Vladimir Troyanovskiy Bags Chiplead, 128 Remain After Day 2 of Grand Final

Vladimir Troyanovskiy has had success in EPT High Rollers, but after bagging the chiplead on Day 2 of the Grand Final Main Event he has a chance to contend for his first major title. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

Vladimir Troyanovskiy has had success in EPT High Rollers, but after bagging the chiplead on Day 2 of the Grand Final Main Event he has a chance to contend for his first major title. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

The 2014 EPT Grand Final Main Event is nearing its most critical point, with the field reduced to just over a third of what it was at the start of Day 2 by the end of play on Monday in Monte Carlo.

Vladimir Troyanovskiy, a regular in the High Roller events on the European Poker Tour, put together a tremendous Day 2 on his way to 450,500 and the overnight chiplead. Only Idris Ambraisse (434,300), Marcello Marigliano (421,700) and Sebastian Von Toperczer (418,000) managed to join Troyanovskiy with over 400,000, with Marigliano getting a big chunk of those chips from the stack of Phil Ivey.

Ivey was near the top of the chip counts for several hours in the middle of Day 2 after flopping set-over-set against Samir Bouchakour, but a similar cooler quickly forced Ivey out of this tournament. Both Ivey and Marigliano flopped a monster on a Queen-high board, but Marigliano’s King-high straight was better than Ivey’s Queen-high straight and the nine-time WSOP bracelet winner was sent to the rail.

Defending EPT Grand Final €25,000 High Roller Steven Silverman is sixth after Day 2 with 369,900, and a number of other notables find themselves near the top of the chip counts with 128 players left. Johnny Lodden (326,500), Philipp Gruissem (268,000), Dani Stern (260,000), Sam Trickett (237,000), Ole Schemion (233,600) and Scott Clements (237,000) are all well above an average stack going into Day 3.

Stern and Clements, who is playing his first EPT other than the PCA this week, are among a strong contingent of American pros remaining in the EPT Grand Final Main Event – one that includes 2012 champion Mohsin Charania and Team PokerStars Pro David Williams.

Defending EPT Grand Final Main Event champion Steve O’Dwyer joined Ivey and more than 200 others on the sidelines on Day 2. Haralablos Voulgaris, Antonio Esfandiari, Dan Smith, Eugene Katchalov, Bertrand Grospellier, Dominik Nitsche, Barry Greenstein and Sorel Mizzi were each among the Day 2 casualties, as was Byron Kaverman, who jumped on a plane to play the EPT Grand Final immediately after finishing second at the WPT Championship on Saturday.

After the last few registrations were processed, the field for the 2014 EPT Grand Final was closed at an even 650, a big jump from the 531 who played a year ago. Two more tables worth of players will walk away with a payday than in 2013, as 96 players will share in the €6.5 million ($8,992,222) prizepool. A mincash is worth €19,200, and the top nine players will receive at least €102,000. The final table payouts are as follows:

  • €1,240,000 ($1,715,439)
  • €765,000
  • €547,000
  • €419,000
  • €332,000
  • €258,300
  • €188,500
  • €128,800

The bubble is sure to burst on Day 3 of the EPT Grand Final, but there are still four days of poker separating the next EPT champion from hoisting the winner’s trophy. The final 128 will all continue on that path Tuesday afternoon in Monte Carlo, with cards going into the air at 12 pm CEST (6 am EST). They’ll play five 90-minute levels before they pack it in for the night.

2014 EPT Grand Final – End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. Vladimir Troyanovskiy – 450,500
  2. Idris Ambraisse – 434,300
  3. Marcello Marigliano – 421,700
  4. Sebastian Von Toperczer – 418,000
  5. Malte Monnig – 387,000
  6. Steven Silverman – 369,900
  7. Talal Shakerchi – 365,800
  8. Nick Maimone – 358,800
  9. Johnny Lodden – 326,500
  10. Oliver Bosch – 284,900
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