Big Guns Still In The Hunt At EPT Grand Final
It was a tale of two Scandinavians during Day 2 of the European Poker Tour’s Grand Final yesterday as baby-faced assassin Ole Kristian Nergard held on to the Day 1 chip lead and Kristoffer Thorsson came from nowhere to sneak second.
The former – a Norwegian who doesn’t even look old enough to be playing in the Casino Gran Madrid – picked up where he left off on Day 1 by showing experience and aggression beyond his years to continue eliminating players throughout the day.
As such, Nergard now sits on 726,000 and will be the man to beat when play resumes at midday today, but the real story of Day 2 was that of Amsterdam Masters Classic winner Kristoffer Thorsson who began the second session as one of the short stacks.
Returning to Day 2 with just 21,800 – less than his original starting stack – Thorsson ran red hot and managed to crack the pocket kings of Brian England with queens and then eliminate the hapless American with the same holding a few hands later on.
With these new-found chips in his arsenal, Thorsson never looked back and continued to notch eliminations throughout the day to reach second in the chip counts, surviving the gruelling bubble period where Damien Rony departed the event empty-handed.
Joining Nergard and Thorsson atop the leaderboard are a host of other big names, including EPT Berlin winner Ben Wilinofsky, Melanie Weisner and Victor Ramdin, who are all in the top ten and Surinder Sunar, Ted Forrest and Tobias Reinkemeier all still in the hunt further down the chip counts.