Day 2 at EPT Deauville has wrapped with pros Sam Grafton and Jason Koon in position for deep runs at the €770k first-place prize.
Just 154 players remain from the original 782 led by Andrei Stoenescu, who grabbed the chip lead on the very last hand of the night.
Stoenescu will start Day 3 with 485,600 – about 100k ahead of 2011 EPT Loutraki champ Zimnan Ziyard.
Ziyard's fellow UK pro Sam Grafton, in the midst of the best stretch of his career, also worked his way up in to the top 10 in chips. Grafton bagged up 311,400 to sit seventh overall.
Koon Top American Name
As for name-brand North Americans, American Jason Koon and Canadian Pascal Lefrancois moved the furthest up the euro-heavy leaderboard.
Koon bagged 275,100 while Lefrancois put away 271,100. Fellow Quebecer Philippe Boucher is right behind Lefrancois with 266,800.
Other notables above average include Alexander Dovzhenko (247,200), Casey Kastle (233,600), PokerStars pro Matthias de Meulder (186,000) and Mat Frankland (144,000).
Pros still alive but short include Steve O’Dwyer (45,600) and Vanessa Rousso (34,200)
The Top 10 in Chips Heading into Day 3:
- 1. Andrei Stoenescu 485,600
- 2. Zimnan Ziyard 380,200
- 3. Hugo Pingray 374,400
- 4. James Mitchell 372,400
- 5. Cyril Andre 370,600
- 6. David Ostrom 368,400
- 7. Vladimir Velikov 351,200
- 8. Stephane Benadiba 340,500
- 9. Kevin Miannay 340,500
- 10. Andrei Konopelko 335,900
Action picks up tomorrow from the Casino Barrière at 12 noon; check the live updates over on the PokerStars blog.