World Series of Poker Europe

2015 partypoker WPT National London Accumulator Day 2: Bubble Bursts; Down To 24

Laurence Essa

The second day of the 2015 partypoker World Poker Tour National London £200 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator at Aspers Casino started fast and furious with one-fourth of the 205 remaining participants being sent to the rail within the first two levels. After 12 levels of 40 minutes each, only 24 players remained, and it was Laurence Essa who bagged up the lead with 1,069,000 in chips.

Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Laurence Essa1,069,000
2Rahim Tadj-Saadat921,000
3Christopher Yong784,000
4Kevin Allen709,000
5Jesus Gracia687,000
6Jeraint Hazan625,000
7Matas Cimbolas589,000
8Paul Siliceo587,000
9Karl Roberts574,000
10Lucio Pacifico537,000

Among the early eliminations were Carlo Citrone, WPT Champions Club member Tony Dunst, James Akenhead, Tamer Kamel, and WPT National London champion Gabriel Tuna.

On the stone-cold bubble, Jeraint "JJ" Hazan would make a hazardous move to crack the pocket kings of Francisco Manuel Salvador Flores, and the bubble burst in Level 19 when Jacques Arama could not hold up against Christopher Yong.

Once in the money, the eliminations came in quickly, and Surinder Sunar, as well as Xuan Nguyen, were among those to settle for a min-cash worth £600. With Kelly Ann Saxby (34th) and Alexandra O'Brien (31st) bowing out in the second payout step for £690, an all-male affair for the final day of the tournament was created.

The chip lead was decided in a massive coin flip that sent Martin Spearing to the rail in 30th place, and then another five players ended up on the rail in the last level of play. With upcoming blinds of 10,000/20,000 and a running ante of 3,000, more fireworks can be expected on Day 3.

All remaining 24 players are guaranteed at least £895 for their efforts, whereas the first-place payout of £22,500 and the title of WPT National champion are still up for grabs. Some of the contenders with big stacks include Rahim Tadj-Saadat (921,000), Christopher Yong (784,000), Kevin Allen (709,000), Jesus Gracia (687,000), and WPT Nottingham champion and Day 1b chip leader Matas Cimbolas (589,000).

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