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World Series of Poker Europe
Main Event Day 2

Buy-in: £10;,000 + £350; ($16574.45 USD)
Start Date: September 26
Length: 5-day event/2 start days
Players: 178
Prize pool: £3;,340,000 ($5,348,677 USD)
(2009 WSOP Gold Bracelet Event: 61)

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Main Event Day 2
Player field of Day 2 The World Series of Poker Europe Main Event will begin Day 2 at 5:30 PM London time and play for 4 levels for the 178 remaining in the field, with no scheduled dinner break on Day 2. There will be a 20 minute break after each level, but action will end around 1:00 AM for some pretty hungry survivors. And we learned that UK football star Teddy Sheringham is playing poker in the Main Event. Here are the 4 levels that the field will play at today: Daniel Aleai was an early bust as his all-in with A K did not hold up to the pocket 9's of Joe Ebanks. Scott Montgomery is railbound after he pushed the last of his chips in with pocket 7's and failed to win the hand against the paired Kings of Jussi Nevanlinna. A big hand for Antonio Esfandiari resulted in a ruined empire for Phil "Caesar" Hellmuth. Esfandiari had Q J on a Q 10 8 flop with a turn and river of 10 of which Hellmuth check called him to the end. With a full house showing the way to the rail, Hellmuth tried to tell his opponent about the mistakes they made and the type of player they are. Esfandiari stated he would settle the matter with a high stakes game of heads up after which "Caesar" stormed off. Esfandiari shouted, "I still love you Phil!" of which Phil gave no answer. Oh well, that's poker for ya!

Michael Champman is no longer among the players as his all-in with pocket Q's was stopped cold by the two pair (A's and K's) of Jonathan Reynolds. James Akenhead is still in the mix with 95,000 as is Doyle Brunson with 150,000 in his stack. But Marco Traniello was not that fortunate as he met the set of 7's which turned into a full house (7's/A's) belonging to Praz Bansi, sending Marco to the showers. Joining the ranks of the fallen are David Williams, Ilkka Koskinen, Chad Brown, Michael Tureniec, Joe Cassidy, Mike Matusow, Howard Lederer, Shaun Deeb, Sandra Naujoks, Erik Seidel and Ashton Griffin. Going into the last level, here are the top 9 in chips:
  1. Ian Munns -- 500,000
  2. Praz Bansi -- 374,000
  3. James Akenhead -- 250,000
  4. Sandor Demjan -- 200,000
  5. Doyle Brunson -- 200,000
  6. Jason Mercier -- 196,200
  7. Liz Lieu -- 190,000
  8. Steve Zolotow -- 189,200
  9. Ram Vaswani -- 184,000
At the end of 90 minutes, there were 97 players left to move on to Day 3. It still remains a toss up as to who could win. Some of the names in the game are Doyle Brunson, James Akenhead, 2007 Main Event Champion Annette Obrestad, 2008 Main Event Champion John Juanda, UK football phenom Teddy Sheringham, Kenna James, Daniel Negreanu, David Oppenheim, Farzad Bonyadi, Todd Brunson, Barry Shulman, Men "The Master" Nguyen and Ram Vaswani. Here are the top 9 in the field after Day 2:

Day 2 Chip Leader Ian Munns
Day 2 Chip Leader Ian Munns

  1. Ian Munns -- 528,000
  2. Praz Bansi -- 299,000
  3. Oyvind Riisem -- 255,300
  4. Arron Eric Filippi -- 216,500
  5. David Docherty -- 216,200
  6. Doyle Brunson -- 210,900
  7. Shandoi Demjan -- 209,000
  8. Markus Ristola -- 205,000
  9. Ram Vaswani -- 202,500



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