There are 40 out of the originally 294 players left and we are just shy of the money with the top 36 getting paid at least 7,350€. The average stack is 215k with the last Blinds at 2,500-5,000 / Ante 500 and we should reach the money early on Day 3.
Just before the end of the day, Anton Wigg got his stack back to 250k when he eliminated Nicky Roeg in a typical Coinflip with A♦ K♣ vs J♦ J♥. The K♠ on the Turn sent Roeg to the rail.
Its 2.15am local time and we will be back with the coverage in about 12 hours. The top 10 Chip Counts after day 2 are as follows:
Chipleader Brandon Cantu:
All players in the Main Event returned from a 15 minute break and in the meanwhile, the 1000€ Speed Freezeout is also down to its final 3 players (including Taylor von Kriegenbergh and Erich Kollmann). Since its already after 1am, this will be the very last level of Day 2, no matter if we reach the last 36 or not.
The Blinds are at 2,500-5,000/Ante 500 right now and the average stack is 200k. In the current top 10 is also EPT Tallinn winner Ronny Kaiser with approximately 350k in Chips at the start of Level 16.
Right now there are only 45 players left and the Blinds are up to 2,000-4,000 / Ante 400, but Paul Valkenburg has just been eliminated in a 3way Pot with 7♥ 7♣. He was the shortest stack in this confrontation versus Thijmen Stocker (A♣ Q♣) and Laurence Houghton (A♦ J♦).
The board A♥ K♦ 6♦ 3♦ 6♣ delivered a Flush for Houghton and he raked in the Pot, knocking out Valkenburg and leaving Stocker short stacked with only 25k.
Well you always recognize Rolf Slotboom pretty easily at the tables with his very unique dressing style and this years Master Classics Of Poker were no different. However, at Blinds 1,500-3,000 he has just been eliminated from the Main Event when he shoved all-in preflop with 9♣ 9♠.
He got action from the player in Small Blind, who made the call and tabled A♠ A♦ and the Board ran out 3♥ 7♥ Q♦ 6♦ Q♠ to eliminate Slotboom. Soon after with 43 minutes left in Level 14, all 58 remaining players were sent off into a 15 minute break.
We are now in level 14 with 62 players left and the Blinds have reached 1,500 – 3,000 / Ante 300. Ben De’Laney is the first player close to half a Million in Chips and he has taken over the Chiplead:
|6||Pascal van Doorn||250,000|
It was also just announced that we will either play down until the last 36 or 2 in the morning to end Day 2 of the Main Event. Four hours or 26 players to go, not sure what is getting better odds to happen first.
The following “big names” are busted as of Level 13 with Blinds at 1,200 – 2,400 / Ante 200:
Also out: Daniel Reijmer, Pieter de Korver, William Thorson, Shander de Vries and the charming Ana Marquez.
Joe Ebanks opened the pot with a raise to 4,500 from under the gun and Pierre Neuville called in Middle Position. Brian Smith went all-in from the Small Blind for 62,700 in Chips and after some deliberation, only Neuville called:
Neuville: 10♦ 10♥
Smith: Q♠ Q♥
Even though the door card was the 10♣, Neuville was not happy after the Flop because the 2nd card was already the Q♣ and the rest of the Board did not bring the one outer anymore (7♦ 4♦ A♦), leaving the Friend Of Pokerstars with less than 8 Big Blind (15k Stack).
After the dinnerbreak we checked the tables again and there still quite a few big names left, for example EPT Tallinn winner Ronny Kaiser. Next to Barny Boatman there is a look-a-like of the Swiss but it is in fact not his twin brother, but rather Kristijonas Andrulis. A very aggressive player and he is sitting on the Button of Brandon Cantu. May the fireworks begin.
We are about 100 players left after the one hour break and approach the 3rd level of the day.
German Khiem Nguyen first eliminated Paul Berende with King-Queen against A♦ J♦ when a Queen hit the Board to boost his stack over 140k. Soon after he was not able to take down a 3bet pot on the Board A♣ A♦ K♠ 7♦ and dropped some Chips to fall below 100k on Blinds 1,000-2,000/Ante 200 in Level 12.
He picks up Pocket 6s and loses the Flip versus A♦ 4♣ when an Ace hits the Board and one hand later shoves all in (pretty much on tilt) with A♠ 10♥, getting called by the same opponent he lost the Chips to before and had a Coinflip against 9♣ 9♠ and no Ace or Ten show up to send the German to the rail about 20 minutes before the dinnerbreak.
Still going strong: Brandon Cantu with appoximately 205k
The “Flying Dutchman” has been eliminated from the Main Event of the Master Classics Of Poker 2011 after losing a 50k Pot with Ace-Queen against Ace-Jack. Soon after, he was all-in with Queens against Ace-King. He was not able to win the Coinflip and has been eliminated in Level 10 … there are still more than 130 players left.