The second day of the 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €5,300 Main Event was filled with excitement, and Pierre Calamusa bagged up the overnight chip lead with 580,800 in chips.
Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
|8||Fatima Moreira de Melo||357,200|
Early on Day 2, the tournament saw Leo Margets, Gaelle Baumann, Felipe Ramos, Igor Kurganov, Salman Behbehani, and Niall Farrell hit the rail. Team PokerStars players Liv Boeree, Yaxi Zhu, Jason Mercier, Betrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Naoya Kihara, Lex Veldhuis, and Celina Lin were all knocked out on Day 2 as well, but there are still plenty of players left representing the red spade.
PokerStars team pro Vanessa Selbst had a stellar start to her day, but in the end she dropped some to finish with 206,700. EPT Deauville winner and fellow PokerStars team pro Jake Cody bagged up 150,100, while Team Online member Randy Lew and SportsStar Fatima Moreira de Melo are among the biggest remaining stacks in the tournament.
Lew chipped up consistently on Day 2 to end on 385,800, and the same could be said for Moreira de Melo. The Dutch three-time Olympic medalist bagged up 357,200, as she looks for her second main event cash this season, following a 240th-place finish in Barcelona.
The No. 3 player on poker's all-time money list, Erik Seidel, with $26.5 million in career live tournament earnings, had a very strong day. Seidel stayed under the radar for most of play on Day 2, but bagged up 368,400.
Former EPT champion Aaron Gustavson (374,400) and Davidi Kitai (113,000) are still in the hunt, along with Dimitar Danchev and other big stacks like Marcin Chmielewski (493,500), Erwann Pecheux (413,800), Albert Daher (375,100), and Matthew Davenport (349,100).
Once registration closed, the 12th EPT season's finale drew a total of 1,098 participants, creating a prize pool worth €5,325,300 that will pay the top 159 places. First prize is worth €961,800, and with 205 players remaining the money will be reached on Day 3, as another five levels are slated to be played.
Play will recommence on Tuesday at 12 p.m. noon and PokerNews.com will be right there with all the coverage.