Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Day 2 of the PokerStars.it EPT San Remo saw 482 of the original 879 starters return to the Casino di San Remo to see what they could do about accumulating a chip stack. The early pace was absolutely blistering, and astonishingly, our field has nearly reached the money bubble over the course of these seven furious levels. As the dust is settling, we can see that it's Joseph Cheong with the biggest stack in the room, and his 632,000 chips will make him a dangerous presence at the tables tomorrow.
Cheong began with an above-average stack of 70,000, but Nick Yunis took more than half those chips during the first level when his turned a flush. A couple hours later, though, Cheong was all the way up over 300,000. Just a short while ago, though, he broke through the roof when he picked up aces in that huge three-way pot.
As the day wore on, the cream really began to rise to the top of the field. Vanessa Selbst had an above-average stack all day long, and she got a big boost during the closing minutes of the day, just as Cheong did. It was Behbehani on the bad end of that clash, and Vanessa Selbst played the hand like a boss, to be frank. When the money went in on the turn, Behbehani's overpair was drawing slim against Selbst's flush, and a blank on the river has moved the Team PokerStars Pro up to 497,000 at night's end.
Other notables finding themselves flush with chips include Daniel Neilson (584,500), Mustapha Kanit (577,000), Sergey Tikhonov (504,500), and start-of-day big stacks Nick Yunis (435,500) and Chris McClung (402,000).
While there are plenty of good spots to be found during a day of play at EPT San Remo, scores of notables were unable to fade the minefield. Praz Bansi made a bit of a move when he shoved his fairly large stack in with , and his opponent made a huge call with pocket eights, flopped a set, and sent the Brit on his way early on. David Sands, Vanessa Rousso, Anton Wigg, McLean Karr, Liv Boeree, and Salvatore Bonavena were also sent packing over the course of the day.
The ~140 survivors will be back here tomorrow to burst the bubble and play down deeper toward the final table. We'll be here, and we hope you'll join us too!
Until then, all that's left is goodnight!
Play is done for the day and the players are bagging and tagging. We'll have the recap of the day coming for you shortly.
From early position, Etienne Archambeaud raised to 7,000. Salman Behbehani called all in for 4,700 from the next seat and then Kevin MacPhee isolated from the button to 22,200. Archambeaud folded.
The board ran out and Behbehani was eliminated.
Joseph Cheong raised from under the gun to 7,000. Shaun Deeb flat-called and then Piero Guido raised all in for 31,600. Action folded back to Cheong and he flatted. Deeb reraised to around 80,000 with about 150,000 behind. Cheong reraised all in and that sent Deeb into the tank. Eventually, he folded his hand, but didn't look happy about it at all.
The board ran out and Cheong won the pot. He also won a hand shortly after with two queens and now has a whopping 650,000 in chips.
Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst was at it again, this time doubling through Salman Behbehani. We asked Kevin MacPhee what went down between the two and here's what he had to say.
Behbehani raised to 6,600 and Selbst three-bet to 14,500. Action got back to Behbehani and he four-bet to 35,900. According to MacPhee, they have been getting into it prior to this hand with a few three- and four-bets. Selbst flatted the four-bet and they went to a flop.
The flop came down and Behbehani bet 25,500. Selbst flat-called to see the land on the turn. Behbehani checked and Selbst bet 50,500. Behbehani check-raised all in and Selbst called.
The river was the and Selbst's turned flush was the winning hand, cracking Behbehani's queens. He was left with 5,100 while she's well over 400,000.
Eugene Katchalov is a threat to win any tournament he plays. Except for this one, now. We missed how it happened, but he has met his demise here late on Day 2.
Alfio Battisti raised from late position, and Giampiero Tanzi three-bet shoved for 45,900. Battisti -- known as "aLFiosNob" around these parts -- called off more than half his stack, turning up . Tanzi was working with , ahead but only barely.
The flop was a crusher for the at-risk player, and the turn changed nothing. Tanzi was able to re-suck on the river, though, and the drew a fist pump and a loud, "Si!"
Battisti is down to about 40,000 now, while Tanzi doubles up to the century mark, near as makes any difference.