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The second day of play in a main event is always about crossing the gap between the safe pastures of the start of day one, to that tricky time on Day 3 when the money comes into view. Today would only ever be about eliminations. Nobody can win on a day like today they can only lose. So the field got to work reducing itself.
So followed six levels that looked a lot like those of yesterday, the only difference being that the 30 tables in use at the start became 13 by the close, all moving towards the far end of the tournament room.
From all of them top spot rested with Johnny Lodden, chip leader tonight with a stack of 605,200 chips.
Lodden’s lead is sizable but, as always at this stage, it’s a nominal one. The quality of opposition make it such, the lead chase pack made up of the likes of Calvin Andersen (472,400), Oleksii Kovalchuk (414,700), Noah Schwartz (453,400), Steve O’Dwyer (389,200) and Daniel Negreanu (340,100). All are within reach of Lodden and all capable of the appropriate dramatics tomorrow that turns the main event in their favour.
Hungry for chips: Daniel Negreanu
Just hungry: Calvin Anderson
Alec Torelli – 270,100
Paul Volpe – 256,500
Andrew Lichetenberger – 239,300
Jake Cody – 223,300
Victor Ramdin – 202,900
John Juanda – 181,300
Ville Wahlbeck – 148,200
Marcin Horecki – 137,800
David Vamplew – 116,500
Chad Brown – 115,900
Mickey Petersen – 96,600
Toni Judet – 91,100
Chris De Meulder – 89,200
Tatiana Barausova – 48,800
Alex Kravchenko – 41,800
Along the way we lost the bulk of the field to the whims of the side events. They included Artem Litvinov, Mathew Frankland, Isaac Haxton, Craig McCorkell, Benny Spindler, Felipe Ramos, Barry Greenstein, Humberto Brenes, Vicky Coren, Justin Bonomo, (breathe), Aaron Gustavson, Salvatore Bonavena, Max Silver, Bryn Kenney, Nicholas Chouity, Marcel Luske, Martin Finger, Fatima Moreira de Melo and Michael Tureniec.
Actually we lost even more, all of whom can be found on the live coverage page, along with existing counts of those remaining. It’s there that you’ll also find details of the pay-outs that will kick in when the bubble bursts tomorrow when there are 80 players left.
As far as the day’s action is concerned you can catch up at any of the links below.
It was a make or break day in Monaco for most of the field, which was introduced by Sarah Grant and Rick Dacey at the start of play before Lee Jones revealed PokerStars’s upcoming 100 billionth hand celebration.
We met one of the early chip leaders today Arlo Dotson and got our first glimpse of the money at stake this week.
One of those departing today was birthday boy Humberto Brenes, while in a few words Randy Lew made it clear that he’s a better player than you.
That’s all for today. Join us for Day 3 on Thursday. Until then goodnight from Monaco.
As we suggested yesterday, being the day one chip leader is not usually a guarantee of greater success. It’s a ceremonial role, like that of a Lord Mayor in an English provincial city. Nothing more than a temporary position to be enjoyed for all its trappings. Then the keys to the city are passed on to someone else.
But perhaps Russians do things a little differently? At least Iosef Beskrovnyy believes so. Beskrovnyy arrived today as the chip leader, let others flirt with the lead during the day, and then took back his advantage at the close. He bags up 625,200 chips tonight after day two of EPT Prague, a day typically fraught with eliminations and multiple changes at the top.
Beskrovnyy ensures continuity, for another night at least, but there are a variety of challengers for his top spot.
Chip leader Iosif Beskrovnyy
PokerStars qualifier Martin Hanowski closed on 484,000 and Cesar Garcia Dominguez returns tomorrow to a stack of 410,900. French pro Fabrice Soulier will be back with 396,200.
The chip count pages though are riddled with capable challengers.
Team Pros Christian de Leon, Pier Paolo Fabretii, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Johnny Lodden have not lost sight of the lead, neither has former Prague winner Roberto Romanello. Further back are the likes of Ari Engel, Jeff Sarwer and Chris Brammer.
Pier Paolo Fabretti
Looking back on the day we witnessed Kevin Stammen start his odds-against campaign to reach day two, and remarked on how enjoyable it is to see a top player wipe the floor with someone. Meanwhile Rodrigo Caprioli was being recognised with a lifetime achievement award and we speculated on whether or not this could be Johnny Lodden’s one time.
After the mid-day update we, along with an MTV camera crew, looked towards the exploits of Pier Paolo Fabretti, ahead of the close of play where players were urged to follow these simple instructions before looking up the fortunes of the Emerald Isle.
They’ll be more to come tomorrow when the bubble will burst and play inches towards the crucial latter stages.
In the first level of play today the unstoppable Dan Smith, winner of six major titles this year, turned to the player next to him and offered him €100 if he could guess the number he’d written down between one and 30. The player picked 23, which happened to be Smith’s favourite number, but alas not the number he’d chosen.
If you’d been asked the same question today, slightly adjusted, to predict the number of players in Prague, you may well have come up with something close to the 336 that turned up to play Day 1A of Season 9′s Prague leg, which continues to demonstrate its popularity among players. Last year 722 took seats here at the Prague Hilton. The field should be at least double that of today when doors are closed tomorrow, with another major prize, as well as a title, up for grabs in the last days of 2012.
Right now the closest player to that honour is chip leader Iosif Beskrovnyy.
With play best described as volatile during such an early stage, Beskrovnyy bagged up 239.000 at the close to lead the field, which had been reduced to 183 after eight levels. His stack will be the marker going into tomorrow, but he was not alone in having a successful day.
Alex Bilokur departed early, as did Ilan Boujenah and Christophe Benzimra. Englishmen Wayne Bentley and Stephen Chidwick would follow, as would other high profile players Steve O’Dwyer, Jonathan Duhamel, Liv Boeree and Dan Smith, with the €100 still in his pocket. Former Prague champion Jan Skampa will also not return, nor will another former Prague winner Arnaud Mattern, who busted on the last hand of the day.
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, who may or may not have lost his luggage in Kyiv airport
After the introductions to the day we took a short walk through the field before following the progress of Loose Cannon William Davis. We determined that the weather made for the perfect conditions in which to play EPT Prague, an event which had its Eureka moment earlier today. We also looked back to the Season 5 final and asked “Where are they now?”
Join us tomorrow for further coverage as Day 1B comes in from the cold. Play starts at 12 noon with a further eight levels to play. Chip counts of all those who played today can be found on the live coverage page.
For now it’s good night from Prague. Before we go, the number Dan Smith was thinking of was number one. You might want to try it if he stops you in the street and asks you to pick a number.
The first tournament of the 43rd annual World Series of Poker is just 19 days away. This year’s WSOP schedule includes 61 distinct tournaments in all variations of poker with buy-ins ranging from $ 500 to $ 1,000,000.
Titan Poker offers numerous ways to win seats at the 2012 WSOP No Limit Hold’em Main Event as well as packages to some of the most exciting Side Events. The world will soon focus on the poker action in Las Vegas and players representing Titan Poker will take their seats alongside the most well-known poker professionals.
Titan Poker is staging two WSOP Main Event Super Satellites every week. On Sunday and Tuesday nights at 21:30 GMT+1, players compete to win a $ 13,500 NL Hold’em Main Event Package, which includes the $ 10,000 buy-in to the Main Event (Event #61); $ 1,500 for 7 nights’ stay at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, from July 7th – 14th; $ 250 for registration fees; and $ 1,750 for flights and spending.
On Saturday nights at 21:30 GMT+1, Titan Poker stages a WSOP Side Event Super Satellite. Players compete to win a $ 6,000 No Limit Hold’em Side Events’ Package, which includes the $ 1,500 buy in to Side Event #56; the $ 1,000 buy in to Side Event #59B; $ 1,935 for 9 nights’ stay at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas from June 30th – July 9th; $ 75 handling fees; and $ 1,490 for flights and spending.
Entry to the $ 1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold-em Side Event #59B is also awarded to the winners of the $ 3,700 WSOP Experience Package at the Monday night Super Satellites at 21:30 GMT+1.
The most lavish World Series of Poker experience will be awarded to any player skillful enough to win 6 consecutive $ 10 + $ 1.9 WSOP Executive “Jackpot Sit ‘n’ Go” tournaments. The $ 24,000 winner’s package includes the $ 1,000 buy-in to Side Event #59B; the $ 10,000 buy-in to the WSOP Main Event; $ 3,550 for 11 nights’ stay at the Wynn Hotel in a Parlor Suite, July 3rd – July 14th; $ 250 for registration fees; $ 2,200 for an Executive Perks package including two top notch tickets to the Cirque de Soleil show, a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon, and more; and $ 7,000 for flights and spending.
A total of $ 100,000 in World Series of Poker seats and packages is up for grab in the WSOP Warrior League 2012. Players pay a one-time registration fee and compete in 6 league tournaments and a grand final event for position on a league leaderboard that ranks them based on their finishing position in the tournament. The overall league winner will receive a $ 16,300 package including entries to the Main Event and a Side Event. While the first Warrior League tournament took place already last night, players still can join the league in time for its next event on Wednesday night.
The question is, are you bothered about being mocked when you have two and a half stacks of blue chips and a ton of reds, adding up to a stack of about 340,000. This is the position Cengiz Ulusu is in (although he may not read this blog).
Ulusu, the coin-flipper, came into the day as chip leader with somewhere in the region of 240,000, a position that allows certain confidence. Now he’s added a 100,000 more, using that confidence as a sock of horse manure, swinging it around his head.
His original table having broken, Ulusu sauntered over to table five, his new home; a big leather coast, a big turtle neck jumper, a big chin, slowly working his way through the crowd to his new seat, the furthest from the door.
Cengiz Ulusu, yesterday
There were no signs of dice when he called Alexander Meidinger’s opening bet of 2,400. Selim Citak, a few seats along, raised to 6,300, then rested his head on his hand with an expression of, what hindsight suggested, contentment. Meidinger, looking less content, lumped in the last of his stack, moving all in. Ulusu, still stacking his chips, looked left, left again, then right, before announcing he was all-in (cue that sock of horse manure).
The cause of Citak’s happiness was the two black aces he turned over. The cause of Meidinger’s reluctance was the queen-jack of clubs. Meanwhile, taking his time to turn over his hand, there was Ulusu, with pocket nines.
Citak stood, worried that there were cards out there that could cause him trouble; the three that landed on the flop for instance, the 8-5-7. Citak had now lost the contentment, and cut an lonely figure, standing behind his chair. Then bang, the six of spades on the turn, flattening his hopes, and causing Ulusu to beam as he banged the table. The river was a ten. Citak was gone, managing a “nice hand”, so too Meidinger who by now everyone had forgotten about.
Ulusu increased his advantage (twice the average stack), stood to adjust his belt, and then wait as players were brought in from other tables. In 40 minutes this table has lost five players. With Ulusu in bloom it’s something of a hellfire corner for the replacements about to arrive.
If Day 1 introduces the players, Day 2 introduces the likely winners. As the dust settled on another six levels (there really was dust, stoked up by the television people rigging up the set for later this week), a handful of players had separated from the pack to look independently for spoils. They will be the markers for the 99 players returning tomorrow, brightest of the lot being chip leader Balazs Botond, with 646,000.
The Hungarian was giving players at his table the jitters tonight as play reached a conclusion, and Ronny Kaiser was doing the same a table away.
Chip leader: Balazs Botund
While his table grew more and more frustrated Kaiser’s table was under the same pressure, albeit with less antagonism. Ronny ruled though, their table Kaiser, bagging up 505,900 tonight, good for second place.
And that was that.
Others returning include David Vamplew (solid), Liv Boeree (swingy), Andre Benelli (Italian), Dag Palovic (hooded) and Nick Yunis (hatted), as well as other former champions Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Nicolas Chouity, Martin Finger, Roberto Romanello and Rupert Elder. Day 2 will puncture the money bubble and create more drama from somewhere, it can only be a good thing that this list of players are still in the mix.
Liv Boeree and David Vamplew in action
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
Things hotting up and other Day 2 cliches
Day 2 seat draw, now it’s getting Italian
Hard working, tee-totalling, PoY chasing Romanello
Chip leader Chouity chasing recognition
Swingy Boeree chipping up in shadow of Vamplew
What’s that got to do with the price of tea?
Fighting the postprandial dip
What’s not to like as Antonius returns to the tour
Day 3 continues tomorrow with the traditional celebrations associated with the money bubble which will burst, we expect, within a level of the 2pm start.
For now, full steam ahead and goodnight from Campione.
First Erich Kollman led, then Dmitri Vitkind assumed control. But when it came time to bag up tonight, five levels having flown by, it was Mike McDonald with the advantage going into Day 3, with 112 players remaining.
This, put simply, is what McDonald does, and his powerful performance today was a forthright display from one of the game’s natural talents.
The former EPT winner secured the overnight lead right at the bell when he found aces to call an all-in; ultimately making quads. It gave him 408,900, toppling previous leader Vitkind and second placed Frederik Jensen.
The view outside for those inside
A delightful Day 2 seat draw
Moreira de Melo the Olympic pit-bull
MacPhee on the up as Terry takes a tumble
All the way from Season 1
Casual Kollmann takes the chip lead
Runners and riders in the chase for EPT Awards
That’s all from Day 2 of the EPT Madrid main event. Those inclined are now headed to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in downtown Madrid to watch Real Madrid’s Champions League tie against CSKA Moscow, while the rest of us head to a bar in outer Madrid to watch Real Madrid’s Champions League tie against CSKA Moscow.
There was a point today when a colleague came to us to say that four of the top six players were British. It didn’t seem right to blow our own trumpet, particularly when the movement at the top of the chip count page was so fluid through to the end.
By the close of play that little statistic had become something less prosperous for the Channel raiders, but one name remained immoveable at the top, that of Martins Adeniya, who bags up 512,200 and the chip lead tonight.
“I came into the day with 115,000,” said Adeniya. “My stack swung around between 100,000 and 150,000 for a while, but then a young kid at my table tried to bluff me. I made a huge call on the river to get a full double-up to 250,000. I’ve just been building from there, picking up small pots.”
Adeniya is a thoughtful kind of player, rarely talking but his eyes being those of someone seemingly hyper observant, something that translates into some strong play against both strong and weak opponents. He rarely looks under pressure.
This is not the first time Adeniya has been at the sharp end of an EPT. Last season Adeniya impressed on his way to a 15th place finish, which at the time seemed premature. Adeniya though has a career path on the ascendant, as his record shows.
It marked a big difference from when we started. After mistakenly appointing Toufiq Ouirini as chip leader late last night it emerged this morning that Amir Salhani had in fact bagged up the most, some 191,100 which, according to some half-baked statistical analysis using figures from the past three seasons of Day 1 chip leaders effectively gave him a six per cent chance of winning the main event, or at the very least a 69 per cent chance of making the money.
- When we said Ouirini we meant Salhani
- Kara Scott’s face crushes Deauville
- Grab the Day 1 lead and win some money (69 per cent of the time)
- Chip leader, but not the chip leader – the story of Toufik Ouirini
- Ondrej Vinklarek, top of the EPT Tournament Leader Board
- James Dempsey goes from Brighton to Deauville by way of Las Vegas
- Paul Berende, instigator and beer drinkerThat’s all from Deauville, where the temperature has dropped to minus 6 degrees (it’s only minus 4 on the Ross Ice Shelf). Sounds like ideal conditions to stay indoors and enjoy an EPT party. We’ll tell you how it went at 12 noon tomorrow. Well, maybe five past.
Sunset in Deauville todayUntil then it’s goodnight from Normandy.
The launch of a third weekly Super Satellite series starting tonight makes it easier than ever for Titan Poker players to qualify for their seats at the upcoming Irish Open 2012. A freezeout event is staged on Sunday nights; a re-buy event now takes place on Tuesday nights; and a ticket-only Super Satellite is played every Thursday night.
The Irish Open is without a doubt the most exciting tournament on the European poker circuit. It has been running since 1980 and is traditionally held over Easter weekend. This year’s event will be staged with a €3,200 + €300 buy-in at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel from April 6th – April 9th, 2012. Titan Poker’s qualifiers have taken their seats at the Dublin tables in previous years alongside some of the most exciting European players, as well as poker players from around the world.
What does a player who qualifies at Titan Poker get, beside possibly the most exciting land based poker experience of his life? Winning players at the Super Satellite tournaments each receive a winner’s package valued at €4,600. This includes the buy-in to the Irish Open Main Event, as well as 5 nights’ accommodation and breakfast at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, April 5th – April 10th, 2012; €655 for flights and spending; and €50 for handling fees.
Players can buy-in directly to the Super Satellite tournaments at Titan Poker, or win their seats at one of the many sit ‘n’ go or scheduled satellites being staged around the clock. Entries to Stage 3 qualifiers start at the incredibly low price of €0.33 + €0.03.
Twenty skillful players constituted the Titan Poker delegation at the Irish Open 2011 and veteran player Lorna Lancaster was the last lady standing left in the Irish Open Main Event, finishing in 12th place and taking home €19,400 for her outstanding performance.
Who will play the Irish Open 2012 on Titan Poker’s behalf?
Day 2 of the WPT Amneville Main Event has come to a close after five 90-minute levels were completed. A total of 215 players returned to the Seven Casino today, each with high hopes of becoming a World Poker Tour champion but for all but 76 of them the dream is over.
The dream is most certainly still alive for Swiss national Urs Kohler who flew under the radar all day long but still managed to bag up a staggering 498,000 chips. His late charge up the chip counts spoiled the headlines for many of the journalists in the media room as everyone believed it was Marvin Rettenmaier who would be the overnight chipleader, but we were banned from the tournament area whilst the players bagged up their chips and we only discovered Kohler’s huge haul when we have the official chip counts emailed to us. Kohler is now in pole position to better the 32nd place he achieved in this event last year.
Kohler’s nearest rivals are Scott Baumstein (481,300), the aforementioned Rettenmaier (454,800), Simon Vitali (433,100) and Nesrine Kourdourli (431,500). There are also a number of talented individuals still in the field including Adrien Allain, Arnaud Mattern and four PartyPoker qualifiers, Anders Rasmussen, Erik Von-Buxhoeveden, Jordane Ouin and Sandiep Khosa.
Play resumes at 1200 CET and the plan is to play down to 18 players or five 90-minute levels whichever comes around first. This means the bubble is guaranteed to burst tomorrow and the tournament will start to get real serious! Join us from 1200 CET for all the action from the WPT Amneville Main Event.
For more detailed hand histories please visit the live updates page.
Official chip counts from the end of Day 2