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World Series of Poker Europe Main Event -- Day 2

Ian Munns Leads Pack Filled with Pros and Stars of Poker


Barry ShulmanThe two starting-day fields of the World Series of Poker Europe main event (sponsored by Betfair) saw 178 players whittled down to 92. Despite this, there is a fantastic line-up for day 3, including Card Player’s own CEO Barry Shulman (111,200) [pictured right], John Tabatabai (160,100), Ram Vaswani (202,500), Yevgeniy Timoshenko (192,100), Antonio Esfandiari (173,300), Jani Vilmunen (65,500), Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott (174,000), Liz Lieu (184,400), and footballer Teddy Sheringham (74,800). James Akenhead is also holding strong in the top 20 stacks, with 178,000.

Plus, former champions Annette Obrestad (90,500) and John Juanda (38,900) are still in with a shot as they now prepare for day 3, which starts at noon (GMT + 1) today.

If that doesn’t get the mouth watering, here are the top 10 in chips after day 2:

Ian Munns — 528,300
Praz Bansi — 299,000
Oyvind Riisem — 255,300
Arron Eric Filippi — 216,500
David Docherty — 216,200
Doyle Brunson — 210,900
Shandoi Demjan — 209,000
Markus Ristola — 205,000
Ram Vaswani — 202,500
Jason Mercier — 202,300

To get to this point, the field had to lose some key players. The long list of casualties included Ashton Griffin, Howard Lederer, Erik Seidel, Phil Hellmuth, David Williams, Mike Matusow, Daniel Alaei, Barry Greenstein, Mike Matusow, Shaun Deeb, Michael Tureniec, and Alex Kravchenko.

Here are some notable bustouts:

Phil HellmuthPhil Hellmuth [pictured left] busted at the hands of Antonio Esfandiari. According to “The Magician,” he raised with Q-J, bet 3,600 on a Q-10-8 flop, checked the 10 on the turn, and pushed the 10 on the river. Hellmuth check-called him down with what was said to be an 8. Hellmuth then unhappily made his exit.

Scott Montgomery was all in with 7Spade Suit 7Heart Suit versus Jussi Nevanlinna’s ADiamond Suit KSpade Suit, but it wasn’t to be as the board fell KDiamond Suit 5Spade Suit 3Heart Suit 6Heart Suit QClub Suit.

Moments after doubling up, Christer Johansson was on a spiral downwards, which ended on the other side of the rail.

He, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, and Sandor Demjan saw an ADiamond Suit 5Spade Suit 2Heart Suit flop. Demjan checked, Timoshenko bet 3,600, and before Johansson could act, Demjan tried to call. Johansson called, Demjan’s chips stayed in the pot, and the turn was the KSpade Suit.

Demjan checked again, as did Timoshenko, and Johansson bet 6,800, with a mere 15,000 behind. Demjan folded, and Timoshenko moved all in. Johansson insta-called and showed AHeart Suit KClub Suit for two pair, but Timoshenko revealed 5Club Suit 5Diamond Suit for a set of fives. The 9Heart Suit river proved fruitless for Johansson, and the 2009 Irish Open champion hit the rail.

EPT Dortmund champ Sandra Naujoks moved all in with 7Diamond Suit 7Spade Suit, but they weren’t very lucky as Jussi Nevanlinna called with KHeart Suit KClub Suit, and no 7 appeared on an a board of 6Diamond Suit 6Spade Suit 3Heart Suit 2Spade Suit ASpade Suit. Another champion hit the rail with the money bubble sparkling somewhere in the distance.

Players return at noon (local time) for level 11 and blinds of 800-1,600 with a 200 ante. The money bubble is sure to burst today, as 92 players attempt to become one of 36, and preferably one near the top end of the money ladder.



over 12 years ago

WOW!!! Matusow busted out twice!!! LOL