Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Day 2 of the 2017 Unibet Open London Main Event is in the books! With 419 players in total signed up, 122 of them returned to The Poker Room of the Grosvenor Casino to play towards the money. After 11 grueling hours, 13 players remain and will contest on Sunday for the title and the first prize of £71,950.
Francis Foord-Brown claimed pole position on Day 2 and will be leading the pack with 1,980,000 in chips. Russia's Anton Kuznetsov is in second with 1,600,000. WSOPE Bracelet winner Pavlos Xanthopoulos, one of the biggest names left, sits in fourth with 1,175,000.
The 13 remaining players will be returning at noon local time in the following seating order:
Main Event Day 3 Seating and Chip Counts
|1||2||Francis Foord-Brown||United Kingdom||1,980,000|
|1||5||Martin Gallagher||United Kingdom||1,370,000|
|2||3||Tamer Kamel||United Kingdom||405,000|
|2||4||Bhavin Khatri||United Kingdom||1,150,000|
The day started furiously right off the bat, with players taking risks to get themselves in prime position to go deep. One of those players was Mateusz Moolhuizen who saw a massive bluff go wrong when he ran into the stone cold nuts. Moolhuizen, a two-time champion at the Unibet Open, was one of the players to go home empty-handed early.
The last Unibet Ambassador remaining, Charlotte Van Brabander, got eliminated one off the bubble. Van Brabander was short stacked throughout the day and eventually succumbed with pocket tens versus ace-king.
The bubble phase lasted more than an hour, leaving Jan Naderzadeh as the unfortunate bubble boy. In the money, players such as Benjamin Pollak (58th), Rasmus Larsen (56th) and Jerome Brion (55th) got eliminated with a min cash with £1,700.
Near the end of the day, it was Foord-Brown who was slowly ran away from the pack. In a big hand, Foord-Brown got three streets of value with aces versus queens. During the last level of the day, he also took a big pot off Fabio Miranda with a flopped two pair. Besides the big hands, Foord-Brown kept winning coin flips left and right to claim the end of day chip lead.
The biggest Cinderella story of the day was the tale of Ioana Silvana. Silvana qualified by grinding an astonishing 1,200,000 points on Unibet, which got her a Challenge Package worth €2,000. Silvana, who's previous biggest cash was around €1,000, finished in 15th place. The graduated pharmacist parlayed her freeroll into a sweet payday of £4,900.
Kevin Allen became the last bust out of the day, as he fell in 14th place to Tamer Kamel. Allen was up with ace-four against pocket eights and couldn't find enough help on the board.
The remaining 13 players will return tomorrow at noon to contest for the title. Players will return in level 22 with blinds of 15,000-30,000 and a running ante of 5,000. The live stream will be shown with hole cards and will be on a delay. The PokerNews live reporting team will provide updates of the Main Event until a winner is crowned. Don't miss any of the action on Sunday as we crown our new champion here in London!
Day 2 is in the books! 13 players will return tomorrow to contest for the Unibet Open London title and the first place prize of £71,950. An extensive recap will follow shortly.
The clock has been stopped and three more hands will be played until the chips are bagged and tagged for the night.
Kevin Barden raised to 45,000 on the button. From the small blind, Kevin Allen went all in for 238,000. Tamer Kamel reshoved 294,000 all in from the big blind and Barden folded.
The board ran out , sending Allen packing in 14th place.
Francis Foord-Brown opened to 50,000 from middle position. Dejan Govedic three-bet to 140,000 from the hijack. In the cutoff, Ioana Silvana went in the tank and eventually shoved for 231,000. Foord-Brown folded and Govedic instantly called.
The graduated pharmacist, who received a €2,000 Challenge Package for this tournament by grinding 1,200,000 points on Unibet, was ahead after the flop. The on the turn flipped the tables on the last woman standing, and the on the river was just to rub salt in the wounds.
Silvana, who's previous biggest cash was around €1,000, saw her incredible freeroll journey come to an end in 15th place, taking home €4,900 to Romania.
The chipleader at the end of Day 1a, Giulio Mascolo, saw his attempt at Unibet Open glory come to an end in 16th place. Mascolo was down to 180,000 but picked up on the button and quickly went all in.
Francis Foord-Brown had in the big blind and called the few extra blinds off. The board came down , knocking Mascolo out with Foord-Brown's rivered two pair.
Anton Kuznetsov opened to 55,000 from the cutoff. Arno Simon shoved 249,000 all in on the button and Kuznetsov called to put the last Frenchman at risk.
The flop gave both players a flush draw, but Kuznetsov's one was higher. Simon found one of his outs on the turn, but the on the river gave Kuznetsov the nut flush. Simon headed to the payout desk to collect £4,370 for his 17th place.
Martin Gallagher had been trending down for the past levels, but found a much-needed double-up at the expense of Francis Foord-Brown.
Gallagher held and held up against to gain 350,000 more chips.