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Action was fast and furious on the second day of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) €10,350 Main Event where 221 survivors from the two starting flight resumed play on Monday.
Joining them were an additional 193 entries, who registered over the course of the first four levels of play on Day 2. With the total entry-field swelling to 534, the €5 Million guaranteed prize pool was just barely met with the total prize pool reaching €5,073,000.
Shravan Chhabria (239,000) is the sole Indian challenger still in the running. Chhabria had won the second WSOPE Mega Satty that was hosted on PokerBaazi on September 23 that got him a ₹3 Lakhs package trip to play in the series and looks like he is making the most of this opportunity. He started Day 2 with a stack of 208,100 and kept the momentum going all through the day to bag 239,000 in chips.
The field has been whittled down to 165 players and 81 among them will take home a piece of the prize money, with the winner assured a life changing €1,22,239 payday.
Leading the field coming into Day 3 will be Italy’s Dario Sammartino (1,480,000).
Day 2 Recap
An energetic start to the event’s second day saw an additional 193 new entries joining the action. Ludovic Geilich, winner of €100K Super High Roller, Martin Kabrhel and Gianluca Speranza were among the early casualties of the day.
Indian challenger Shravan Chhabria (239,000) had a positive run on the felts. Coming into the day with 208,100 in chips, Chhabria kept a steady ride and didn’t suffer many big setbacks. In fact, Chhabria managed to build his stack, and will be seen in action on Day 3 alongside poker heavyweights like Chris Ferguson (326,000) and Viktor Blom (112,500) on the same table.
Meanwhile, Indian origin player from UK, Sanjay Sahijwani (265,500) has also advanced to Day 3.
Dario Sammartino (1,480,000) leads the 165 runners while Day 1B chip leader Marco Slacanac (1,128,500) and UK’s Jack Salter (1,051,000) are the two other top stacks.
Sammartino rose to the top of the rankings in the latter part of the day. He doubled up through Vladimir Geshkenbein in a crucial 3-bet pot. Recalling the hand, Sammartino said, “I opened the button with ten-six of hearts and he three-bet me out of the big blind, I called. The flop was ten-six-two. He bet, I raised, he re-raised and I called. We got it in after an eight on the turn and I held up against kings. Lucky day and not a tough table.”
He also sent Jason Wheeler and Hans Thumann to the rail and ended the day with nearly five times the average chip count. “Of course it is really good, but the tournament is very long. You need to stay focused and we have another three, four days to play. It is a good start, but nothing really special yet. Special is when you win, not now, he said.
Among the notables who are still in contention for the title include Rainer Kempe (818,000), Michael Sklenicka (722,000), Laszlo Bujtas (713,500), Sylvain Loosli (638,000), Timothy Adams (629,500), WSOP bracelet winner Niall Farrell (625,000), David Urban (546,000), Alex Foxen (516,000), 2018 EPT Barcelona champion Piotr Nurzynski (496,000), Ben Heath (475,000), 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (382,000), David Peters (295,500), Johannes Becker (287,500), Kristen Bicknell (248,500) and Day 1B chip leader Adrian Mateos (245,000).
However, among the others who busted on Day 2 include names like Jason Wheeler, Anthony Zinno, Gal Yifrach, Tom Middleton, Dominik Nitsche, Jan-Peter Jachtmann, Michael Addamo, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Davidi Kitai, as well as WSOP bracelet winner Artur Rudziankov.
Romain Lewis saw his tournament run end prematurely in the penultimate hand of the night in a three-way all in with Bulcsu Lukacs and Jakob Miegel, Lewis was dominating preflop with pocket kings versus pocket queens of Lukacs and ace-king of Miegel, but Lukacs flopped a set on a queen-high board sending both Lewis and Miegel to the rail.
Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day 2
1. Dario Sammartino – 1,480,000
2. Marco Slacanac – 1,128,500
3. Jack Salter – 1,051,000
4. Rainer Kempe – 818,000
5. Joel Ettedgi – 747,000
6. Bulcsu Lukacs – 729,000
7. Michael Sklenicka – 722,000
8. Laszlo Bujtas – 713,500
9. Slobodan Ruzicic – 704,000
10. Stoyan Obreshkov – 674,000
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