World Series of Poker Europe Day 2 completed

World Series of Poker Europe Day 2 completed

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Yesterday we witnessed the 195 survivors from Day 1a and Day 1b play down to a field of just 66 who return to The Empire at noon in order to make it first into the money and then to the last 27 players. Each of the last 36 will be guaranteed a £21,106 payday with a first prize of £830,401 on offer for the winner.

Day 2 belonged to two men – for the first two or three hours it was Ivey, Ivey, Ivey as the rail around his table got three or four people deep; crowded enough to give the waitresses and other staff trouble navigating their way around it. He first boosted himself into the top three chip counts by check-raising the nut flush and getting paid off by Nicolas Levi; shortly after he won the largest pot of the tournament with T-T versus K-Q on a K-T-X board.

However, there was another rail getting packed out and it wasn’t for a famous TV face. Mop-haired, lanky, 19-year-old Swedish player Viktor Blom is known as Blom90 on the iPoker network where he reputedly built a $1.5m bankroll from $2,000 in just five weeks; Blom is better known to the online poker world as the all-but-confirmed face behind Isildur1, who won and lost $5.5m on Full Tilt Poker last year.

Blom was intently focused, with no Isildur1-esque signs of tilt. He built his stack up largely without showdown before sucking out with 7-7 v. A-A and propelling himself into the chip lead. He finished up the day with 443,200; just three antes ahead of Bojan Gledovic’s 442,300.

Daniel Negreanu is another who did well – he kept his starting stack for Day 1b and almost all of Day 2 before going on a last minute surge to finish with more than 150,000. He joins fellow PokerStars Pros Arnaud Mattern, JP Kelly and Barry Greenstein for Day 2. We begin at noon with blinds at 1,200/2,400/300 and will play through the money bubble until we reach 27 players. Once again, Bluff Europe will be bringing you live reporting from The Empire.

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