El Sayed, Cajelais Among WPT Cyprus Day 2 Leaders

Erik Cajelais
Erik Cajelais

Professional poker players Sam El Sayed and Erik Cajelais climbed to the top of the chip counts on Day 2 of the World Poker Tour’s Cyprus event.

Cajelais and El Sayed were among the 131 players who entered Day 2 and after five levels of play that number had been reduced to 53 with Cajelais holding 371,500 chips and El Sayed holding a tournament-leading 375,500.

Cajelais most recent WPT cash came when he final tabled WPT Bay 101. He ended up coming in fourth place for $256k.

Meanwhile El Sayed finished eighth in the 2011 WPT World Championship for $119k. El Sayed actually won WPT Amneville in 2010 for €426k.

The top 10 leaderboard is littered with well-known players including Robert Mizrachi, Chino Rheem and Aubin Cazals.

Some of the other notable players who made it through the gauntlet today are Marvin Rettenmaier, Martin Finger, Oleksii Kovalchuk, Dominik Nitsche and Andreas Krause.

Not as lucky were Tuan Le, Nicolas Chouity, Toni Judet, Kelly Kim and Lukas Berglund who were all eliminated in the five levels of play on Day 2.

The bubble is looming at WPT Cyprus as the last 36 players will make the money. A total of 329 players entered the contest initially to create a prizepool over $1 million. First place stands to take home $287,784.

Action resumes at 1 p.m. local time tomorrow. To follow along live be sure to check the WPT live updates.

Here are the top 10 chip counts at the end of Day 2:

1. Sam El Sayed – 375,500
2. Erik Cajelais – 371,000
3. Robert Mizrachi – 365,000
4. Chino Rheem – 361,000
5. Vyacheslav Stoyanov – 356,500
6. Aubin Cazals – 344,500
7. Andras Nemeth – 337,000
8. Tolga Demirel – 298,000
9. Andrey Shatilov – 279,000
10. Manig Loeser – 277,000

Best Poker Sites - Editor`s Pick