Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Courtesy of Neil Stoddart.
Day two of EPT Madrid saw 264 runners return to the felt for five more 75-minute levels as the field was gradually whittled down to 112. Despite both upstairs and downstairs rooms being used, it did not take long for everyone to be squeezed into the same area where Juan Navarrate began the day as chip leader. The slightly earlier than usual finish was fairly popular with players, many of whom decided to make use of the extra time and moved on to the famous Bernabeu stadium for Real Madrid's Champions' League clash with CSKA Moscow.
At the end of play, it was a familiar face at the top of chip leader as Mike 'Timex' McDonald (409,800) was one of only two players to finish the day over the 400,000 mark just ahead of Frederik Jensen (404,500). McDonald was back to causing the usual headlines as opposed to a slightly more odd occurrence on Day 1B.
McDonald picked up a huge pot when according to his twitter, he three-bet/five-bet all in with ace-jack against an aggressive player's kings and spiked for a huge pot which put the Canadian into contention for the chip lead about three-quarters of the way through the day. Although that was probably the biggest and most important pot he won, the final hand of the day probably summed up how everything had gone for him as he found aces while a short stack pushed with 5-4, McDonald made quads by the turn...
Other big stacks who have made it through are former EPT Tallinn finalist Dmitri Vitkind (363,000) the always dangerous Mclean Karr (330,700) and Javier Etayo (329,400) and will be looking ahead rather than behind them at this stage of the tournament.
The PokerStars Team Pros suffered a decidedly mixed day but Johnny Lodden (180,900) Angel Guillen (95,000) Henrique Pinho (61,400) and Alex Kravchenko (52,000) all made it through into the third day with the potential of a €545,000 pay-day still in sight. Lodden's story was of particular note, he was at one point sitting with just 28,300 in the last level (14BB's) but suddenly ascended like a rocket and finished the day with well above average.
Those who were a bit more on the receving end were Arnaud Mattern, Fatima Moreira de Melo and the home hope Juan Manuel Pastor, all of whom departed very early on in the day, hampered by their short stacks while Toni Judet and Nacho Barbero would follow them later.
Despite the quality of these exits, there's still many big names involved going into Day 3 such as Mclean Karr, Taylor Paur, Yann Dion, Nicolas Levl while Toby Lewis, Nicolas Chouity, Rupert Elder and Kevin MacPhee, like our chip leader, still harbour hopes of being the first ever double EPT champion.
We'll be back tomorrow from midday, (1200 CET, 0400 PST) as we play into the money and down to our final 24 players. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team once more for all the updates from EPT Madrid.
The clock has been stopped and each table will play seven more hands for today.
My last pot was about Johnny Lodden hanging on, that is not the case now. He just eliminated Carlos Lopez to climb to 180,000 chips.
The two were heads-up to the turn where the board read and the Team PokerStars Pro checked to face a 15,000 bet. He tanked before calling to the river. Lopez had 35,000 left and that's what Lodden bet. Lopez called to see the Norwegian's for a flush, the pot and the Spanish scalp.
It turned out that Lodden had doubled through Lopez moments before this hand. Lodden the assassin finished the job.
We only caught up with the pot after all the money had gone in preflop. It was Kuziv Ivan Vasylovych at risk for his last 48,800 with . Manuel Sanchez Morito had put him to the test with the covering stack, but his were in trouble.
The board ran out , and a frustrated Morito stepped away from the table and toward the exit. He had to be called back, though, as the table surmised that he was the bigger of the two stacks. Morito didn't seem exactly thrilled to be sticking around with just a few chips, and if our eyes caught it right, he was relieved of an extra 10,000 unintentionally. The dealer announced the amount as 58,800, and that much was paid out to Vasylovych to more than double him up to about 110,000.
As if the news wasn't bad enough, Morito has been left with just 3,600 now.
Team PokerStars Pro Johhny Lodden is hanging on. He seemed to have lost a big pot to Ricardo Ibanez Rodriguez as when he got a shove through against him he commented, "That's revenge for the last hand!"
Rodriguez limped from under the gun and was joined Ondrej Vinklarek over called from the next seat. The action folded around to the Norwegian in the small blind and he slammed down his remaining 28,200 with smile on his face.
Rodriguez tank folded, laving the decision on the current leader of the Player of the Season standings. "If you had more than me I'd call, now I'm not so sure." "Do you want a call?" he continued.
"No," replied Lodden. He wasn't lying either as when Vinklarek folded he was shown !
We missed the opening raise from Maksim Semisoshenko, but we did join in time to see Alex Kravchenko three-bet to 12,100 and Semisoshenko shove in for 33,300 total. Kravchenko asked for the count and considered for just a bit before making the call with a chance at the knockout.
There was a queen in the door, and the board means twice the chips for Semisoshenko and a reduction to about 89,000 for the steely Team PokerStars Pro.
Well, it was a fun ride for Per Linde. Down to just 700 lonely chips in the last level, the Swede mounted a monster comeback, winning five hands in a row to rebound back into contention. It was all for naught, though.
David Gomez Morante has just sent Linde off in bad-beat fashion. Morante's was initially looking not so good against Linde's , and there were about 60,000 chips up for grabs — a monster stack by Linde's standards at this point. A queen in the window changed everything, though, and the board is the last of his day.