Another 10 levels were completed on Day 2 of the €25,000 EPT High Roller at the 2022 PokerStars European Poker Tour presented by Monte-Carlo Casino. There will be just 13 players returning for the third and final day of action where a large portion of the €4,297,790 will be handed out.
Leading the way among the 13 survivors will be Dimitar Danchev who bagged up a whopping 1,379,000 chips. Danchev has most recently been known for his online poker prowess, however, he already has one EPT title under his belt. Danchev took down the PCA Main Event in 2013 for his only seven-figure score to date. Bruno Lopes (1,116,000) and Gianluca Speranza (1,073,000) round out the top three chip stacks.
Day 3 Seating Assignments
The day kicked off with 69 players returning to their seats along with 19 other re-entries before the cards went in the air. That created a total of 179 entries for this event and a prizepool of nearly €4.3 million. The remaining 13 players have already locked up over €70,000 while the winner will be walking home with €951,950.
There were short stacks that were falling by the wayside in the early going along with some of the new entries. As the bubble approached, the action came to a screeching halt and the tournament staff opted to go hand-for-hand two players off the money. Kent Staahle was the first to exit, followed by Pedro Garagnani who ran his pocket kings into the pocket aces of Dominik Nitsche.
There was still some excessive stalling for the coming pay jumps with a few short stacks that scraped into the money. Among those that cashed include Sam Greenwood, Thomas Muehloecker, Ben Heath, Christoph Vogelsang, and Pascal Lefrancois.
During the last couple of levels is when Danchev earned all of his chips, thanks to a bit of luck in the cards. Danchev got into a preflop raising war with Vogelsang, both of which had an above-average chip stack. Danchev found himself all-in and at risk with pocket kings against the aces of Vogelsang. However, a four-card flush runout gave Danchev the best hand and left Vogelsang on crumbs in the process.
Day 3 action will commence at 12:30 p.m. local time with the blinds resuming on level 21 at 8,000/16,000 and a 16,000 big blind ante. The levels will continue to be 60 minutes in length until a winner is crowned. The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the tournament floor to bring you all of the action.