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European Poker Tour -- Berlin Day 1B

The 2010 EPT Stop in Germany is the Largest Ever with 945 Players

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Jude AinsworthDay 1B at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Berlin €5,000 no-limit hold’em main event has come to a close and the second day of play attracted 557 players. That brings the total for the event up to a huge field size of 945 players. The turnout grew by more than 41 percent from the EPT stop in Germany last year that attracted 667 players. The total prize pool for the event this year is €4,725,000 and the winner will walk away with a top prize worth €1,000,000. The top 144 players will all walk away with prize money. Here is a look at the full payout structure:

1 – €1,000,000
2 – €600,000
3 – €350,000
4 – €280,000
5 – €210,000
6 – €165,000
7 – €120,000
8 – €72,000
9-10 – €50,000
11-12 – €40,000
13-14 – €30,000
15-16 – €25,000
17-24 – €23,500
25-32 – €21,000
33-40 – €19,000
41-48 – €17,500
49-56 – €16,000
57-64 – €15,000
65-72 – €14,000
73-80 – €13,000
81-88 – €12,000
89-96 – €11,000
97-104 – €10,000
105-112 – €9,000
113-128 – €8,000
129-144 – €7,000

When the final bell tolled tonight 291 players survived. They will join the 202 payers that made it through on day 1A and the day 2 starting field size will be 493. The chip leader at the end of the night on day 1B was To Tu Tuan, who ended play with 212,600. Rounding out the top 10 in chips were Team PokerStars pros Jude Ainsworth (138,100) pictured above right, Florian Langmann (134,000), and William Thorson (133,100). Other notables who made it to the second day of play from day 1B were Team PokerSars pros Johannes Strassmann, Noah Boeken, Marcel Luske, Julian Thew, Thierry Van Den Berg, Boris Becker, and Chad Brown, Max Pescatori, Michael Martin, Peter Hedlund, and Antoine Saout.

Check back at CardPlayer.com tomorrow for another summary of the action, and be sure to follow along with the action from the PokerStars blog feed daily during the event. The remaining players will be in action tomorrow at noon local time. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from EPT Berlin Day 1B:

Day 1B Top Chip Counts:

To Tu Tuan — 212,600
Marc Inizan — 177,000
Lennart Holz — 170,800
Dimitri Hefter — 161,200
Thomas Laumer — 140,500
David Paredis — 140,200
Hossein Mandani — 139,700
Jude Ainsworth — 138,100
Florian Langmann — 134,000
William Thorson — 133,100

Notable Day 1B Eliminations:

Team PokerStars pros Alex Kravchenko, Luca Pagano, Johnny Lodden, Lex Vedlhuis, and Sandra Naujoks, Mike McDonald, Carter Phillips, Rob Hollink, Ramzi Jelassi, Markus Golser, and Mel Judah.

Hand of the Day:

Jude Ainsworth Grows his Stack with Aces

Jude Ainsworth raised from early position and the big blind reraised 4,250 more. Ainsworth put in another raise and his opponent made the call. The flop was dealt 8Diamond Suit3Club Suit3Spade Suit and both players checked.

The turn was dealt 9Diamond Suit and the big blind checked. Ainsworth bet 8,000 and his opponent made the call. The river fell QSpade Suit and the big blind checked. Ainsworth moved all in and his opponent made the all-in call for 13,250. Ainsworth flipped over two red aces and his opponent mucked before heading to the rail. Ainsworth grew his stack to 85,000 after the hand.