In comparison to the EPT at Tallinn, the Portuguese leg of the EPT appears to be a bit unpredictable when it comes to chip leaders. Every day has a new player holding the lead and Day 2 of the EPT at Vilamoura was no different. Leonid Bilokur, the Russian who went into Day 2 with a chip lead of 161,200, soon ended up losing his status and at the end of the day he was not even recognized among the top ten finishers.
Instead, it was Brandon Cantu who took the lead with a good start of 557,400 in poker chips as he moves on to Day 3. The second day of the tourney saw a total of 384 players drop down to 70 as the day progressed. Eventually as Day 2 ended, even this number had further dwindled down to 56, who will compete tomorrow.
Brandon Cantu currently holds quite the lead over his fellow players, but stands only a few hundreds away from Andre Coimbra who took in 476,400 as the second place finisher that night. Coimbra appears to be in a good form this year at the EPT 2010 and although he is still in second place, has managed to increase his bankroll.
Other notable players who had good hands and ended with heavy stacks included J.P. Kelly with 314,000, Johan Berg with 384,000, Marcin Horecki who took in 280,500 and Frederick Jensen who had 275,000. Cantu is now a crowd favorite, as he is in a position to create history and earn the Triple Crown; Cantu has a WPT 2008 win and a WSOP bracelet and only needs and EPT win to complete the record. So far, only two players in the world have earned this distinction, and Cantu’s win would change that.
Keywords: Cantu, EPT, Vilamoura, European Poker Tour, Day 2