Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
|Drasutis Tauras Narmontas||334,000||-41,000|
|Ludovic Marguerat||PokerStars Online Qualifier||248,500||80,500|
|Sergio Rodriguez Sanchez||PokerStars Online Qualifier||245,500||31,500|
Dirk Richter has moved tables, faced dozens of opponents, watched the field shrink from 254 to 93, and all the while maintained the chip lead - a rare feat indeed.
The plan was either to make the money, or halt play after six 75-minute levels, and the bubble stubbornly refused to be reached, let alone burst. This means that 93 players will return tomorrow for Day 3, but despite their solid two days' performance will not necessarily see the financial sort of return.
In best shape, with stacks over the half million mark are Roberto Romanello (566,000), Antonio Palma (545,000) and of course Dirk Richter (593,000). Richter started the day with 100,000 more than the next stack and although he now has close competition from other huge stacks he is still in first place.
Also coming back to the felt tomorrow are EPT Vilamoura champion Toby Lewis, Helen and Josh Prager,Rob Hollink, Kevin MacPhee and Luca Pagano (on track to break his own cashing record yet again)...
Join us for live reporting from 12pm tomorrow local time.
The final hands of today have whizzed by and we're already at bag and tag o'clock. One player happy to have survived his final all in was Jaroslav Vajgl who committed his final 38,300 preflop with . Mikhail Lakhitov had raised to 8,000, and called the rest holding . Vajgl was given a safe board and ends the day with a smile.
Dermot Blain just narrowly avoided getting his money in badly when he re-raise folded against his Ludovic Marguerat.
Marguerat opened to 8,100, folding out everyone except Blain, who was seated in the small blind. The Irishman then re-raised to 25,500, which prompted his opponent to ask him how many chips he had behind.
"About 170, 185, something like that," came the reply
His opponent then put in another raise, this one to 67,300, which was too much for Blain to call and he mucked his hand. For some unknown reason, the dealer turned over one of Blain's cards, the before shuffling for the next hand.
"Did you have it?" quizzed Blain, to which his opponent nodded
"Aces? You had aces?" asked Blain, to which Marguerat shook his head.
"Kings?" said an inquisitive Blain, to which he received no response. Make of that what you will.
Kiril Petrov Zahariev has turned 74,000 into just under a quarter of a million after a three-way all in went his way. Although we only caught the aftermath (a board of , one empty chair and Morgan Bauer counting out a portion of his stack) it must have gone something like:
Short stack Thomas Finneran moves in first with (40,000 or so), then he's followed by Zahariev holding with 74,000, and finally Bauer takes the both of them on with .
The low board kept the jacks in front and a happy Zahariev is in better shape than he's been all day.
Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki has just tangled with Kevin Stani but failed in his quest to extract many chips from him. Stani opened from middle position to 10,600 and when the action folded around to Horecki in the small blind he made the call.
Both players checked the flop but Horecki bet 12,200 on the arrival of the on the turn. Unfortunately for him, especially as I saw his hoel cards when he showed them to a Polish reporter stood behind him, Stani insta-folded
Chaz Chattha, probably the shortest stack in the entire room, has doubled through Dominik Nitsche bringing him a grand total of 53,000. He'd clearly picked up a blinds and antes pot just before (moving in uncalled) as he had an extra yellow 5k chip. His stack on the big blind compared to button Nitsche, however, was insignificant, as was the small blind's stack. So Nitsche just moved all-in, asking them the same question.
The small blind passed but Chattha took one look at his cards, nodded and called.
The flop brought one pair for the big stack: Nitsche remarked that this too was a sweat, "Hit a three! Another nine could make it interesting..."
But the turn and river came meaning Chattha survives once more.
Luca Pagano opened for 10,000 on the button but was soon faced with an all-in reraise from around 110,000 from Andreas Berggren in the big blind. Pagano tanked up for a length of time that suggested he was seriously considering a call, but in the end he folded, taking a slight hit to 130,000. Nevertheless the Italian Team PokerStars Pro is a mere 22 exits away from breaking his own EPT cash record.
There are a good handful of short stacks among the remaining 107 players, and now that we've entered the final level of the day no one wants to miss the potential money bubble (80 are paid). The closest to the felt currently are Chaz Chattha (19,000) and Kaspars Renga. Whoever lasts the longest today/tomorrow will win the Grinder of the Tournament award. Chattha returned with just over 40,000 this afternoon while Renga started with just 24,000.
One table away, another short stack, Oleksander Vaserfirer was in no mood to fold with a 33,000 stack and on the button. Big blind Jaroslav Vajgl gave him a spin holding and the board brought nothing particularly noteworthy (I noted it anyway: ) and Vaserfirer has a more comfortable 70,000.