Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Day 2 of the 2011 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour London Poker Festival Main Event is all said and done after five 75-minute levels of play. The field of 417 players that returned today has been whittled down to around 170 players. Leading the way looks to be Benny Spindler with 469,800 in chips.
Team PokerStars Pro was represented well coming into Day 2. Those sporting the red spade badge and country flag included Joe Hachem, Vanessa Rousso, Jason Mercier, Victor Ramdin, Matthias De Meulder, Barry Greenstein, Ivan Demidov, Sebastian Ruthenberg, JP Kelly, George Danzer, Noah Boeken, Vicky Coren, Ville Wahlbeck, Ana Marquez and Angel Guillen. Out of that bunch, Mercier, Marquez and Ruthenberg were able to advance as all the others were sent packing.
Other notables who were eliminated on the day were Scott Seiver, Surinder Sunar, Cornel Cimpan, Sam Chartier, Justin Bonomo, Jonathan Karamalikis, Mickey Petersen, Soren Kongsgaard, Nick Binger and Dominik Nitsche. We also lost last year's EPT London champion David Vamplew, which opens up the door for a new winner this year.
Of those who are are advancing to Day 3, we've got James Mitchell, Martins Adeniya, Sebastian Blom (brother of Viktor Blom), Steve O'Dwyer, Sorel Mizzi, Daniel Neilson and Jake Cody. Team PokerStars Pros Juan Manuel Pastor and Nacho Barbero are also returning for play on Monday.
Day 3 begins at noon tomorrow. Surely the money bubble will break then, so you won't want to miss any of the action. Be sure to tune into PokerNews then for all of the live coverage.
The tournament staff has just announced that each table will finish the hand they are on and play five more hands.
Action folded to Dan Kelly in middle position and he moved all in for 21,700. Arvi Vainionkulma made the call on the button and the hands were tabled.
The board ran out and with the straight on board, the players chopped up the pot.
From under the gun, Daniel Rowlands raised to 5,000. Action folded to Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem in middle position and he made the call. Everyone else folded and the dealer ran out the flop. Rowlands fired a big bet of 15,500 with exactly 25,000 behind. Hachem took his time and then raised all in for 41,700. Rowlands immediately looked pained. He put his head in his hands for a few seconds while thinking about the decision. After about a minute he said, "Well, if you have it, you have it," and made the call.
Hachem rolled over the , but to his astonishment and to the astonishment of the table, he was behind the for Rowlands. Given all of Rowlands actions, no one thought he had a hand that big.
The turn was he and the river the . Both missed Hachem and he was crushed down to just 1,300 in chips.
On the next hand, Roberto Romanello raised from under the gun to 4,300. Hachem called all in for his last 1,000 and then action folded to Bryn Kenney in the cutoff seat. He called and Rowlands also called from the big blind. The flop came down paired with the falling. Action checked to Kenney and he bet 7,400. After Rowlands folded, Romanello raised to 20,000. Kenney folded and left Romanello to battle with Hachem.
Hachem held the , but was in a world of hurt against the for Romanello. Two hands in a row Hachem was up against kings now and this time he needed a miracle to save his tournament.
The turn was the and the river the to end the hand and send Hachem to the rail.
The players are now on their last 15-minute break of the day.