EPT Warsaw: Day 2 about to begin...

The EPT Warsaw steps up in seriousness today as the two fields from days 1a and 1b unite on a forward march to the money. From 359 starters 130 remain, and a further 98 of those will leave the Casino Poland today empty handed, unless a loose headed distraction spin on the roulette tables by the casino exit turns fruitful. Of those, 35 players are PokerStars qualifiers, with Keith Donais the furthest north on the chip list, whilst PokerStars Sponsored players Sebastian Ruthenberg and Danny Ryan return today, Ryan with the aim of beating his fifth place from Copenhagen two weeks ago.

Swedish player Robert Flink is the chip leader on 113,300, pursued as he is by day 1b chip leader Dan Pedersen on 98,500. Robert spoke to Kara Scott before the start of play...

Whilst at the other end Jan Stefan Smolarcyk has the work to do with just 2,800 between him and a trip home. We play until the field reaches the money or eight full levels are played. Reaching day two can be an achievement in itself but the reality is that the money that makes this business pay is still some way off.

That’s the technical detail done. It’s a grey day in Warsaw, not that many players will see the daylight today, and a brisk wind bends the trees 45 degrees in the hotel car park. But to use one of those great weather and poker analogies – the sun will shine on at least one player today.

We’re about to get started. The list of starting players, and their chip counts, is below...

Robert Flink -- Sweden -- 113300
Dan B. Pedersen -- Denmark -- 98500
Michael Schulze -- Germany -- 87900
Anio Alcaraz -- Spain -- 78000
Keith Donais -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 76200
Hecham El Sayed -- Denmark -- 66700
Alp Okumus -- Germany -- 62100
David Robinson -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 55800
Jospeh Serock -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 55000

Andreas Torbergsen -- Norway -- 53000
Daniel Hofmeister -- PokerStars qualifier -- Germany -- 51900
Theo Jorgensen -- Denmark -- 50300
Jean Claude Perrot -- France -- 50100
Henrik Gwinner -- Denmark -- 48500
Dennis Petronack -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 48100
Sebastian Ruthenberg -- PokerStars sponsored player -- Germany -- 45100
Tyler Netter -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 42600

Andy Black -- Ireland -- 42400
David Burn -- PokerStars qualifier -- Uk -- 41700
Kenneth Hicks Jr. -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 41200
Willian Johnson -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 40900

Mehdi Ouakhir -- France -- 40700
Christoffer Sonesson -- Sweden -- 39800
Victor Escudero -- Spain -- 39100
James Honeybone -- New Zealand -- 38700
Bernard Boutboul -- France -- 37000
Fredrik Haugen -- PokerStars qualifier -- Sweden -- 36800
Giuseppe Caciolo -- Italy -- 36600
Anton Smolyanskiy -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 35800
Andrea Benelli -- Italy -- 35700
Andreas Hagen -- Norway -- 35100
Jari-Pekka Juhola -- Finland -- 34400
Michael Hogbom -- PokerStars qualifier -- Sweden -- 34400
Taras Mikulik -- 34400
Trond Erik Eidsvig -- Norway -- 34400
Dennis Bejedal -- Sweden -- 33900
Darcourt Guillaume -- France -- 33600
Antonio Battisti -- Italy -- 32900
Roberto Nateri -- Italy -- 32500
Kenneth Matsson -- Sweden -- 32200
Magnus Petersson -- Sweden -- 30100
Woody Deck -- Lithuania -- 29700
Juan Lapido -- PokerStars qualifier -- Spain -- 29600
Azem Elezaj -- PokerStars qualifier -- Sweden -- 29200

Ricardo Sousa -- Portugal -- 29200
Cristiano Blanco -- Italy -- 28800
Robert Lipkin -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 28800
Niclas Svensson -- Sweden -- 27800
Alon Mizrahi -- Unknown -- 27500
Aleksandr Gorelik -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 27200
Leszek Krawczyński -- Poland -- 27100
Derek Montgomery -- PokerStars qualifier -- Canada -- 26600
Jean François Rigollet -- France -- 26600
Ilja Smid -- PokerStars qualifier -- Germany -- 26200
Miika Karjalainen -- Finland -- 26100
Seppo Parkkinen -- Finland -- 25900
Juan Manuel Pastor -- Spain -- 25700
Steve Bromley -- PokerStars qualifier -- UK -- 25100
Jurgen Stumpmeier -- Germany -- 25000
Rowad Hadrous -- Sweden -- 24900
Ulrica Skönnemark -- Sweden -- 24900
Johan Storakers -- Sweden -- 24800
Nico Behling -- Germany -- 24500
Brian Jensen -- PokerStars qualifier -- Denmark -- 24300
Johan Lund -- Sweden -- 24000
Mats Rahm -- Sweden -- 24000
Risto Ailamo -- Finland -- 23900
Antonio Gomez Ribera -- Spain -- 23800
Christoffer Egemo Hansen -- Sweden -- 23700
Mads Andersen -- Denmark -- 22900
Mohamed-Azam Razab-Sekh -- Holland -- 22800
Jacek Ładny -- Poland -- 22500
Joao Quintella Teixeira De Freitas -- Portugal -- 22200
Jeffrey Petronack -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 21700
Christos Kravaritis -- Sweden -- 21600
Hans Eskilsson -- Sweden -- 21100
Kostadin Anakiev -- Bulgaria -- 20900
Daniel Carter -- PokerStars qualifier -- UK -- 20800
Cameron Macmillan -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 20100

Thierry Van Der Berg -- Holland -- 19900
Daniel Ryan -- PokerStars sponsored player -- USA -- 19800
Julien Boue -- PokerStars qualifier -- Germany -- 18800

Marc Goodwin -- UK -- 18700
Daniel Woolson -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 18400
Jose Picazo -- Spain -- 18400
Dino Dinler -- Finland -- 18300
Janusz Petlic -- Poland -- 18300
Stewart Chantler -- Canada -- 18300
Raul Paez Corral -- Spain -- 18200
Blair Smith -- PokerStars qualifier -- Canada -- 18100
Claus Nielsen -- Denmark -- 18000
Tomasz Krzesiński -- Poland -- 18000
Daniel Mangas -- Spain -- 17900
Hans Ritburg -- Holland -- 17500
Casey Kastle -- USA -- 17200
Mark Hirleman -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 17200
Antti Ropponen -- Finland -- 16900
Kosta Anastasyadi -- Holland -- 16700
Torgeir Husevaag -- Unknown -- 16600
Christian Öman -- Sweden -- 15700
Kim Öfverström -- Finland -- 15500
Melvyn Judah -- Australia -- 15500
Nikolaj Fabricius -- Denmark -- 15400
Morten Holm -- Denmark -- 15300
Craig Hopkins -- PokerStars qualifier -- Uk -- 15000
Jorund Soma -- Norway -- 14700
Nikolas Avlonitis -- Greece -- 14300
Remy Biechel -- France -- 14000
Joel Gunnarsson -- Sweden -- 13800
Łukasz Wasek -- Poland -- 13500
Piergiorgio D'ancona -- Italy -- 13100
Patrick Arba -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 11500
Mathias Viberg -- Sweden -- 11300
Stephan Thiele-Bolivar -- PokerStars qualifier -- Germany -- 10500
Henrik Lennholm -- Sweden -- 10300
Mike Leah -- Canada -- 9900
Elizabeth Lieu -- USA -- 9100
Joao Manuel Nunes -- Portugal -- 9100
Julian Thew -- UK -- 8900
Marek Piecha -- Poland -- 8700
Kai Leurer -- PokerStars qualifier -- Germany -- 8600
Gino Alacqua -- Italy -- 8000
William Olivieri -- PokerStars qualifier -- Italy -- 8000
Eugeniusz Licznarowski -- Poland -- 6900
Mirko Kirner -- PokerStars qualifier -- Germany -- 6700
Sami Leino -- Finland -- 6300
Johnny Lodden -- Norway -- 6000
René Gisbertz -- PokerStars qualifier -- Holland -- 5200
John Gibson -- PokerStars qualifier -- USA -- 3900

Jan Stefan Smolarczyk -- France -- 2600

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in EPT Warsaw