Day 1b of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Copenhagen Main Event saw a much more substantial crowd of 216 players take their seats inside the vast poker room at the Casino Copenhagen in the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, amongst them a handful of British and Irishmen all vying for a place in Wednesday's Day 2.
Like on Day 1a, seven 60-minute levels were played during which time 85 players lost their 30,000 starting stacks, including Irish Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth but four Brits managed to progress, the best place of this quartet being Ben Vinson.
Vinson bagged up 80,675 chips at the end of the day and he is in a very good position when play resumes at 1200 CET. The Londoner is in good form too, having won the £1,000 High Roller at the Black Belt Poker Live Nottingham for £12,600 back in November he finished second in the €2,000 buy-in side event at the recent EPT Deauville, a result that netted him an almost career-best score of €77,700. He is certainly one to watch when play resumes this afternoon.
Joining him in Day 2 is Ashley Mason who plays under the moniker "DYBYDX" on PokerStars. Mason is a prolific online tournament player who was ranked as high as 23rd in the world on PocketFives before he removed himself from the tracking system, his ranking helped largely by the fact he won the 2011 WCOOP High Roller on PokerStars for a cool $430,000! He returns to the felt armed with 65,850 chips.
Also still in the running are Ireland's Mick Graydon and John Eames with 30,025 and 17,400 chips respectively. Graydon seemed to have a difficult day at the tables, it was a true grind for him, but he managed to keep his cool and finish the day with 25 chips more than his starting stack. Eames had a difficult table draw that included Martin Jacobson and Team PokerStars Pro Viktor Blom and later Marcel "p3rc4" Bjerkmann and a couple of fish who were impossible to shake off hands! Eames ended the day with 17,400 which is a shade under 30 big blinds so still plenty of room to manoeuvre.
These guys will meet up with those who survived Day 1a and hopefully, fingers crossed, each of them will make it through to Day 3 and from there who knows. Don't forget to follow all the action on our fantastic live reporting pages.
EPT Copenhagen Day 2: Brits In The Running
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