The second starting day of the €4,250 Main Event of the 2015 Master Classics of Poker drew a field of 178 participants. Nine levels of 60 minutes each later, only 95 of them bagged up chips. Along with the 44 from Day 1a, this makes for 139 survivors for Day 2 with an overall field of 278 thus far.
Registration and reentry will remain open until the first cards are dealt on Day 2, and there will be an average of 60 big blinds at the start of the upcoming Level 10. All new sign-ups will receive an initial stack of 30,000 and several of those that busted in the second flight are expected to return Wednesday for another shot at the title at Holland Casino in Amsterdam.
Leading the field after Day 1b was Martin Finger with a hefty 195,800 in chips. He's followed by Marco Guldenaar with 181,400. Canadian poker pro Timothy Adams (149,200), who bubbled the €10,000 High Roller Event two days ago, claimed 100 chips more than Day 1a leader Rens Feenstra and completed the overnight podium.
Top 10 Day 1b Chip Counts
Other big stacks included Omer Cubukcu (131,300), Antoine Vranken (129,400), the hot-running Tobias Peters (117,700) who finished first and second in two MCOP side events in consecutive days, Ilan Boujenah (101,600), as well as Johan van Til (100,400).
Several other notables bagged up chips for Day 2, albeit a little less. Former November Niner Michiel Brummelhuis (98,700), High Roller winner Kuljinder Sidhu (90,500), 2012 champion Ole Schemion (82,600), Pascal Vos (78,800), and Steve O'Dwyer (73,200) were just a few that claimed an above-average stack.
On the other side of the fence, among those to hit the rail were Olvedo Heinze, Bryn Kenney, Niels van Leeuwen, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Ben Wilinofsky, Jorryt van Hoof, and Nikolaus Teichert.
Teichert was the first to leave after losing a flip to Samy Kamal, where the latter held a big stack until the dinner break and then vanished.
The same applied for Matthew Miller and Steve Watts, who lost a big pot after running into the quads of Finger and busting on a flush draw shortly after.
Philipp Gruissem's big combo draw failed to improve against Guldenaar and the German reentered without being able to run up his stack.
The most spectacular hand of the day saw Per Munksgaard bust three opponents at the same time, including Ben Wilinofsky.
Day 2 will continue at 14:00 local time on Wednesday with blinds of 500/1,000 and a running ante of 100. As soon as the first card is dealt, registration will close and the prize pool information and payouts will be finalized.
Whether or not the money will be reached on the second tournament day is uncertain, because the level duration increases to 75 minutes. Either way, you can expect PokerNews to be here every step of the way providing live coverage until a winner is crowned on Friday.