But the speed with which the collective field was willing to Max Pescatori, who managed to suck out of a dominated ace on Team PokerStars Vanessa Rousso to build a stack above $200k and rail PokerNess before the day was done.
Betfair Poker's Sorel Mizzi ended the day just a double-up away from contention, as did Season 4 PokerStars.com EPT Grand Final-ist Michael Martin.
Plus, the lovely Alexia Portal and Beth Shak still have chips, helping keep the temperature in the Vic rather hot at the moment.
Although pros like Gus Hansen, Scott Montgomery, Roland De Wolfe, Neil Channing and Team PokerStars pros Isabelle Mercier and Barry Greenstein all failed to make the cut today, it was Brit Julian Thew who has to be taking things harder than most.
He looked primed for a deep run here in his home country before turning a straight and running into Team PokerStars Polish lucksack Marcin Horecki's quads. Julian still had chips and tried again with kings, only to see Horecki hit a three-outer against him to end all hopes.
One of the Day 1 leaders, Swede Erik Sjodin, still has enough chips to have a shot at EPT glory here, as does fellow Day 1 stud Huseyin Yilmaz, CardRunners' Erik Liu, and American PokerStars qualifiers Joseph Elpayaa and Peter Busch.
Plus, although the Prince of Poker lost a huge race at the end of the night to put him 32nd out of 32 coming into Day 3 tomorrow, it would be foolish to count out Scotty Nguyen just yet.
After spending the entire evening drinking French draft beer and trying to convince Team PokerStars Pro Isabelle Mercier any of her children would have to be named Team PokerStars baby X, PL.com needs some sleep.
But we will be back Saturday at 1:30 p.m. GMT for the playdown from 32 to nine, and we hope you see fit to join us.