A total of 419 players returned to their seats in the tournament area of the Casino Barriere yesterday afternoon, and by the time six 75-minute levels had played out there were only 154 of those players remaining.
When play resumes at 12:00CET it will be Andrei Stoenescu and his 485,600 chips that is the man to catch, but hot on his heel are a trio of British players – and a handful of others — who are very well positioned for a deep run in this €5,300 buy-in event.
EPT Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard starts Day 3 armed with an impressive stack containing 380,200 chips – enough to put him in second place. We spoke to Ziyard late on Day 2 where he informed us he was playing well but also running hot, a deadly combination. Let us hope his hot run continues and we can continue to rail Ziyard into Day 4 and beyond.
Also in the top 10 chip counts is James Mitchell. The former Irish Open champion goes about his business in a quiet but extremely efficient manner and he managed to amass a 372,400 stack. He somehow flew under the radar for a larger percentage of Day 2, but we tagged him at around 480,000 chips at one point. Again, like Ziyard, we wish him the best of luck.
The third of our deepstacked trio is GUKPT Grand Final champion Sam Grafton. The highly entertaining Grafton’s 311,400 chips place him just outside the top 10 but he is still within striking distance of the leaders.
Some of the other UK & Irish players to keep an eye out for in the live updates include Gordon Huntly, who was down to 3,000 chips at one point on Day 1b (285,000); Fergal Nealon (234,000) Lucas Reeves (176,700); David Kilmartin (147,700); Team Ivey Pro Mathew Frankland (144,400); Dermot Blain (107,000) and Sebastien Saffari (63,000).
As mentioned, play resumes at 12:00CET (11:00GMT) and you can follow all of the action over on the Live Reporting pages. The action should be fast and furious, the bubble – set at 120 players – will be burst early on and everything points to this being a great tournament for our UK & Ireland players. Good luck!