FPS Monaco: Luciana "luckyno75" Manolea leads €2K High Roller as bubble approaches

A 117 hopefuls returned to play Day 2 of the €2,000 FPS High Roller today at 12:15 CET and at the very least they were all hoping to bag a spot amongst the top 55 finishers so they'd have something to show for their efforts.

With two levels of play completed just 80 of those who started remain and Luciana "luckyno75" Manolea has taken the chip lead from Robert Agayan, who began the day with a sizeable chip lead. Manolea started the day second in chips and she's increased her stack of 285,000 to a chip leading 465,000. That's more than three times the average stack of 143,000 and with her pedigree - both live and online - she'll likely be tough to catch. The Romanian has online winnings totaling more than $2.3 million and won the EPT Prague €1kNL Hyper Turbo for €30,245.


Luciana Manolea - pictured at EPT Malta

She's clear of a chasing pack that includes: Ilkin Garibli (400,000), Dermot Blain (320,000), Carlos Chadha (300,000), Andrei Konopelko (290,000) and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody (270,000).


Jake Cody is running up another stack

Chadha could've been up to around 400,000 himself but he doubled up EPT11 Deauville champion Ognyan Dimov just before the tournament was relocated to 'The Americas Room'. Dimov shoved for 45,000 (11.25 big blinds) with T♣T♠ and Chadha called wtih A♠Q♦. The 4♣Q♠9♠T♦3♥ board was a fun one to sweat but Dimov survived. He's amongst a whole host of notables still in as: Nicolau Villa-Lobos (220,000), Nicolas Cardyn (215,000), Yury Gulyy (190,000), Vicente Delgado (140,000), Daniel Dvoress (135,000), Rhys Jones (99,000) and David Peters (60,000) all still harbour hopes of a deep run in this event.


Nicolas Cardyn

Big stack or small stack at least all of the above have chips, which can't be said for: Max Silver, Ben Dobson, Max Greenwood, Giuliano Bendinelli, Sergio Aido, Josip Simunic, Jonas Lauck, Jason Wheeler, Andrea Dato, Benjamin Pollak, Jeremy Ausmus and Govert Metaal who are all out.

This tournament is slated to play to a finish today so it'll be a long night for those involved at the business end of the tournament.

You can follow all the action on PokerStars Blog: the Super High Roller is on the Super High Roller page, the Main Event is on the Main Event page and the France Poker Series event is on the FPS page.

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