow One Drop finalist Christoph Vogelsang also hit the rail.
Plenty of superstar players are still in contention on Day 3, including Sam Trickett, who managed to double up towards the end of the night. Former EPT winners Kevin MacPhee (277,700), Benny Spindler (162,900), Nicolas Chouity are still in contention for a second title while Day 1a chip leader Anatoly Filatov also bagged up a very nice stack with 318,400.
Day 3 coverage continues at 12:00 p.m. local London time with six 90-minute levels on the agenda. The £10,000 High Roller starts on Thursday and will be covered here at PokerNews.com as well.