EPT Snowfest: Day 2, level 10 updates (600-1,200, 100 ante)

ept-thumb-promo.jpg3.25pm: Van Trinh shows some class
One of yesterday's leading chip stack, Lam Van Trinh, has just made a classy call against Georg Geissler on the river for the German player's tournamnet life. Geissler had raised from the button for 2,700 and was three-bet from the small blind to 7,800 by Van Trinh. Geissler wondered, 'Why so much?' before calling and they went heads up to the flop. Both players checked the A♥Q♥J♦ flop before Geissler stabbed 10,000 at the 5♥ turn and shoved the 5♦ river for 33,500. Van Trinh went deep into the tank before a clock was called and finally made the call showing A♣8♣ half expecting to chop the pot. Geissler showed 7♦7♣ and congratulated Van Trinh on his call.

That's the end of the level, folks. Cue a 15-minute break before the card frenzy starts again for level 11. -- RD

3.22pm: Fast Lerner
Aaron Lerner, a PokerStars player from Canada, has been moved to Lex Veldhuis' table. This one is stacked with the likes of day 1a chip leader David Wintersberger there as well. But Lerner got off to a dream start, finding aces against Team PokerStars Pro Veldhuis' queens. They got all in pre-flop and the raggedy board changed nothing. Lerner is now on more than 100,000, Veldhuis down to 80,000. -- SY

3.20pm: Negreanu falls at the second. Again
Daniel Negreanu might be the second most winningest tournament poker player in the world, but he simply cannot get any traction on the EPT. "Ugh the day 2 curse continues," he recently Tweeted. "Never had a chance today. Finally moved in my last 13k with QJ called by QQ. More time to play on PokerStars."

Negreanu's assassin at the last was the Dutch player Jochum Weenink, and it was pretty much exactly as Negreanu explained. The Team PokerStars Pro was all in with Q♥J♣ against Weenink's Q♣Q♠. The board ran A♣2♦4♥7♥K♠ and that was that.

Negreanu is still in search of his first cash on the European Poker Tour. Meanwhile, Weenink was also reaching for his cellphone, perhaps to update his own Twitter followers. -- HS

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Daniel Negreanu

3.20pm: What a call
The board was 8♣2♣4♣5♦ and local boy Klemens Roiter, a PokerStars qualifier, bet 18,000, called by David Wintersberger, our day 1a chip leader. On the 8♠ river, Roiter kept up his aggression, making it 26,000. Wintersberger thought a little, counted out the 26,000 and thought some more. He gave Roiter the stare down and must have got a read as he called with A♥K♦ for ace high. It was good, with Roiter having J♥K♥! -- SY

3.15pm: Matthis out horribly
Team PokerStars Pro Rino Mathis started nicely positioned with 104,900 today but he's out now, courtesy of a sledgehammer river. All the money went in on a raggedy flop with Mathis having A-A against Roland Reckeweg's 3-3. The turn was a blank, but the river a 3, and Mathis found himself on the rail, contemplating a trip up the mountain. -- SY

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Rino Mathis

3.10pm: Kravchenko cut down
Alex Kravchenko raised pre-flop and was re-raised by Florian Bussman from the button. Kravchenko raised again, but Bussman was in no mood to pussyfoot around any more, shoving all in. Kravchenko tanked, then eventually called, saying something like: "Well, it's a beautiful day outside, so it does not matter."

The Russian Team PokerStars Pro found himself in a race with J-J against Bussman's A-K. An ace on the flop decided things rather quickly. Bussman doubled to 200,000, Kravchenko is down to around 40,000. -- SY

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Alex Kravchenko

3.05pm: Be careful what you wish for
Shouts of: "Diamond. Diamond. Diamond." are heard from the far end of the tournament room, quickly followed by: "Oh." Another player is out. Eliminations are coming thick and fast, as is usual in the early stages of a day 2. -- SY

3pm: Lumir collared
Jancar Lumir was all in with K-K and looking good against Marcel Koller's A-K. "Wow," said the table as the cards were turned over. "Oooh," said the table as the board ran A-4-3-J-2. With that unfortunate situation, Lumir hit the rail. -- SY

2.55pm: At it
Daniele Amatruda spent yesterday alongside Florian Langmann and Nasr El Nasr, so he clearly knows a thing or two about the old three- four- five-betting with air. Joe Ebanks has just discovered that after the two of them got involved.

Ebanks opened to 2,700 from mid position and Amatruda called in the big blind. The flop came 5♣[10d]2♠ and Amatruda checked. Ebanks bet 3,100 and Amatruda raised, making it 6,400.

Ebanks then asked Amatruda for a count and was told that he had about 50,000. Ebanks re-raised, making it 11,000 total.

Amatruda wasn't bothered and shoved in a chunky (one, two, three...) four-bet, either all in or close enough. Ebanks folded.

Amatruda flashed 6♠9♠ for nine-high and Ebanks barely registered anything. It's the kind of move he too might be only too happy to make.

Their table is developing into a fascinating one. Also there are Mike Gorodinsky (with about 220,000), Stefan Huber and Allan Baekke, with fireworks all but certain. -- HS

2.50pm: Moving pictures...
...that's what you get if you click the white triangle below - a video about the start of day 2. Simples.

2.45pm: Bad beat jackpot triggered; quads lose to quads
They say this only happens in online poker, but try asking Thomas Holm about whether live poker is rigged. He just flopped a set with his 9♥9♦ and turned quads. But he still lost. The problem was that Jeffrey Hakim had flopped a set with his A♥A♦ and rivered his own quads. That hand in full:

Hakim: A♥A♦
Holm: 9♥9♦

Flop: 9♣3♠A♠
Turn: 9♠
River: A♣

Yeah, they were all in pre-flop. -- HS

2.50pm: Nasr the raiser
Nasr El Nasr has wasted no time in stomping down his aggressive brand of poker down at his table. Straight off the back off winning the last pot he three-bets again, this time from the small blind, after Vojislav Petrov raises 2,800 from the cut-off. Nasr makes it 6,800 and Petrov folds like a cheap suit. Nasr is up to 150,000

2.45pm: And action from table 15
Roiter makes it 3,000 to go from under the gun and is called by Alexiou, Schwab (on the button) and Pantaleo (small blind). All four players check the T♦9♣8♣ flop leaving Pantaleo to lead 5,300 into the 2♠ turn only dragging the original raiser, Roiter, along for the ride. Pantaleo fires another 8,800 on the river, a fairly blank 4♠, and is called by Roiter who shows Q♥Q♠ to Pantaleo's missed draws with K♣7♣. -- RD

2.40pm: Studying the seat draws
We've spent all night poring over the seat draw, inputting its information into a big computer (one of those ones with big wheel tapes spinning on the side and flashing lights) and we've pulled out the following table as the ones to watch. Not only has it got a whole lot of chips on it but Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis (with 134,300) has position on chip leader David Wintersberger (290,200) which should prove to be too tempting for the Dutchman not to get out of line. -- RD

Table 15
1. Klemens Roiter 37,000 (PokerStars qualifier)
2. Luca Cainelli 157,600
3. Konstantinos Alexiou 101,400
4. Alexander Debus 113,000
5. David Wintersberger 290,200
6. Christoph Schwabl 27,000 (PokerStars player)
7. Lex Veldhuis 134,300 (Team PokerStars Pro)
8. Giuseppe Pantaleo 73,900 (PokerStars player)
9. Yury Bulatovskiy 17,700

2.35pm: Six levels
One last piece of business: the tournament officials announced this morning that we will be playing six levels today. That's six 75-minute levels, with a 15-minute break at the end of each of them. -- HS

2.30pm: Hermann terminated
One of the big stories of yesterday - the precipitous rise and the dramatic fall of Hermann Pascha - has just had its final chapter written. Pascha was all in on a flop of Q♣Q♥4♦ with A♠J♥ but his opponent, Cedric Annen, had A♣A♦. Pasca couldn't find the runner-runner miracle on the turn or river (they came 4♣[10h]) and Pascha's passion departs early on day two. -- HS

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Hermann Pascha

2.25pm: Brdic scores first goal
The ex-professional footballer Tomas Brdic has achieved his first aim of the day, doubling up his short stack from its overnight 25,400. He got it all in on a flop of 2♠7♣5♦ (well, the last 17,400 of it) and Paul Valkenburg called. Brdic had the hand: J♦J♥ and Valkenburg had the draw: 6♦4♦. But the turn and river of 7♥9♠ didn't hit Valkenburg and Brdic battles on. -- HS

2.20pm: Hall bluffed
On an 8♣[10d]8♦8♥2♦ board Zach Hall made it 6,000. Joni Jouhkimainen from Finland was not impressed and pushed out a tower of yellow 5,000 chips - around 50,000 worth. Hall folded, and Jouhkimainen proudly turned over Q♥9♠ for complete air. Now it was Hall's turn to be unimpressed. -- SY

2.15pm: Oh no, Neuville
The shortest stack at the start of play today belonged to Pierre "The Serial PokerStars Qualifier" Neuville. He had just 7,200 to begin with, but now he has none. He pushed with A-Q but was up against the monster that is J-3, which ended up making two pair. "What can you do?" said the ever-cheerful man from Belgium as he exited the tournament. As one of the elder statesmen of the tour, we can assume that Neuville will not be putting on some skis and throwing himself down an Alp, but will more likely now be heading off to the Spa to relax. -- SY

2.10pm: Kremser slopes off
We're under way here on day 2, but it was an unusual start. We're used to the suave presence of tournament guru Thomas Kremser standing in front of us in the tournament room and getting things moving. But today he was missing. Instead it was his (more than capable) deputy Alen Babic who made the announcements.

But then we were pointed to the big screen where a video showed a distant figure skiing towards us. Very impressively, too, I may add. As the figure came closer it became clear this was Kremser. He came to an expert stop. "Welcome back for day two," he said to an amused audience. "I want to wish you good luck. Your ante is 100 and blinds are 600-1,200." Theatrical pause. "Dealers, shuffle up and deal."

That prompted a hearty laugh and a round of applause from the tournament room as Kremser was filmed doing an acrobatic twirl and skiing off in to the distance. -- SY

1.30pm: Hello again
Sometimes it's nice to read a lot of words; sometimes we just glance at a picture. But when day two is about to begin on the European Poker Tour, all you probably really want is facts and figures, so fill your boots below.

Play is expected to start at 2pm local time, with 259 players returning to the Alpine Palace. Click through for the seat draw.

The tournament staff have not yet confirmed the precise plan for today, but experience tells us we will be playing between five and seven 75-minute levels, with the wise money opting for the low end. There's a good chance we'll be playing only five.

Today's chip counts will be updated on the chip-count page. Meanwhile, the full payout structure was announced yesterday. It's on the payout structure page. (Keep up, this isn't exactly brain surgery.)

We'll have level-by-level updates here, so stick with us. And here's a pretty picture after all.

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Marcin Horecki skiing

PokerStars Blog reporting team up a mountain: Rick Dacey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

Howard Swains
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