Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Day 2 at the 2012 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Berlin Main Event has wrapped up after a full six levels of play on Wednesday. To begin the day, 329 hopefuls returned to action. At the conclusion, that number was whittled down to 102 and they are all in the money.
Former EPT champion Anton Wigg, who won EPT Copenhagen in Season 6, maneuvered himself around all of the obstacles he ran into today and bagged up 695,000 in chips. That's good enough to claim the pole position and he'll be the man to catch on Day 3.
He wasn't the only man to have himself a great day today. Right out of the gate, EPT Snowfest Season 7 champion Vladimir Geshkenbein stormed to the top of the leaderboard. He made quads, he smashed trips with a straight and also had his kings hold up in a big three-way all-in pot against and pocket jacks. All of his run-good combined with some very solid play meant he was just about as unstoppable as one could be in a poker tournament. After entering the day with 201,600 in chips, Geshkenbein finished on 675,500, which is good enough for second place overall.
And then there were the Team PokerStars Pro members. Out of that bunch, Vanessa Selbst had the best day in her quest for poker's Triple Crown achievement and wrapped up the day with 374,500 in chips. Lynn Gilmartin caught up with her midway through the day:
Vanessa will be on a short list heading into Day 3 as Martin Staszko, Angel Guillen, Alex Kravchenko, Barry Greenstein, Viktor Blom, Juan Manuel Pastor, George Danzer, Theo Jorgensen, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Pierre Neuville were all eliminated on the day.
With all 102 remaining players in the money, that means there must have been a bubble at some point in the day. Finishing in 113th place was EPT London Season 7 champion David Vamplew. His kings failed to hold up against Heinz Kamutzki's queens and he was out the door empty-handed.
Play will resume on Thursday at noon local time and the plan is to play down to the final three tables. PokerNews will be on hand for all of the action and we hope you're back to join us! We'll see you then.
The clock has been paused and each table will play six more hands before play ends for today.
Scott Baumstein has just doubled up right after the bubble had burst so at least he will not be coming back for Day 3 as micro-stack.
Zachary Korik had opened from under the gun and Andreas Puhl flatted on the button, The small blind got out of the way but Baumstein decided to move all in for 62,000 in total. Korik wasn't prepared to pay this and he folded but Puhl tanked for 90 seconds or so before making the call.
The American was nicely ahead but as we saw in David Vamplew's exit on the bubble holding an overpair does not make you invincible in this game. Thankfully, for Baumstein, the larger of the two pairs held this time around because by the river the five community cards read .
Former EPT London champion David Vamplew is the unfortunate bubble boy after he had pocket kings cracked by the queens of Heinz Kamutzki.
The German PokerStars qualifier raised from early position and called when David Vamplew three-bet all-in for 61,500 from the big blind. There was a pause as all the cameras got position to film the crucial showdown.
The TD was announcing the action to the room and he said, "The all-in player is ahead with kings."
Instant bock from TD as the board ran to make the German a set. A very harsh end but at least he's won an EPT before.
Stephane Albertini started things off by raising to 8,500 from middle position. In the next seat, Anton Wigg reraised to 18,500. Then, action folded to Davidi Kitai in the small blind. He four-bet to 45,000. Play moved back to Albertini and he tank-folded. Wigg decided to make the call and matched the 45,000.
The dealer ran out the flop and Kitai reached for chips. He bet 55,000. Wigg thought, then reached for a lot more chips. He fired back with a raise to 118,000. After a bit of deliberation with just under 260,000 behind, Kitai folded and showed the . Wigg showed the , but nothing else, and gave a wry smile.
From under the gun, Artem Litvinov raised to 11,000. Stephane Albertini flat-called from middle position and the flop came down . Litvinov fired 15,000 and Albertini called.
The turn was the and both players checked. Then, the landed on the river. After Litvinov checked again, Albertini bet 26,500. Litvinov folded and Albertini won the pot.
Anton Wigg has just taken on Philipp Gruissem heads on and come away not only with his stack intact but with plenty of ceramic discs that used to belong to the German. Not many people can say that we can tell you.
We joined the action on a flop where Gruissem checked to Wigg. The Swedish pro fired a bet of 14,500 and Gruiseem made the call. The turn card was the and Gruissem opted to check his option to bet. Wigg kept his foot firmly on the gas pedal and made it 27,000 to play all the time under the watchful eye of Gruissem. The German called.
The river brought the out of the deck and Gruissem checked for a third time and to keep the Ying and Yang in balance Wigg bet again, increasing the amount to 68,000. Gruissem sat staring at Wigg whilst riffling chips but whatever he thought was strong enough to call with on the flop and turn had suddenly become such a weak holding that he could not continue in the hand and he mucked.