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World Series of Poker Europe Main Event -- Day 1B

American Steve Zolotow Leads the Pack at End of Day 1B

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Barry GreensteinThe second starting day of the World Series of Poker Europe main event saw oodles of poker talent hitting the felt for six 90-minute levels of championship play.

A larger field than day 1A, filled with a mix of 178 amateurs, professionals, online qualifiers, cash-game specialists, the young, the old, and the brave turned out for day 1B.

However, as the day progressed, the men were separated from the mice, and the lucky from the truly unfortunate, leaving 107 players behind.

This means that in total, the WSOPE 2009 main event has attracted 334 players, but only 186 will be getting ready to play later today.

Now back to yesterday’s affairs. The two feature tables were overloaded with poker weapons of mass destruction. One consisted of Barry Greenstein [pictured above right], Daniel Negreanu, Sam Trickett, Annette Obrestad, and James Keys. The other held Jesper Hougaard, Eric Liu, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, John Juanda, Scotty Nguyen, and William Thorson.

Other big names spotted in the mix were Kenna James, Justin Smith, Michael Tureniec, Christer Johansson, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, Michael Binger, and Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies.

Before the day ended, the event lost 71 players including Howard Lederer, Scott Fischman, Sorel Mizzi, Nenad Medic, Joe Sebok, Peter Eastgate, Michael “Timex” Mcdonald, Vitaly Lunkin, Alec Torelli, J.C. Tran, William Thorson, Jean-Robert Bellande, Carlos Mortensen, Michael Martin, and Robert Williamson III.

Here are a few notable eliminations:

Jennifer HarmanJennifer Harman [pictured left] moved all in on a QDiamond Suit 4Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit flop with KDiamond Suit KSpade Suit. Her opponent showed ADiamond Suit Qx. The turn came the fatal 7Diamond Suit, and Harmen made her exit.

Neil Channing came back from a break with great intentions and 10,000 in chips. Getting nowhere with pocket queens and then kings, he was then dealt A-K. It wasn’t third-time lucky, however, as his hand was demolished by pocket aces, and Channing hit the rail.

Michael Greco was all in on the flop with pocket kings. However, they couldn’t improve when up against a flopped set of fives.

[[p:J.C. Tran]] was another early notable elimination. All in for 2,500 with ASpade Suit 8Club Suit on a JHeart Suit 10Club Suit 4Club Suit 9Club Suit board, he was called by a player holding KDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit which held as the river fell the 8Heart Suit.

The players whose tournament lives saw a much happier state of affairs were:

Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts:

Steve Zolotow: 166,825
Praz Bansi: 155,450
Antoine Saout: 144,400
Ram Vaswani: 113,625
Daniel Negreanu: 88,925
Noah Boeken: 87,500
John Tabatabai: 78,850
Antonio Esfandiari: 73,550
Matt Hawrilenko: 73,175
Keith Hawkins: 72,475

However, the top 10 of both starting day’s fields combined looks like this:

Overall Top 10:

Brian Powell: 194,600
Jason Mercier: 189,725
Sami Kelopuro: 168,925
Steve Zolotow: 166,825
Viktor Blom: 163,175
Jonathan Aguiar: 160,100
Praz Bansi: 155,450
Martin Hansen: 152,775
Tommy Pavlicek: 149,625
Antoine Saout: 144,400

Some players and their chip counts from both days who are worthy of a mention before the day gets going are Christian Harder (134,125), Richard Grace (116,850), John Kabbaj (104,500), Doyle Brunson (92,900), Brandon Cantu (89,000), Jens Kyllonen (84,325) Thomas Bichon (82,575), Card Player’s CEO Barry Shulman (80,250), Laurence Houghton (78,950), Ashton Griffin (74,875), Theo Jorgensen (73,000), Chris Bjorin (73,350), Nik Persaud (60,000), John Magill (60,000), Freddy Deeb (52,000), Annette Obrestad (51,950), and Dave Ulliott (55,000).

Day 2 begins at 5.30 p.m. (GMT + 1) when 186 players will take to the felt to begin that long road toward winner-ville. Last year’s champ, John Juanda, is also still in the mix with 47,800 in chips, so stay with Card Player to find out who survives the carnage when both starting days combine, and perhaps, combust.