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European Poker Tour San Remo -- Day 2

Greek Takes Lead On Day 2

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Georgios Manousos. Credit: Neil StoddartAs 460 players became 164 on day 2 of the European Poker Tour San Remo, the main event lost many of its big names including Sebastian Ruthenberg, Marcin Horecki, Pieter de Korver, Barry Greenstein, and Antoine Saout.

The day ended just 20 off the bubble and saw some well-knowns putting up a fight to stay alive. The chip lead was finally settled as Greek player Georgious Manousos moved to the fore with 573,900.

Third in chips is Kevin Vandersmissen. The name rings a bell as the Belgian recently finished runner-up to Vladimir Geshkenbein at EPT Snowfest. He started day 2 with less than 60,000 but managed to turn it into 534,300 by end of play. Just below him on the leader board is season six EPT Barcelona champ Carter Phillips with 496,400. 2009 World Series of Poker champion Joe Cada is also in the running with just under 422,000 in chips.

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

Georgios Manousos (Greece) 573,900
Germano Martucci (Italy) 545,300
Kevin Vandersmissen (Belgium) 534,300
Carter Phillips (USA) 496,400
Paolo Rigano (Italy) 466,700
Nicolas Yunis (USA) 454,400
Fabrice Soulier (France) 441,100
Xuan Liu (Canada) 430,700
Gerasimos Deres (Sweden) 430,700
Joe Cada (Joe Cada) 421,700

Some interesting names still in the running are Ted Forrest, Max Lykov, John Eames, Nicolas Chouity, day 1A leader Leonid Bilokur, Ludovic Lacay, David Vamplew, Casey Kastle, Richard Toth, Ramzi Jelassi, day 1B leader Ruben Visser, Roberto Romanello, and Victor Ramdin.

Ramdin made a very difficult fold late-session and you can check it out in day 2’s Hand Of The Day:

Andrea Benelli opened and Victor Ramdin three-bet to 20,500. Daniel Sjogren then four-bet to 47,500 from the blinds prompting Benelli to move all in for 330,000. With the action back on Ramdin, he had to make a decision for his tournament life with 240,000 remaining in front of him. The clock was called and Ramdin elected to fold. Sjogren then shoved his remaining 170,000 in chips into the middle and flipped over ADiamond Suit AHeart Suit. Benelli revealed pocket kings and was drawing dead unless he miraculously made a flush or straight as Ramdin had actually passed pocket kings. Benelli’s kings stayed behind and his stack took a monstrous hit to less than 100,000 while Sjogren scooped up the pot.

You can follow the ups and downs of day 3 via the PokerStars blog feed but don’t forget to check back here for daily recaps of all the EPT San Remo action.