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European Poker Tour -- Grand Final Day 1B

Norwegian Tops PokerStars EPT Grand Final On Day 1B But Will Not Lead Day 2

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Ole Kristian NergardDay 1B of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final saw a field of 384 make their way to the sun-soaked Gran Casino in Madrid.

That means, added to the 302 from yesterday, the €10,000 buy-in event has attracted a total of 686 entries, from 51 countries – quite a drop from the 848 who attended the event in Monte Carlo last year. This in turn, however, has created a prize pool of €6,860,000 including the massive first prize of €1,500,000.

The player topping the leader board by the end of the day was Ole Kristian Nergard with 198,200. He heads a top 10 which features some interesting names such as 2008 WSOP main event runner-up Ivan Demidov, and Surinder Sunar, who very recently took home €290,000 for an epic runner-up performance at the Irish Open.

The 167 remaining from day 1B will join the 132 survivors from day 1A tomorrow for day 2 but only 104 players will see the money. Half the top 10 of day 1A have more chips than 1B’s leader, Nergard, so David Sonelin will be the overall chip leader of 299 players with 275,900 when the two fields combine.

Here are the top 10 in chips at close of day 1B:

Ole Kristian Nergard (Norway) 198,200
Ivan Demidov (Russia) 197,800
Mattias Bergstrom (Sweden) 188,000
Jean Noel Thorel (France) 180,300
Surinder Sunar (UK) 179,200
Gerardo Godinez (Mexico) 158,400
Andras Koroknai (Hungry) 146,700
Gregory Brooks (USA) 141,400
Santiago Terrazas (Spain) 139,800
Anton Ionel (Romania) 137,700

A hefty amount of legends, online phenomenons, champions and finalists made the trip to the new location for the Grand Final on day 1B. Unfortunately a lot of them could not withstand the many levels of aggression the day witnessed.

Viktor BlomSome of those who hit the rail throughout the day were Alex Wice, Max Lykov, David Williams, Neil Channing, Joe Hachem, Viktor Blom, Daniel Negreanu, and Galen Hall.

Vanessa Rousso left at the hands of Florian Langmann with a busted flush draw versus the German’s set, another of Langmann’s victims was Salvatore Bonavena, and Vladimir Geshkenbein, who turned up for level three, made his exit when he failed to catch with his flush draw against an over pair.

Aces weren’t enough for Victoria Coren and she tweeted, “Good old poker. Aces for me, flush draw for Mr Hachem… AND it’s time to see the sights of Madrid!” When Bertrand Grospellier got knocked out, he put this as his Facebook status, “So Sick… Busted [out] of the EPT Grand Final Main Event… UNREAL why can’t i never win 2 in a row uh?” If you missed out yesterday, check out this High Roller recap to see how ElkY took down his second High Roller title in dramatic fashion.

Day 2 should be explosive with many big names still in the hunt for the ultimate in EPT glory. Check out the live blog feed and catch the latest interviews and recaps right here at CardPlayer.com.