Even a bad cold couldn’t stop German Bodo Sbrzesny from moving to the top of the leaderboard after Day 2 at WPT Baden today.
Feeling severely under the weather, Sbrzesny still managed to run his stack from around 125k to a towering 403,000 to end the night first overall in chips.
The Party Poker-sponsored Sbrzesny, third-place finisher at last year’s WPT Prague, will have a very narrow margin entering Day 3 though as fellow German Vishal Pundjabi also had a big day to bag up 401,000 and sit second, right on his heels.
Day 1a chip leader Kimmo Kurko (395,500), Irishman Ryan O’Donnell (361,000) and Austrian Stjepan Jokic (342,500) round out the top 5.
Staszko, Rettenmaier and Scott Survive
WSOP Main Event runner-up Martin Staszko also had a successful day in snowy Austria, bagging up 287,500 to sit sixth overall.
Party Poker pros Marvin Rettenmaier and Kara Scott also survived, although Rettenmaier much more successfully than Scott.
The only back-to-back winner in WPT history will start tomorrow with 248,500 while Scott is the true short stack with just 35,500.
She’s better off than pros Steve O’Dwyer and Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, though, who saw their runs end today.
The top 10 in chips after Day 2:
- Bodo Sbrzesny 403,000
- Vishal Pundjabi 401,000
- Kimmo Kurko 395,500
- Ryan O'Donnell 361,000
- Stjepan Jokic 342,500
- Martin Staszko 287,500
- Paul Berende 286,500
- Mitchell Johnson 285,000
- Cristian Mihu 260,000
- Marvin Rettenmaier 248,500
Just 44 of the 350+ starters remain as they head into Day 3 with the money set to hit at 27th place. A min-cash in Baden is worth $8,634 will the top prize sits at $271,258.
Action picks up again at 2 pm local time tomorrow and will play down towards the final six. Tune in for the live updates at WPT.com.