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2015 partypoker WPT Prague Main Event Day 2: Brian Senie Bags Unbelievable Chip Lead

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  • Read the recap from Day 2 of the 2015 World Poker Tour Prague Main Event.

American pro Brian Senie bagged a chip lead so big after the second day of play at World Poker Tour Prague, we're not sure there's ever been one this big before. Senie took 759,000 chips into Day 3, and with 61 players remaining he already has 10% of all the chips in play. However, it's not nearly a done deal yet, as plenty of other top pros are still in the hunt for the title.

Top 10 Day 2 Chip Counts

1Brian Senie759,000
2Miguel Silva263,800
3Abdelkader Benhalima244,400
4Pavel Veksler239,500
5David Abreu222,000
6Byron Kaverman218,800
7Vasili Firsau213,400
8Pavel Plesov207,300
9Anton Afanasyev197,800
10Yingui Li193,000

WPT Prague drew a total crowd of 256 entries and on Day 2 the remaining players the eliminations came quick. Fedor Holz lasted no more than six minutes, while Simeon Naydenov, Adrian Mateos and Fabrice Soulier were also among the first to hit the rail. The trend of bustouts continued with November Niner Pierre Neuville, Eugene Katchalov and Kevin MacPhee, while Steve O'Dwyer pulled out to an early chip lead.

O'Dwyer battled with start-of-the day chip leader Josh Cranfield, and the online qualifier got the worst of it in a massive pot. Cranfield flopped a full house, but O'Dwyer rivered a bigger full house when the money went in, and Cranfield found himself empty-handed in the second level. Brian Senie, also at that table, then chipped up through O'Dwyer and that allowed him to pull out to a huge chip lead, one he wouldn't relinquish.

In the meantime, Martin Finger, Anton Astapau and recent WPT Montreal finalist Rainer Kempe were also sent packing along with current WPT Player of the Year Anthony Zinno. Zinno busted to Ole Schemion, who bagged up 121,000 at the end of the night.

Former EPT Barcelona High Roller champ, Belarus' Ihar Soika, bagged up 165,800 and Ukrainian Igor Yaroshevskyy will take 145,300 with him to Day 3. The Brits also kept their dreams alive as both Ben Heath (117,700) and Charlie Carrel (67,500) made the third day during their first WPT event.

Play will resume on Friday at 2:00 p.m. local time as the remaining 61 will chase after a spot in the money. A total of 27 players will get paid, and the tournament director hinted towards having to play six levels in order to get to the final 24.

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