$5,300 MPP Main Event
$5,300 MPP Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Sergey Bobrik Leads as Day 2 Finishes Just Short of the Money

dsalituro • Level 18: Blinds 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
Sergey Bobrik
Sergey Bobrik

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

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Sergey BobrikRussia2,366,000148
2Andrey LitvinovRussia2,173,000136
3Dawid SmolkaPoland2,050,000128
4Ran IlaniIsrael1,920,000120
5Christopher FrankGermany1,710,000107
6Justus HeldAustria1,610,000101
7Viktor KudinovRussia1,540,00096
8Juan Jose Membreno OrellanaPanama1,497,00094
9Zolbayar BatboldMongolia1,472,00092
10Siarhei ChudapalBelarus1,380,00086

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.

Tags: Bruno FitoussiChristopher FrankDaniel RezaeiDavid PetersEspen JorstadFreddy DeebPaul PhuaPaulina LoeligerPedro GaragnaniPhillip NagySergey BobrikSofia LovgrenTony GWael Sarkis

End of Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

dsalituro • Level 18: Blinds 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
Sergey Bobrik ru
Sergey Bobrik
ru 2,366,000 466,000
Andrey Litvinov ru
Andrey Litvinov
ru 2,173,000 873,000
Dawid Smolka pl
Dawid Smolka
pl 2,050,000 300,000
Ran Ilani il
Ran Ilani
il 1,920,000 420,000
Christopher Frank de
Christopher Frank
de 1,710,000 370,000
Justus Held de
Justus Held
de 1,610,000 1,577,000
Viktor Kudinov ru
Viktor Kudinov
ru 1,540,000 -210,000
Juan Jose Membreno Orellana PA
Juan Jose Membreno Orellana
PA 1,497,000 517,000
Zolbayar Batbold mn
Zolbayar Batbold
mn 1,472,000 272,000
Siarhei Chudapal by
Siarhei Chudapal
by 1,380,000 430,000
Simon Higgins gb
Simon Higgins
gb 1,365,000 525,000
Florian Duta ro
Florian Duta
ro 1,351,000 1,167,000
Nikolai Tulin ru
Nikolai Tulin
ru 1,294,000 254,000
Sofia Lovgren se
Sofia Lovgren
se 1,250,000
Filippo Lazzaretto it
Filippo Lazzaretto
it 1,208,000 1,208,000
Matthias Lipp at
Matthias Lipp
at 1,180,000 1,059,000
James Harvey cr
James Harvey
cr 1,158,000 956,000
Wael Sarkis lb
Wael Sarkis
lb 1,141,000 301,000
Christos Leantzis CY
Christos Leantzis
CY 1,137,000 958,500
Felix Wei Lix Sim
Felix Wei Lix Sim
1,101,000 1,101,000
Charbel Ibrahim LB
Charbel Ibrahim
LB 1,074,000 254,000
Koray Korkmaz tr
Koray Korkmaz
tr 1,069,000 956,500
Hannes Jeschka de
Hannes Jeschka
de 1,035,000 979,500
Gytis Lazauninkas lt
Gytis Lazauninkas
lt 1,020,000 899,000
Yuriy Zakharov ru
Yuriy Zakharov
ru 1,020,000 485,000

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Play Has Ended

dsalituro • Level 18: Blinds 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Day 2 has come to an end with 163 players remaining.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's action.

Periaux, Petrushevskii Flip For Their Tournament Lives

dsalituro • Level 18: Blinds 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

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.

Ludovic Periaux: {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}
Sergei Petrushevskii: {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}

Periaux jumped ahead on the {a-Spades}{9-Spades}{5-Hearts} flop with a pair of aces and improved to trips on the {a-Hearts} turn. The {k-Spades} on the river gave him a full house and left Petrushevskii with just 2,000.

Ludovic Periaux fr
Ludovic Periaux
fr 240,000 240,000
Sergei Petrushevskii ru
Sergei Petrushevskii
ru 2,000 -438,000

Tags: Sergei PetrushevskiiLudovic Periaux

Three More Hands Declared

jeffmcmillan • Level 18: Blinds 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Play will end for the night after three hands are played.

Kudinov Breaks Briotti With Nut Flush

jeffmcmillan • Level 18: Blinds 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

There was a large pot of around 550,000 in the middle on the river and the board showed {4-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{j-Hearts} 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 {a-Hearts}{j-Spades} nut flush. Briotti got up and showed the {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} flush and he headed out the door as Kudinov gathered the huge pot.

Viktor Kudinov ru
Viktor Kudinov
ru 1,750,000 1,750,000
Tommaso Briotti it
Tommaso Briotti
it Busted

Tags: Tommaso BriottiViktor Kudinov

Drinks Are on Aydemir

dsalituro • Level 18: Blinds 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Heads-up on a flop of {q-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}, 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 {8-Diamonds} turn.

"You have ace-deuce now," Sarkis said as he checked. Aydemir also checked to the {j-Diamonds} 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.

Recep Aydemir tr
Recep Aydemir
tr 870,000 90,000
Wael Sarkis lb
Wael Sarkis
lb 840,000 -340,000

Tags: Recep AydemirWael Sarkis

Lopez Runs Into Ilani's Monster

dsalituro • Level 18: Blinds 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
Emanuel Lopez
Emanuel Lopez

A massive pot had already developed between Ran Ilani and Emmanuel Lopez when Ilani bet 290,000 on the {2-Hearts}{q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{2-Spades} board.

Lopez, in middle position, shoved for 600,000 and Ilani tanked for a few moments before calling.

Lopez shrugged and showed {k-}{10-} for two pair, already suspecting he was beat. Ilani turned over {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs} 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."

Ran Ilani il
Ran Ilani
il 1,500,000 380,000
Emmanuel Lopez ar
Emmanuel Lopez
ar Busted

Tags: Emmanuel LopezRan Ilani