By Simon Young
It’s never pretty watching the start of a tournament’s second day. The short stacks, who either crept through nursing their precious chips, or who suffered a horror beat just before their first day was over, desperately need to double up as the blinds begin at 250-500 with a 50 running ante.
Cries of “All in and call” will bounce off the rafters in the giant Amazon Room as those shorties chance their arm. Waiting for them, of course, are the big stacks, who can afford to call and try to increase their booty. They are like lions waiting in the long grass just ready to pounce.
For some short stacks there will be relief – perhaps only momentarily – as their cards hold up. For many others, it will be time to head home only minutes after sitting down.
We’ll start with 1,252 players today – the survivors from Days 1A and 1B. There will be a much bigger Day 2B field tomorrow.
Vartan Ohannesian, pictured on Day 1
PartyPoker is well represented across the spectrum today. Vartan Ohannesian, from Sweden, sits pretty with 55,475, but at the other end – and with only one move now available to him – is Klaus Malanitsch from Germany, who has just 6,700.
We’ll update throughout the day. Meanwhile, all of our Day 1 survivors are listed here:
Rasmus Nielsen, Denmark, 92,400
Martin Tonnesen, Denmark, 91,100
Jeffrey Hakim, Canada, 62,750
Shahram Rastegari, Netherlands, 56,550
Vartan Ohannesian, Sweden, 55,475
Ronnie Lawton, UK, 51,750
Marc McLoghlin, Ireland, 41,050
Paul Testud, France, 39,700
James Finigan, UK, 36,125
Jiri Hlavaty, Czech Republic, 32,400
Tyron Krost, Australia, 30,300
Jose Jaraiz Lopez, Spain, 30,225
Domenic Gatto, Canada, 11,075
Christian Jeppsson, Sweden, 10,475
Klaus Malanitsch, Germany, 6,700