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Season 9 PokerStars.net EPT Prague Day 2: Iosif Beskrovnyy Leads As Money Bubble Looms

Posted at 19:00 2012-12-12 by Matthew Pitt

Day 2 of the PokerStars.net European Poker Tour Prague Main Event has been completed after six 75-minute levels of intense poker were player out in the Hilton Prague Hotel. Leading the way going into Day 3 is Iosif Beskrovnyy and his 625,200 chips.

When play recommenced just after 12:00CET there 462 players spread across 52 tables, but the hopes and dreams of more than half those players lay in tatters as only 161 managed to navigate through the day’s proceedings with their chip stacks intact.

As mentioned, Beskrovnyy will be the man to catch when Day 3 gets under way on Wednesday afternoon, his 625,200 stack being enough to earn him the title of overnight chip leader. Despite starting Day 2 as one of the chip leaders, Beskrovnyy flew under the radar for the majority of the day until the PokerNews Live Reporting team found him tucked up in the corner of the room with a massive stack of colorful ceramic discs for company. Rest assured, Beskrovnyy will not be able to go about his business unnoticed on Day 3.

The fast and loose approach adopted by a large percentage of the field resulted in a number of large stacks won, lost and won again. Martin Hanowski was just one of many players who managed to accumulate a mountain of chips over the seven-and-a-half hours of poker. The flamboyant German started the day with 115,800 chips, but he ended with over four times that amount. Hanowski will begin Day 3 in second place with 484,000 chips.

American pro Todd Terry had the welcomed problem of trying to figure out how to fit 392,300 chips into a solitary chip bag when the curtain came down on proceedings. Terry began Day 2 with a substantial stack and he increased it further when he won a massive pot midway through the day. Terry found himself on the right side of an aces-versus-kings scenario, which catapulted him over 400,000 chips and he never looked back after that point.

Other notable players to keep an eye out for during play on Wednesday include Team PokerStars Pros Pier Paolo Fabretti (175,500), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Johnny Lodden (67,500); Fabrice Soulier (396,200); Christopher Brammer (389,900); Ramzi Jelassi (306,600) Vincent van der Fluit (294,500) and Jeff Sarwer (211,700).

Of course, we should also remember those players who returned to their seats, but failed in their quest to progress in this spectacular event. Hitting the rail at various points of the day were the likes of Chris Moorman, Toby Lewis, Craig McCorkell, Jake Cody, Fabian Quoss, Martin Finger, David Peters and Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier; Toni Judet; Eugene Katchalov; Richard Toth; Marcin Horecki and Alex Kravchenko. Commiserations to each of the fallen.

Day 3 will kick off as close to 12:00CET as possible and we believe we will play between five and seven 90-minute levels. With just 167 players remaining and the top 120 players being paid, the money bubble should burst relatively early on Wednesday so make sure you lock your browsers to the PokerNetwork Live Reporting pages as we strive to bring you updates of all the action, as it happens, in the PokerStars.net EPT Prague Main Event.

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