UK Poker Player Poker News Nikolas Liakos Leads EPT Tallin 2011

Nikolas Liakos Leads EPT Tallin 2011

Posted by Andy on August 05, 2011 at 11:48 GMT

Nikolas LiakosSwedish poker player, Nikolas Liakos, aims to add to his recent success in the Greek Poker Open as he leads the field going into the final day of the PokerStars EPT Tallin. The young professional made early and late gains to his chip stack in a day which witnessed rapid-fire exits from the event, to carry 460,200 chips into the third day of five. A major contributor to his stack was local player Katri Kasper, who was looking to double up with aces late in the day, but fell foul to Nikolas´s flopped set of fours.

Carnage throughout Day 2

With the field now down to 63, and scheduled to be played today down to 24 players, it is unlikely that we will see a repeat of the carnage that occurred throughout Day 2. Big pots were played for and lost frequently, and UK poker players David Vamplew, Rupert Elder and PokerStars professional JP Kelly were amongst the big names to be packing their bags and heading home (or, more likely, to the UKIPT Edinburgh).

Banzi and Big Mick Still Going Strong, but Watch Out for “Busto”

Leading UK poker player Praz Bansi is still in with a chance of a very deep run after a solid Day 2, as too is Michael “BIGMICKG” Graydon, with the Irishman holding a promising position in third. The story of the day however, goes to Dutch player Johan van Til. Johan, who plays under the pseudonym “busto-soon”, only has one live final table appearance to his name despite winning over $2 million on PokerStars, and yesterday started the day as the short-stack with just 5,300 in chips (blinds were 500/1,000 at this point). Somehow he managed to increase that stack into 199,000 (the average is 132,000) and, if he continues in this vein, could be up near the top of the leaderboard when play concludes tonight.

Other Notable Players Seeking Glory

Of the remaining 63 players, thirteen qualified through PokerStars qualifiers. The top 40 players will cash and among those seeking the first prize of €275,000 are 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Joe Ebanks, previous EPT Champions Roberto Romanello and Arnaud Mattern, and last woman standing, Italian Irene Baroni, who is currently situated in eighth.

Selected chip counts at the end of Day 2 of EPT Tallinn 2011

Position Player Nationality Chips
1 Nikolas Liakos Sweden 460,200
2 Lari Sihvo Finland 400,100
3 Michael Graydon Ireland 349,800
4 Liutauras Armanavicius Lithuania 337,600
5 Jani Sointula Finland 333,300
6 Erlend Melsom Norway 287,200
7 Ronny Kaiser Switzerland 269,600
8 Irene Baroni Italy 257,600
9 Stefan Jedlicka Austria 251,700
10 Kjartan Bergur Jonsson Iceland 246,500
27 Praz Bansi UK 120,200
40 Roberto Romanello UK 80,800
50 Arnaud Mattern France 58,200
56 John O’Shea Ireland 44,800
57 Joe Ebanks USA 41,600
60 Stuart Fox UK 33,300