There are 114 players remain in the Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final after day 2 in the €10,600 Main Event.
The bunch of players included those who coming from Days 1a and 1b in a field starting with a total of 310 players and also the nine players who entered before the second day’s start of play. The group of nine had players like Daniel Negreanu, Max Altergott Dzmitry Urbanovich, and Igor Kurganov. There were rumors of Phil Ivey registering on Day 2 but he did not appear.
The 564 players participating in the Main Event compared to the last year total of 650 is less when Antonio Buonanno won the title and the event still has a juicy pool €5,640,000 to be earned. The event will pay a total of 79 players with the minimum sum worth €19,175 where as the winner will take home more than a million, that is €1,082,000.
Ole Schemion, the GPI Player of the Year and German High Roller is the chip leader with 477,700 who beat compatriot Christopher Frank in a narrow margin who is standing second with 465,200. Later in the day Schemion also beat Igor Kurganov, his good friend on Day 2. Earlier the day he also beat Artem Metalidi when he sniffed out his bluff. Schemion called when Metalidi betted 4000. Check-check turned 5- spades, and K-clubs and the board was completed on the river. Schemion called quickly when Metalidi pushed 13,300 for all. When flipped it was j- and 2- for Metalidi and with K-spades and Q-hearts Schemion took the pot.
The field lost several top players which also included Joao Nunes, Liv Boeree, Jake Cody, Fatima Moreira De Melo and also the top pro Daniel Negreanu. In an engrossing duel of card play Astapau knocked out Daniel on the second day of the Main Event.