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European Poker Tour -- San Remo Day 1B

The Total Field Size is a Record 1,240 Players


Casino San RemoDay 1B at the PokerStars European Poker Tour San Remo €5,000 no-limit hold’em main event took place on Friday and the turnout for the second staring flight was even stronger than the first with 656 players in action. That makes the total field size a European record 1,240 players.

There were 344 players that survived to day 2 from day 1B, and the chip leader from today is Michael Eerhart who holds 247,800. That makes him the overall chip leader in the tournament. Close behind Eerhart is Team PokerStars pro Bertrand Grospellier with 232,200. Dermot Blain also had a strong run on day 1B, ending the night with 211,800. Other top professionals that finished day 1B with six-figure chip stacks were Quinn Do (187,500), Team PokerStars pros Sebastian Ruthenberg (125,100) and Jason Mercier (117,600), and Chris Bjorin (109,300).

All of these players will return at noon local time on Saturday, April 16 to begin play at 600-1,200 blinds with a 100 ante. They will be joined by the day 1A survivors and there will be a total of 620 players when cards get into the air on day 2. Levels will increase to 75 minutes in length tomorrow and there will be a 15-minute break after each level. You can follow along with all of the action on the PokerStars blog feed, and be sure to check back at tomorrow night for another summary of the action. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from day 1B in Italy:

Day 1B Chip Leaders:

Michael Eerhart — 247,800
Bertrand Grospellier — 232,200
Dermot Blain — 211,800
Craig McCorkell — 191,100
Quinn Do — 187,500
James Dempsey — 179,300
Matthias De Meulder — 172,400
Imre Leibold — 165,700
Daniele Amatruda — 164,800
Paul Berende — 164,700

Notable Day 1B Eliminations:

Johnny Lodden, Ben Kang, Carter Phillips, Men Nguyen, Michael Binger, Praz Bansi, Michael Greco, Thierry van den Berg, Vitaly Lunkin, Johannes Strassmann, Marcel Luske, Joe Cada, Barry Greenstein, Noah Boeken, Vanessa Rousso, Boris Becker, and Peter Eastgate

Hand of the Day:

Dermot Blain Turns Quads

Dermot Blain saw a pot to a flop of KSpade Suit QSpade Suit 4Heart Suit and then his opponent moved all in. Blain made the call and they flipped over their cards:

Blain: QHeart Suit QDiamond Suit
Opponent: KDiamond Suit JDiamond Suit

Turn and River: QClub Suit and 3Diamond Suit

Blain won the hand with quad queens and he eliminated his opponent. Blain grew his stack to 250,000 after the hand.