Bag ’em and tag ’em. We have just reached the conclusion of Day 1A of the EPT Main Event here in Vienna. Out of 341 players who took their seats at the tables today, 182 survived and will be returning for Day 2 on Tuesday. The player with the most chips at the moment is Olekii Khoroshenin with 171,000, but he is not certain to enter Day 2 as the chip leader, as more players will be qualifying tomorrow. Other big stacks are those of Dzmitry Urbanovich (163,400), Sergii Baranov (155,000), Jesper Hoog (149,200) and Mohamed Kerkeni (140,600).
It was a fun day here at Hofburg Palace with lots of poker action, but also a lot of shenanigans and table banter that usually accompany poker tournaments. One of those who attracted a lot of attention was Michael Piper, who came to the table with a six-month beard and wearing a gray suit and a bowtie around his neck. Although he was going strong for a while, his future presence at the tables was denied as the dapper dresser was eliminated before the night drew to a conclusion.
Another notable name was that of Max Silver, whose early success during the day indicated that he might be repeating his performance from Prague. Sadly, a missed flush draw sent Silver to the rail and he will have to wait for another EPT Main Event to try and reach the coveted final table.
Of those still in the running, Dominik Nitsche has a very respectable stack of 138,000, Vladimir Geshkenbein is sitting on 130,000, Marcel Luske is still in with 47,500, as well as Vitaly Lunkin, although he is below the starting stack with 27,600. Busquet and O’Dwyer are also still in, although not with very big stacks.
Michael Elier, the defending EPT Vienna champion, survived the day, albeit barely. His stack is only 7,200, so he will be returning for Day 2 with about 10 blinds, but as the saying goes – chip and a chair. Elier won a title in Vienna in October of 2010, a championship that brought him a €700,000 payday.
Another curiosity today was the first live Flipout tournament. It was played as a freeroll satellite with the winner receiving a Main Event seat worth €5300 and the entire final table being paid something at least. As 184 players registered and only 81 players could participate, they drew the cards to see who would get to play. When the dust settled and all was said and done, it was Felix Schulze who walked away with the seat.
Play will resume tomorrow at noon for Day 1B and we’ll be bringing you regular updates on all important events throughout the day.