Published on April 14th, 2008 11:41 pm EST

european poker tour - monte carlo - casino photo and ept logoDay 2 of the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo is now in the books. An estimated 129 of the original 842 player field are still alive in the tournament, with many notable names still possessing some chips.

The total prize pool is an extremely large $13.2 million US dollars, with the first place winner receiving $3.198 million. The top 80 players will be paid, with the 80th place finisher receiving $26,908.

Oyvind Riisem is the current chip leader, as he is currently sitting on a stack of approximately 440k in chips. In second place is Johnny Lodden, a player that has a very big following online. Lodden made a name for himself playing in some of the biggest cash games online, and currently has an estimated 380k in chips.

A couple of members of "Team Pokerstars" are currently sitting near the top of the leaderboard. Joe Hachem has an estimated 255k in total chips, which is about a fifth place stack. Hachem will be looking to build on his $10.5 million dollars in total lifetime poker earnings. If Hachem managed to take down this tournament, he would be just the second player ever to win a WSOP bracelet, a WPT event and an EPT event (with Gavin Griffin being the other).

Luca Pagano is also lurking near the top of the leaderboard with an estimated 229k in chips.

Sorel Mizzi, the newest edition to the Betfair Poker team, has a healthy stack of approximately 200k. Not only is Mizzi an accomplished online player, but he also has some live experience under his belt as well (chopping the Irish Poker Open and going deep in the $25k WPT Championship event in 2007). Mizzi will definitely be a player to watch on Day 3.

Some other notable players that are still alive include:

Freddy Deeb - 153k
Isaac "westmenloAA" Baron - 137k
Marcel Luske - 128k
Antonio Esfandiari - 121k
Surinder Sunar - 51k
Anna Wroblewski - 51k
Mel Judah - 19k

Some of the notable eliminations on Day 2 included:

-Vanessa Rousso
-Shaun Deeb
-Josh "JJProdigy" Field
-Jason Mercier
-Barry Greenstein
-Josh Arieh
-Daniel Negreanu

There are three days of the event that are still yet to be played. On Day 3 we will see the popping of the "money bubble". Action will pick up again on Tuesday at 1 pm local time.


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