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Lodden Leader after Day 2 of EPT Monaco

The second day of the EPT Grand Final Monaco Main Event is now over and the chip lead has changed hands yet again.

This time it’s Norwegian poker ace Johnny Lodden at the top of the heap, with 605,200 chips to his name at the end of Day 2. Lodden will enter Day 3 as the only player with a stack of over 500,000 chips. Calvin Anderson, currently with the second highest chip count, will go into the third day with 472,600 chips, while third placed Noah Schwartz is not far behind with a stack of 453,400.  

While Lodden’s lead is substantial, the tournament is still in its early stages, with four days of play remaining. A total of 126 players will come into Day 3, all of whom will have the eyes on the chip lead and, more importantly, first place in the Main Event.

One of those players with their eyes on the prize is none other than poker great Daniel Negreanu, who currently has the seventh highest stack of the tourney with 340,100 chips. The Canadian star will hope to emulate the success he had in last month’s WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event, where he became the first player to take out that tournament in Melbourne.

While Negreanu is still well and truly in the tournament, the same cannot be said for renowned players Barry Greenstein and Humberto Brenes, who were both eliminated on Day 2. Brenes’ elimination from the Main Event was especially unfortunate, as it was also the Costa Rican’s 61st birthday.

The prize pool for this year’s EPT Grand Final Monaco Main Event was also released during Day 2 of play. One of the 126 remaining players in the tourney is set to receive a whopping €1.224 million for first place. There will be payouts to the top 80 players in the Main Event, with the minimum cash prize set at €16,000 out of a total prize pool of €5.31 million.

In an EPT Monaco Day 2 side event, Belarusian Siarhei Sharkota took out €2,100 No Limit Turbo 8-Handed Bounty tournament, winning €43,400 for his stellar efforts. Sharkota beat Spanish player David Gutierrez Lebron en route to winning the event, which featured 2010 WSOP Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel. The 25-year-old Duhamel managed to get tenth place in the 143-player event, good enough to still be in the money.

Day 3 of the EPT Grand Final Monaco Main Event is set to resume today at Monte Carlo’s Salle des Etoiles.

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