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European Poker Tour Snowfest -- Day 1B

Vladimir Geshkenbein Leads EPT Into Day 2 But Faces Competition From Former Champions

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Vladimir Geshkenbein. Credit: Neil Stoddart.Austria’s Alpine Palace Hotel in Saalbach-Hinterglemm witnessed a whole new batch of wannabe title holders on day 1B of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Snowfest.

The second starting day of the €3,750 main event saw 302 players whittled down to 166. For many it was a nightmare of a day with the presence of 14 former EPT champions as well as an abundance of Team PokerStars pros and many other well-knowns.

The table drawing the most attention featured Kevin MacPhee, Liv Boeree, Kevin Stani, Luca Pagano, James Sudworth, and at one point Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier also. ElkY will not be returning tomorrow for day 2 however as he joins the list of players who were put on the other side of the rail throughout the day.

This list also includes Anton Wigg, Jeff Sarwer, Dario Minieri, Lex Veldhuis, Jan Heitmann, Sandra Naujoks, John Eames, Alex Wice, and Roberto Romanello.

One name that couldn’t be further from the list however is Vladimir Geshkenbein. The Russian somersaulted ahead of the pack by end of play with 253,700 in chips for the top spot. The former APPT High Roller winner stole the show from day 1A’s chip leader Martins Adeniya by pushing the Brit down to fourth spot overall heading into day 2.

Geshkenbein should not rest easy now however as he faces tough competition in the form of EPT Copenhagen champion Michael Tureniec. Tureniec, who spoke to Card Player about his recent success, finished day 1B third in chips with 186,800.

Here is the day 1B top ten:

Vladimir Geshkenbein (Russia) 253,700
Philip Meulyzer (Belgium) 188,100
Michael Tureniec (Sweden) 186,800
Jozef Hancin Hentz (Slovakia) 162,000
Iulian Ruxandescu (Romania) 158,100
Manilo Iemina (Italy) 148,600
Gregor Maranta (Switzerland) 139,500
Rudolf Koster (Germany) 134,400
Jany Van Veenendaal (Netherlands) 134,100
Mike Sowers (United States) 122,900

Day 2 will see the return of 268 players from a total field of 482. They will each be playing for a slice of the €1,636,390 prize pool, however, only 72 places will be paid with a guaranteed minimum pay-out of €5,250. The last player standing will receive €390,000 for first place, but there is a long way to go before then.

Here is the payout structure:

1. €390,000
2. €260,000
3. €147,000
4. €100,000
5. €81,000
6. €65,000
7. €49,000
8. €35,000
9-10. €25,000
11-12. €18,000
13-14. €14,000
15-16. €11,495
17-24. €9,000
25-32. €7,500
33-40. €6,800
41-48. €6,400
49-56. €6,000
57-64. €5,600
65-72. €5,250

Stay tuned to CardPlayer.com for more from this year’s EPT Snowfest, but in the meantime why not take a look at the PokerStars blog feed. For the final two days of the main event, be sure to check back in as you can follow all the action via the EPT Live video feed.