Eugene Katchalov opened to 1,400 and Alexandros Lianis made the call in the big blind to see a flop of which both players checked. Lianis fired out 2,650 on the turn and the Team PokerStars Pro made the call to see the river.
Lianis slowed down and checked, Katchalov studied the board and then fired out 3,500 and Lianias quickly mucked.
Jamie Rosen just lost a good chunk of his stack, Carlos Lopez had opened to 1,250 and Rosen three-bet in late position to 2,675. Lopez, in no mood to be pushed around, moved all in for 15,325 and Rosen thought for about 30 seconds and made the call but looked sheepish when he saw how far behind he was.
The board came and Lopez moved back above the 30,000 mark while Rosen dropped to roughly 13,000.
Table 19 is chocked full of poker superstars and so it made a perfect setting to start our day. The table was buzzing with plenty of talking and laughter and most of it was coming out of the mouth of McLean Karr. When the first card was dealt the noise was sucked out from the table and replaced with an eerie silence. The action folded around to Karr and his game face was ON. He was in the small blind and he raised to 1,700 and Jude Ainsworth had a pensive thought before releasing his hand.
In the next hand Kenny Hallaert opened up the action in the cutoff making it 1,300 to play and once again it was Captain Karr who won the hand, a three-bet for 2,950 on the button putting Hallaert in his place.
Hallaert then picked up another hand in the hijack. He raised to 1,300 and this time Ainsworth three-bet to 3,600 on the button. The action folded around to Hallaert and he moved all-in for around 20,000 and Ainsworth called. Hallaert was the player at risk of elimination.
"It is never easy," said Karr.
Hallaert had even more outs.
Hallaert was gone and Ainsworth got a nice little kick in the first few hands.
Good morning, and welcome to the inaugural European Poker Tour stop in Greece. It is Day 2 of EPT Loutraki and at 12.00 (CET) we will be bringing you the very best coverage right here at Pokernews.
Of the original 336 players only 232 remain and the German players are leading the way. Mario Puccini is the chip leader with 159,150 chips and compatriot Julian Herold is in 3rd place with 138,425. Sandwiched in between them is Team PokerStars Pro Toni Judet who finished Day 1b with 143,500 chips.
Keep your eyes on McLean Karr and Roman Makhlin who are two very talented centurians and there are also a few former EPT Champions who have stocked up on enough provisions during Day 1a and 1b and they are Ruper Elder has 82,700, Nicolas Chouity has 80,900 and Kevin MacPhee has 74,500. Other former EPT champions further down the pecking order include Mats Gavatin (45,475), David Vamplew (34,050), Kent Lundmark (31,100) & Roberto Romanello (20,300).
Interesting table draws:
Table 2: Kent Lundmark, Kevin Macphee and Julian Herold. Table 8: Steve O'Dwyer, David Vamplew, Jason Wheeler and Tonio Roder. Table 10: Roberto Romanello, Konstantinos Nanos, Andrew Teng and Tom Marchese. Table 15: Simeon Hayndenov, Tobias Garp and Nicolas Chouity.
But the best table of the day must be Table 19 with Kenny Hallaert, McLean Karr, Jude Ainsworth, Heinz Kamutzki, Salman Behbehani and Rupert Elder all cracking skulls.