Alex Tikhoniouk Leads After Day 2 of the EPT 11 Deauville Main Event
Posted at 22:00 2015-02-04 by zedmaster84
Day 2 of the PokerStars EPT 11 Deauville Main Event started with 335 players remaining and Frenchman Guillaume Darcourt leading the way.
EPT Deauville Day 2
With the late registration still open until the action restarted at noon, another three players exchanged €5,300 for 30,000 chips to boost the overall attendance to 592 entries in total and 338 remaining. Tournament staff announced that the top 87 spots will get paid with the eventual winner receiving €543,700 as well as the EPT trophy and Slyde watch on Feb. 7.
The action kicked off with a bang Tuesday as Michal Mrakes lost his top 10 stack to Andrius Bielskis within the first half an hour of play. Mrakes and 64 others were eliminated in the first two levels, including Gaelle Baumann, Vojtech Ruzicka, former EPT champion David Vamplew, Christophe Benzimra, Ihar Soika and Philippe Ktorza.
Once everyone bagged and tagged their chips, only 138 players remained and Alex Tikhoniouk claimed the lead with 312,600 chips. The Irishman is playing his first ever EPT event and was even down to only four big blinds early today before spinning it up.
Tikhoniuk is closely followed by former EPT champion and EPT 11 London runner-up Kevin MacPhee (308,300) and Robert Schulz with 296,900. Other big stacks include PokerStars Team Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (281,500), Carlo Savinelli (275,400), Benjamin Pollak (275,000), Nicolau Villa-Lobos (230,600), PokerStars Team Pro Jan Heitmann (199,000) and start-of-the-day chip leader Guillaume Darcourt (172,600).
Eugene Katchalov started as one of the shortest stacks and doubled up several times to claim 137,000 whereas fellow Team Pro Marcin Horecki (112,000), PokerStars sponsored player Dominik Panka (45,800) and Team PokerStars Pro Online (37,500) also advanced.
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