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PokerStars European Poker Tour Tallinn -- Day 2

Pagano Looks for Record-Breaking 15th Cash While Brit Takes The Lead

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Chip Leader Jonathan Weekes. Credit: Neil Stoddart and PokerStarsDay 2 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Tallinn began with 210 players, and five levels later, 84 remained. Play was fast-paced and aggressive, and finished just 28 players off the money.

The day saw the rise of the Brits, well, mainly one Brit to be exact, Jonathan Weekes. The PokerStars qualifier soared from 145,400 in chips at start of play to a massive 751,900 by bagging and tagging time.

The closest player to Weekes is Swede Johan Storakers with 540,000, followed by Team PokerStars Pro Ivan Demidov with 430,000 in chips.

Here are the top 10 in chips going into day 3:

Jonathan Weekes (UK) PokerStars qualifier 825,000
Johan Storakers (Sweden) 540,000
Ivan Demidov (Russia) Team PokerStars Pro 430,000
Steven van Zadelhoff (Netherlands) 312,000
Aleh Plauski (Belarus) PokerStars qualifier 311,700
Mattias Jorstedt (Sweden) 310,100
Perica Bukara (Serbia) 308,000
Attilio Donato (Italy) 294,200
Vallo Maidla (Estonia) 285,700
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs (Latvia) PokerStars qualifier 280,800

Other notables still in contention are Manuel Bevand (255,900), Rob Sherwood (183,700), Mark Dalimore (140,000), Javed Abrahams (135,600), and recent World Series bracelet winner Tomer Berda.

The Team PokerStars Pro members still in the hunt for the €400,000 first prize are Arnaud Mattern (152,700), Vadim Markushevski (97,200), Michael Keiner (52,800), Katja Thater (40,800), and most interestingly, Luca Pagano (263,700).

If Pagano makes the money today, it will be a record-breaking 15th cash on the EPT for the Italian.

Some familiar names who hit the rail throughout day 2 were Team PokerStars Pro players Juan Manuel Pastor, Alexander Kravchenko, and Joep van der Bijgaart.

Annette ObrestadToday, the bubble will be reached when the field is downsized to 56, and a total of five 75-minute levels will be played, or play will stop at 24 players remaining.

Elsewhere at EPT Tallinn, the €3,200 buy-in Heads-Up event kicks off with a total of 31 players including EPT Award winners Max Lykov and Allan Baekke, Sorel Mizzi, Marc Gork, Michael Tureniec, and 2010 WSOP bracelet winner Valdemar Kwaysser.

In the first round, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst is taking on Norwegian pro Annette Obrestad, so stay with CardPlayer.com to find out what happens next on the first stop of the European Poker Tour season 7 via the PokerStars blog feed and also our daily recaps.

Photographs courtesy of Neil Stoddart and PokerStars.