Brian Altman has never cashed on the European Poker Tour before. Barring a disaster of Epic Poker League proportions, that will all change on Sunday. On Saturday, the American poker pro finished Day 2 of the EPT Prague Main Event with the chip lead.
Altman finished with 704,100 and is the only player with more than 600,000 in the bag overnight. Gustav Nordh sits second with 584,000 while Omar Lakhdari is right behind with 568,000. Just 207 of the 600 players who began Day 2 with chips made it through the eight levels of play meaning only 48 players need to bust for Altman to get his first EPT cash – though he’s most likely focused on more than a min-cash.
A few more familiar names are still in contention, but outside of the top ten including Davidi Kitai (342,300), Shannon Shorr (322,200), Andrey Zaichenko (253,400), Sam Grafton (273,100) and Liv Boeree (179,000). Olivier Busquet (154,400), Vanessa Selbst (139,000) and former BLUFF Player of the Year Eugene Katchalov (116,3000) are still in but bagged less than the 160,345 average.
The 13 players who registered before play began on Day 2 pushed the total registered players to 1,107 and pushed the prize pool to €5,368,950 ($6,690,238 US) with the eventual champion walking away with €969,000 ($1,207,000 US).
Some of the notables who busted out on Saturday were Russell Thomas, Stephen Chidwick, WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson, Chino Rheem and Chris Moorman.
Mike Leah, who needs a massive score in a EPT or World Poker Tour event to catch Daniel Colman for BLUFF Player of the Year, busted out on Day 2.
Really need to work on my day2 game; flatted AK, back 5bet shoved could not get QQ to fold or win flip for a lot’o chips #EPTPragueMainEvent
— Mike Leah (@GoLeafsGoEh) December 13, 2014
Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts
- Brian Altman – 704,100
- Gustav Nordh – 584,000
- Omar Lakhdari – 568,000
- Stephen Graner – 558,200
- Andras Nemeth – 442,800
- Rhys Jones – 411,900
- Pablo Sanz Quiles – 397,600
- Jonathan Wong – 397,100
- Simon Boss – 372,600
- Peter Turmezey – 371,000
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