Juanda Leads, Sahamies Builds on EPT Barcelona Day 2

John Juanda
John Juanda

Savvy veteran John Juanda proved he can still plow through a tournament field on Day 2 of EPT Barcelona.

The former Team Full Tilt Poker member amassed 732,400 chips to take the overall chip lead by the time the final level of Day 2 expired.

A total of 217 players made it through the day including a slew of high-profile poker players, most notably high stakes pro Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies who finished second in chips with 523,500.

Sahamies has run hot at EPT Barcelona and finished fourth in the Super High Roller event to win $358,644.

Lucille Cailly (360,700), Jason Wheeler (320,000) and Jonathan Karamalikis (317,000) are also in the top 20 chip counts.

Juanda is one of the most recognizable players in poker and has over $12 million in tournament winnings.

His most notable victory came in the Main Event of the 2008 WSOPE where he played a marathon heads-up match against Russian Stanislav Alekhin before finally walking away with the $1.5 million first-place prize.

Juanda’s most recent victory came in 2011 when he won the $10k No-Limit 2-7 event at the WSOP for $367k.

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Better day for Negreanu.
 

Negreanu Prospers; Hansen, Mercier Bust

Still up for grabs is EPT Barcelona’s record-setting prizepool of €5.2 million with €1 million for first place. The money starts with 160 players left.

Daniel Negreanu, who struggled through a tough day yesterday, had much more success on Day 2 to finish with a stack of 248,600.

Xuan Liu, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Andrey Zaichenko, Jani Sointula, Erich Kollman, Jake Cody, Theo Jorgensen and Elisabeth Hille are also among the numerous players who will try to make their way into the money tomorrow.

Some of the players to hit the rail on Day 2 included Ville Wahlbeck, Pius Heinz, Jason Mercier, Faraz Jaka, Gus Hansen, Tristan Wade and Sami Kelopuro.

Action resumes at the Gran Casino at 12:00 CET tomorrow. Catch the updates live on the PokerStars blog.

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About Arthur Crowson

Arthur has been involved exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for PokerListings.com writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and capturing it all with his trusty Canon camera.

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