Day 2 of the EPT London started fast and ended faster, with 142 returning players whittled down to 40 by the end of the night's play. International superstars like Liz Lieu, Barny Boatman, Daniel Negreanu and Patrik Antonius all returned to the Vic Casino to make their run at the EPT trophy and the L611,520 first prize. Chris Moneymaker was the biggest name near the top of the leaderboard as Day 2 kicked off, with the top ten chip stacks looking like this -
Nicolas Levi (France) 100,300
Daniel Mangas (Spain) 98,500
Antony Phillips (UK) 94,600
Chris Moneymaker (US) 79,700
Ola Brandborn (Sweden) 73,100
Fredrik Haugen (Sweden) 63,800
Vijayan Nagarajan (Malaysia) 59,800
Joseph Mouawad (Lebanon) 59,700
Anthony Lellouche (France) 58,000
Fuat Can (Sweden) 57,500
Moneymaker surged past Nicolas Levi in the first few hands when he hit the flop amazingly hard. All the money went in on the flop, with Age Spets tabling and drawing to two outs against Moneymaker's . Spets' tournament drew to a close when the landed on the river, making quads for the 2003 WSOP Main Event champ, and sending Spets to the rail.
Not too long after Moneymaker climbed to the top of Mount Chipstack, Daniel Negreanu met the other end of tournament fortune. Joseph Mouawad's held up against Negreanu's when the board four-flushed Mouawad's spades, sending Negreanu home within the first orbit of Day 2. Negreanu had plenty of company on the rail, as Antonius, Boatman, Lisandro and Lieu all busted before Day 2 drew to a close. Day 1 chip leader Nicolas Levi picked a bad time to steal, and went to the rail when he ran into Katja Svendsen's Aces.
Erik Friberg sent two players to the rail in the same hand when his held up to bust Tony Phillips and another opponent in a hand shortly before the day ended. Friberg's luck didn't hold, however, and he finished the day with the shortest of short stacks after another monster three-way hand.
Liam Flood raised preflop, Surinder Sunar called, and Friberg also called. On the flop of , Flood moved all in after Friberg checked. Sunar called Flood's all in, then Friberg raised all in. Sunar called that as well, and was in the catbird seat with top set, tabling . Friberg's bottom set of fours was no good, and Flood was way behind with . No help for Flood and Friberg and Sunar leapt into the chip lead as Day 2 ended and Friberg was left with just a few chips to bring back on Day 3.
The top ten stacks at the end of Day 2 looked like this:
Surinder Sunar - 403,400
Ben Grundy - 220,000
Anthony Lellouche - 213,800
Lam Trinh - 207,400
Phidias Gerogiou - 200,200
Pascal Perrault - 172,800
Josh Egan - 162,300
Fredrik Haugen - 152,400
Stuart Nash - 125,100
Alan Smurfit - 122,100