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PokerStars EPT -- Barcelona Day 2

Fast Play Takes the Field Down From 240 Players to the Money Bubble of 72


Lex VeldhuisThere is fast, aggressive tournament play, and then there is what took place on day 2 of the 2009 PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona main event. A group of 240 players returned for the day and by the end of the first 75-minute level, 50 of them had already been knocked out. This fast pace kept going until the field reached the century mark and play settled back down a little bit. Even with the small speed bump, the field reached the final 72 players and the money bubble burst just before 9 p.m. local time. Those 72 players will return at 12:30 p.m. CEST (3:30 a.m. PDT) tomorrow to play down to the final 24.

A long list of notables hit the rail while chips flew with reckless abandon. They included Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Florian Langmann, Sandra Naujoks, and Ivan Demidov. The most surprising elimination on the day came when Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis lost hundreds of thousands of chips during the last stretch of play and he busted just short of the money bubble after serving as chip leader at different points of the tournament.

Other professionals that made an exit included Jonas Molander, Peter Hedlund, Freddy Deeb, Robert Mizrachi, Mark Teltscher, Maxim Lykov, Liya Gerasimova, Sander Lyllof, Casey Kastle, Leo Margets, Claudio Rinaldi, Dragan Galic, Guillaume de la Gorce, Remy Biechel, Noah Schwartz, Martin Wendt, J.J. Liu, William Reynolds, David Williams, Surinder Sunar, Brandon Schaefer, and Card Player player of the year leader Eric Baldwin.

Each player that returns tomorrow will walk away with at least €12,000 in prize money. PokerStars qualifier Carter Phillips surged during the fast period of play that began the day and he grew his stack to 420,000. Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand Grospellier chose to make his move late in the day, and during the final two levels he grew his stack to 415,000. Canadian Matt Lapossie finished the night with the chip lead, holding 705,000. Here is a look at the top 10 chip counts from day 2:

Matt Lapossie: 705,000
Marc Goodwin: 497,000
Carter Phillips: 420,000
Bertrand Grospellier: 415,000
Jens Kyllonen: 407,000
Toni Ojala: 385,000
Michael Mcdonald: 290,000
Matt Woodward: 224,000
Roland de Wolfe: 212,000
Cornel Andrew Cimpan: 210,000

Check back tomorrow as the field continues to march down to the final table. Card Player’s tournament reporting team will be there to bring you all of the action in live updates, chip counts, and photos.

Here is a look at the highlights from day 2 as featured in’s live updates:

Daniel NegreanuA Series of Unfortunate Events for Kid Poker

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu has lost a series of pots to start the day and he has been knocked out of the tournament. His downfall began when he held K-Q against the A-Q of his opponent and a queen was out on the flop. The worst of it followed, when Negreanu held 4Spade Suit 3Spade Suit on a 7-4-3 flop. His opponent moved all in and Negreanu made the call. His opponent held pocket eights, and a 7 fell on the turn to give him a better two pair than Negreanu. Kid Poker was left with just 10,000 after that hand and he was eliminated soon thereafter.

2 Fast 2 Furious

Day 2 is playing ridiculously fast here at PokerStars EPT Barcelona. It would appear that many players think they can win the tournament today, and A-Q might qualify as the nuts to a lot of players. The field has fallen down all the way to 147 players. Almost 100 players have fallen in less than two levels of play.

Brandon SchaeferBrandon Schaefer is Having a Bad Day

Brandon Schaefer has had a rough go of it early on day 2. He lost a 100,000 pot when his aces were cracked by ADiamond Suit KDiamond Suit. He and his opponent got their money in on a flop that held two diamonds and then another came to drop Schaefer’s stack down to 87,000.

On a recent hand Schaefer bet 6,200 from the big blind with a board of JClub Suit 5Club Suit 2Spade Suit JDiamond Suit sitting on the table. Dren Ukella made the call from the cutoff and then both players checked the 4Heart Suit on the river. Schaefer turned up the KDiamond Suit, but Ukella turned over ADiamond Suit 10Heart Suit to win the hand.

Jens KyllonenJens Kyllonen Doubles Up

With not too much action preflop (judging from the size of the pot in the middle), the board showed QDiamond Suit 10Heart Suit 2Club Suit. UTG+1 bet 25,000 and Kyllonen reraised all in for 56,300. His opponent called and the turn and river fell 9Heart Suit and 3Club Suit.

Kyllonen showed down QSpade Suit JSpade Suit to take down a pot worth about 120,000. His opponent lost a big chunk of his stack with ASpade Suit 10Spade Suit in the hole.

The Hex of Lex

Lex Veldhuis lost a 400,000 pot when all in with a set on the flop, his opponent called and hit a runner-runner straight.

With only a couple more players to go, he then ran his A-J into A-K and the board came out 8-6-5-9-10.

The unlucky young gun goes out one before the bubble.



12 years ago

Must be agood feeling knowing you will rarely get a bad beat Lex keep shoving with the worst hand you will get a little glory play and not many wins.