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« on: March 17, 2005, 11:02:20 AM »


OK, Day 2 in Monte Carlo is "moving day". 206 (or was it 211?) began the comp yesterday, 121 runners are left, and they will play today until just 27 players remain.

Chip counts are on the Day One thread.

A word of thanks at this moment to Brad "Otis" Willis, & Rolf Slotboom for the help they always give to blonde, but especially yesterday, when I was really quite unwell - thanks Guys.

So, who will be lording it over the others tonight? Well, this really reminds me of Copenhagen or The Vic, rather than Deauville or Vienna. I mean, no disrespect to those who finalled in the last 2 EPT's, but the Copenhagen & The Vic Finals had stunning quality players, there were not "push in & hope" merchants. And Day two here in Monte Carlo has some players who are an absolute delight to watch.

I don't think I know the Chip Leader Alexander Stevic, but i certainly know the second chip, one Barney Boatman. He has the game, but he seemed to catch a lot of good fortune yesterday - flopping top set against AA twice - and these things always even out over time.

David Benyamine in third place could easily go all the way, & the money wont faze him, he plays in the huge cash game at thr Aviation in Paris.

John Fanning in 7th is an interesting character. I assume this is the same guy who plays on PokerStars as "FANNING", & has a sorta blue batman motif as his pic. He has the ability to be seriously lairy, & I have received more verbal abuse than enough from him online, but maybe "live" he is all gentle jesus.


Andreas Harnemo is in 8th, perhaps making a fool of me for suggesting tbat "pushing all-in" is not the way to go. I thought Andreas - lovely guy, by the way - was pushing his luck in Vienna with all-ins, but he is in great shape here too.

I really don't mean to be critical of these guys - jeez, I'd swap positions with 'em - but I do prefer to see a little subtlety rather than the "who has the biggest balls" stuff.

And talking of subtlety, in 11th place is John Shipley, who is looking imperious. This guy has a game to die for, & some of the online qualifiers needed medical treatment for trauma after The Ship gave them his trademark staredowns yesterday. He looked magnifique!

And right behind him is another "proper" player, Anthony Lellouche. No shove-em in stuff with Anthony either, but it's in your face irritating little raises, hand after hand after hand. Lovely to watch, awful to  play against.

Mads Anderson - not to be confused with "YYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA" Matthias Anderson - is in good shape, ditto Big Os Mustangulo. Deauville hero Brendon Schaeffer is in good shape again.

Then we have two more genuinely World-Class players, in Julian Gardner & Tony G. No introduction needed with them two!

America's Scott Bush is in OK shape, sitting with similar sized stacks as Bengt Sonnett, Simon Nowab, & betfair's Willie Tann.

With stacks in the mid teens we have an awesome group, which includes Gary Bush - what a torrid time he had yesterday, sat the wrong side of Gus Hansen - John Kabbaj, who somehow pushed his opponent off AA with 55....! , Joe Grech, Isabelle Mercier, sitting quietly twirling chips in both hands, Gus Hansen, & Martin De Knijff. And just behind are Krill, & Thewy. Jeez, some real players there, eh?


Betson is just fine with 13k, as is Achilleas with 11k+.

Kevin O'Connell, David Lloyd, Rob Hollinck, Angel Blanco and one Marcel Luske are all around 10k, & with blinds at 150-300, on a 90 minute clock, that's plenty.

Noah struggled all day, but 7k is enough for him to get out of trouble. Noah has a beautiful game, make no mistake.

Luca Pagano battled all day, & is still in with a chance with around 6k, as is Ben Grundy - plenty chips earlier, but struggled the rest of the day against a real quality table, & Steve Vladar, who lost a lot of chips when he made a huge (but correct) pass with KK.

So what a field is left in - I cant wait for this baby to run it's course, this truly could be Europes best ever Tourney.

OK, before ending this mini-preview, an "ahh" story. Young Nathaneal Kelley qualified on PokerStars FPP's, and just hoped that he'd get to sit with a "name" yesterday. Well, he sat all day with Gus Hansen & Gary Bush, & what's more, ended the day with more chips than both of them. He looks like he's about 14 years old, Baseball Cap on askance - I'd LOVE this well-mannered American lad to do well.

Play starts at 2pm Local - 1pm UK.

Enjoy!


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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2005, 11:40:04 AM »

Hope your feeling better today Tony.

Looking forward to your reports, second day and forwards tight feeling - really lookin forward to that
but have to do some office hours  Sad before attending your reports from the battle  Cheesy.

cu later

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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2005, 11:49:07 AM »

Okay Guys,

I have loaded the updated betting onto the Intertops Website, if anybody wants to have a bet.

Thanks once again to Tikay for unparallelled coverage in the face of adversity. (This Central European flu bug has hit everyone here in Austria, I am not surprised you picked up the sniffs in Vienna).

Here's looking forward to an exciting Day Two. I will keep the betting open for as long as possible i.e. Until Tikay says "The Cards are in the air!"

http://www.intertops.com/sportsbook/cgi-win-2/itwww.exe?

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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2005, 12:08:07 PM »

Hi Tony.
Giving you an update from a Swedish site, giving some clues about the Monte Carlo chipleader.

The recently formed professional "TEAM MARTINSPOKER" info, Some other of them are in your result list from yesterday as well.

Christer Johansson
Bengt Sonnert
Daniel Larsson
Ken Lennaard
Martin de Knijff
Tobias Persson
Alex Stevic
Cecilia Nordenstam
William Thorson
Bo Sehlstedt

Take care
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2005, 12:23:13 PM »

by the way I advertised about you on hat site so you may get som additional vistors this afternoon from Sweden Wink
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2005, 12:39:46 PM »

I'd love to hear updates for two players that seemed to make some waves yesterday:
 Brandon Moran, and Daniel Tierney.
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2005, 12:58:04 PM »


Thank you Lassoo. We have new tables & seat allocations today, so I hope I can identify some of our Scandinavian friends today - I let the Scandies down yesterday, as I did not know many of their names, & my buddy Henning Gradstad is not here. But now I have seat numbers, I can identify the guys.

And I have found Eric Mistereggen - see next post!
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2005, 12:59:07 PM »


Eric Mistereggen, 10,100 chips, he's in seat 3, table 3. He has John Shipley on his table.
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2005, 01:02:20 PM »


Todays opening Feature (TV) Table is table 6, & includes Gus Hansen, Ariston (Russ Cawley), Mads Anderson, Scott Bush, Krill. Easy peasy, eh.......
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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2005, 01:07:30 PM »


Players taking their seats now, gladitorial music playing - pa papa pa pa paaaaaa - & Thomas is doing his intro bit, so cards in the air in a minute or so.....
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2005, 01:07:58 PM »

Is Nate Kelley amongst the legends again this morning?
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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2005, 01:08:34 PM »

OK, we are OFF.........
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2005, 01:09:18 PM »


Blinds 150-300, running antes 25, 90 minute clock.....
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2005, 01:11:29 PM »


Young Nathaneal is on Table 7, seat 8.

Tough to his right - Ben Grundy is seat 6, Joe Grech - VERY experienced, but a gentleman who weill put Nathaneal at ease - is in seat 7.
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« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2005, 01:23:09 PM »

Hi TK

Great job despite the flu. Please can you let all back home know about the progress of The Great Tann, Bengt Sonnert and Ariston.

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