Day 1b of the PokerStars EPT San Remo was packed to the rafters as 477 players took to the felt to take on eight levels of play that lasted 75 minutes apiece. By the end of the day that number was slashed to 270 who would be joining the survivors from Day 1a into Day 2.
Sam Trickett emerged as the joint leader as he had amassed 178k in chips which puts him ahead of the chip leader from Day 1a who had 162,300.
Most of his chips came when he won a massive pot against a player who was holding pocket kings when he was holding pocket aces, as both players had large stacks already it meant that the pot was huge for Trickett. He then went and won another hand late in the day whilst he was himself holding pocket kings.
The combined registrations of 320 on Day 1a and the 477 here on Day 1b meant we had an opening field of 797 players. This all led to creating a prize pool of €3,865,450 with the biggest slice totaling €800,000 heading into the event winners bank account. There will be 120 players that will each receive a share of the prize pool, with all players aiming for at least that.
The day began at an expected frantic pace with the very first elimination of the day coming just 11 minutes into the action. It happened when a hand broke out between Andrii Nadieliaiev and Andrey Zaichenko who held pocket aces and pocket kings respectively. The community cards read Kd-6h-2h-2c-4s which handed Nadieliavev the win and Zaichenko was busted. In fact the very first elimination on Day 1a also occurred when the players had aces versus kings.
Players Who Fell!
There were many eliminations as you would expect with notable players such as defending champion Andrey Pateychuk, Antonio Esfandiari, Tobias Reinkenmeier, Jonathan Aguiar, Ben Hamnett and Faraz Jaka. There was also a large PokerStars Team Pro contingent taking part, though many of them were eliminated including Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Vanessa Rousso and Alex Kravchenko.
There was still a selection of Team Pros who did progress to Day 2, with Chris Moneymaker, Pius Heinz, Shaun Deeb, Liv Boeree, Justin Bonomo and Johnny Lodden surviving the day.
Day 2 promises to bring us plenty more high octane poker action, with each and every player jostling for position and hoping to get into Day 3 and the latter stages of the event.
The Top 10 At The End Of Day 1b:
Sam Trickett 178,000
Alexander Roumeliotis 166,100
Justin Bonomo 152,200
Stefano Giarrusso 148,900
Chris Brammer 147,700
Shkoyan Tolik 146,700
Artem Litvinov 140,900
Kyle Julius 138,600
Jonas Mackoff 128,500
Chris Moneymaker 125,300
Anre Akkari 123,000