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Jonathan Khalifa Leads Day 2 of WSOPE Event #5: The Colossus €550 NLHE

Day 2 of The Colossus Event #5: €550 No-Limit Hold’em of this year’s edition of the World Series of Poker Europe brought fast-paced action to the particiants. The day welcomed a total of 256 poker players ready to run for the big win and throughout the several hours of game, they were rapidly reduced to only 12 surviving pros. Jonathan Khalifa from France was the overall leader at the end of the second day of play and he is going to progress to Day 3 of the poker tournament with a chip stack amounting to 6,915,000.

Collecting this many chips is quite the accomplishment and Khalifa worked hard in order to swell his chip count to this impressive figure. His strategy for play could be defined as aggressive and there have been many a time when the French player did not shy away from placing his chip stack in the middle of the felt table. In his case, this resulted in numerous occasions when his opponents were pushed to make a risky decision and most of the times Khalifa was the one stealing the pot.

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The French-born poker player boasts total live winnings amounting to $277,994 and most of them are won in his home France. The first time his name was featured on the poker leader boards in Cannes was back in 2009 when he participated in the Partouche Poker Tour II. He played at the €540+60 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em Grand Final and there he finished 12th, pocketing €1,097 for his good performance. The last poker tournament he played at was €450+50 No-Limit Hold’em – APO 500 which took place this September.

Khalifa claimed the fourth position in the race and bagged €7,850 for his deep run in the event. During the current poker festival in Rozvadov, he is going to welcome the remaining 12 players this Thursday when Day 3 of Event #5 of WSOPE is scheduled to commence. It is also going to be the final day of the tournament since the players are planning to play to the end and find out who is going to be the winner.

Runner-up in the temporary leader board is Makarios Avramidis from Greece, who has just as impressive background in the poker world. He is the player with the longest experience in live tournaments among the surviving 12 and his total live earnings are estimating to $500,000. He has a gold bracelet from the WSOPE €2,200 6-Max event where he pocketed €105,000. Avramidis will progress to Day 3 of The Colossus with 5,775,000.

Following him closely is the third player close to the top and his name is Roman Motovsky from the Czech Republic. With a total of 5,625,000 in chips, the difference between him and Avramidis seems easily beatable. The first place in the tournament is going to receive a WSOP gold bracelet and the coveted prize of €270,015, while the rest of the players will be guaranteed a minimum of €18,324.

 Author: Benjamin Barry

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