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European Poker Tour Vienna -- Day 2

Defending Champion Busts as Daniel Negreanu Leaps into Lead on Day 2

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Chip Leader Daniel Negreanu. Credit: Neil Stoddart and PokerStarsDay 2 of the €5,300 buy-in PokerStars European Poker Tour Vienna saw six 75-minute levels of play cause complete and utter carnage as 80 players had to be found from the 278 starting the day.

The chip leader at the start of play was Laurence Houghton but his stack took a heavy beating in the first level and by mid-session the Brit was on the other side of the rail. Team PokerStars Pro player Martin Hruby of the Czech Republic then took over the chip lead but lost it to Jose Severino when the player from Panama six-bet into Hruby for half of his stack, and after some thought Hruby folded only to see Severino turn over AClub Suit 3Club Suit. This left him with 122,500 which he managed to double before the end of play.

Severino did not stay too long at the top either with Romanian Team PokerStars Pro Toni Judet and Italian Antonio Buonanno edging in front of him. The player causing the biggest stir however was Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu launched into the lead mid-late session with the help of pocket aces three times, and then his pocket tens beat pocket fours and kings when a rivered 10 furthered his lead.

The Team PokerStars pro has never seen the top spot of the leader board on the European Poker Tour and only received his first ever EPT main event cash at the last stop in London. The tide could be changing for the Canadian on EPT felt however as he is now due to receive his second consecutive main event cash as he leads the remaining 80, each guaranteed at least €8,000, into day 3.

Here are the top 10 in chips at end of day 2:

Daniel Negreanu (Canada) Team PokerStars Pro 893,000
Antonio Buonanno (Italy) 704,500
Toni Judet (Romania) Team PokerStars Pro 704,000
Jose Severino (Panama) 637,500
Manole Mihai (Romania) 604,500
Riekus Hein Wijermars (Netherlands) PokerStars qualifier 530,000
Michael Eiler (Germany) PokerStars qualifier 438,500
Tommie Janssen (Netherlands) 395,000
Fabrizio Gonzalez (Uruguay) PokerStars qualifier 373,500
Tonio Röder (Germany) PokerStars player 371,000

The day ended when Gianni Giaroni ran his A-K into Riekus Wijermars’ pocket aces and became the unfortunate bubble. Before this however, a torrent of big names hit the rail including Tom Dwan who had an up and down day before crashing out, and defending champion Pascal Perrault who now gives up the Austrian throne for a new champion.

Others who will not be seeing any of the €2,935,000 prize pool also are Stephen Chidwick, Barny Boatman, Antony Lellouche, Jake Cody, Tobias Reinkemeier, Alexia Portal, Team PokerStars Pro members Ruben Visser, Lex Veldhuis, Michael Keiner, Jan Heitmann, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Darus Suharto, and Pieter de Korver, and PokerStars SportStars Fatima Moreira de Melo and Boris Becker.

Some familiar faces still in the hunt for the €700,000 top prize include Morten Erlandsen, Luke Schwartz, Maria Maceiras, Santiago Terrazas, Jeff Williams, Team PokerStars Pro members Angel Guillen, Jose Barbero, and Martin Hruby, and PokerStars Player Tomer Berda.

CardPlayer.com’s recaps will detail all the action as the field is cut from 80 to 24 to 8 and then 1 over the next few days. In the meantime check out the PokerStars blog feed as day 3 plays out.