The 2012 World Poker Tour Vienna saw Day 2 come and go on Thursday and just 66 players remain. Leading the way is Morten Christensen with 483,000 in chips. Behind him is Chris Moorman with 411,500 and Tristan Wade with 395,500.
Coming into the day, Darko Stojanovic held the lead. He started Day 2 with 320,000 and ended with 354,000. Although he didn't exactly make everyone's eyes pop with his overall stack movement, Stojanovic finished fourth overall on the leader board.
Entering the day, a few former WPT champions were still in the mix. Of those returning, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Davidi Kitai and Sam El Sayed were among them. Unfortunately, all three of those players were eliminated on the day.
According to the WPT Live Updates Team, Kitai went out during Level 11 with the blinds at 600/1,200/200 when his failed to out run the pocket tens for his opponent. El Sayed fell two levels later with the blinds at 1,000/2,000/300.
Also eliminated during the same unlucky Level 13 that El Sayed went out in were Faraz Jaka and Steve O'Dwyer. First, Jaka lost to to bust and then O'Dwyer was eliminated by the hot Stojanovic.
According to O'Dwyer, Wade made a min-raise and O'Dwyer flat-called with two kings. Stojanovic three-bet to 13,200 and action folded back to O'Dwyer. He reraised and made it 39,700 to go. Stojanovic called and the flop came down with one club. O'Dwyer bet 35,000 and Stojanovic called. The turn brought the and O'Dwyer fired 46,000. Stojanovic called again and the river completed the board with the . O'Dwyer checked and Stojanovic moved all in, having O'Dwyer covered. After tanking for a bit and even getting the clock called on him, O'Dwyer made the call. Stojanovic tabled for a straight and won the pot to eliminate one of the hottest players on the tournament circuit this year.
A few of the other players eliminated on the day were Michel Abecassis, Xuan Liu, Sam Chartier, Adam Levy and Jason Wheeler. Those advancing included Ben Wilinofsky (260,000), Anton Wigg (234,000) and former WPT champion Roberto Romanello (223,000).
WPT Vienna Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
Just 66 players remain and the top 45 places pay out. Day 3 will commence at 1300 CET and PokerNews will have the daily update when play has been completed, so be sure to check back for that.
*Photo courtesy of the World Poker Tour.