Another fun day full of excitement in San Remo is behind us. As announced yesterday, the first major decision about the tournament was to be brought today – who will make the money and who will walk away with nothing, as 116 players came back at the start of the day, but only 79 are going to walk away with cash in hand.
The hand-for-hand play started with 80 players left and it would take some time before the bubble boy was finally found in the field. After several players managed to win the race for their tournament lives, it was British player Mark James who finally fell short. His Ace-Queen was flipping against Mitch Johnson’s pocket Nines, but the dealer brought another nine on the flop, sealing James’ fate. Mark did not appear to be particularly phased by the fact that he had just become the bubble boy, as he slowly packed up his things and calmly walked away from the table, wishing everyone good luck.
After the hand-for-hand phase was over, the tournament picked up the pace once again and when the tournament director announced the last hand of the night, 39 players were still standing. Of those 39, Spaniard Raul Mestre must have been the most satisfied, as he bagged the chip leader’s stack of 942,000. Lukas Berglund, who started the day as the chip leader, kept going in the right direction as he finished the day third in chips with a 867,000 stack, behind the 885,000 of second place Andrija Martic.
As for the more notable names still in play, Olivier Busquet will be returning tomorrow with a very respectable 806,000 in chips, Alex Kravchenko is also still in with 390,000, as well as Dimitar Danchev with 302,000 and Dan Murariu sitting on 165,000. Vicky Coren is the last lady standing, and she is standing quite well with 455,000.
Those who fell short include Dominik Nitsche, Alex Bilokur, Johnny Lodden, Victor Ramdin, Pius Heinz and many others.
The play is scheduled to resume at noon tomorrow and it shouldn’t be a long day, as the plan is to play down to 16 players. Remaining players will continue their chase for the prestigious EPT title and the great payday of €476,000 guaranteed for the winner. But they will all certainly do the best they can to make this journey as hard as possible for everyone else. After all, that’s what poker is all about.
Make sure to tune in to PokerUpdate for what promises to be a short, but very exciting day of poker, and check up on how your favorites are doing at the tables!