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...

Mid-day update

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.

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It's all about Zhou


Chip counts

NameCountryChips
Quan ZhouChina2,100,000
Dietrich FastGermany1,550,000
Juha HelppiFinland1,500,000
Byron KavermanUSA1,405,000
Chris HunichenUSA1,350,000
Sam GreenwoodCanada1,350,000
Sylvain LoosliFrance1,220,000
Huidong GuChina1,100,000
Mike McDonaldCanada1,000,000
Nick PetrangeloUSA970,000
Frederik JensenDenmark800,000
Andrew ChenCanada750,000
Jeffrey RossiterAustralia570,000
Charlie CarrelUK542,000
Christopher FrankGermany535,000
Jason WheelerUSA460,000
Benjamin PollakFrance425,000
Thomas MuehloeckerAustria400,000
Justin BonomoUSA260,000
Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus225,000


Prize pool

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.

PositionPrize
1st€ 498,575
2nd€ 354,440
3rd€ 232,065
4th€ 178,580
5th€ 141,415
6th€ 110,590
7th€ 87,025
8th€ 67,990
9th€ 51,670
10th-11th€ 45,325


Notable eliminations

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][10] 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.

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Akkari - out

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Haxton and Smith (foreground) also out


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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Nick Wright
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour