Yesterday saw Day 2 of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Campione Main Event take place at the Casino Di Campione. At the start of play 325 players sat down, unbagged their chips and got down to business but by the time six 75-minute levels had been completed only 99 of them had chips to place in sealed plastic bags. Amongst those 99 are four British hopefuls, each of them former EPT champions and all of them stand a realistic chance of becoming the first-ever double EPT winner.
Leading the quartet into battle is the former EPT London winner David Vamplew who had a great time at the felt and eventually bagged up 412,900 chips when the tournament director called an end to proceedings. Vamplew did not have the best table in the room as the Scot had to contend with fellow Brit and Team PokerStars pro Liv Boeree all day along with the World Series of Poker Europe main event runner-up Fabrizio Baldassari but he will be the frst to admit he ran amazingly well and he took full advantage of that fact.
Early in the day he tweeted, "Made 2 boats, got paid big w both, 2nd one w river overbet. 200k!" But this particular tweet summed the Scot's day up perfectly, "Finding myself with tough decisions like whether or not to cbet top set on A53r. 417k, 1 level left today."
As mentioned, Vamplew was seated directly next to Liv Boeree all day long and it was he who was responsible for decimating her stack so that she only had 8,000 chips at the 500/1,000/100 level and looking like she would be on her way for an early bath. But Boeree is not the type of woman who gives up without a fight and somehow she managed to claw herself back into contention then continued her ascent up the chip counts to finish with a more than respectable 300,900 chips, or 100 big blinds. Amazing stuff from the former EPT San Remo champion.
The other two Brits, Roberto Romanello (331,000) and Rupert Elder (161,600) will start Day 3 seated next to each other just as Vamplew and Boeree were so hopefully they will be able to avoid clashing with each other and will see themselves flying high in the chip counts when play comes to an end. We recall it was Romanello who busted Elder from the recent EPT Copenhagen main event, fingers crossed there is not a repeat of that today.
Play gets underway at 14:00 CET and will continue until only 24 players remain. Leading the way is Hungary;s Balazs Botand on a massive 646,000 with his closest rival being the reigning EPT Tallinn champion Ronny Kaiser with 506,500. Along with Kaiser and the four British former champs there is also Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Martin Finger and Nicolas Chouity still in the field, making it eight former EPT winner still in the tournament. Things could get very interesting indeed.
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