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PokerStars EPT Grand Final -- Nick Schulman Leads After Day 2

Players Reach Money in Record Time

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Nick SchulmanFollow this event right now with Card Player’s live updates from Monte Carlo, and see who will take down the first place prize of €1,700,000.

Who would have thought that with 413 returning players, the field would have been able not only to reach the money bubble at 128th place, but surpass it, as well?

It took just seven levels for the PokerStars EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo to trim the field to the final 115, all of whom are guaranteed at least €15,000 for their troubles.

Surprisingly, the bubble came and went quickly, as well, taking only two hands to determine who would walk away from the Salles des Etoiles empty handed.

In the end, that undesirable honor went to Ake Olsson, whose QDiamond Suit JHeart Suit ran into Gilles Haddad’s 10Spade Suit 6Heart Suit in a short-stacked blind-against-blind situation. Haddad flopped two pair, and Olsson never caught up, much to the delight of the other 128 players in the room.

When the dust settled and play had ended for the evening, it was Nick Schulman who emerged as the chip leader, making a late run to lead the field with 742,500. He was followed by Jean Francois Talbot (635,000).

Chris MoneymakerOther notables still remaining in the field include Team PokerStars pros Vicky Coren, Martin Hruby, Rino Mathis, Lex Velhuis, Alexandre Gomes, Juan Manuel Pastor and Chris Moneymaker.

Moneymaker had quite the day and started off strong when his pocket queens picked off a bluff attempt by an opponent holding A-K. He then picked up another big pot to move into the chip lead. A few hours later, however, he fell back down near the middle of the pack. Fortunately for him, Moneymaker rebounded late to finish the day with 457,000.

The plan for Wednesday is to battle down to the final 28 players. That may be a grueling process, but the way this tournament has been going, perhaps a daylight exit is possible.