Phillip Meulyzer Leads EPT Snowfest After Day 2

Phillip MeulyzerDay 2 of the EPT Snowfest Main Event in Hinterglemm, Austria has come to an end. The day saw 268 players return to the felt at Alpine Palace Card Casino. When the action got underway, the field was eventually reduced down to 81 players, just nine places away from making the money.

The overall chip leader by the end of the day’s play was Phillip Meulyzer with 623,500 in chips. Meulyzer accumulated the majority of his chips in a hand against Markus Golser. These two players had been battling for the first few hours of Day 2 which saw Golser move all in on a board of 5s-8s-9h-3s after Meulyzer had check-raised on the turn. Meulyzer snap called and showed As-4s for the nut flush, and had Golser and his pocket queens drawing dead. The river was the 3d and Golser was eliminated from the tournament, and Meulyzer took over the chip lead at that point.

There were eight former EPT champions who didn’t manage to survive Day 2 including Kevin Stani, Kevin MacPhee, Liv Boeree, Salvatore Bonavena, Anton Wigg, and Max Lykov.

EPT Copenhagen champ Michael Tureniec spent most of the day near the top of the leaderboard. He played several large pots against Yann Dion. Eventually he woke up with pocket queens and won a classic coin flip against Dion’s big slick. By the end of the day, he had lost a few chips from his big stack, however, he goes into Day 3 in twelfth place overall on the leaderboard.

The only other former EPT winner remaining in the field is Sebastian Ruthenberg, although he will be heading into Day 3 with a fairly small stack. Other notable players to make it through Day 2 include 2010 EPT Snowfest runner-up Russell Carson, Cristian Dragomir, James Keys, Martins Adeniya, and Vladimir Geshkenbein.

There are still a number of Team PokerStars pros who will be present at the tables on Day 3, including poker pros Alex Kravchenko and Luca Pagano.

Tomorrow the 81 survivors will return to the felt to commence play on Day 3, which will see the field whittled down until only 24 players remain in the tournament.