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Toby Lewis in The Hunt For His First World Poker Tour Cash

Toby Lewis

The World Poker Tour (WPT) Prague Main Event played out its second official day of play yesterday, where 287 players were whittled down to just 78; just six places shy of the money. In the top 10 chip counts is none other than the United Kingdom’s Toby Lewis, who is in the hunt for his first-ever WPT cash.

Lewis ended Day 2 with 417,000 chips in his stack, enough to place him 10th overall and he is now on course to secure his first cash in a WPT Main Event. The man known as “810ofclubs” – his PokerStars alias – has dozens of scores in live tournaments that date back to 2009, including two runner-up finishes in Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Main Events, a number of cashes at the World Series of Poker, several cashes on the European Poker Tour and, of course, his outright win in the EPT Vilamoura Main Event.

Lewis’ entire live tournament cashes add up to an impressive $1,517,244 but an in-the-money finish in a WPT event still eludes him. The Southampton-born pro should change that today as the tournament staff at the Kings Casino, Prague whittle the field down to 24 players, which is well into the money.

Joining Lewis at the top of the chip counts is Irishman Dermot Blain, who ended Day 2 bagging up an impressive 530,000 chips, enough to place him in fifth place when Day 3 begins. Blain is a permanent fixture in major live tournaments around Europe, though his largest ever cash came in an event held in Macau back in 2009. There, Blain took down the APPT Macau Main Event for the equivalent of $541,100.

Other UK & Ireland players who we will be keeping a look out for during Day 3, which starts at 13:00 CET, include Michael Graydon (234,000); Alex Goulder (205,000) and Trevor Whiteway (51,000).

Some of the notable players looking to catch Marco Lang and his tournament-leading stack of 694,000 chips include Elio Fox (571,500); Manuel Bevand (537,500); Simon Ravnsbaek (415,000); Yann Dion (376,500); Kevin MacPhee (312,000); Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mericer (295,000); Fabian Quoss (209,000); PartyPoker Pro Bodo Sbresny (197,500); Shannon Shorr (169,500); Nicolas Levi (169,500) and Juha Helppi (81,000).

As mentioned, play resumes at 13:00 CET and will continue until just three tables of eight players remain. Will our heroes make it through to the penultimate day’s play? We do not have long to find out the answer to that question.

WPT Prague Top 10 Chip Counts End of Day 2

1Marco Lang694,000
2Elio Fox571,500
3Pawel Brzeski544,000
4Manuel Bevand537,500
5Dermot Blain530,000
6Oleksii Khoroshenin513,000
7Konstantin Danilov465,000
8Mikhail Mazunin440,000
9Jussi Nevanlinna438,500
10Toby Lewis417,000

Statistics taken from the Hendon Mob database

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