About 110 players remain in the EPT Monaco Grand Final Main Event after 2 days of play. Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden pushed past the half a million mark late during Day 2 and finished the day as the chip leader with 605,200. Lodden will be joined by the likes of Calvin Andersen (472,400), Oleksii Kovalchuk (414,700), Noah Schwartz (453,400), Steve O'Dwyer (389,200) and Daniel Negreanu (340,100) to the third day of the tournament.
The remaining players are fighting for a first prize of €1,224,000! The money bubble will burst during day 3 when 80 players remain (€16,000 min cash). We will be back with a bigger update tomorrow. Stay tuned!
When Oleksii Kovalchuk, who won the $2.5k buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event in 2011 for $689,739, entered the $2,500 buy-in Mixed Split - Seven-Card Stud/Omaha (Event #42), he had little hope that he would succeed. Mainly because he hadn't mastered the games or even understood them completely.
101 players still have chips left in the Partouche Poker Tour's Main Event. 63 of them will receive a share from the prize pool and the winner will take home €1 million. Now, the biggest names that will return today are Juha Helppi, Sam Tricket, Freddy Deeb and David Vamplew. But unfortunately none of them are in the very top of the field.
In a big chip lead is Oleksii Kovalchuk, from Ukraine, with 892,500. Kovalchuk is not a newcomer in the poker scene even though his name probably isn't familiar to most people. At this year's WSOP he took home the $2,500 NLH 6-max event, and earlier this year he also took home an event on the Russian Poker Tour and the IPT tour.
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