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Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (täynnä)

John Juanda id 732,400
Ilari Sahamies fi 523,500
Samuel Rodriguez 455,800
Guy Bachar 448,000
Mauro Canavese 407,100 85,500
Marcos Fernandez 403,400
Anders Hansen 389,900 51,900
Aku Joentausta fi 388,700 -31,300
Lucille Cailly fr 360,700
Andrey Zaichenko ru 356,900 232,700
Anatoly Gurtovoy 353,000 61,300
Xuan Liu ca 326,200 166,200
Jonathan Karamalikis au 317,600
Sean Prendiville ie 317,000
Pedro Javier Piazuelo 307,300 224,200
Ugnius Simelionis lt 304,900 -8,300
Alejandro Perez Torres es 302,900
Daniel Rudd gb 299,200 29,200
Oleg Bychkov 298,900 246,800
Felix Kretchmann 291,000
Kevin Weiland 290,600 20,600
Konstantin Streletskiy 286,200 193,800
Ibon Merino 283,900 245,400
Fabian Deimann 281,200
Ole Schemion at 278,000 222,200

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Juanda Takes Big Lead Into Day 3 As Money Bubble Approaches

• Taso 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
John Juanda
John Juanda

The 2012 European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event, which attracted 1,082 runners, continued today as the remaining 600 players from two starting days packed into Casino Barcelona for six more levels of action. At the end, 207 remained with John Juanda and his stack of 732,400 leading the way.

Juanda has done all that he can to put himself in the best position possible moving forward here in Barcelona. He knows what it takes to make a very deep run at an EPT event, but the bitter taste of having come runner-up to David Vamplew at the 2010 EPT London Main Event surely has him more motivated than ever to go after this title.

Juanda was at the feature table much of the day, but told PokerNews about the hand that made all the difference. According to him, it happened when a player in early position limped, the button raised to 6,600, the small blind called, and Juanda called from the big blind. The limper called as well and it was four-way action to the {K-}{10-}{3-} rainbow flop. The small blind led out for 12,500, Juanda called with {3-}{3-}, and the early-position player raised to 28,000. Two folds followed, Juanda three-bet to 100,000, his opponent moved all in with {K-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for 300,000, and Juanda snap-called.

Juanda may have made it look easy on Day 2, but it wasn’t smooth sailing for everyone. Season 7 EPT Barcelona champ, Kent Lundmark, was looking for another title, but it wasn't in the cards. In the middle of the day, Lundmark called off his stack holding the {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} from the button on a board reading {8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{6-Spades}{8-Spades} only to run into the {A-Hearts}{A-Spades} of Saab Rachad. Just like that, his hopes of a second title came to an abrupt end.

Others who failed to make it through the day were pros Jason Mercier, Rino Mathis, Jude Ainsworth, Faraz Jaka, Gus Hansen, Tristan Wade, Davidi Kitai, Dermot Blain, Pius Heinz, Lex Veldhuis, Dominik Nitsche, Sami Kelopuro, Kyle Julius, Terje Augdal, Marcin Horecki, Ville Wahlbeck, Andy Frankenberger, Veldhuis and the defending champ, Martin Schleich.

While many failed to survive, a few managed to thrive. Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu was quiet and card dead much of the day, but then hit his stride toward the end of the day. In one hand, Frederic Bussot-Fuentes from France shoved from the early position for 47,600 and Marco Sposito on his immediate left called off for around 16,000. Negreanu gave it some thought and eventually made the call as well to create a three-way showdown.

Negreanu{A-Diamonds} {K-Clubs}
Bussot-Fuentes{7-Spades} {7-Hearts}
Sposito{A-Hearts} {Q-Spades}

The dealer burned and put out the {J-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{A-Clubs} flop, putting Negreanu in the lead with a pair of aces with a king kicker. The {5-Spades} on the turn didn't change a thing, and neither did the {8-Hearts} on the river. Negreanu collected the pot, sent two opponents to the rail, and went on to finish the night with 248,600.

Like Juanda, Negreanu knows what it's like to nearly taste victory here on the EPT. In 2010, he placed fourth in the EPT Vienna Main Event, but he'll surely be looking to best that result. Although it's not quite the chip lead, Negreanu has done all he could to put himself in a prime spot to go deep.

Of those who’ll be returning on Day 3 and look to make the money at the top 160 are online sensation Ilari Sahamies, the Bachar Brothers, Ziv and Guy, Season 5 champion Sebastian Ruthenberg, World Series of Poker bracelet winner Ronnie Bardah, The 2012 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final champion and runner-up, Mohsin Charania and Lucille Cailly, and Team PokerStars Pros Barry Greenstein (18,700), João Nunes (87,000), Matthias De Meulder (123,700), Juan Manuel Pastor (147,200) and Henri Pinho (160,000).

Notable End-of-Day 2 Chip Counts

John Juanda732,400
Ilari Sahamies523,500
Samuel Rodriquez455,800
Guy Bachar448,000
Marcos Fernandez403,400
Lucille Cailly360,700
Jonathan Karamalikis317,600
Alejandro Perez Torres302,900

Day 3 of the 2012 EPT Barcelona Main Event is set to kick off at 12:00 CET (06:00 EST) tomorrow, so be sure to check back then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the updates from the floor. It's going to be another great day filled with plenty of action, including the bubble, so you won't want to miss it.

Tagit: John Juanda

Four More Hands

• Taso 14: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante

The tournament staff just announced that the remaining players will play four more hands before calling it a night.

Big Double for the Little Man

Ilan Boujenah is having a storming end to the day, he more than doubled just now, and is a very happy boy.

The action was three-way to an {8-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop and there was a 13,200 bet and a call before Boujenah check-raised to 36,000 from the big blind. Morten Christensen was the only caller to the {6-Clubs} turn where he faced a 76,000 shove from Boujenah.

The card was an action card as it gave Christensen many more outs with his drawing {j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}.

Boujenah opened {7-Clubs}{8-Spades} for two-pair and faded the {j-Diamonds} river. Boujenah showed us many times last season that he is a hard player to stop once he gets a stack, so watching him tomorrow will be very interesting.

Ilan Boujenah il 265,000 212,800

Tagit: Ilan BoujenahMorten Christensen

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