EPT12 Malta: Mateos leads the way on Day 2 of the High Roller; €430,800 up top

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Can Mateos fly through Day 2?

Day 2 of the €10,300 High Roller event got underway today inside the Portomaso Casino with some familiar faces at the top of the counts and some equally familiar faces entering for the first or second time.

Adrian Mateos only turned 21 at the beginning of the summer. He went to Las Vegas for the first time to play the series, not as a rookie, but as someone who had already won a Estrelles Poker Tour event, the World Series of Poker - Europe, and the European Poker Tour Grand Final, no less. The Spaniard doesn't need to prove himself but this trophy wouldn't look out of place on his mantelpiece and would edge him ever closer to Carlos Mortensen, the only player who sits above him on Spain's all-time money list.


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New faces (I imagine) you ask?

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Ilari Sahamies

Ilari Sahamies, Dietrich Fast, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Kuljinder Sidhu are entering for the first time. "Day 2, that's how we do it! Exactly how I did it in Barcelona." Said Sidhu who came second in this record-breaking event in Barcelona for, by far, the biggest score of his career (€640,000).

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Kuljinder Sidhu

They're the new guys, what about those entering for the second time after busting on Day 1?

Welcome back: Simon Appleby, Igor Yaroshevskyy, Christopher Frank, John Andress and Kevin Killeen. The latter, who played his first ever High Roller in this event back here in March, was all full of smiles and said, "Let's do this!" as he passed us looking for his seat.

That means the final number of entries stands at 210, helping to create a €2,037,000 prizepool. The top 31 will be guaranteed €17,930 and the winner will take home €430,000. The top five at the start of the day and a breakdown of the final table payouts can be seen below:

NameCountryStatusEntry infoChips
Adrian MateosSpain One entry330400
Jason MercierUSATeam PokerStars ProOne entry257300
Ihar SoikaBelarusLive satellite winnerOne entry252000
Dominik NitscheGermany One entry231900
Ezequiel KleinmanArgentina One entry206000
POSPRIZE
1 €430,800
2 €290,100
3 €204,500
4 €165,800
5 €131,180
6 €99,620
7 €72,730
8 €53,150

The plan for today is down to a final table of eight or ten one-hour levels, whichever comes first.

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Marc Convey
@The_Conv in European Poker Tour