Nov 18 2011

EPT Loutraki: Toni Judet Takes Day 2 Lead

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The third official day of action at the European Poker Tour Loutraki Main Event, following two Day 1 starting flights, is now in the books. Toni Judet entered Day 2 of the PokerStars-sponsored major tournament with the second-biggest chip stack and took the lead as the day continued, eventually closing for the evening with over 288k. Judet displayed equal measures of calm and prowess, putting on a truly impressive performance that would equal a win if he’s able to keep momentum.

Judet wasn’t the only big-name pro competing in Loutraki, Greece on Day 2. At one table alone sat Rupert Elder, Salman Behbehani, Heinz Kamutzki, Jude Ainsworth, McLean Karr and Kenny Hallaert. Behbehani, Kamutzki and Hallaert were all eliminated within the first few levels of play, and the table was reorganized shortly thereafter.

Ainsworth and Karr were then seated at a table with Jan Bendick and Roberto Romanello. Tom Marchese, who won his seat via an online qualifier, was ultimately unable to attend. Ainsorth, Elder and Romanello all survived to fight on Day 3 with chip stacks exceeding 100k. Karr survived as well, albeit with a much leaner chip stack.

At this point, approximately 100 runners remain in EPT Loutraki to compete for the first-place prize of 347k Euro. That indicates a fairly fast rate of action given that 232 players started the day, and 336 players started the tournament in all.

Other notable players entering Day 3 with decent chip stacks include David Vamplew, Ana Marquez, David Peters, Johnny Lodden, Kevin MacPhee and Jason Wheeler. Aside from Judet, the very biggest stacks belong to Jacques Torbey, Robert Cezarescu, Fahredin Mustafov and Zimnan Ziyard.

Jeff Sarwer, Pierre Neuville, Jan Bendik and Mats Gavatin weren’t so lucky, hitting the rail on Day 2 and forfeiting their 4,400 Euro buy-ins.

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