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World Series of Poker Europe -- Main Event Day 2

Viktor Blom Leads The Way; Defending Champ Eliminated

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Viktor BlomAfter two World Series of Poker Europe main event starting days, a total field of 346 was decimated to 195. The survivors came together today for a rollercoaster day 2 in The Casino at The Empire, at the center of London but only 66 made it out alive.

The two names on everyones’ lips throughout the day were Phil Ivey and Viktor Blom, who is unofficially said to be Isildur1. The two players were first and second in chips intermittently until Ivey’s stack took many a hit during the latter stages and other names took his place at the very top of the leader board. Blom stayed ahead of the pack however and wreaked utter chaos until the clock hit zero on the last level of the night. Official chip counts have not yet been released but it is most likely that Blom will lead the pack heading into day 3.

Next to him is Bojan Gledovic who also had a fantastic day. After Ludovic Lacay crippled defending champion Barry Shulman, Gledovic finished him off when his pocket eights held against Shulman’s ADiamond Suit 5Diamond Suit. Lacay was in turn crippled by Daniel Steinberg, and left shortly after at the hands of Gorelik.

With Shulman on the other side of the rail, this year’s champion will be a new name as no other former WSOPE main event champions now remain in the field. A really interesting bunch of players will return tomorrow with healthy chip stacks. Among them will be Andrew Pantling, Arnaud Mattern, Nick Schulman, Nicolas Levi, Dan Fleyshman, and Phil Ivey.

Daniel Negreanu is still in the hunt for his third WSOP Europe main event final table also. However, many other familiar names did not have such a good day. Among those not returning tomorrow are Allen Cunningham, Eric Baldwin, Phil Laak, Praz Bansi, Dag Palovic, John Racener, Andy Black, Erik Seidel, Sam Stein, Jason Mercier, Faraz Jaka, Isabelle Mercier, Kevin MacPhee, Alexander Kravchenko, and Antonio Esfandiari.

Speaking of Esfandiari, he was crippled mid-stages by Dan Shak in the following hand:

On a flop of JDiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit 5Club Suit, Esfandiari led out, only to be raised to 18,000 by Shak. Esfandiari went into the tank and eventually announced all-in for around 140,000 in total. Shak called without hesitation, and the players revealed their hands.

Esfandiari: KDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit
Shak: 6Diamond Suit 3Diamond Suit

With a dominant flush draw, gut shot straight draw, and the currently good king-high, Esfandiari was a strong favorite with all but a few thousand of his chips in the middle. The turn came the 2Spade Suit, leaving Shak drawing only to the remaining non-diamond threes and sixes.

The 3Club Suit did roll off on the river, and Esfandiari exploded out of his seat in shocked disgust. As the dealer laboriously counted out the stacks, Esfandiari politely said, “Nice hand.” Shak apologized about the bad beat, but unsurprisingly this did little to salve Esfandiari’s wounds. Shak’s stack grew to around 280,000 after the hand.

Stay tuned to CardPlayer.com tomorrow for day 3 of the WSOP Europe main event as things heat up between some of the best players in the poker world. Also taking center stage tomorrow at 6 p.m. (local time) is the final of the £10,000 Heads-Up event where Gus Hansen will take his last stand against Jim “Big Queso” Collopy for his very first bracelet.

Here are the official chip counts for day 3:

Viktor Blom 443200
Bojan Gledovic 442300
Darren Woods 372500
Andrew Pantling 344000
David Peters 309300
Phil Ivey 289300
Arnaud Mattern 280900
Nicolas Levi 272300
Dan Fleyshman 269000
Brian Powell 266100
Daniel Steinberg 265700
Thomas Bichon 257700
Yevgeniy Timoshenko 222900
Dan Shak 214800
David Baker 207000
Magnus Persson 197200
James Bord 195000
Nick Schulman 190000
Rob Akery 176900
Barry Greenstein 175300
Patrik Selin 173600
Alex Keating 169800
Anton Wigg 168000
Rudy Blondeau 166700
Roland de Wolfe 166200
Fabrizio Baldassari 164800
Hoyt Corkins 158400
Almira Scripchenko 156400
John Eames 152000
Huck Seed 147600
Matthew Waxman 146500
Quinn Do 144000
Daniel Negreanu 142800
Anthony Newman 138200
Guy Gorelik 136600
Markus Golser 132600
Remy Biechel 130400
Bryn Kenney 127800
Vincent Chahley 122400
Greg Mueller 121200
Eli Elezra 116900
Adam Fletcher 115400
James Mitchell 115100
Clint Coffee 110700
Barny Boatman 110300
Andy Frankenberger 110300
Freddy Deeb 107300
Ronald Lee 101800
Hoi Cheung 101600
Tyron Krost 97500
Nam Le 91500
JP Kelly 84900
Matt Stout 80500
Adrian Passfield 77500
John Dolan 73200
Marc Inizan 70600
John Conroy 69800
Michael Browne 63100
Jean Paul Seatelli 61200
Paul Byrne 59300
Jani Sointula 54500
Michael Benvenuti 48400
Steven van Zadelhoff 42400
Simon Persson 37200
Mark Thurgood 37000
Barbara Martinez 30300

For now here is a Card Player TV update from late on day 2 for your viewing pleasure: