Day 2 of the World Series Of Poker Europe €50k High Roller saw John Juanda absolutely smash his opponents which included eliminating Phil Hellmuth to finish at the top of the leader board, making him the favourite to win the final table tomorrow.
He managed to amass a quite astounding 2.5 million chips and will have wanted the day to go on forever, yet he will now have to try and continue where he left off yesterday. Though he is quite a way ahead of the remaining players, his closest threat is Malaysian businessman Richard Yong. He has 1.309 million in chips and can certainly not be counted out just yet.
Phillip Gruissem finishes off the top three as he has 1,308 million, with the other players in the last nine being Steve O’Dwyer, Mike Watson, Tobias Reinkemeier, Winfred Yu, David Benefield and Jani Sointula.
The official final table starts at eight players though, so one player is still set to go home empty handed tomorrow as only the final eight players will be paid. Additionally this event will not be awarding a bracelet, though I doubt the winner will be too disappointed as he will be walking home with an extra million in the bank.
Big Names Sent To The Rail!
Day 2 started with 37 players returning to the felt, though for the first hour re-buys back in were still allowed. This ensured that by the end of that period there were 60 players still competing for the title, though it didn’t last for too long. This all created a prize pool of €2,880,000 with the lions share going straight into the bank account of the winner.
For the players that entered late into the tournament, it didn’t have the success that they might have imagined. Phil Hellmuth, Phil ivey, Emil Patel and the ever aggressive Jonathan Duhamel all decided to buy in late and were eliminated early.
Negreanu was another name to be eliminated; though he will probably be the most disappointed of them all as he had been hanging around the chip leaders for most of the event. His time came when he ran right into the flopped set of john Juanda; he himself was ahead pre-flop with pocket kings whilst his opponent had pocket fours.
Others to go included Sam Trickett, Justin Bonomo, Tony G and Roger Hairebedian. The final day gets underway at 3pm local time tomorrow with just one more official elimination needed to be down to the official final table.
Here Are the Standings After Day2:
• 1. John Juanda – 2.5 million
• 2. Richard Yong – 1.3 million
• 3. Phillip Gruissem – 1.3 million
• 4. Steve O’Dwyer – 1.1 million
• 5. Tobias Reinkemeier – 904,000
• 6. David Benefield – 551,000
• 7. Jani Sointula – 489,000
• 8. Winfred Yu – 368,000
• 9. Mike Watson – 299,000