Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
It took six 75-minute levels to reach the end of Day 2. It sounds like a short and easy day but it was nothing like that. Many big pots, suckouts, and preflop five-bets later there are just 113 remaining players with Mantas Visockis on top with 522,200. Mike 'Timex' McDonald and Chris Moorman are also near the top with 422,100 and 380,300 chips respectively.
The day started with a bang as Martin Jacobson was quickly eliminated by David Vamplew and Matt Perrins lost all his chips to Mikhail Korotkikh. Both Vamplew and Korotkikh made it to the third day of play. PokerStars Team Online and former EPT Copenhagen winner Mickey Petersen ran ace-king into pocket tens and he was also gone within the first level.
Team PokerStars Pro Isaac Haxton found his seat today at the toughest table in the room and it was Teddy Sheringham who eliminated him. Haxton got his chips into the pot with ace-jack and that was not enough to beat the football legend's ace-king. Sheringham survived Day 2 with 87,5090 chips and he looks to be heading to his fifth ever EPT cash and third EPT London in-the-money finish.
Full Tilt's Professional Tom Dwan showed up as late as possible and with a stack blinded down to 10,200 he started this event. It didn't last long for the online phenomenon who was knocked out within his first level of play. Fellow high stakes regular Sam Trickett was eliminated early on, he ran ace-king into queens.
The eliminations added up quickly as Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel was also knocked out. The World Series of Poker Main Event winner lost with jacks against ace-queen in a preflop all in. Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano and EPT final table record holder lost pocket fours against ace-queen and that means that he's still looking for his first EPT cash in Season 9 with just three events to go.
Mike McDonald started the upward trend about halfway through the day but at that point he was still far behind Moorman. The man that plays online under the handle "Moorman1" was the number one in the tournament for quite some time after he rivered a full house in a big three-way pot.
For the longest time it seemed like Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis was headed for Day 3 but eventually he ran into McDonald. The Canadian EPT Dortmund winner flopped trips against Veldhuis' aces and this pot sky-rocketed him to the top of the counts. The first player to crack the 400,000-chip mark was Estonian Matthias Tikerpe who knocked out Niels van Alphen when both players rivered a flush.
Another Dutchman was involved in a crucial pot today as Paul Berende was very unlucky in a pot that gave Full Tilt's Professional Viktor Blom the chip lead. Berende got his money in with kings on a seven-high flop but the Swede rivered his gutshot to take down this pot. Michael Tureniec wasn't as lucky as his fellow countryman and he busted to Team PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen with ace-queen to pocket eights. Jorgensen ended the day on 333,500.
Other big pros to have made it through to Day 3 are David Vamplew (150,000), Philipp Gruissem (129,700), Anton Wigg (90,300), Moorman (380,300) and Team PokerStars Pro's Jason Mercier (147,800), Leo Margets (75,400), Jorgensen (333,500), Sandra Naujoks (71,600), David Williams (134,000), Vicky Coren (33,800) and Marcel Luske (196,200).
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There has been a bit of shuffling around at the top and Viktor Blom is no longer chip leader.
He was down to around 400,000 when he lost a 100 big blind flip to Nick Abou Risk. Blom's pocket queens couldn't hold against Risk's ace-king. He four-flushed with the .
That happened on the feature table but a little while before on an adjacent table another huge pot played out. Toby Lewis told us how Mantas Visockis eliminated an opponent in a 400,000-plus pot with aces to queens. Six bets got in pre flop and Tikerpe's aces held. That put the Estonian up to 510,000.
Another player on 510,000 is Matthias Tikerpe. He's at a very deep table that contains Mike McDonald.
On a flop, Pawel Zawadowicz checked and Chris Moorman bet 7,200. Mads Amot raised to 16,100 and Zawadowicz folded.
Moorman three-betto 37,200 and Amot quickly moved all in, Moorman obliging with the call.
The turn was the but the came on the river giving the Englishman his flush.
We missed the action unfortunately, but according to one of our Dutch bloggers Michael Tureniec was eliminated by Theo Jorgensen. The Team PokerStars Pro confirmed the news on Twitter moments later:
Vojtech Ruzicka, who won the High Roller event in Deauville, was just eliminated by Nicolas Chouity.
The flop looked good for Ruzicka coming while the turn changed nothing but the was a proverbial "kick in the nads" (for non-English people, it mean it hurt).
Liv Boeree raised to 5,000 in the hijack seat, Griffin Benger three-bet to 10,800 on his direct left, and the action folded back to Boeree, who called.
The flop came , Boeree checked, and Benger fired 8,200. Boeree tanked for a minute or so, then called.
The turn was the , both players checked, and the completed the board. Boeree led out fo 13,000, which was roughly a third of Benger's stack, and he unhappily folded.
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Anton Wigg raised by putting in a blue 5,000-chip and the action was on the big blind, Antoine Labat, who went into the tank. After a while Labat moved in and Wigg called off his remaining chips. The Swede had 37,900 left and the showdown went as following.
The board ran out and rivered straight kept the former EPT Copenhagen winner alive. Labat is still sitting comfortably on around 230,000 chips.