The EPT Grand Final €10,600 Main Event sponsored by 2015 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino was narrowing down to the last 16 contestants as the €25,000 High Roller was taking off.
The tournament attracted 160 exclusive player entries and the single-reentry tournament with 10- one hour levels had 40 reentries.
Compared to the last year’s 159/55 unique/reentries, this year it is just 200 but the number if likely to go up as late registrations are expected till the start of the Day 2, the deadline for registration. One notable player who failed to show up on the Day 1 was Phil Ivey, as he has been languishing in Monaco, but is expected to make it at the last moment.
End of the first day found 94 players remaining in the field and the pack were led by Steve O’Dwyer with a stack of 330,200. Other big chip players included Tony Gregg with 325,800, Max Altergott with 311,100 and Matt Waxman with 298,500. Daniel Negreanu was in the eighth place with182, 000. O’Dwyer jumped to the top spot in chip counts with the help of his triumph in one of the last hands for the night.
Dwyer has amassed 95, 200 when the PokerNews Live reporters reached the venue on a flop. Quite a chunk of chips were remaining on the table and David Dayan his rival was in the tank. After a few exchanges and some hesitant play from Dayan, O’Dwyer took the pot and accumulated over 300,000 chips.
Some big names busted out on the Day 1, but several remained in the second day and they included Team PokerStars Daniel Negreanu with 182,000, Isaac Haxton with 181,700 and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier with 47,200. Tomorrows play will be marked by either 10 more levels or narrowing the field to 8 players, whichever happens first.