Swedish 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
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