Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
It's been an exciting day of poker here at Casino Sanremo as the starting fields from both Day 1a and Day 1b combined to battle on the felt for six more levels. A grand total of 430 players of the starting 797 returned for Day 2 play. At the end of the day Inge Forsmo led the remaining 152 players with a stack of 606,100.
Forsmo gained a big chunk of his stack on a hand where the board read . Forsmo bet 62,000 from middle position and Nikoay Tyurin flat called. Oleg Larichev moved all in for less and the hit the river. Forsmo announced that he was all in and Tyurin called off his tournament life with . Forsmo held for a set of sixes and was able to score a double knockout. For the rest of the night he trended upward.
While Forsmo is in the lead, there are many players on his heels. Other players that will carry big stacks into Day 3 are Charly Maracchione (505,800), Jason Tompkins (500,000), Lorenzo Sabato (387,900), Matt Salsberg (338,700), and Yevgeniy Timoshenko (336,300).
Others may not be the biggest stacks in the room, but they are certainly notable faces and will be returning to compete on Day 3. Some of those returning for the third day of play are David Vamplew (294,800), Shaun Deeb (188,800), Ludovic Lacay (183,100), Isaac Haxton (148,800), Todd Terry (97,500), Rupert Elder (31,500)
Team PokerStars also had several players make it through to the third day of play. Those moving on include Ana Marquez (162,000), Jude Ainsworth (138,700), Luca Moschitta (104,400), Liv Boeree (81,400), Chris Moneymaker (70,600), Mickey Petersen (66,500), Jose Barbero (65,100), Andre Akkari (46,300), and 2011 World Series of Poker champion Pius Heinz (43,600).
While all of those players were able to thrive on Day 2 of play, others met their untimely end. Melanie Weisner, Johnny Lodden, Leo Fernandez, JC Alvarado, Eugene Katchalov, Tim Adams, Andy Frankenberger, and Mike McDonald are just some of the players who returned for Day 2 only to find themselves without any chips before the day ended.
Also returning for Day 2 with a starting stack of 82,400 was Team PokerStars pro Angel Guillen. Unfortunately for Guillen, the cards were not on his side and provided him with a roller coaster of a day. Guillen saw his tournament come to an end when he shipped his stack of 15,000 all in before the flop with . Guillen's all in bet was called by fellow Team PokerStars pro Theo Jorgensen who held an inferior . This final hand would be the icing on the cake for a bad day for Guillen, however, as the flop fell to given Jorgensen a straight and the best hand. Guillen would fail to improve on the subsequent streets and was sent to the rail. While it was a temporary victory for Jorgensen, he would also meet his end before play reached its conclusion for the day.
Day 3 will begin play at 1400 CET (0800 ET) on Monday. Be sure to stay tuned to our updates on PokerNews as the field pops the money bubble and beyond!
All the tournament tables have wrapped up their six hands, and the players are bagging and tagging their chips. A complete recap will be posted shortly.
Yevgeniy Timoshenko bet 3,600 on the flop, and Sam Trickett raised to 8,600. After some thought, Timoshenko called.
The turn was the , and Timoshenko checked. Trickett bet 14,000, and Timoshenko made the call.
The landed on the river, and Timoshenko checked. Trickett bet half his stack with 20,000, and Timoshenko called with the for a straight. Trickett mucked with a smile and a shake of the head as he was kicked all the way back down to 20,600 in chips. This was the last hand of the night at Trickett's table, meaning he'll be taking a short stack into tomorrow's Day 3.
Sanremo has been beautiful in the sunshine this week but soon it will be winter, when the shops close, the locals leave town and the rest wait for spring – as explained by two of the tournament staff who live here.
Click through to the PokerStars Blog to read on.
Matt Salsberg must be wishing his day ended ten minutes earlier than it did after he lost a big pot to an opponent.
He flopped top pair in a three-bet pot and then got a lot of chips in on the turn when the board read . His was way behind his opponent's . He made a second pair on the river but the 300k pot went the other way.
He'll be annoyed but he was left with around 300,000 to play with on day three.
The tournament staff just announced each table will play six more hands before calling it a night.
Giovanni Rizzo moved all in for 27,000 from early position and received a call from Shaun Deeb in the hijack. Jason Tompkins then three-bet to 69,900 from the cutoff which inspired the button, blinds, and Deeb to all fold.
"How about a three?" Rizzo asked after the flop delivered him a gut-shot straight draw. The dealer did not oblige and instead put out the on the turn followed by the on the river. With that, Tompkins chipped up to 475,000.
Arguably the best-known Italian in the room is no more. Team PokerStars Pro and European Poker Tour record holder with the most cashes in the EPT history, Luca Pagano has just busted from the tournament and will need to wait until the next event to try and beat his own record.
Imed Mahmoud raised to 5,000 in the middle position and Luca Pagano reraised to 12,000 on the button. Mahmoud then four-bet to 35,000 and Pagano shoved all in for 110,000. Mahmoud made the call and had Pagano covered.
Pagano was in a bad shape and needed help from the board to survive. Unfortunately for the Italian, he didn't get any as the dealer opened and the EPT record holder was eliminated from the tournament.