EPT12 Malta: High Rollers reach half-time on Day 2
The plan today in the High Roller is to play ten levels or until the final table of eight is reached, whichever comes first. With five of those ten levels completed lets take a look at how things stand...
Different day, same chip leader. Without sounding like a broken record Quan Zhou has picked up where he left off and still leads this tournament. The difference being that only he and 19 other players remain now whereas there were 55 at the start of the day. As you'd expect Zhou's played a significant role in that number descending downwards, we caught him in the act as he was eliminating Vladimir Troyanovskiy .
The Chinese player was the first to breach the one million chip barrier and is so far the only player to have put his head above the two million mark. His stack of 2,100,000 leaves him some way clear of the chasing pack. The blinds have just ticked up to 10,000/20,000 ante 3,000.
Earlier today the prize pool information was announced, the winner will take home €498,575 with 11 players cashing for at least €45,325. There will though be a new champion as Dzmitry Urbanovich was eliminated by Dietrich Fast. Short stacked the Pole moved all-in for just under 10 big blinds with K♠J♦ and lost out to Fast's pocket kings.
He's not the only big name to be sent to the rail today. There was a three-table re-draw with 24 left and since then Brian Roberts, Dan Smith and Team Pro Online's Ike Haxton have been eliminated. It's Haxton's home EPT and he was sent crashing out by Charlie Carrel. Down to just 12.5 big blinds Haxton made his stand with [A] but lost a race to Carrel's pocket sevens. There were three Team PokerStars members alive when play resumed but Jason Mercier and Andre Akkari are also out as are: Adrian Mateos, Shaun Deeb, Connor Drinan, Stephen Chidwick and Steve O'Dwyer to name just a handful.
Key coverage links
Everything about EPT Malta is on the main EPT Malta page. More specifically, all the hand-by-hand coverage of the €25,000 High Roller is on the €25,000 High Roller page and everything from the IPT Main Event is on the IPT Main Event page.
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