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Timex Ticks, Blom Talks on EPT London Day 2
Day 2 at EPT London is now done with Mike “Timex” McDonald angling for the chip lead and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom putting his stamp all over the tournament with a prominent day on the felt.
The 240+ starters today were whittled down to 114 by day's end with plenty of high-powered talent still contending.
Canadian Mike “Timex” McDonald, the youngest EPT winner ever at age 18 in 2008 in Dortmund, is certainly one of them as he bagged up 422,100 to sit fourth overall behind chip leader Mantas Visockis with 522,000.
Second in chips is Matthias Tikerpe with 507,600 and third is American high-stakes specialist Steven "Zugwat” Silverman with 480,300.
Moorman, Jorgensen Thriving; Blom Throws Weight Around
Brit Chris Moorman carried over his momentum from Day 1b yesterday and remained in the top 10 with 380,000 in chips.
Also performing well in his return to tournament poker was PokerStars pro Theo Jorgensen. Still recovering from being shot in the leg three times during a robbery in December, Jorgensen bagged up 333,600 to end the night.
The top 10 in chips after Day 2:
- 1. Mantas Visockis 522,000
- 2. Matthias Tikerpe 507,600
- 3. Steven Silverman 480,300
- 4. Mike McDonald 422,100
- 5. Shahaf Hadaya 396,600
- 6. Daniel Erlandsson 388,400
- 7. Chris Moorman 380,000
- 8. Bassel Moussa 369,300
- 9. Christopher Frank 352,500
- 10. Theo Jorgensen 333,500
Putting his distinctive stamp on the tournament was also one Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.
Active and engaged throughout the day, Blom talked loudly with his chips and moved into the overall lead at one point with over half a million.
He couldn't hold on to them, though, losing with queens against Nick Abou Risk’s AK to drop back to 229,200 later in the day. He’s still in the top 25 however and, as we've seen before, when Blom has chips things get explosive quickly.
Big names with solid stacks heading into Day 3 include British pros Rory “mafews” Matthews (246,700) and Barny Boatman (229,200), American Steve O’Dwyer (203,500), Canadian online icon Russell Carson (197,000) and International Poker Rules crusader Marcel Luske (196,200).
Other notables still alive are Jason Mercier (147,800), Liv Boeree (145,300), David Williams (134,000), Phillip Gruissem (129,700) and Toby Lewis (123,400).
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