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2016 EPT Dublin Main Event Day 2: Ivan Banic Leads as 127 Progress

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  • Croatia's Ivan Banic topped the chip counts on Day 2 of the 2016 EPT Dublin Main Event where 127 players progressed.

  • Kuljinder Sidhu is the best placed British player with 262,000 chips.

  • €561,900 awaits the eventual EPT Dublin champion.

Day 2 of the 2016 PokerStars EPT12 Dublin Main Event came and went in a flash on the Emerald Isle on Tuesday.

A total of 341 survivors from the event's two starting days returned to the Royal Dublin Society with plans to battle it out through six 75-minute levels. Some 15 more entries were added to the mix before play started, and by the time the dust settled, 127 pushed through to Wednesday's Day 3.

EPT12 Dublin Main Event Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Ivan BanicCroatia381,200
2Alex DifeliceCanada359,500
3Tudor PuriceRomania323,700
4Jiachen GongCanada323,200
5Mikhail PetrovRussia322,600
6Mikael JeanLebanon320,000
7Gilles BerniesGermany311,700
8Christopher KrukCanada303,400
9Ivan DeyraFrance297,100
10Adrien AllainFrance297,000

With registration officially closed, prize pool information was released part way through the day. A grand total of 605 players means a €2,934,250 prize pool was created that will pay 87 spots. A minimum cash is worth €9,100, the top six players will all earn six figures and Irish poker glory and a €561,900 first-place prize awaits the winner.

The inside track on the title currently belongs to some pretty big names, as end-game bosses like Anthony Zinno, Mike McDonald and Dominik Panka all built big stacks heading into Day 3.

Team PokerStars Pros Luca Pagano, Liv Boeree and PokerStars Team Online's Jaime Staples and Mickey Petersen also remain in contention, but the end-of-day chip leader was none other than Croatia's Ivan Banic, who amassed at least a part of his stack in a somewhat bizarre hand where he exposed his cards, flopped a set and still managed to get paid off by an opponent with a flush draw.

Well known heroes like Steve O'Dwyer, Chris Moorman, Dzmitry Urbanovich are also still in with a shot headed to Day 3.

It wasn't all wine and roses for the entire field, however, as 2014 WSOP Main Event champ Martin Jacobson, Friend of PokerStars Felipe "Mojave" Ramos, serial EPT PokerStars qualifer and EPT Berlin champ Kevin MacPhee, EPT12 Dublin €10,000 Single-Day High Roller winner Charlie Carrel, EPT12 Dublin €25,000 High Roller champ Mustapha Kanit and Team PokerStars Pros George Danzer, Theo Jorgensen, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Jake Cody and Jason Mercier were among those who did not survive the day.

Day 3 will kick off at 12 p.m. local time in Dublin on Wednesday with the money bubble clearly in sight and the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand for all the action from start to finish.

Tune in then as PokerNews will feature exclusive live coverage of the EPT12 Dublin Main Event through the bubble and beyond.

While you wait, why not check out this short video clip where members of Team PokerStars Pro talk about their experiences of trying out the virtual reality poker.

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