The first day of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Berlin Main Event got underway on Sunday, with the first starting flight of the tourney taking place. Day 1A of the six-day tournament began with 347 players from all around Europe and the globe, and ended with around 250.
Little known German player Ronny Voth currently has the chip lead after the first day, with 196,100 chips to his name. Mike Kunze is hot on Voth’s tail, however, trailing him by just 8,000 chips. Thomas Richter and Sebastian Trisch are not too far behind either, with 176,100 and 173,500 chips respectively.
The start of the Main Event coincided with the ending of the Berlin Cup, which was won by Dutchman Pieter de Korver. De Korver took home €145,400 from the €1,100, 911 player event, edging out German Sebastian Gohr and Russian Anatoly Filatov. The Dutchman will hope to replicate his Berlin Cup success this week as he plays in Day 1B of the Main Event.
The EPT Berlin captured news headlines around the world in 2010 after four armed men stormed the tournament before robbing a little under €300,000. They were caught, charged, tried and sentenced some time later. That infamous setback has not deterred some of Europe’s best poker players from playing in EPT Berlin, however, as seen by the first ever Belgian WSOP gold bracelet winner, Davidi Kitai’s spectacular win in the Berlin Main Event in 2012.
Day 1B of the EPT Berlin Main Event begins later this afternoon, with the final table of the tournament set to be held this coming Saturday. This will also herald the end of the EPT Berlin 2013.