EPT Warsaw: Day two begins

It’s day 2 in Warsaw. Today the 109 players who bagged their chips over days 1a and 1b are returning for more of the same; intense poker from start to finish and all with the nagging understanding that all the hard graft already endured could still amount to nothing. Twenty-four places will be paid. That guarantees 85 will be out of pocket and disappearing sometime today with a tale of what might have been.

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Play begins again

But as has been proven countless times elsewhere on the tour the chip lead does not a cash finish make. And trudging here to play the short stack does not mean you’ll leave empty handed. Chin up Bekdas Sabri of Turkey, starting today with 3,075 in chips.

Not feeling the pinch quite as much is the current chip leader Roland de Wolfe, a name we’ve seen at these heights before on the EPT, and a former winner to boot. In fact, former winners have been a running theme this week, with no fewer than eight still competing to become the first ever two-time champion.

Another candidate is Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. Last year’s PCA winner finished yesterday with more than 41,000, one of six Team PokerStars Pros returning today.

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Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. Chipped up. Again.

Leading them is pocket dynamo Dario Minieri on 43,975, ahead of Isabelle Mercier, Katja Thater, Alexander Kravchenko and Gavin Griffin. Griffin too is a former winner, with "just" the season three Grand Final under his belt.

It's been a small field by EPT standards, but the quality has been amazingly high. Take all those mentioned above and then add Lellouche, Lacay, Ruthenberg, Lodden, Teltscher, Jepsen, Mattern, Martensson, Strassmann, etc., etc. Our high hopes seem set to be reached.

They're shuffling and dealing right now. Sit back, relax, and watch the fireworks fly.

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Here's how the video blog team introduced day two:

Watch EPT Warsaw 08: Introduction to Day 2 on PokerStars.tv

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour