Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
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 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 was beating Luske's , and his hand held after the turn and 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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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.
The board ran to send more chips the Norwegian's way.
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The players have been informed that they will all play four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.
Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden led out for 27,500 on a board of . Mohamed Mamouni min-raised to 55,000, and Lodden tank-called.
The completed the board, Lodden checked, and Mamouni snap-checked behind, showing .
Lodden tabled 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 .
"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 , but didn't know how Sbrissa saw his hand.
|Johnny Lodden||partypoker Sponsored pro||530,000||230,000|
|Joseph El Khoury||Busted|
|Arno del Curto||Busted|
Steven Moreau was left with enough to post two antes (600) after his was sucked out on by Clemens Janes' . All the chips went in pre flop and the board ran out .
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 went on to river a flush to confirm his exit.
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.
The board ran out 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!