Day 2 of the 2015 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €10,600 Main Event took place on Monday 4 May and saw the field whittled to a more manageable 114, among who are a number of British grinders who now have a legitimate chance of winning the €1,082,000 first place prize.
Victor Ilyukhin calls London home and he is the best placed of our player to progress to the business end of this amazing tournament. Ilyukhin has two previous cashes on the EPT circuit, the first being a 122nd place finish at the 2010 Berlin Main Event and the second a 76th place finish at the 2014 Deauville Main Event.
Ilyukhin goes into Day 3 armed with 258,500 chips and will be confident of notching up his third EPT Main Event cash.
Another player poised for yet another major live cash is Stephen Chidwick, who starts Day 3 with 205,300 chips at his disposal. Chidwick is one of the best players in the world, and should he progress to Wednesday’s Day 4, he would be a solid bet for a final table appearance.
Other Union Jack sporting players still in the hunt include Tom Hall (198,300), Ludovic Geilich (129,100), Patrick Putnam (123,000), Roman Szymonowicz (89,900), Lyndon Basha (88,000), Rhys Jones (86,400), Charlie Carrel (79,600) and Ben Dobson (38,800).
Leading the 114 returning players is a familiar name, the prodigy that is Ole Schemion. The hyper-aggressive German has 477,700 chips and is going to have a major say in where the coveted Grand Final trophy heads at the end of the tournament.
Although Schemion is a hot favourite right now, there is a lot of exceptional talent in the chasing pack.
World Poker Tour Vienna champion Christopher Frank (465,100) is only a couple of big blinds behind his fellow countryman, while Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier (296,400), Vanessa Selbst (285,000), Andre Akkari (146,900), Johnny Lodden (109,000), Eugene Katchalov (71,200), and Team Online’s Isaac Haxton (221,300) are still in the hunt.
Throw into the mix such luminaries as Sergio Aido (276,600), Dario Sammartino (255,300), Jason Wheeler (210,700), Scott Clements (199,500), Connor Drinan (150,400), Ami Barer (146,700), Mustapha Kanit (146,000), Max Altergott (132,200), David Peters (105,800), Felix Stephensen (90,000), and Steve O’Dwyer (60,100) and you have a recipe for a superb spectacle on Day 3.
2015 EPT Grand Final Start-of-Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts
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Play resumes at noon local time and the plan is to complete five 90-minute levels. You can follow the action via the UK & Ireland PokerNews Live Reporting pages and watch the excellent live stream of the feature table by clicking this link.