The sun decided to have the day off today as small clouds of grey filled the Barcelona air. Luckily the change in the climate had not dampened the enthusiasm of the remaining 116 players as they arrived en masse to compete for their slice of €691,200 in prize money.
As the clock struck 15:00 (CET) the place was absolutely buzzing with excitement and they were like greyhounds stuck in their cages. Thomas Kremser let the rabbit run as he declared shuffle up and deal and the greyhounds were let loose.
In a great spot of luck our two chip leaders from day 1a and day 1b Artur Koren and Eric Sullivan were seated on the same table. But when all eyes were on the top two it was Artem Romanov who sneaked from nowhere to steal the early limelight. In fact the battles between Romanov, Koren & Sullivan were fantastic.
The ladies performed excellently yesterday and today we had even more talented ladies with the addition of those who got through day 1a. One of those players who played on day 1a was the gorgeous Leo Margets and we lost her deep into the second level when she ran her pocket eights into ace-queen. An ace on the turn sending the Spanish beauty packing.
If there was a player of the year award for European poker then Martin Jacobson would be in contention. He may not have won a major title yet but he has earned well over €1 million in live tournament earnings this year alone. Jacobson knows how to get the job done and getting the job done today was all about returning for tomorrow. Jacobson had some wonderful duels with Loic Sa who was on his direct left all day and both players will be returning tomorrow for Day 3. Jacobson with 133,000 and Sa with 146,000.
When Jesus Lizano Cortes last played in this casino, his friends convinced him to play in a satellite for the EPT Main Event. He turned that small investment into over €500,000 when he finished in second place. Today he has proved that he is not a one trick pony as he climbed into second place in the chip spots with 320,500.
Thomas Kremser announced there would be six final hands of play and Szymon Pieszczoch, Jesus Lizano Cortes, Romain Matteoli and Bo Sehlstedt were all vying for that top spot. Eventually it was the lad with the longest name in the tournament who muscled his way through them after disposing of the dangerous Artem Romanov in the last few hands to give himself an impressive 411,000 chips.
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