The 2011 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour London Poker Festival £20,000 High Roller wrapped up Day 2 on Thursday and is moving to Day 3. The event is down to the final eight players and all of them are in the money. Leading the way is Igor Kurganov with 854,000 in chips. He has a sizable lead over Robert Akery, who sits in second place with 622,000.
To start the day, 30 players remained from the original starting field of 75. Team PokerStars Pros Joe Hachem, Jonathan Duhamel and Eugene Katahclov all made it to Day 2, but failed to advance to the final.
According to our friends over at the PokerStars Blog, Hachem was sent to the rail by Michael Tureniec. His pocket twos failed to win the flip he needed to against Tureniec's . Duhamel was sent off by Adrian Bussman and Katchalov was dished to the sidelines by Andrey Bondar.
On Katchalov's final hand, he moved all in on the turn with the board reading after Bondar had bet 20,000. Bondar made the call holding the for a turned two pair. Katchalov held the and the river couldn't keep him alive.
Entering the day, American Sam Stein held the lead. He took a hit early on after doubling up Byron Kaverman. The money went in on a flop with Kaverman holding to Stein's . THe turn brought the and the river the to give Kaverman the winning flush.
On his final hand, Stein moved all in against Olivier Busquet on the flop with 12 players remaining. Busquet made the call with the for second pair against the short-stacked Stein's . The turn and river allowed Busquet to win the hand and send Stein out the door.
Other notable eliminations during Day 2 were Isaac Haxton, Anton Ionel, Mike Watson, McLean Karr, Mike McDonald, Phil Collins and James Bord. Collins was bounced in 11th place by Kurganov and then Kaverman went out in 10th. From there, there was a save made for the player finishing in ninth position. That player would collect £25,000 to ease the pain, making Kaverman the official bubble boy. After that, Bord fell in ninth place to officially set the final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
|2||Robert Akery||United Kingdom||622,000|
|6||Sam Trickett||United Kingdom||354,000|
If you recognize the names of a few of these high rollers from previous events, it's because a lot of them have had plenty of success in big buy-in events on the EPT. The chip leader Kurganov placed second in last season's EPT Grand Final €10,000 High Roller Turbo and third in this season's EPT Tallinn €10,000 High Roller. Akery placed 13th in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller. Bussman came eighth in the EPT Deauville €10,000 High Roller last season. Busquet was second in the EPT Grand Final €25,000 High Roller in 2010. Philipp Gruissem won the EPT Barcelona €10,000 High Roller at the last stop on tour and, lastly, Tureniec won last season's EPT Copenhagen Main Event.
The third and final day of play kicks off at 1200 BST (0400 PDT) on Thursday. Due to the ninth-place save, first place has been adjusted to £511,300. That's still a heck of a lot of money and PokerNews will have the recap after play is complete.