Two giant stacks are being wielded by neighbours Jiushuang Wang and Weijie “Jervi” Zheng, and there have been a few small skirmishes between them but major fireworks are possible in the near future.
It was Gary Banks, however, who gave Wang his most recent little pot, having defended his big blind to the tune of 60,000. There was no further betting over the runout until the river, when Banks check-folded to Wang’s 100,000 bet.
Alex Foxen started out the shortest with a stack of just 200,000 to start the day. He survived the first half hour but has just departed the tournament area after running out of chips.
According to his former neighbor and good friend Steven van Zadelhoff, Foxen shoved with off-suit under the gun. Another player over shoved with ace-queen and that hand held up.
We got there on the river as Kristen Bicknell was tossing in a time extension card, seemingly facing a tough decision. We asked Dara O’Kearney after the hand was over what had happened.
O’Kearney opened under the gun with a min-raise to 60,000 and Paul Michaelis called on the button. Bicknell came along from the small blind, the big blind folded.
The flop of saw Bicknell and O’Kearney check. Michaelis bet 115,000 and both Bicknell and O’Kearney called.
On the turn, Bicknell led for 240,000. O’Kearney called, Michaelis folded.
The on the river paired the board and Bicknell bet 625,000 with 355,000 behind. O’Kearney shoved and Bicknell went into the tank.
This is where we picked up the action as we saw Bicknell eventually fold.
As O’Kearney was stacking his newfound chips, Bicknell’s neighbor Joao Vieira asked “Pocket fives?” While we didn’t hear Bicknell confirm she indeed had pocket fives, she was heard saying, “What can I beat?”
Bicknell now short while O’Kearney is up to 3.7 million in chips.
Small blind Joep Raemekers made it 210,000 to go (a three-bet of an earlier open, from an unknown player) and found big blind Sanjay Patel raising once more – to 480,000 (just under half his remaining chips). It folded to Raemakers who moved all in quickly, almost beaten into the pot by Patel.
No surprises from the board and Patel drops to 800,000 while Raemakers is up to 2,200,000.
Also flips better: Dara O’Kearney just eliminated a player to up his stack over 2.5 million. He opened in the cutoff, three-bet by the small blind to 270,000. O’Kearney set his opponent all in (he had under 700,000) and was called quickly.
O’Kearney’s did better than hold against over the runout – they made a straight.
Apparently yesterday the Irish satellite legend was operating on just three hours sleep and feels a lot perkier having had more of a nap pre Day 2.
Marvin Rettenmaier opened the cutoff for 65,000 only to see Niall Farrell three-bet to 275,000 from the small blind. The big blind got out of the way but big stack Rettenmaier wasn’t done with the hand just yet. He four-bet to 670,000. Farrell peeked one last time at his cards before shoving all in. Rettenmaier folded right away.
The tournament clock indicated a total of 500 players have registered for the tournament, of who 227 remain. With 500 players wagering $10,000, the $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool is now met. Players can still (re)enter for the first two levels of play today.
Raoul Refos, who started the day as one of the shorter stacks in the room, has doubled early. He got in his stack with against pocket aces. Fortunately for the Dutch grinder, he found a seven on the flop and a six on the river. He’s back to 765,000 now, good for more than 25 big blinds.
15,000 / 30,000
Big Blind Ante
Welcome to Day 2 of the partypoker MILLIONS UK Main Event!
Day 1a’s chipleader Jack Sinclair leads the field with a stack just shy of 6 million in chips. In second position, we find Day 1b’s chipleader Philipp Zukernik who brings a comparable stack to the table. The absolute shortest stack belongs to Alex Foxen. Foxen, the GPI’s 2018 and 2019 Player of the Year, will start with just 200,000 in chips, the equivalent of seven big blinds.
Foxen and all others have the option to reenter if they bust within the first two levels. Of course, they’ll have to buy back in for $10,300 to receive a fresh 1,000,000-stack. With blinds starting at 15,000 and 30,000 with a 30,000-big blind ante, reentering gives anyone trying now 33 big blinds.
The goal of the day is to play to the money, so a set percentage of the field. Today’s survivors will return, all guaranteed a cash prize, to the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham tomorrow for Day 3. They will be joined by numerous players that have already made Day 3 by playing the first two days of this prestigious event online on partypoker.
Levels are once again an hour long with a short break every two levels. We’ll bring you live updates throughout the day, so sit back and keep your eyes on this page as the action gets underway at noon!
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|21||2||John Mooney||United Kingdom||1,585,000||53|
|3||Adam Reynolds||United Kingdom||1,490,000||50|
|8||Basharat Mahmood||United Kingdom||1,950,000||65|
|23||1||Bryan Piccioli||United States||3,145,000||105|
|2||Soares Manuel Ruivo||Portugal||1,410,000||47|
|5||Christopher Fraser||United Kingdom||2,580,000||86|
|7||Lukas Soucek||Czech Republic||1,075,000||36|
|24||1||Oliver Price||United Kingdom||1,080,000||36|
|2||Benjamin Heath||United Kingdom||1,625,000||54|
|3||Ian Hamilton||United Kingdom||2,695,000||90|
|6||Petr Hlavacek||Czech Republic||880,000||29|
|7||Zapatero Javier Gomez||Spain||2,915,000||97|
|32||1||Alexander Keating||United States||1,070,000||36|
|4||Linton Reid||United Kingdom||1,680,000||56|
|33||1||Niall Farrell||United Kingdom||2,230,000||74|
|6||Michael Sklenicka||Czech Republic||3,505,000||117|
|34||1||Espen Uhlen Jorstad||Norway||1,545,000||52|
|2||David Taborsky||Czech Republic||1,200,000||40|
|4||Gilad Gutkin||United Kingdom||720,000||24|
|6||Robert Bickley||United Kingdom||840,000||28|
|8||Gonzalo Joel Isla||United Kingdom||1,410,000||47|
|35||1||Thomas Hall||United Kingdom||1,200,000||40|
|3||Emrah Yildiz||United Kingdom||1,565,000||52|
|8||Daniele Ruocco||United Kingdom||1,010,000||34|
|41||1||Anh Do||Czech Republic||970,000||32|
|5||Carl Shaw||United Kingdom||1,720,000||57|
|7||Ondrej Goetz||Czech Republic||445,000||15|
|2||Paul Vas Nunes||United Kingdom||2,935,000||98|
|6||Roberto Romanello||United Kingdom||1,200,000||40|
|7||Mauricio Ferreira Pais||United Kingdom||5,510,000||184|
|3||Christopher Kyriacou||United Kingdom||1,095,000||37|
|4||Jack Hardcastle||United Kingdom||1,250,000||42|
|7||Ludovic Geilich||United Kingdom||2,095,000||70|
|2||Kuljinder Sidhu||United Kingdom||1,350,000||45|
|5||Andrew Wilson||United Kingdom||1,685,000||56|
|6||Youness Barakat||United Kingdom||550,000||18|
|7||Andrea Fossati||United Kingdom||2,000,000||67|
|45||1||Matthew Wantman||United States||1,310,000||44|
|6||Ondrej Drozd||Czech Republic||3,230,000||108|
|7||Ben Winsor||United Kingdom||650,000||22|
|8||Stephen Buxton||United Kingdom||460,000||15|
|46||1||Petr Kubenka||United Kingdom||1,195,000||40|
|7||Petr Gajdos||Czech Republic||1,885,000||63|
|51||1||Steven van Zadelhoff||Malta||1,240,000||41|
|2||Alex Foxen||United States||200,000||7|
|6||Craig Mccorkell||United Kingdom||1,840,000||61|
|8||Nicholas Romanello||United Kingdom||2,410,000||80|
|3||Dara O’Kearney||United Kingdom||1,410,000||47|
|4||Josef Snejberg||Czech Republic||935,000||31|
|2||James Rann||United Kingdom||1,085,000||36|
|6||Steven Warburton||United Kingdom||1,475,000||49|
|8||Gianpietro Valentini||United Kingdom||3,925,000||131|
|54||1||James Sathiakiri||United Kingdom||1,765,000||59|
|3||Andrew Graham||United States||4,125,000||138|
|6||Paul Evans||United Kingdom||2,595,000||87|
|7||Chris Neesam||United Kingdom||1,000,000||33|
|8||Thomas Middleton||United Kingdom||635,000||21|
|55||1||Jonathan Little||United States||885,000||30|
|3||Sanjay Patel||United Kingdom||1,820,000||61|
|6||James Atkin||United Kingdom||1,050,000||35|
|8||Kassa Getnet Taye||United Kingdom||960,000||32|
|3||George Demetriou||United Kingdom||2,945,000||98|
|4||Nathan Jones||United Kingdom||1,000,000||33|
|6||Nikolay Ponomarev||United Kingdom||1,295,000||43|
|7||Daniel Wilson||United Kingdom||2,770,000||92|
|3||James Clarke||United Kingdom||3,100,000||103|
|5||Gary Banks||United Kingdom||1,920,000||64|
|6||Weijie Zheng||United Kingdom||1,840,000||61|
|7||Jiushuang Wang||United Kingdom||4,510,000||150|
|63||1||Waheed Ashraf||United Kingdom||1,375,000||46|
|3||Charles Lehr||United States||2,045,000||68|
|4||James Romero||United States||1,260,000||42|
|8||Jack Sinclair||United Kingdom||5,935,000||198|
|3||Jeremy Macghilles||United Kingdom||2,785,000||93|
|6||Anton Suarez Johansson||Sweden||5,525,000||184|
|6||Trevor Reardon||United Kingdom||1,125,000||38|
|101||1||Ryan Mandara||United Kingdom||3,355,000||112|
|2||Michael Kane||United Kingdom||310,000||10|
|4||Richard Trigg||United Kingdom||4,140,000||138|
|7||Michael Zhang||United Kingdom||550,000||18|
|8||Andrew Salami||United Kingdom||910,000||30|
|102||1||Nathan Watson||United Kingdom||3,240,000||108|
|3||Mudasser Hussain||United Kingdom||1,205,000||40|
|6||Yiannis Liperis||United Kingdom||2,715,000||91|
|8||Martin Mathis||United States||1,915,000||64|
|103||1||Thomas Knespl||Czech Republic||1,965,000||66|
|2||Rachid Ben Cherif||Netherlands||2,095,000||70|
|4||Ondrej Franta||Czech Republic||1,620,000||54|
|3||Josef Gulas||Czech Republic||825,000||28|
|4||Carlos Chadha||United Kingdom||1,795,000||60|
|7||Ryan Riess||United States||1,895,000||63|
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