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Day 2 Completed

End of Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Homer
Brandon Cantu us
Brandon Cantu
us 557,400 57,400
Andre Coimbra pt
Andre Coimbra
pt 476,400 244,400
Johan Berg
Johan Berg
384,000 184,000
Sam Trickett gb
Sam Trickett
gb 351,900 98,900
Grzegorz Cichocki pl
Grzegorz Cichocki
pl 339,500 17,500
JP Kelly gb
JP Kelly
gb 314,000 54,000
Dmitry Gromov ru
Dmitry Gromov
ru 305,200 99,200
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 301,100 225,100
Marcin Horecki pl
Marcin Horecki
pl 280,500 46,500
Frederik Jensen dk
Frederik Jensen
dk 275,000 55,000
Tom Johansen
Tom Johansen
273,000 -17,000
William Thorson se
William Thorson
se 259,100 178,100
Fabrizio Ascari
Fabrizio Ascari
254,700 10,700
Janos Toth
Janos Toth
253,800 -31,200
Frank Calo
Frank Calo
253,300 -146,700
Guillermo Garcia
Guillermo Garcia
238,100 166,100
Pedro Guedes
Pedro Guedes
237,500 -43,500
Toby Lewis gb
Toby Lewis
gb 236,700 -43,300
Ayaz Sadrudin Manji
Ayaz Sadrudin Manji
227,500 13,500
Eliran Argelazi il
Eliran Argelazi
il 221,100 73,100
Toni Ojala fi
Toni Ojala
fi 208,200 61,200
Teddy Sheringham gb
Teddy Sheringham
gb 204,500 106,500
Jason Lee us
Jason Lee
us 196,000 -14,000
Wolfgang Wurzer
Wolfgang Wurzer
193,200 -79,800
Boyan Bonev
Boyan Bonev
191,100 2,100

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Bag 'Em and Tag 'Em - Day 2 Concludes With Brandon Cantu in the Lead

[user46298]
Brandon Cantu leads
Brandon Cantu leads

221 out of a total (record-breaking) 384 runners in the 2010 Pokerstars EPT Vilamoura returned for Day 2. After eight levels of play over two start days stacks varied from the desperate to the commanding and players displayed differing levels of perkiness due to the impossibility of passing over going out in this balmy resort town at night.

Those in front tended, for the most part, to stay there, and Day 1A top finisher and Pokerstars Team Online member Andre Coimbra is only just trailing the leader at the end of today, none other than Triple Crown seeker Brandon Cantu. He may not have cashed at the EPT before, but his 557,400 stack gives him a good shot tomorrow as only 69 players are coming back and 56 will get paid. He said, in an interview visible here: "I'm actually calling my shot here... and I'm guaranteeing a final table on this one."

Falling short of the third day were early leaders Jonathan Weekes, and Dario Minieri, Pokerstars Team Pros Alex Kravchenko, John Duthie, Ruben Visser, and David Williams and prior champs Liv Boeree and Vicky Coren. These last two players are just one of a large UK contingent, many of whom are still in the upper echelons of the chip counts, including double bracelet-winner JP Kelly, Toby Lewis and Stephen Chidwick.

Join us tomorrow at 12pm local time for another day of live coverage as the field narrows to the paying spots!

Tags: Andre CoimbraBrandon Cantu

Short Stacks Ready, WIlling, But Not Quite Able

[user46298]

...to double up in the closing minutes of the tournament. With a quarter of an hour left on the clock, a lot of hands between deep stacked opponents are taking a good long time (I saw 'Time' called twice in the last room orbit), but some of the shorter stacks are taking this moment as a good opportunity to find an open spot and get it in. Among them Joe Ebanks (trying it under the gun for 43k but getting no action) and Lothar Meier, who re-raised Frederick Jensen's 7k button raise all in preflop, again with little dwell-time, even, before the fold.

Tags: Lothar MeierJoe Ebanks

Back Of The Net!

Homer

Former England footballer Teddy Sheringham has just doubled up thanks to Boyan Bonev. The two got into a raising war and Sheringham's all-in with {Q-Hearts} {Q-Clubs} was called by Bonev's {9-Diamonds} {9-Clubs}. The {K-Diamonds} {6-Spades} {3-Clubs} flop changed nothing while the {8-Spades} on the turn hit the crossbar and startled Sheringham a little. But the {2-Clubs} river was the ultimate blank and Sheringham now has 210,000.

Can he improve on his previous two EPT cashes? (EPT London and EPT Monte Carlo last year)

Tags: Teddy Sheringham

Johansen Breaks Ebanks

[user46298]

Joe Ebanks has survived many a confrontation (and stack adjustment) to get this far, half an hour before the end of play. However, he's just had to pay off 147k from his healthy stack leaving it breathing shallowly and looking faint (45k). He'd raised from the cutoff and found small blind Tom Johansen repopping it to 24,500 (from 6,400). Back to Ebanks, who after a moment's hesitation very softly announced, "All in." It took quite a while for Johansen to call but call he did with {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}, and Ebanks' {10-Hearts}{10-Spades} could do nothing with the {2-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} flop or {4-Hearts}{6-Spades} turn and river. Online qualifier Johansen nearly at 300k suddenly and looking to end the day in great shape.

Tags: Joe EbanksTom Johansen

Vote Pedro!

Homer

Luca Pagano opened to 7,500 and Alexey Golodyaev pushed all-in from the button for 56,600. Pedro Guedes then made the call from the small blind and Pagano folded.

Golodyaev: {A-Clubs} {Q-Spades}
Guedes: {10-Spades} {10-Clubs}

The board was {3-Spades} {9-Clubs} {K-Diamonds} {2-Diamonds} {4-Spades} and Guedes increased his stack to roughly 350,000.

Fabrizio Ascari nonchantly said, "You're very lucky..."

"I was born lucky," replied Guedes, "I look good, I run good...haha!"

Tags: Pedro Guedes

Brandon-wards & Upwards

[user46392]
Imagine a triple crown on that head...
Imagine a triple crown on that head...

As the last level of the night gets properly underway, Brandon Cantu remains our chip leader. After winning a WSOP bracelet in 2006 and another in 2009, and picking up a WPT title in 2008 as well, he has now decided to take a shot at the EPT circuit in the hopes of joining Roland de Wolfe and Gavin Griffin in the super-exclusive club of Triple Crown Winners. He told Gloria earlier, "I'm actually calling my shot here. I'm guaranteeing a final table."

Coming from the mouth of another player this might have sounded like a hubristic challenge to the poker gods - but coming from the softly spoken American pro, it somehow seemed just, well, believable. And indeed, as he sits now behind a vast pyramidal fortress constructed of chips - it's hard to tell but we reckon it's around 500,000 - receiving a massage and looking incredibly relaxed and in his element, we would not be in the least bit surprised if Cantu ends up achieving his ambition here in Portugal this week.

Tags: Brandon Cantu

Lack of Hocus For Pocas

Homer

A very helpful Scott Montgomery pointed out that Bruno Pedro Fonseca Pocas had been eliminated after failing to magic up a king when he held {K-} {K-} against Guillermo Garcia's {A-} {A-} and the Portuguese player fell to the Spaniard.

Play on Pelayo

[user46298]

Oscar Pelayo has recently been feeling the chipstack pressure and was down to around 40k when he found a good spot for a double up. In the big blind with {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}, he moved all in over button Allen Bække's preflop raise, which Bække duly called with a dominated {A-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. The board ran out {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{10-Spades}{3-Clubs}{10-Hearts} however, making a two pair with an Ace the best hand for them both. A disappointed Pelayo stood up shaking his head and sat the next hand out.

Tags: Oscar PelayoAllan Bække