The PokerStars European Poker Tour Madrid Main Event saw its second day's play come to an end and the former EPT Vilamoura champion Toby Lewis has found himself closing in on the chip leaders with a stack of 243,200.
Lewis' stack is enough to put him in 11th place of the 112 surviving players and it also gives him a realistic chance of becoming the first-ever double EPT winner; something that has not happened in the eight long seasons s far. Since winning Vilamoura back in August 2010 the closest Lewis has come to a repeat victory was a 34th place in the PCA (not really an EPT - Ed), a 60th place at this year's EPT Deauville and a 92nd place finish at San Remo. Can he go on a massive tear in Madrid and even win a second EPT title? We hope so.
Another young man who still has hopes of adding a second EPT win to his CV is Rupert Elder, though he is going to have a little extra work to do than Lewis as he will start the day with 79,800 chips, which is enough to put him in 70th spot. Elder won the EPT San Remo Main Event and came close to grabbing that elusive second title when he came 13th at EPT Loutraki.
Other Brits still in the field are the Hendon Mob's Barny Boatman (81,700), Ben Spraggons (77,800), PKR sponsored pro James Sudworth (69,100) and James Wilson (27,100).
During Day a number of the UK's big guns busted out including Triple Crown winner Jake Cody, Chris Moorman, Martins Adeniya, James Akenhead and Mathew Frankland but we are sure they will be in one of either Campioni, Berlin or Monaco or maybe all three in their quest to take down an EPT.
The man they all have to catch is the popular Canadian Mike "Timex" McDonland, himself a former EPT champion after conquering Dortmund back in 2007 as a fresh-faced 18-year old. McDonald ended the day with a tournament leading stack of 409,800 with the only other player to pass the 400,000 barrier being Frederik Jensen on 404,500.
Play resumed at 12:00 CET and will continue until only 24 players remain. Good luck boys, bring home the bacon for the Brits! You can follow all the action as it happens over on the live reporting pages but check in here tomorrow for a recap of how our British contingent got on at the Spanish felt.
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