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Day 2 completed

Posted 2012-04-27 GMT+1

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Day 2 completed

Max Martinez Leads the EPT Grand Final Day 2

Posted 2012-04-27 GMT+1 • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Max Martinez is our chip leader
Max Martinez is our chip leader

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 {A-Clubs} {10-Spades} 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.

End of Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

Posted 2012-04-27 GMT+1
Chip Counts
Max Martinez 456,300 391,300 pos
Mohsin Charania 413,500 -66,500 neg
Erik Seidel 362,200 102,200 pos
Anatoly Gurtovoy 339,100 129,100 pos
Geert-Jan Potijk 324,600 2,600 pos
Vadzim Kursevich 317,800 264,500 pos
Lawrie Inman 303,500 202,700 pos
John Andress 301,200 214,200 pos
Giuseppe Pantaleo 294,400 4,400 pos
Tudor Grangure 293,900 251,900 pos
Daniel Gomez 291,800 31,800 pos
Griffin Benger 284,100 204,100 pos
David Sands 281,800 1,800 pos
Andrew Badecker 279,200 119,200 pos
Frank Koopmann 276,400 162,500 pos
Guillaume Darcourt 274,800 14,800 pos
Santiago Nadal 267,400
Christopher Brammer 267,400 199,900 pos
Mikhail Korotkikh 261,300 26,300 pos
Vadzim Markushevski 249,800 109,800 pos
Bruno Fitoussi 245,500 -23,500 neg
Clayton Mozdzen 238,800 78,800 pos
Dominykas Karmazinas 238,700 85,700 pos
Dan Abouaf 234,500 84,500 pos
Adrian Schaap 227,200 150,800 pos

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Bagging and Tagging

Posted 2012-04-27 GMT+1 • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

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.

Harsh End for Minieri

Posted 2012-04-27 GMT+1
Dario Minieri
Dario Minieri

Dario Minieri has busted with moments left in the day, and it was quiet unlucky for him.

He was heads up to a {3-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop with Giuseppe Pantaleo and all the chips ended up in the middle. Pantaleo opened the drawing {j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}, behind to the Team PokerStars Pro's {5-Spades}{5-Clubs} for a set.

The {2-Spades} was in Italy's favour but {4-Diamonds} 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!"

Chip Counts
Giuseppe Pantaleo 290,000 220,000 pos
Dario Minieri Busted

The Recently Departed

Posted 2012-04-27 GMT+1
Chip Counts
Scott Seiver Busted
Fabrice Soulier Busted
Liv Boeree Busted

Seven More Hands to Survive

Posted 2012-04-27 GMT+1 • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

The clock was paused and seven more hands will be played at each table play concludes on this Friday.

Boeken Building

Posted 2012-04-27 GMT+1

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 {q-Spades}{j-Hearts} and that was enough to force out the caller but not Boeken, obviously, who called.

The board ran {9-Clubs}{J-Spades}{2-Spades} | {7-Clubs} | {9-Hearts} and after a countdown of stacks Ruzicka's was confirmed busto.

Chip Counts
Noah Boeken 188,600 157,600 pos

More Chips for Mo

Posted 2012-04-27 GMT+1

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 {7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{4-Clubs} 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.

Chip Counts
Mohsin Charania 480,000 50,000 pos
Paul Testud 75,000 46,100 pos

Checking Back the Nuts?

Posted 2012-04-27 GMT+1
Pierre Neuville
Pierre Neuville

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 {10-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{4-Diamonds} flop and Neuville led for 8,000. Call. The turn was {j-Hearts} 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 {a-Clubs} and the action went check-check.

Schaap tabled {k-Spades}{9-Spades} for the nuts! I can't explain that hand at all.

Chip Counts
Pierre Neuville 98,000 21,000 pos
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Winner Mohsin Charania
Winning Hand ♠Q♥Q
Prize 1,350,000

Level Info

Level 14
Blinds 1,200 / 2,400
Ante 300

Players Info