Day 2 of the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event started with 353 players, made up of the 347 who survived from Day 1a and Day 1b plus an additional six who took advantage of the late registration policy, and by the time six 75-minute levels were completed only 123 of that sizable field remained.
Amazingly, British players make up almost 10% of the remaining field as 11 players who call the United Kingdom home progressed to Day 3 and are now only 28 eliminations away from securing at least €19,200 for their efforts.
Leading the British charge into Day 3 is Talal Shakerchi whose 368,800 chips put him in seventh place at the start of the day. Although Shakerchi is a successful hedge fund manager by trade, he is a talented poker player too and has so far amassed more than $1.7 million from live tournaments.
Two of Shakerchi’s biggest scores came from tournaments with a similar buy-in to this EPT Grand Final Main Event. In 2012, Shakerchi won the €10,300 6-Max Turbo High Roller in Monte Carlo for €223,000 and followed that impressive score up with a win in the 2013 EPT London High Roller for a career-best £436,330.
Should Shakerchi want to better that massive amount – and why wouldn’t he? – he will need a third place finish or better. Now he finds himself armed with a big stack, he has given him a realistic chance of doing that.
Also entering Day 3 with plenty of chips in their stacks are a trio of the UK’s most talented individuals. Simon Deadman, who is probably a lock for finishing second, bagged up 278,000 chips and is the second-best placed Brit at the start of play. Rhys “floppinhel” Jones starts Day 3 with 252,900 chips, while Sam Trickett seems to be flying under the radar despite having an arsenal of 237,000.
Since signing with Everest Poker and becoming their ambassador, Trickett has become a regular fixture in the biggest events in Europe and seems to be doing OK for himself. Trickett finished second to Andrea Dato in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Venice Main Event, cashed in the EPT Vienna Main Event and also in the EPT Vienna High Roller. Surely another cash in a major event in on the cards later today?
Joining the aforementioned Brits in the duty of flying the Union Jack are Adam Reynolds (194,600), the dangerous Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick (181,800), Mark Teltscher (166,000), Full Tilt Poker FTOPS Main Event champion Niall Farrell (150,000), high stakes guru Senh Ung (77,700), Jack Salter (65,000) and Jonathan Odogwu (62,700).
Top Ten Day 2 Chip Counts
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The man who leads all 123 players back into battle is Russia’s Vladimir Troyanovskiy, who you may recall finished second to Vanessa Selbst in the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller.
Other notable players, of which there are plenty, include Steven Silverman (369,000), Nick “FU_15” Maimone (358,800), German superstar Philipp Gruissem (268,000), Dani “Ansky” Stern (256,000), Ole Schemion (233,600), Scott Clements (229,700), Jason Duval (179,000) Pascal Lefrancois (178,000), Emil Patel (176,100), David Yan (144,000), Bryan Paris (137,400), Igor Kurganov (109,700), reigning champion Mohsin Charania (96,500), Noah Boeken (85,600), Dominik Panka (55,800) and Ana Marquez (54,800).
A quartet of Team PokerStars Pros are also present in the chip counts: Johnny Lodden (326,500), Ville Wahlbeck (265,100), Angel Gullen (175,400) and Andre Akkari (82,100).
Play in the Main Event resumes at 12:00pm local time (11:00am UK) and continues until five 90-minute levels are done and dusted. By this time the money bubble should have burst and the tournament will marching towards its eight-handed final table.