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European Poker Tour Snowfest -- Day 1A

Martins Adeniya Tops EPT Day 1A Field In Austria

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Marcin Horecki. Credit: Neil Stoddart.The Austrian Alps played host to day 1A of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Snowfest with 180 players turning out for a day filled with peaks and troughs, both on and off the slopes.

While there are familiar faces among the 102 survivors from the first of two starting days, there are many now also with just the slopes and side events to attend including James Akenhead, Stephen Chidwick, James Mitchell and Team PokerStars Pro members Arnaud Mattern, John Duthie, Ruben Visser, and Marcin Horecki.

Some big names who managed to stay in the running for gold by end of play were Josh Prager, Dominik Nitsche, Casey Kastle, Giuseppe Pantaleo and Team PokerStars pros Alex Kravchenko and Michael Keiner.

Martins Adeniya. Credit: Neil Stoddart.It was a day of high and lows for many, even for the current king of the Austrian slopes, young Brit, Martins Adeniya.

Adeniya got off to a flying start, building his chip stack with ferocious determination, but quickly lost half of it and was back down to 35,000.

He then eliminated Sebastian Petre Pascu to improve his stack to 50,000, and after that he seemed to never look back.

Adeniya closed the day on 182,500 for the definite chip lead.

Here is the day 1A top 10 in chips:

Martins Adeniya (UK) 182,500
Wim Bos (Netherlands) 130,200
Dragomir Cristian (Romania) 123,200
Virgilio Di Cicco (Italy) 122,100
Simon Ravnsbaek (Denmark) 120,500
Peter Sturzel (Germany) 113,000
Riku Koivurinne (Finland) 111,000
Thibaud Zeien (France) 102,600
Ismael Colin Bojang (Germany) 102,200
Domantas Klimciauskas (Lithuania) 101,500

Last season Allan Baekke topped a field of 546 players to take home the first-place prize of €445,000. Check back tomorrow at CardPlayer.com for a recap of day 1B and to find out just what the surviving field is playing for this time around.

You will shortly be able to follow the action as it happens here with the PokerStars blog feed, plus be sure to check in for the final two days of the main event as you can follow it second by second via the EPT Live video feed.