EPT Vilamoura: Sarwer and Lellouche; Lellouche and Sarwer – chip leaders again

November 19, 2009

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We’ve definitely been here before.

Late last month in Warsaw, the chip leaders on days 1b and then day three were Antony Lellouche and Jeff Sarwer respectively. Today on the Algarve, on day two of the inaugural EPT Vilamoura, the chip leaders are Jeff Sarwer and Antony Lellouche respectively. It’s deja vu all over again.

Sarwer got a good chunk of his chips by knocking out his friend (and Warsaw table-mate) Shaun Deeb; Lellouche got a good deal of his chips by knocking out fellow EPT phenomenon Jason Mercier. Oh, the symmetry.

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Jeff Sarwer

Those were the two biggest stories on a day where we sliced the overnight field of 177 down to a far more manageable 71. It took five levels in a spacious ballroom by the sea in southern Portugal, and now all the players have slipped off to enjoy an early night in the bars and restaurants of Vilamoura.

What we’re left with is the chip count, which shows those familiar names at the very summit — Sarwer with 545,900; Lellouche with 484,700 — ahead of a clutch of other luminaries of this game.

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Antony Lellouche

On the final hand of the day, the Team PokerStars Pro Ruben Visser took a monstrous pot from Andy Black. “Do I really have to count my chips?” Visser said at the end. When he got round to it, he had 389,000, good for third place.

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Ruben Visser

That edged Visser ahead of Ljubomir Josipovic, who carried his overnight lead up to 371,700 tonight, and Martin Wendt, who found a bigger full house to down Matt Nieberg and put the Dane in the leading pack.

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Ljubomir Josipovic


Joao Barbosa (109,700), on home soil, remains in with a chance of extending his terrific EPT cash run, while his countryman and Team PokerStars Pro Nuno Coelho (28,900) has lasted to fight another day. Team Pro has had a good one: Johannes Strassmann ended with 120,100, Jan Heitmann has 173,800 and Alex Kravchenko finished with 27,100. Jude Ainsworth, on his debut in the familiar livery, has a terrific 230,000.

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Jude Ainsworth

The internet’s Johan “busto_soon” van Til (259,000) and Jim “Mr_BigQueso” Collopy (176,000) will return for day three in the real world, when we will play through the money bubble and closer to the €404,793 first prize.

Take a look back at all the action from the day with the level-by-level updates:

Level nine updates
Level ten updates
Level 11 updates
Level 12 updates
Level 13 updates

And watch video blogs until your eyes bleed at PokerStars.tv.

That’s round about that for this evening. Stay tuned through the wee hours for action from the LAPT in Costa Rica. We’ll be back here at noon GMT tomorrow for day three.

Until then, a harbour.

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A harbour, today

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