Day 2 of the 2011 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour London Main Event is all said and done after five 75-minute levels of play on Sunday. The field of 417 players that returned today was whittled down to 159 players and leading the way looks is Benny Spindler with 469,800 in chips.
Team PokerStars Pro was represented well coming into Day 2. Those sporting the red spade badge and country flag included Joe Hachem, Vanessa Rousso, Jason Mercier, Victor Ramdin, Matthias De Meulder, Barry Greenstein, Ivan Demidov, Sebastian Ruthenberg, JP Kelly, George Danzer, Noah Boeken, Vicky Coren, Ville Wahlbeck, Ana Marquez and Angel Guillen, among others. Out of that bunch, Mercier (88,300), Marquez (75,600) and Ruthenberg (169,900) were able to advance while all of the others were sent packing.
The biggest name left in the field moving to Day 2 was not a Team Pro, but rather the "Godfather of Poker" himself, Doyle Brunson. Sitting quietly tucked under his big cowboy hat all day, Brunson built a stack to over 200,000 and finished the day there. He'll be back for Day 3 to continue the great run he's having in his first-ever EPT Main Event. Our very own Sarah Grant caught up with him during Day 2 and you can check out that interview below.
Other notables who were eliminated on the day included Scott Seiver, Surinder Sunar, Cornel Cimpan, Sam Chartier, Justin Bonomo, Jonathan Karamalikis, Mickey Petersen, Soren Kongsgaard, Nick Binger and Dominik Nitsche. We also lost last year's EPT London champion David Vamplew, which opens up the door for a new winner this year.
Of those who have made it to Day 3, we've got James Mitchell, Martins Adeniya, Sebastian Blom (brother of Viktor Blom), Steve O'Dwyer, Sorel Mizzi, Daniel Neilson and Jake Cody. Team PokerStars Pros Juan Manuel Pastor and Nacho Barbero are also returning for play on Monday.
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Day 3 begins at 1200 BST (0400 PDT) Monday. Surely the money bubble will break then, so you won't want to miss any of the action. First place is worth a cool £750,000 and the top 104 places will be paid out. Be sure to tune into PokerNews then for all of the live coverage.