Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Leonid Markin from Russia finished the day as the chip leader with 1,921,000. In second place is Jorryt van Hoof from the Netherlands with 1,546,000 and German Martin Quack is third with 1,328,000.
Markin grabbed a big lead when he got into a preflop raising war with Sergio Aido just before the money bubble. They had the two biggest stacks in the tournament and when Aido shoved it was a simple call for Markin who held . Aido was visibly shocked as he turned over and the final board of propelled Markin to nearly 1,500,000 chips, a lead he never looked like relinquishing. Aido was left nursing a short stack.
With entry closed at the start of play, the final tally was 173 entries including 46 re-entries. The winner is set to receive £394,200 with 23 places getting paid.
There were 86 players who began Day 2 and the action was relentless from the get-go. Full Tilt Poker Professional Viktor Blom was one of the early fallers with most of the damage done when his shove with saw Dimitar Danchev make the call with . The Swedish online sensation never recovered and was gone soon after.
The bustouts continued to come thick and fast and it wasn’t long before Pablo Fernandez burst the bubble when his shove with ran into the of Dimitar Danchev and the of Joel Nordvkist.
The action sped up after the bubble with Aido managing to limp to a min-cash of £19,650 in 23rd place after his earlier misstep. Sam Trickett made it to 20th, which was good for £21,350 after spending much of the earlier part of the day insisting he was ready to go home.
Ole Schemion was the 19th place finisher. Niall Farrell picked off a big river bluff shove from Schemion on a board of . Farrell correctly put him on, “A jack that’s bluffing. Jack-ten?” and made the call with . Schemion did indeed have . A few hands later and the German was gone.
Yann Dion was the chip leader at the start of the day but had a horrendous run of cards and luck. He hung on, displaying remarkable patience to finish in 12th place and take home £28,800.
Team PokerStars Pro Victoria Coren Mitchell was in fine form and looking, as she repeatedly told her table, for good spots to gamble. She found several of these spots but eventually ran into Martin Quack's aces, finishing in 11th to bag £33,050.
By the close of ten levels of play there would be just ten players left, two shy of the official final table. Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden (272,000) will be returning as the short stack and other names to look out for include, Craig McCorkell (887,000), Andrew Chen (566,000) and Niall Farrell (510,000).
Cards are in the air at noon tomorrow as they play down to a winner. If it’s anything like today it will be a tremendous day of poker, so be sure not to miss it. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to record the drama as it happens, we'll see you then.
A full recap of the day will follow shortly.
A tough last two hands for chip leader Leonid Markin, he lost with two pair to Jorryt van Hoof's better two pair. In the last hand, Nial Farrell shoved for 238,000 from under-the-gun and Markin made the call.
The flop came but the on the turn meant Markin needed a card lower than an eight that wasn't a five or paired the board to bust Farrell. Anything else would mean a chopped pot except the previously mentioned five.
The then came on the end and Farrell managed to double up at the death.
Leonid Markin drew the meaning there are five more hands left tonight.
Team PokerStars Pro Victoria Coren Mitchell shoved all in for 183,000 and Martin Quack pushed for a large stack of orange 25k chips into the middle.
Coren Mitchell said, "I'm probably behind but I feel l'm going to win this hand..."
She tabled , Quack showed .
The flop came and Coren Mitchell was slightly disappointed. The turn and river changed nothing and there were just ten players left.
Yann Dion opened to 32,000 preflop from the cutoff before Leonid Markin made it 74,000 on the button. Fady Kamar cold-caled from the small blind and the action was passed back to Dion who moved all in for 297,000.
Markin folded his hand but Kamar got a count and then made the call.
The board came and Dion, the chip leader at the start of the day, was knocked out in 12th place.
Jorryt van Hoof opened to 32,000 preflop and Andrew Chen flat-called in the cutoff. Niall Farrell then squeezed to 97,000 on the button and van Hoof responded by moving all in. Chen quickly got out of the way and Farrell called instantly.
"The classic," said Farrell.
The board came offering the Scotsman no assistance. He dropped to 400,000 while November Niner van Hoof became the only player other than Leonid Markin to go into seven figures.
Martin Quack opened the action and called a shove from Dimitar Danchev.
Danchev had gotten short and made his move with but had run into the legitimate .
Danchev couldn’t hit his ace as the cards ran out and he was next to go in a spate of late level bustouts.