After a record-setting 619 entrants took part in Days 1a and 1b, 203 survivors returned to the basement of the Gran Casino in the city's Olympic Port district for the second stage of what is effectively a four-stage assault on that €1,361,000 grand prize.
Leading the charge and the chip leaderboard after eight levels of making his own run for the top of the chip leaderboard, taking down a number of substantial pots and, in one key hand, absolutely pwning fellow Yank Sheryl Lee Gershon after flopping two pair with A-4 out of the big blind and convincing Gershon to commit all but the last of her chips with a pocket pair of jacks. Brown finished the day with $259,000 to his credit, good for ninth on the leaderboard.
Despite finding himself at a table with Jelassi, Ukella and Mazzia, Belgium's Davidi Kitai made his own case for chip leader status, and by day's end would find himself at the top after busting Spain's Maria Maceiras with aces over jacks late in Level 17.
With $544,500, Kitai sits well ahead of runner-up Ukella's $374,500, while Mazzia ($374,000) finds himself within spitting distance of the German. Serial PokerStars qualifier Steven Chidwick is fourth with $355,000 and Mercier is fifth with $345,000.
In all, 36 players survived the carnage and all are now guaranteed at least €17,300 for their efforts. Saturday's action will see those four-plus tables reduced to only one, with the top eight finishers guaranteed a date with Sunday's final table.
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