Both first days of the EPT Vienna are now behind us. As expected, Day 1B attracted a greater number of players – 559, 318 of whom got through to Day 2 that is scheduled to take place tomorrow. Mad Smith Hansen emerged as the chip leader today with 200,000 and he will be returning as the overall chip leader tomorrow, as he bested yesterday’s result of Khoroshenin. Igin Viacheslav will also be coming back tomorrow with 182,700 chips. The combined number of entries from today and yesterday guarantees that at least 500 players will be taking their seats tomorrow, but this number is highly likely to get bigger, as the registration will remain open until Day 2 officially starts.
Like yesterday, today did not lack colorful characters and table action either. One of those players was Andre Krieger. The 34-year-old German has become quite famous for his Youtube channel where he regularly uploads videos in which he commentates on video games. His channel has an impressive 650,000+ subscribers and 75 of his groupies actually showed up today to greet him at the Vienner airport.
The big story of this EPT in Vienna is Eugene Katchalov. The Ukrainian player has locked up his place in the Eureka €2200 High Roller Event, guranteeing a very decent payday. That did not stop him from bringing his A-game to the tables today, as he managed to end the day with more than 80,000 in chips.
Zoltan Gal, who has already made a decent chunk of change here in Vienna after shipping the Eureka Main Event yesterday for more than €200,000, seems to be riding the wave of good fortune as he finished today with a very respectable stack of 135,000. Other notable names who made it through to Day 2 include Kevin MacPhee (128,800), Ole Schemion (102,800), Sam Trickett (77,000), and Gaelle Bauman (73,500).
There are, of course, those who did not make it through the minefield that every big poker tournament is, including Ivan Demidov, Mickey Petersen and Mikhail Petrov, as well as those who have only barely made it, such as Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier with 11,800 and Juha Helppi with 12,100.
The play for Day 2 tomorrow will once again start at noon and will continue for six levels. We will keep bringing you regular updates on all important happenings as things will certainly get even more interesting once the registration has closed and the final number of players and total prize pool is set.