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2013 EPT London Main Event Day 2: Mantas Visockis is the man to Catch

2013 EPT London Main Event Day 2: Mantas Visockis is the man to Catch 0001

The 2013 European Poker Tour London Main Event has progressed to its third official day’s play after a further six 75-minute levels played out on Tuesday. Of the 647 players who bought in over the two starting flights just 113 remain, and Lithuania’s Mantas Visockis leads them all.

When play resumes at 12:00 this afternoon, Visockis’ first task will be to restack his 522,000 stack, which contains 14,400 more than his nearest rival Matthias Tikerpe. Looking at Visockis’ Hendon Mob database page it become apparent that the Lithuanian’s main tournament buy-in range is £100-€1,000, a buy-in that he excels in as he has some impressive results. Now he has made the step up to the EPT and is obviously taking it in his stride.

Joining Viockis and Tikerpe at the right end of the leader board are the likes of Steven Silverman, who reached the final table of the High Roller at EPT Deauville, the extremely talented Mike “Timex” McDonald and our very own Chris Moorman.

Moorman was involved in several large pots during the course of the day, including one where he hit a full house on the river to bust out George Clyde-Smith and boost his own stack to 330,000. In the hand Team PokerStars Pro David Williams bet 7,000 on a {J-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{2-Clubs} flop. Moorman called and Clyde-Smith called from the button. The turn was the {J-Diamonds} and all three players checked. The {8-Diamonds} river saw the action check to Clyde-Smith, who led out with a bet of 15,000. Williams called but Moorman check-raised to 55,000. Clyde-Smith shoved for around 60,000 in total and after Williams folded – later claiming he held {A-}{J-} – Moorman flicked in the extra 5,000 chips.

Clyde-Smith showed {10-Hearts}{9-Spades} for a straight but was crushed and therefore eliminated by the {8-Clubs}{8-Spades} of Moorman, which had rivered a boat. Moorman added more chips to his stack throughout the day, finally ending on 380,000 to place him seventh going into Day 3.

While Moorman was busy stacking people with boats, one was stacking Ireland’s Dermot Blain. On a {2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{10-Hearts} board, Blain had moved all-in and Shahaf Hadaya tanked before calling to put Blain at risk. Anael Dossevi was all-in preflop and he showed {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for a straight, Blain revealed the {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} for the nut straight, while Hadaya flipped over {2-Spades}{2-Clubs} for a set of deuces. The dealer burned a card before placing the {9-Diamonds} onto the river, improving Hadaya to a full house and leaving Blain to ponder what could have been.

Going into Day 3, we have a number of players flying the Union Jack of the United Kingdom and the Irish tricolour including Rory “Maffews” Matthews (246,700); Hendon mobster Barny Boatman (229,200);Niall Farrell (203,000); veteran Surinder Sunar (188,500); John O’Shea (158,400); Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (145,300); online grinder Marc “dean23price” Wright (130,000); IveyPoker Pro Toby Lewis (123,400) to name a few!

For full chip counts be sure to check out the chip count page of the Live Reporting blog.

Of the 113 players with chips left to play with, only 96 of them will receive any prize money. The bubble is 100 per cent guaranteed to burst today and when it does anyone who is still competing in the tournament will lock up a payout of at least £8,000.

Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews tomorrow for a recap of the action, but also keep your browsers locked to our Live Reporting pages for the very best in live updates from the EPT London Main Event.

EPT London Main Event End-of-Day 2 top 10 chip counts

1Mantas Visockis522,000
2Matthias Tikerpe507,600
3Steven Silverman480,300
4Mike McDonald422,100
5Shahaf Hadaya396,600
6Daniel Erlandsson388,400
7Chris Moorman380,000
8Bassel Moussa369,300
9Christopher Frank352,500
10Theo Jorgensen333,500

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