Another fantastic day of tournament poker is in the books at Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham, where Day 2 of the partypokerLIVE MILLIONS £5,300 Main Event kept staff, dealers and hundreds of players busy throughout the afternoon and evening.
The 1,240 entries from qualifiers and direct buy-ins along with the many buy-ins from online qualifiers and satellites hosted in partner casinos around Europe have totaled a combined prize pool of £6,017,395, eclipsing the guaranteed £6,000,000. Every one of the remaining 220 players from today, as well as the 36 players that already advanced to Day 3 from playing in either San Remo, St. Vincent, or Vienna, are guaranteed a payout of £5,000. The final prize distribution is yet to be worked out by the number crunchers at Dusk Till Dawn and will be released on Day 3 but it's clear this event is one of Europe's biggest poker tournaments ever.
|Phase 1 Live Entries||2,705|
|Phase 1 Online Entries:||4,062|
|Main Event direct entries:||564|
|Total £5,300 entries:||1,240|
|Net prize pool:||£6,017,395|
When Day 3 commences, local player Jeremy Pantin will be the man to beat. Pantin managed to bag up no less than 20,915,000 chips, equating to more than 170 big blinds when the tournament clock starts its countdown with blinds at 60,000-120,000 (10,000 ante).
When Day 3 commences, local player Jeremy Pantin will be the man to beat.
Other big stacks include Stephen Chidwick (13,230,000), Iaron Lightbourne (12,600,000), and Jan-Eric Schwippert (11,400,000), while at least three partypoker Ambassadors, Mike Sexton (10,050,000), Tony Dunst (2,485,000) and Anatoly Filatov (approximately 1,800,000) are still in contention for the MILLIONS title.
Also through in the very top is UK based Spaniard and online pro Vicente Delgado (15,885,000). He overtook the chip lead late in the day thanks to two big hands against Steven Warburton. In one of the biggest pots of the day, Delgado flopped a set of sixes and succeeded in getting Warburton to commit his chips on the turn with top pair and a gutshot. Delgado did lose a couple of million chips during the last level of play but is still sitting comfortably with close to three times the chips of an average stack.
|1||Jeremy Pantin||United Kingdom||20,915,000|
Unfortunately, Day 2 was also the end of the road for some household poker names. Thomas Muehloecker, Martin Kabrhel, Johnny Lodden, Sam Grafton, Dominik Panka, Jason Wheeler, Niall Farrell and Charlie Carrel were all sent to the rail during the first seven levels play. Shortly before the end of the day, David Vamplew joined them after busting in spectacular fashion. The EPT London champion ran kings into the Aces of Ludovic Geilich. Despite the elimination, Geilich wasn't able to make it through either, as he failed to get away from top pair against an opponent's set shortly after.
According to the screens, there were 220 players remaining after Day 2, and they will be joined by 36 qualified players from other live venues. The recipe for tomorrow is the same as it was today - 8 levels of 75 minutes, good for a total 10 hours of play. Don't forget to tune in again tomorrow at 1 pm local time as another exciting day of poker awaits and you can follow along in the dedicated live reporting blog. The PokerNews live reporting team will, of course, be on site to bring you all the action.