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Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden Leads After Day 2

[user68268] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Johnny Lodden
Johnny Lodden

Day 2 of the 2013 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final has concluded following an exciting six levels of play that saw many of poker's hottest players rise to the top of the pack. At the beginning of the day, 268 hopefuls returned to felt, but that number was trimmed to about 110. Topping those advancing to Day 3 was Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden with 605,200 in chips.

While the tournament hasn't reached the money just yet, the prize pool has been released. The eventual winner of this year's event will take home a pocket-bursting €1.224 million from the €5.31 million prize pool. The champion will also receive a brilliantly-crafted watch worth more than €5,000 from Slyde. The top 80 spots are set to pay out, with a min-cash worth €16,000.

Out of all that happened on Day 2, one thing is for certain: the EPT Grand Final will be crowning a brand new champion for 2013. Nicolas Chouity was the winner in 2010, and one of two former winners returning to play on Wednesday, but he fell during the first half of the day. Last year's winner, Mohsin Charania, was the only other former champion of this event, but his run came to an end in the final level of the night.

With the blinds at 1,200/2,400/300 in Level 14, Charania ran pocket nines into the pocket tens of five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner John Juanda. The money went in preflop and five community cards weren't enough to save Charania. Juanda went on to finish with 181,300 in chips.

With the biggest story of the day being the thriving of some of the biggest names in the game, the top portion of the leader board was cluttered with superstars wielding big stacks when play wrapped up. Calvin Anderson (472,600), Oleksii Kovalchuk (414,200), Steve O'Dwyer (389,200), Freddy Deeb (350,200), Paul Volpe (256,500) and Andrew Lichtenberger (227,300) were just a handful of the big names to amass large stacks.

Team PokerStars Pro was also very well represented. Daniel Negreanu (340,100), Jason Mercier (321,900), Jake Cody (223,300), Marcin Horecki (137,800) and Chad Brown (115,900) were a couple of those donning the red spade to finish out the day strong.

On the flip side side of the deal were Team Pros Barry Greenstein, Marcel Luske, Humberto Brenes, Leo Fernandez, Angel Guillen and Vicky Coren — all of whom were eliminated. Luske has been victorious in his last five events that he has cashed in, but he wouldn't be winning this event or cashing in it after falling at the hands of Luke Schwartz.

During Level 9 with the blinds at 400/800/100, the "Flying Dutchman" put in a big three-bet to 8,500 after Calvin Anderson had opened to 1,600 and Charbel Salloum flat-called. Action then folded to Schwartz in the big blind, and he four-bet to 15,000. Anderson and Salloum got out of the way, but Luske put in the call to see the {A-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} flop. Schwartz fired enough to put Luske all in, and Luske stuck in his last 15,000 or so to put himself at risk. When the cards were tabled, Schwartz's {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts} was beating Luske's {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}, and his hand held after the {3-Hearts} turn and {K-Clubs} river.

Day 3 will commence at 12 p.m. local time in Monaco, and you can expect things to really heat up with the money bubble on the verge of bursting. Be sure to return right here to PokerNews for all of the live coverage from the first shuffle until the last hand of the night.

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End-of-Day Chip Counts

Happy_Freaked • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Johnny Lodden no 605,200 25,200
Calvin Anderson us 472,400 77,400
Noah Schwartz us 453,400 95,400
Oleksii Kovalchuk ua 414,700 54,700
Steve O'Dwyer ie 389,200 -15,800
Freddy Deeb us 350,200 -2,800
Daniel Negreanu ca 340,100
Jason Mercier us 321,900 27,900
[Removed:17] 296,900 19,900
Andrew Pantling ca 285,000 21,000
Alec Torelli us 270,100 120,100
Paul Volpe us 256,500 71,500
Andrew Lichtenberger us 227,300 -47,700
Jake Cody gb 223,300 -36,700
Slade Fisher 211,400 151,400
Victor Ramdin us 202,900 -2,100
Kevin Iacofano us 189,700 144,700
John Juanda id 181,300 21,300
James Mitchell gb 180,200 -49,800
Taylor Paur us 177,900 -87,100
JC Alvarado mx 159,300 9,300
Yury Gulyy ru 158,000 28,000
Noah Boeken nl 152,600 35,600
Victor Sbrissa br 143,900 -21,100
Marcin Horecki pl 137,800

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• Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

It looks as id Johnny Lodden is up to around 580,000 chips after he eliminted Anaras Alekberovas from Lithuania.

The Team PokerStars Pro opened to 5,800 from under the gun and snap called after Alekberovas moved all in for 57,000 from mid position.

Alekberovas: {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts}
Lodden: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

The board ran {a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{3-Hearts} to send more chips the Norwegian's way.

Johnny Lodden no 580,000 50,000
Anaras Alekberovas lt Busted

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Four More Hands

[user68268] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

The players have been informed that they will all play four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Lodden Over 500K, But Not Without Controversy

[user101598] • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden led out for 27,500 on a board of {9-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{5-Spades}{j-Hearts}. Mohamed Mamouni min-raised to 55,000, and Lodden tank-called.

The {q-Clubs} completed the board, Lodden checked, and Mamouni snap-checked behind, showing {q-}{j-}.

Lodden tabled {10-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for a turned flush, and raked in the pot.

The very next hand, Paul Volpe opened to 4,800 from under the gun, Victor Sbrissa called in middle position, Mamouni called on his left, and Lodden three-bet to 16,200 from the big blind.

Volpe tanked for a bit then folded. With his cards deep into the muck, Sbrissa said that he saw Volpe's holdings. The floor was called over, and they told Sbrissa to just resume playing. He did, immediately folding.

While Mamouni was in the tank, Sbrissa had a few words with Volpe.

"I don't even know why you're mad at me," Volpe shot at him.

Mamouni eventually called, and the flop fell {k-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}.

"Great flop for you," Sbrissa said to Volpe loud, enough for all to hear.

Lodden led out for 15,500, and Mamouni folded.

"You don't do that," Lodden told Sbrissa sternly.

Volpe admitted that he had {a-Hearts}{6-Hearts}, but didn't know how Sbrissa saw his hand.

Johnny Lodden no 530,000 230,000
Mohamed Mamouni fr 110,000 -60,000

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So Close to Making Day 3

• Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Elio Fox us Busted
Georges Tohme Busted
Michael Lukas Busted
Joao Nunes pt Busted
Joseph El Khoury lb Busted
Kostyantyn Shulga Busted
Rodrigo Caprioli br Busted
Ziv Bachar il Busted
Ognjen Sekularac rs Busted
Stefan Olofsson Busted
Carlos Egea Busted
Filippo Candio it Busted
Arno del Curto Busted
Frederik Treusch Busted
Jan Bendik sk Busted
Emin Aghayev Busted
Jovan Jojic cs Busted
Pierre Neuville be Busted
Pratyush Buddiga us Busted
Yacoub Boukhris Busted
Brendon Rubie au Busted

An Unhappy Moreau Crippled Before Busting

• Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

Steven Moreau was left with enough to post two antes (600) after his {q-Hearts}{q-Spades} was sucked out on by Clemens Janes' {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. All the chips went in pre flop and the board ran out {10-Spades}{7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}.

He managed to chop a pot the very next hand to get back to a few thousand chips but he busted the hand after that. He actually found blig-slick and picked up four callers. Unfortunately for him an opponent with {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs} went on to river a flush to confirm his exit.

Clemens Janes 215,000 189,000
Steven Moreau Busted

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The Negreanu Train Keeps Rolling

Happy_Freaked • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu started with 88,600 and so far his day has been amazing as he's up to 353,000 chips! It was the top German pro Tobias Reinkemeier who raised to 5,000 preflop after which Negreanu three-bet from the small blind to 17,700.

Reinkemeier and Negreanu talked a bit while the German was making his decision but eventually he decided to move all in. Reinkemeier had 84,000 chips left and Negreanu snap-called.

Daniel Negreanu: {A-Spades}{K-Spades}
Tobias Reinkemeier: {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

The board ran out {K-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{9-Spades}{8-Hearts} and Reinkemeier was knocked out. The year has been great so far for Negreanu as he managed to win the WSOP APAC Main Event for A$1,038,825 and it only seems to be getting better!

Daniel Negreanu ca 353,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de Busted

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