Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Day 2 of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final has concluded and we have a Team PokerStars Pro at the top of the chip counts. Max Martinez started the day with 63,400 chips and when the 130 players bagged up and departed for good night's sleep Martinez had increased that stack to 456,300.
It wasn't plain sailing for the Italian and at one point he really did have to dig deep into his poker reserves. It was the penultimate level of the day when Martinez picked up pocket aces at the same time that Fabrice Soulier picked up pocket queens. The two of them decided to play for stacks and it was a pre flop pot worth 210,000 and a top ten spot in the chip counts. Soulier hit one of his two outs on the flop and Martinez was reduced to 65,000 chips and when we left him he was muttering to himself in despair.
Rather than tilt and blow his final 65,000 chips, Martinez went on what could only be described as a monumental tear. In the last level of play Martinez turned 65,000 chips into 456,300 chips climaxing in the elimination of Ivan Kudriavtcev when his pocket sevens ran into the pocket tens of the Team PokerStars Pro.
The chip leader at the start of the day was Nick Yunis and he will not be joining us in the line up for Day 3. Yunis was sat on 143BB when his six-bet shove was called by Mohsin Charania. Charania held pocket aces and Yunis held and five community cards later Charania was sitting on 380,000 chips and for a long time seemed likely to be the end of day chip leader. In the end Charania ended the day in 2nd place with 413,500 chips. The third prominent player is the man who has won more live tournament dollars that anyone who has ever graced this planet. Erik Seidel has had a frugal 2012 and today he quietly amassed 360,200 chips, once again proving he can rise on the big occasions.
Team PokerStars Pros in the bag for Day 3 are the likes of Johnny Lodden (46,200), Richard Toth (265,800), Nacho Barbero (185,000), Pierre Neuville (82,500) & Sandra Naujoks (127,700).
Notable eliminations included Phil Ivey, Samuel Chartier, David Vamplew, John Eames and Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst, Vanessa Rousso, Liv Boeree, Chris Moneymaker, Daniel Negreanu and Barry Greenstein.
We return for 12:00 (CET) so join us at Pokernews for all of the action. In the meantime check out the full chip counts of the end of Day 2 below.
The players are done with their final seven hands and are bagging and tagging their chips. We'll have a wrap-up post coming shortly along with some chip counts. Right now, it looks like Team PokerStars Pro Max Martinez is the chip leader with over 450,000 and then Mohsin Charania in second place.
Dario Minieri has busted with moments left in the day, and it was quiet unlucky for him.
He was heads up to a flop with Giuseppe Pantaleo and all the chips ended up in the middle. Pantaleo opened the drawing , behind to the Team PokerStars Pro's for a set.
The was in Italy's favour but river was all Germany. It made Pantaleo's flush and ended Mineri's dreams for this season. Pantaleo said sorry and Minieri said, "That's poker!"
The clock was paused and seven more hands will be played at each table play concludes on this Friday.
Noah Boeken found a nice spot to squeeze and had two black aces to back him up.
Vojtech Ruzicka opened to 5,200 from mid position and was called in one spot before Boeken three-bet to 16,000. Ruzicka shoved with and that was enough to force out the caller but not Boeken, obviously, who called.
The board ran | | and after a countdown of stacks Ruzicka's was confirmed busto.
Mohsin Charania is crushing the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event. Before this hand, we had Charania at 435,000 in chips, but now he's up to a bit more than that. Here's a recent hand from him.
Charania raised from middle position to 4,800 and action folded to Paul Testud on the button. He reraised to 11,000 and play folded through the blinds and back to Charania. He reraised to 36,000. Testud had about 110,000 behind and made the call to take a flop.
The flop came down and Charania wasted little time. Right away, he announced that he was all in and put a tall stack of blue T5,000 chips in the middle. Testud took a few moments, then folded his hand and Charania won the pot. He's up to 480,000 now.
Pierre Neuville had a flummoxed look upon his face after Adrian Schaap checked back the nuts to him on the river.
They were heads up to a flop and Neuville led for 8,000. Call. The turn was and Schaap bet 11,000 when the Team PokerStars Pro checked to him, and he called when check-raised to 30,000. The river was and the action went check-check.
Schaap tabled for the nuts! I can't explain that hand at all.