We arrived as the 248 survivors from Days 1a and 1b were unbagging their chips, and it was the Devilfish David Ulliott who had the most work to do setting up his stack. Last night Ulliott made a massive run in the closing minutes, taking a big lead and finishing the day with more than $120,000.
He bested the Day 1a chip leader, Jonathan Abdellatif of Belgium, who started this morning with $105,000. This pair was joined above the $100,000 mark by Alessio Isaia of Italy. These three were head and shoulders above the rest of the field with a pack of players playing catch-up with around $80k.
The plan as told to us by tournament director Thomas Kremser called for playing another eight levels, or to 32 players, whichever came first. Starting with a relatively large number, we were a little anxious what this eight-hour day might mean for tomorrow, since we'll be playing down to the final eight.
In the end our fears were unfounded as players spewed chips all over the room. By the end of the ordained eight levels of play we were left with just 47.
Moritz Kranich of Germany went to town this evening and jumped out to a monstrous lead with $517,000 in chips. Since he's sitting on almost $200,000 more than his nearest competitor, Michel Abecassis, the final table seems like a lock for the German.
For the full end-of-day chip counts Freddy Deeb, Ludovic Lacay, Surinder Sunar, Jesper Hougaard, Gino Alacqua, Guillaume de la Gorce and Vanessa Rousso.
Looking good and coming back on Day 3 to represent the professional camp are David Ulliott with $143,000, Mika Pasasonen with $88,000 and Ivo Donev with $56,500.
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