Leonid Markin Leads Final Ten at EPT London High Roller

November Niner Jorryt van Hoof looks to get some final table practice Saturday, 2nd in chips in the EPT London High Roller (photo credit Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

November Niner Jorryt van Hoof looks to get some final table practice Saturday, 2nd in chips in the EPT London High Roller (photo credit Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

Day 2 of the £10,300 ($16,500 USD) PokerStars European Poker Tour High Roller featured several notable names contending for the first place prize of £394,200 ($633,150 USD), but itss Leonid Markin – with lifetime earnings of $31,414 – with November Niner Jorryt van Hoof close behind in second place.

Before play started, eight players took advantage of re-entering, bringing the total number of entries to 173 with 23 players cashing. Play was fast and furious as Phillip Gruissem, Jason Mercier, Bryn Kenney, Mukul Pahuja, Martin Jacobson, Stephen Chidwick and Mustapha Kanit were among the early Day 2 eliminations.

Leonid Markin started the day in the middle of the Day 2 field, but moved up the leaderboard steadily throughout the day. Markin was involved in the biggest pot of the tournament after the dinner as he tangled with Sergio Aido, who six-bet shoved with A K into Markin’s A A to take the chip lead as Aido was on fumes.

While Markin was climbing, the field continued shrinking as the money bubble loomed as Anatoly Filatov, David Vamplew, Isaac Haxton, Max Silver and David Peters made their exit. Daniel Colman made an early run, but he wasn’t able to add another victory to his London visit.

The field was down to three tables and the money bubble after the elimination of Steve O’Dwyer in 25th place. The unfortunate bubble boy was Pablo Fernandez shoved in for less than ten big blinds, called by Dimitar Danchev. Joel Nordkvist then went into the tank before deciding to re-raise. Action folded around to Danchev and he moved all in and Nordkvist called. Fernandez showed 9 9 but when he saw Danchev reveal K K and Nordkvist show K K, there was still hope to double up. The board ran out J 8 4 A 6 and Fernandez left the table earning $0 for a 24th place finish as the rest of the field will earn a cash.

The list of players in the money started with Sergio Aido as he was joined by Sam Trickett, Ole Schemion and 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event winner Adrian Mateos Diaz. They were soon followed by Nicholas Chouity, Marvin Rettenmaier, Danchev with double EPT winner Victoria Coren Mitchell the final Day 2 elimination – in 11th place.

Leonid Markin went on a tear after the bubble burst, at one point having 25% of the chips in play. He lost some of those chips, including a late double-up of Niall Farrell near the end of the day. Markin is joined by Jorryt van Hoof and Martin Quack as the only stacks over one million chips. Among the returning players for the final day are Craig McCorkell, Fady Kamar – the only player to re-enter before Day 2 started to make the money, and Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden.

EPT London High Roller Chip Counts

Leonid Markin – 1,921,000
Jorryt van Hoof – 1,546,000
Martin Quack – 1,328,000
Craig McCorkell – 887,000
Fady Kamar – 771,000
Andrew Chen – 566,000
Niall Farrell – 510,000
Salman Behbehani – 439,000
Philippe D’Auteuil – 409,000
Johnny Lodden – 272,000

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