PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Day 2: Max Martinez Leads

Max Martinez

Close to 400 players returned to their seats yesterday afternoon for Day 2 of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final and by the time the tournament director called time on proceedings they had been whittled down to just 130. Amongst the surviving group are five British players, lead by Lawrie Inman.

Inman ended the day with a very healthy stack of 303,500 chips, enough to place him in eighth place when play resumes later today. Despite his huge stack, Inman went relatively unnoticed in the vast poker room; a sign he was doing everything right and "getting it quietly." If he continues to play like the currently is then he will not go unnoticed for much longer.

Also flying the Union Jack is Chris Brammer on 267,400 chips, Brammer hoping to make up for his recent disappointment at the record-breaking UKIPT Nottingham Main Event where he looked nailed on for a final table finish but lost with {K-}{K-} to {J-}{3-} to bust out earlier than expected.

Joining Inman and Brammer are Ben Vinson (200,800), former EPT San Remo champion Rupert Elder (196,600) and Stephen Chidwick (99,600). According to the official chip counts there is also a Andoni Larrabe Sánchez (147,700) who has been writing "UK" on his chip bag at the end of the day but according tot he results we have found for him online he is Spanish. If you want to represent the UK then we'll have you!

The man they all have to catch is Team PokerStars Pro Max Martinez of Italy. Martinez is one of the newer members of the team having being promoted to team Pro status after gaining a number of fans when he appeared as the Loose Cannon on The Big Game. Martinez starts Day 3 with 456,300 chips.

Hot on the heels of Martinez is Mohsin Charania (413,500) and a certain Erik Seidel (362,200). Also in the field are the likes of the reigning EPT Deauville Vadzim Kursevich (317,800), David "Doc" Sands (281,800), Andrew Badecker (279,200), Guillaume Darcourt (274,800), Justin Bonomo (221,900), Jonathan Karamalikis (158,100) and Adam "Roothlus" Levy (156,700).

Play resumes at 12:00 CET and will continue until the money bubble has burst and the field has been whittled down to just 24 players. It coyld be a very long day but we will be with you every step of the way with our industry leading Live Reporting team.

EPT Grand Final UK Players Chip Counts

NameChips
Lawrie Inman303,500
Chris Brammer267,400
Ben Vinson200,800
Rupert Elder, 196,600 
Stephen Chidwick99,600

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