Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Sergey Bobrik may keep his chips in tiny piles spread out in front of him, but there is nothing small about the stack he built on Day 2.
The Russian native leads the final 161 players in the $5,300 Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party Main Event, finishing 10 hour-long levels with 2,366,000. Bobrik won much of his stack when his kings held up against Hulya Seckin’s nut flush draw.
Right behind him is Christopher Frank, who was on the right side of a number of large pots near the end of the day. Frank’s pair of jacks was enough to win a massive pot against Thomas Pearn as he ended up bagging 1,710,000.
Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
|Rank||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|8||Juan Jose Membreno Orellana||Panama||1,497,000||94|
Among the notables near the top of the leaderboard after Day 2 are Sofia Lovgren (1,250,000), the talkative Wael Sarkis (1,141,000), David Peters (913,000), and Daniel Rezaei (881,000). Phillip Nagy (595,000) and Pedro Garagnani (417,000) are in the middle of the pack, while Tony G (305,000), Paulina Loeliger (269,000), Bruno Fitoussi (261,000), and Paul Phua (161,000) are looking to run up their stacks when they return for Day 3 tomorrow.
The day began with 401 players returning from the three starting flights, plus an additional 74 from an extra turbo flight held late yesterday. With late registration open for an additional five levels at the start of the day, the field grew to 1,032, surpassing the guaranteed prize pool of $5,000,000.
Among the notables who saw their tournament cut short today were Phil Ivey, world champion Espen Jorstad, Johan Guilbert, and Freddy Deeb.
Day 3 begins tomorrow at noon local time inside the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel in North Cyprus. Action will pick up on Level 19, with blinds of 8,000-16,000 and a 16,000 big blind ante. The first order of business for the surviving 161 will be to burst the money bubble. With only the top 155 finishing in the money, six players will leave tomorrow with nothing.
PokerNews will be on hand for all the action from the bubble as the field gets into the money and races on toward the final table.
Day 2 has come to an end with 163 players remaining.
Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's action.
Sergei Petrushevskii moved all in for around 120,000 from early position and Ludovic Periaux also shoved from middle position. The rest of the table got out of the way.
Periaux jumped ahead on the flop with a pair of aces and improved to trips on the turn. The on the river gave him a full house and left Petrushevskii with just 2,000.
Play will end for the night after three hands are played.
There was a large pot of around 550,000 in the middle on the river and the board showed for four hearts. In middle position, Tommaso Briotti was in the tank as he was facing a decision for his tournament life.
Viktor Kudinov was the one who had put him to the test as he moved all in from the hijack, with his stack spread out to total 547,000, more than Briotti's.
Briotti thought for a while longer before spiking in the call. Kudinov tabled the nut flush. Briotti got up and showed the flush and he headed out the door as Kudinov gathered the huge pot.
Heads-up on a flop of , Recep Aydemir bet 25,000 from the button before Wael Sarkis raised to 75,000 from the big blind.
"I don't always have to bluff. I can sometimes have it," Sarkis said as Aydemir tanked for a moment. He eventually called to see the turn.
"You have ace-deuce now," Sarkis said as he checked. Aydemir also checked to the river.
"To you my friend," Sarkis said, pointing to Aydemir who now threw out a bet of 75,000. Sarkis quickly folded.
"Get him some drinks. I pay," Aydemir called over to a waitress as he dragged in the pot. Aydemir ordered a vodka for Sarkis in exchange for the pot.
A massive pot had already developed between Ran Ilani and Emmanuel Lopez when Ilani bet 290,000 on the board.
Lopez, in middle position, shoved for 600,000 and Ilani tanked for a few moments before calling.
Lopez shrugged and showed for two pair, already suspecting he was beat. Ilani turned over for a set of queens and sent Lopez to the rail.
"Why did you slow roll," a tablemate joked with Ilani.
"Slow roll. Blockers aren't real," Simon Higgins added. "He had a lot of chips. A lot of chips."