After an epic day of action featured 12 levels and 186 exits (averaging 15 bust outs per level), Day 2 of the 2014 PokerStars King's Cup in Rozvadov finished on Saturday. The pace of the day was frenetic with so many eliminations, and it was capped off by an additional four, dropping the field from 16 to 12, after the last six hands had been announced. Andreas Weiske, Theodoros Aidonopoulos, Steffen Endres, and Dimitrios Ballas were all knocked out after the clock had been stopped.
Philipp Hartmann finished as the chip leader with 2,621,000. He busted Marek Bartoszewicz with the against the for a 1,000,000-chip pot and followed it up by knocking out Aidonopoulos with the against the right at the end for a 1,200,000-chip pot. These two hands put him clear of the rest of the field and over a million chips ahead of second-place's Lena Riemenschneider with 1,584,000.
Day 2 Chip Counts
Riemenschneider's story is particularly fascinating, as she came back as the second shortest stack after the dinner break when there were 68 players remaining. The German lady had just 31,000 with the blinds at 3,000/6,000, but she managed to spin that up into over a million in chips — mostly on the feature table in full view of the live stream. Also through was Day 1c chip leader Petr Targa with 734,000 — the only one of the three Day 1 chip leaders to make it. Finally, former European Poker Tour Prague runner-up Georgios Sotiropoulos has also made it to the last day, and the Greek player has 492,000. Team PokerStars Pro Christophe De Meulder had started the day with a healthy stack of 65,800, but the Belgian pro could not manage to get anything going, and he eventually pushed with pocket fours but was called by queens and couldn't improve.
The bubble was reached in Level 16, bursting after just one all-in showdown. Igor Salomasov was the unlucky player, and he had pushed his last 12 big blinds in with the to be called by Targa's . The Czech player managed to flop a full house on the board, and Salomasov couldn't find a queen or running eights on the turn and river. This sent the remaining players into the money, guaranteeing all a minimum of €1,000.
At this point, Sotiropoulos took over the chip lead from Marc Siebroth after managing to double up with jacks against the . He then eliminate Siebroth with against a few hands later. Sotiropoulos also knocked out the overall chip leader at the start of the day, Roman Mikus. The Czech player was short and called all in with the against Sotiropoulos' , but could not hit enough of a board.
On Sunday, the tournament will restart at 2 p.m. CET once more and play to a winner, who will take home €50,400 — over a hundred times their initial buy-in. Who will it be? Be sure to follow along with the PokerNews Live Reporting team in order to find out.