So we have reached the end of Day two at WPT Venice.
When we started, 523 people contributed €3,300 to the prize pool and it created a rather mouth watering €1,521,930 in prize money. 54 lucky people will take home a pay day to their families or put it in there own back pocket. Places 54 through to 46 take home the minimum of €6,690 and one lucky (and skilful) player will take home the first prize of €380,000, the WPT bracelet and the title of WPT Venice Champion. But forget about the money. Today was all about getting through to day three, after all the bubble wouldn’t burst today, would it?
Well it nearly did!
219 people started the day and as we moved from Saturday night to the early hours of Sunday morning the field had reduced itself to the final 57 players. Tournament director Isidoro Alampi declared the last four hands of the night before €1,521,930 worth of chips were to be bagged and tagged.
The earliest casualties of the day were the well-dressed Salvatore Bonavena, the woolly hat wearing James Sudworth and smooth looking Swede Martin Jacobson.
Rising to the top of the chip counts very early in the day was Party Poker Team pro Dragan Galic. The first building blocks of the Galic house of chips were built when he won a pot worth over 100,000 after his nut flush beat the trip kings of his opponent who had called his all-in.
WSOPE bracelet winner Scott Shelley left us after he lost a flip against Daniele Amatruda. Shelley’s losing out to Amatruda’s and then Party Poker Team Pro Giovanni Safina’s chip-well also ran dry.
As the day eroded away so did the chip lead of the Dragan and it was eventually Day 1a chip leader Alessio Isaia who took a big chunk after moving all-in over a 44,000 raise from the Party Poker Team Pro who was forced to lay down pocket queens. The chip lead then exchanged hands several times and those players fortunate to hold the number one spot were Szabolcs Mayer, Max Lykov and Michel Jagerving.
While all of our eyes were on Galic, Isaia, Mayer, Lykov and Jagerving former EPT London champion David Vamplew was accumulating chips and rising up the ranks. Then after flopping a set of jacks he disposed of Italian Pro Giacomo Maisto and took over the lead where he stayed until the bitter end with 950,000.
Joining our chip leader in Day three tomorrow are Fabian Holling, Stefano Ricci and William Ullauri. The three of them qualified for this event online at Party Poker proving that you do not have to part with €3,300 in order to win €380,000!
In the meantime that’s all folks and we will see you back here tomorrow at 13:00 for Day three – Bubble time baby!
Top 10 chip counts at the end of the Day 2
1.VAMPLEW DAVID SAMUEL 950.000
2.ISAIA ALESSIO 841.000
3.MAYER SZABOLCS SANDOR 840.000
4.MINIERI DARIO 684.000
5.LYKOV MAXIM 670.500
6.DELLA PENNA PAOLO 464.000
7.GALIC DRAGAN 438.500
8.JAGERVING JOAKIM MICHEL 433.000
9.RODRIGUES EMMANUEL ALEXANDRE 413.000
10.CUCCHIARA GIUSEPPE 412.500
You can catch all of the Day two live updates here.