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European Poker Tour -- Vilamoura Day 1

Minieri, Mattern, and Mizzi Migrate to the top of the Leader Board in Portugal

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Dario MinieriDay 1 competition at the European Poker Tour Vilamoura €5,000 no-limit hold’em main event has ended and the first two flights of play attracted a large field of 384 players from 40 different countries over the weekend. The tournament is the largest ever hosted in Portugal and it tops the 322 players that attended this event last year.

There will be 221 players still in contention when the tournament resumes on Monday. You can follow the tournament live on the PokerStars blog feed.

The overnight chip leader is Leonid Bilokur from Russia, who ended play with 161,200. Other professionals that finished the day with strong stacks included Team PokerStars pro members Dario Minieri, pictured right, (131,400) and Arnaud Mattern (119,200) as well as Sorel Mizzi (132,200), Antonio Esfandiari (127,800) and Brandon Cantu (122,400).

The total prize pool is €1,862,400 and the eventual champion will take home €467,835. Here is the full prize pool information:

1: €467,835
2: €297,984
3: €186,240
4: €139,680
5: €93,120
6: €74,496
7: €55,872
8: €37,248
9-10: €27,936
11-12: €20,486
13-14: €16,762
15-16: €13,968
17-24: €11,174
25-32: €9,312
33-40: €8,381
41-48: €7,822
49-56: €7,263

Check back at CardPlayer.com tomorrow for another summary of the action, and be sure to follow along with the PokerStars blog feed daily during the event. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from EPT Vilamoura Day 1:

Day 1 Top Chip Counts:

Leonid Bilokur — 161,200
Andre Coimbra — 157,600
Paul Kenneth Foltyn — 145,900
Toby Lewis — 141,900
Nic Heather — 140,800
Danny Neess — 139,000
Samuel Trickett — 132,600
Sorel Mizzi — 132,200
Dario Minieri — 131,400
Antonio Esfandiari — 127,800

Notable Day 1 Eliminations:

Team PokerStars pros Daniel Negreanu, Noah Boeken, Bertrand Grospellier, Thomas Marchese, Michael Binger, Carlos Mortensen, Andy Black, Carter Phillips, William Reynolds, Barny Boatman, and Annette Obrestad.

Hand of the Day:

Joe Ebanks Wins 140,000 Coin Flip

Brandon Cantu bet 2,200 from the hi-jack and Joe Ebanks raised to 6,100 from the cutoff. John O’Shea reraised to 18,000 on the button and Cantu got out of the way. Ebanks then moved all in and O’Shea made the call. Their cards:

O’Shea: ASpade Suit KClub Suit
Ebanks: JDiamond Suit JClub Suit

Board: 9Heart Suit 8Spade Suit 7Spade Suit 4Heart Suit 4Club Suit

Ebanks was able to double up with his pocket jacks and he grew his stack to 140,000. O’Shea was left with 20,000 after the hand. Ebanks ended day 1 with 86,300.

Top 10 Countries by Attendance:

Portugal — 60
USA — 33
Germany — 32
Finland — 25
UK — 24
Sweden — 22
Russia — 21
Netherlands — 20
Spain — 19
Italy — 15