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Six UK Poker Players Remain in EPT San Remo Main Event

Posted by Andy on October 24, 2011 at 10:52 BST

EPT San RemoIt was a Day 2 of mixed fortunes for UK Poker players competing in the EPT San Remo Main Event, with previous EPT winners Liv Boeree and Rupert Elder busting out in the most unfortunate of circumstances and being joined on the rail by WSOPE Main Event runner-up Chris Moorman, and GUKPT winners Praz Bansi and Charles Chattha. Six UK Poker Players Remain in EPT San Remo Main Event, with Jon Spinks leading the charge as Day 3 starts and the bubble just 17 places away.

The Cards Are Kind to Spinks …

Jon Spinks had the best possible start to the day when crippling Petteri Vanhapelto´s Aces with a gutshot straight on the river (to be fair, Jon also had flush draw options) and built his stack throughout the day. His “hand of the day” came when Cristiano Viali (K♣ 6♣) got all-in on a flop of Q♣ 10♣ 6♠ against Jon´s A Q♠. The K put Viali in front with two pair and the flush draw still to come, but the A on the river gave Jon a better two pairs and he sits in tenth position on the leaderboard overnight.

… And the Boatman Gets Paid Off

Barny Boatman had the sort of day one would associate with Max Silver. Starting the day with 30,000 chips, he smoothly got past the 100,000 barrier before being crushed down to under 25,000. Fortunately he got shoved into by Basilio Cipriano (10♣ 10) on a flop of J♣ 6♣ 4 and was happy to call holding J♠ J. His double up enabled him to use his stack to take down several uncontested pots (does one against Michael Vat count as a VAT rebate?), and he finished on Sunday night well above the average stack with 300,000 chips.

Found the EPT – Win the Money

Remarkably, UK poker player John Duthie, who founded the European Poker Tour and got PokerStars to sponsor the event, has never cashed in any of the Main Events in the Tour´s eight year history. Unless tragedy strikes, John will be drawing a cashier´s cheque between now and Wednesday, as will Toby Lewis and the two well-stacked Sebastians – Saffari and Gohr (both of whom should have no objection to being described as well-stacked!).

Those Who Will Find Comfort Elsewhere Include –

Liv Boeree had worked her chip stack up to 160,000 – mostly courtesy of her set of Jacks dominating Hugo Loureira´s AK – but lost two big hands against sets either side of dinner, and was in the process of isolating a short-stacked player when she was overbet by a better stacked player and lost out on the coin flip. Praz Bansi (K♠ J♠) also suffered from players hitting sets, and was busted by Canadian Kevin Ayow (8 8♠) when the 8 was dealt on the flop. Defending EPT San Remo champion, Rupert Elder – who had flown back to the UK on Saturday to attend a friend´s wedding – was busted in one of the last hands of the night when his pocket Jacks ran into the Aces of Stefan Ianuszewicz, but Chris Moorman busted in time to recover his day courtesy of a 25th place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million.

Looking Ahead to Day 3

When play resumes this afternoon, blinds will be 2,000/4,000 (ante 400) with the average chip stack 174,375. Current EPT San Remo Main Event leader is Joseph Cheong, who crushed Shaun Deeb and eliminated Piero Guido in a massive three way pot shortly before the chips were bagged and tagged, and he is being pursued by Australian Daniel Neilsen, with Italian Poker Tour Player of the Year Mustapha Kanit in third place. The chasing pack also includes WSOPE Main Event winner Elio Fox, Epic Poker league winners Steve O’Dwyer and Mike McDonald, and top female poker players Vanessa Selbst and Melanie Weisner.

Place

Name

Nationality

Chips

1

Joseph Cheong USA

632,000

2

Daniel Neilson Australia

584,500

3

Mustapha Kanit Italy

577,000

4

William Thorson Sweden

508,500

5

Sergey Tikhonov Russia

504,500

6

Vanessa Selbst Canada

497,000

7

Nick Yunis Chile

435,500

8

Christopher McClung Canada

402,000

9

Ondrej Vinklarek Czech Republic

396,000

10

Jon Spinks UK

355,000

11

Elio Fox USA

346,000

12

Lex Veldhuis Netherlands

341,000

18

Barny Boatman UK

300,000

23

Sebasitan Saffari UK

278,500

39

Sebastian Gohr UK

223,500

69

John Duthie UK

147,500

85

Toby Lewis UK

122,000