Day 2 of the 2015 European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona Main Event took place on Wednesday afternoon and saw the four-figure crowd reduced to a much more manageable 343 and while it is Nick Petrangelo who tops the chip counts, there are dozens of players from the UK & Ireland in the chasing pack.
Leading the UK & Irish players is Jude Ainsworth and his 314,000 chips, a stack that’s enough to place him 26th going into Day 3. Ainsworth, a former Team PokerStars Pro, has almost $800,000 in live tournament winnings and more than $6.4 million in the online world, is vastly experienced and will now be confident of securing yet another cash on what is arguably poker’s biggest stage.
Three other Irishmen progressed to Day 3, those gentlemen being Dara O’Kearney (167,400), Peter Murphy (130,200) and Fergal Coyle (78,300).
At least 20 players from the UK are still in the mix and in with a legitimate shot of following in Tom Middleton’s footsteps and returning home with the EPT Barcelona Main Event title.
Neil Van Der Merwe (211,000) is the Brit with the most chips at his disposal, followed by Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson (206,500) and former professional footballer Steve Watts (189,000).
Other include Chun Law (178,100), Tom Hall (171,000), Steven Warburton (146,600), David Vamplew (99,500), Charlie Carrel (92,100), Roberto Romanello (82,300), Will Kassouf (80,500), Ben Heath (74,800) and Craig McCorkell (4,600).
2015 EPT Barcelona End-of-Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
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It’s Nick Petrangelo who leads the final 343 going into Day 3, a player who has enjoyed a superb 2015 so far. Petrangelo had two six-figures scores at EPT Malta in March and then won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in May when he won the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout. More recently, in July, Petrangelo finished fourth in the $10,400 buy-in Bellagio Cup XI for $321,994.
Joining Petrangelo are a host of red spade sporting Team PokerStars Pros. Andre Akkari (543,300) is right up there with the chip leaders, while Leo Margets (128,500), Johnny Lodden (97,400), and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (46,000) are all still in contention for the title, as are Team PokerStars Online’s Matthias Brandner (49,700) and Isaac Haxton (28,100).
Other stellar name to look out for the in the UK & Ireland PokerNews Live Reporting pages include John Juanda (371,200), Dario Sammartino (335,400), Jens Kyllonen (214,000), Mike Watson (191,800), Jeffrey Hakim (156,400), Max Greenwood (111,200), Ilan Boujenah (60,600), and Sofia Lovgren (36,100).
Play resumes at 12:00 pm local time and the field cut down even more, probably into the money places. Head to our Live Reporting pages to follow the action, as it happens, but return here on Friday for a recap of the action, hopefully one full of names from the UK and Ireland.