As expected, today’s Day 1B of the EPT Monaco Main Event attracted more players than yesterday. The total number of entries today was 427 and combined with the entries from yesterday, it eclipsed last year’s Grand Final by around a hundred players. We had certain expectations of excitement for today and the action didn’t fail as tables lacked neither big names nor big hands.
When all was said and done, 252 survived today, and combined with those who bagged after Day 1A yesterday, a total of 358 or so players will be commencing play tomorrow when registration ends. It is still possible for this number to grow, as players can still enter until the first hand is dealt at the start of Day 2.
Play started at noon today and that’s when some of the players came to the tables, but they were arriving the entire day. Many well-known players made appearances today and many of them failed to go any further. Among them was Pokerstars’ Daniel Negreanu, whose day was rather short, as well as his fellow pro player, John Juanda, who managed to last a little while longer but not long enough.
Jason Mercier met a similar fate as his pocket Kings were outflopped. Marvin Rettenmaier registered to play only shortly before the dinner break and did not make much of his entry as he was soon back at the rail – not too disappointed according to his Twitter account, as there was still plenty of time to register for some online Sunday majors. As the night was drawing to a conclusion, another big name busted, as Scott Seiver couldn’t get things going today and lost the last of his chips to a bad beat. Daniel Colman, who won the Super High Roller Event just yesterday, met the same destiny.
As for Hendrik Latz, he was probably smiling as he was bagging his chips, finishing as the chip leader for the day with 191,600 in his stack. That’s more than yesterday’s chip leader, so he will be coming back as the number one stack in the room. Other serious contenders from today were Davidi Kitai with 173,100 and Vladimir Troyanovskiy at 172,000.
Although many top names were eliminated, many of them still remain, including the likes of last year’s winner Steve O’Dwyer with around 60,000, Phil Ivey with a tad over 50,000, Annette Obrestad on 67,000, Johnny Lodden at 69,800, and Berry Greenstein with 64,600.
With survivors from yesterday and today, we are really in for a treat when they return for play tomorrow as we will be seeing the best of the best in action, all battling it out for the prestigious EPT Grand Final title and a considerable amount of prize money that will come with it (still to be determined once registration is over). O’Dwyer’s survival today means he made the first step toward defending his title, as unlikely as it may seem due to sheer numbers and quality of the field. But it only adds even more to the excitement when the defending champ is still in with a shot at first place.
Play will once again start at noon tomorrow, and once again we’ll be here to keep track of the happenings on the floor. With these players there is only one thing we are guaranteed not to see – and that’s boring poker. Tomorrow may not tell us who the winner will be just yet, but it will certainly reveal the names of those who will not take that honor home, so make sure to stay up to date and not miss out on any poker fun!