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  • Joseph Cheong Excels on the Second Day of European Poker Tour San Remo

    Monday, October 24th, 2011 by Nadia

The second day of the European Poker Tour San Remo saw 482 players from the original 879 who played on Day 1, return to Casino di San Remo. The players were driven by the aim of accumulating a noteworthy chip stack. The first half of the day was exciting and fast-paced. About 300 players got eliminated in 7 highly competitive levels. The bags came up in the later half and revealed that Joseph Cheong was at the top of the field. He managed an excellent 632,000 which had the potential to make as many as 150 big blinds for the following day.

Past Achievements of Joseph Cheong

Joseph Cheong, who completed in third place for about $4 million in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) November Nine, 2010, is a popular name in the online poker world. Cheong also had significant successes in the European Poker Tour competitions. In Season 7 of the European Poker Tour, London, Cheong was a runner up in the Turbo High Roller event with a £10,000 buy-in. The success earned him about a quarter-million dollars.

Cheong Performed Magnificently in Day 2 of European Poker Tour San Remo

The second day of the European Poker Tour San Remo, was started by the player with 70,000 chips. However, about half of them were taken by Nick Yunis. Within a few hours, Cheong managed a total of 300,000 chips. Stiff competition between him and Anatoli Ozhenilok continued for a while after which Cheong moved on to a different table. It had Shaun Deeb along with a couple of new Italian players.

The day’s last level saw Cheong move up the ladder of success steadily. Cheong, who re-raised all-in, forced Deeb to fold his hand. Deeb also had to surrender about one-third of the chips that had gone into the pot. A follow-up pot was won by Cheong, who held pocket queens. The hand enabled him move up to the top with as many as 650,000 chips.

As the day progressed, Cheong got busy collecting chips. Vanessa Selbst of the PokerStars team made her way through a tough table consisting of Kevin MacPhee and Salman Behbehani. Selbst had a decent stack all through the day. Similar to Cheong, the player also experienced a boost in her bankroll at the end of the day’s session.

Other Notable Competitions of the Day

Behbehani and Selbst attempted to outperform each other on Day 1. The raises made by one were relentlessly attacked by the other. Behbehani had four-bet the pot prior to the flop. Selbst called the bet and another, after which the game took a serious turn. The board, which had 10h 10c 8c 2c on the turn, favored Selbst who had 4c and 5c. In that hand, she made over 400,000 chips. Behbehani’s Qh Qd failed to pair on the board. Selbst walked away with 497,000 chips at the day’s end.

Other notable games were played by Daniel Neilson, William Thorson, Mustapha Kanit, Sergey Tikhonov, Chris McClung and Nick Yunis. Elio Fox, the champion of the Main Event of World Series of Poker Europe, failed to make the top ten overnight event. Despite this small setback, he is currently, on a winning streak in the European Poker Tour.

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