162 players survived the day, down from the 797 who bought into this event. Tops overall is Norwegian online qualifier Inge Forsmo who bagged 606,100 at the end of night.
Forsmo satellited into this tournament in a €550 freezeout on PokerStars and now has a shot at the €800,000 first-place prize waiting for the winner.
When play resumes tomorrow Forsmo will enjoy a more than 100k edge over his nearest competition, Charly Maracchione who has 505,800.
Not far behind is American television producer Matt Salsberg (338,700) and WPT winner Yevgeniy Timoshenko (336,300).
Also snagging a spot in the top ten is Brit Ben Vinson (310,000).
Of the 162 who advanced this evening plenty of names stand out as one moves down the chip counts.
Former EPT champ David Vamplew is in 11th with 294,800 and well-known online pro Ozzy “Ozzy87” Sheikh is just a few steps behind with 250,000.
Female Swedish pro Sofia Lovgren has 223,800 and online legend Shaun Deeb has 188,800.
120 players will get paid in this tournament with the prizes starting at €8,000. In total more than $3.8 million is up for grabs.
Here’s a look at the top ten heading into Day 3:
1. Inge Forsmo - 606,100
2. Charly Maracchione - 505,800
3. Jason Tompkins - 500,000
4. Lorenzo Sabato - 387,900
5. Morten Mortensen - 344,000
6. Matt Salsberg - 338,700
7. Yevgeniy Timoshenko - 336,300
8. Artem Metalidi - 335,500
9. Alberto Musini - 328,200
10. Ben Vinson - 310,000
Lodden, Weisner Among Day 2 Casualties
The first name-player to go broke as play picked up momentum this afternoon in Italy was US pro Melanie Weisner who coasted into Day 2 with just nine big blinds.
Weisner open-shoved on the very first hand of the day with A♥ 8♥ but couldn’t win a flip against Alfonso Donnarumma’s pocket fives.
Team PokerStars Pro and online high-stakes pioneer Johnny Lodden didn’t fare much better, getting coolered in a flush-over-flush setup to lose most of his stack and going bust shortly after.
Lodden’s teammate Angel Guillen lasted longer but also went broke before the day was done, dispatched by yet another member of Team PokerStars Pro.
Guillen was short and open-shoved with K-J, running headfirst into Theo Jorgensen’s A-K. Jorgensen was later eliminated, losing a flip with A-Q against pocket eights.
Also eliminated on Day 2 were JC Alvarado, Yuval Bronshtein, Gaelle Baumann, Keven Stammen, David Baker, Martin Jacobsen, David Peters and Andrew Teng.
Day 3 begins tomorrow in San Remo as the remaining players fight their way into the money. Keep an eye on our Poker News Section for continuing updates.