Now Live EPT Malta EPT10 Sanremo Day 2: Brits Galore Progress to Day 3

Mitchell Johnson, Mat Frankland, Vicky Coren and Roberto Romanello

The 2014 European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event continued Wednesday with Day 2 action from the Casino Sanremo on the Italian Riviera. At the start of the day 316 players sat down in the hope of progressing to Day 3, something that failed to happen for more than half of them as only 115 players remain after the scheduled six levels of play.

Leading the way going into Day 3 is the talented Swedish pro Lukas Berglund who bagged up 700,000 chips at the end of Wednesday’s Day 2. Berglund ran well all day including a hand where he called a four-bet preflop shove from Marcos Panque and his {10-Spades}{10-Hearts} held against {A-Clubs}{k-Spades} on a final board of {10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs}{4-Clubs}. Not long after that he busted Elesion Tusha who held {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} when he flopped a set with {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts} on a board that ran out {j-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{5-Spades}.

Berglund is one of the most talented tournament players in the world, one who has a World Poker Tour title to his name and over $3.5 million in online winnings, this despite Berglund not being old enough to gamble in Las Vegas! It’s too early to talk about anyone winning the EPT Sanremo Main Event, but now that Berglund has a monster stack, expect him to be there or thereabouts when the big money is dished out. EPT10 Sanremo Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Lukas BerglundSweden700,600
2Thiago Crema De MacedoBrazil482,400
3Raul MestreSpain473,000
4Olivier BusquetUSA392,900
5Alessandro MeoniItaly347,000
6Dan MurariuRomania317,300
7Denis PisarevRussia311,300
8Dimitar DanchevBulgaria299,800
9Eros NastasiItaly294,800
10Oleg CazacMoldova285,900

Although I wish Berglund well – he’s a genuinely nice guy – here at UK & Ireland PokerNews towers I am more interested in the fates of the British players who have managed to navigate their way through the Italian-infested waters to find themselves with a seat on Day 3.

John Haigh is the best placed of the British army having finished Day 2 with 234,700 chips. Haigh has some impressive results on his poker CV including an outright victory in the 2013 Grosvenor 25/25 Series at Manchester (£15,000), a runner-up finish in the 2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Blackpool Main Event (£53,000) and a ninth place finish at the recent Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event (£10,000).

Nicely poised to continue his trend of min-cashing is Mitch Johnson. With a healthy stack of 185,800 chips at his disposal, Johnson should sail through to the money places – the top 79 are paid – where he will hopefully stop the running joke between Johnson and his friends that he always busts out as the prize money is divvied up!

Joining Haigh and Johnson in the flying of the Union Jack are such greats as Mathew “One-T” Frankland (169,800), Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren (162,400), Tom Alner (135,700), former EPT Prague champion Roberto Romanello (135,600), the ridiculously talented Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick (134,900), Matas “bebaimis777” Cimbolas (124,200), Alex Lindop (124,000), Jack's brother Louis Salter (114,500), Leo McClean (96,800), Davide Magnan (64,000) and bringing up the rear is Mark James (61,100).

Day 3 kicks off at 12:00 noon local time and it should be a spectacular affair thanks to some of the game’s most recognisable faces still being in contention for that €476,100 first place prize. Olivier Busquet (392,900), Dan Murariu (317,300), former PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion Dimitar Danchev (299,800), Triple Crown seeking German Dominik Nitsche (258,300), Jeffrey Hakim (234,100), and Michael Tureniec (230,700) being a handful of those faces.

Team PokerStars is represented by Team pros Johnny Lodden (185,000), the aforementioned Coren (162,400) and Victor Ramdin (56,600) while Mickey Petersen (164,700) is Team Online’s sole representative.

Join the PokerNews Live Reporting team for all of the updates, as they happen, from the EPT Sanremo Main Event. While you’re waiting for the action to start, why not check out this video our new PokerNews presenter Jennifer Robles made during Day 2.

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