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European Poker Tour -- Vilamoura Day 2

Brandon Cantu Leads the Way with Half a Million

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Brandon CantuDay 2 competition at the European Poker Tour Vilamoura €5,000 no-limit hold’em main event has ended and there is 70 players remaining from the original 384 players that entered the event.

The money bubble will burst when 56 remain tomorrow so the pace of play should be interesting to watch when play begins. You can follow the tournament live on the PokerStars blog feed.

The overnight chip leader is Brandon Cantu (pictured right), who ended play with 557,400. Other professionals that finished the day with strong stacks included Team PokerStars pro members J.P. Kelly (314,000), Marcin Horecki (280,500), and William Thorson (259,100). Cantu aggressively built a monolithic chip stack as he most often does in big poker tournaments during the day and he is now in a good position to make the final table. He has a chance to become the third player to win poker’s triple crown.

He has already won World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour titles so an EPT crown would complete the trifecta for the young American. Cantu is still a long way from making the final table at this point, but it is something intriguing to keep an eye on during day 3.

Check back at CardPlayer.com tomorrow for another summary of the action, and be sure to follow along with the PokerStars blog feed daily during the event. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from EPT Vilamoura Day 2:

Day 2 Top Chip Counts:

Brandon Cantu — 557,400
Andre Coimbra — 476,400
Johan Berg — 384,000
Sam Trickett — 351,900
Grzegorz Cichocki — 339,500
JP Kelly — 314,000
Dmitry Gromov — 305,200
Martin Jacobson — 301,100
Marcin Horecki — 280,500
Frederick Jensen — 275,000

Notable Day 2 Eliminations:

Allan Baekke, Pieter de Korver, Antonio Esfandiari, Ludovic Lacay, Anthony Lellouche, Dan Heimiller, Nikolay Evdakov, David Williams, Sorel Mizzi, Valdemar Kwaysser, Vicky Coren, Fatima de Melo, William Reynolds, Sebastian Ruthenberg, John Duthie, Dario Minieri, and Liv Boeree.

Hand of the Day:

Cantu Passes 300,000

There was 30,000 in the pot preflop when David Klar reraised another 16,800 on top. Brandon Cantu made the call and the flop was dealt QDiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit 9Heart Suit. Klar bet 30,000 and Cantu moved all in. Klar quickly made the call and they both flipped over their cards:

Cantu: JDiamond Suit 10Heart Suit
Klar: ADiamond Suit AHeart Suit

Turn and River: 3Diamond Suit and 8Club Suit

Klar was eliminated when the river completed Cantu’s straight. After the hand Cantu grew his stack to 313,000.

Payout Structure:

1: €467,835
2: €297,984
3: €186,240
4: €139,680
5: €93,120
6: €74,496
7: €55,872
8: €37,248
9-10: €27,936
11-12: €20,486
13-14: €16,762
15-16: €13,968
17-24: €11,174
25-32: €9,312
33-40: €8,381
41-48: €7,822
49-56: €7,263