Players have bagged and tagged their chips as Day 2 of the EPT10 Monaco Grand Final Main Event came to an end after six levels of play. When the day started, a total of 351 players took their seats. As the last hand was dealt, 128 of them still had a stack of chips to work with.
As registration ended today, everyone was waiting for final numbers to be announced and they were some time around mid-day. We now know officially that the EPT10 Monaco Champion will be walking away with prize money of €1,240,000 and a total of 95 players will be paid. The min-cash is slightly over €19,000 and by the end of play tomorrow we should know the names of those who will be cashing and the name of that one unlucky guy widely known as the bubble boy.
We’ve seen a lot of big names take their seats today, but sadly, many of them were knocked out of the tournament. Among them was last year’s winner, Steve O’Dwyer, who even said that it was very unlikely that he could make a repeat performance this year. Those words were confirmed when he was sent to the rail. Another famous bustout was that of the Tiger Woods of Poker, Phil Ivey. He was doing well throughout the day until quite a brutal bad beat saw him commit his chips drawing dead to a chop. The Magician Antonio Esfandiari couldn’t get through either as his four-bet all in was introduced to pocket Aces.
We’ve also lost quite a number of ladies today, as Liv Boeree, Annette Obrestad and Gaelle Baumann were all felted. Kitty Kuo was still in the chip counts near the end of the day, but according to her twitter, she busted as well.
On the opposite side of the field stands Vladimir Troyanovskiy, who finished with the chip lead today. He managed to grow his stack to 450,500, which was enough to make him the top stack. Right behind him is Idris Ambraisse with 434,000. Third top stack belongs to Italian Marcello Margiliano, the beneficiary of Ivey’s cooler hand, as he finished the day with 421,700.
Johnny Lodden is still in as well, with a stack of 326,500. He is the only remaining player in the field to have made the final table in last year’s Grand Final and the only one with a shot to repeat that success. Other notables include Ole Schemion, who had a good run of cards during the early part of today and ended up with 233,600, Sam Trickett with 237,000, Igor Kurganov on around 110,000, and Mohsin Charania with 96,500.
Day 3 will be starting tomorrow at noon again and everyone will be looking to at least finishing in the money. We should be reaching that point reasonably early in the day, but then again, these predictions have been known to fail. Either way, the play should last another six levels tomorrow, as there are still a couple days to go before the final table.
We will be back tomorrow with new updates from the green felt, so tune in for another great day of poker!