With both starting flights of the EPT Grand Final Monaco Main Event now over, Brazilian poker marvel Victor Sbrissa will hold the chip lead going into Day 2.
Sbrissa will go into the event’s second day with 224,800 chips to his name and will be one of just two players with over 200,000 chips at the start of Day 2. Noah Schwartz is the other player with that accolade; he is currently second on the chip ladder with 204,600 chips.
It was a solid start to the Main Event by Sbrissa, who looks to be riding the momentum he has going his way after his win at the LAPT Brazil Main Event last week. His play so far in Monte Carlo has been especially great considering the amount of players who registered to take part in the last starting flight.
A total of 423 players came into the Salle des Etoiles on Day 1B for a chance to win the last EPT event of the season. This was significantly higher than the 108 players who registered on the first starting flight of the tournament. The number of players who made it to the tourney’s second day was also unsurprisingly higher on Day 1B, with 215 players making the cut. 53 players from Day 1A made it to Day 2 of the event.
Last year’s Main Event champ Mohsin Charania is one of the players who will be back later today. The American will come into Day 2 with a chip stack of 51,000; not much compared to other players, but his experience in Monaco will still make him a legitimate threat over the coming days.
One player who will not be back for Day 2 is the Tiger Woods of Poker, Phil Ivey, who was knocked out during the second starting flight. He was just one on a list of world renowned poker greats to be eliminated on the first day of the Main Event. 2003 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker was also knocked out on Day 1B along with Victor Blom, Gus Hansen and Michael Mizrachi.
2010 WSOP Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel was eliminated on Day 1A, but came back to take fifth place in the €5,200 No Limit 8-handed turbo side event that also took place yesterday. Duhamel won €14,000 for his efforts in the 36-player event, which was won by Brazilian David Dayan. Dayan beat British player Senh Ung in heads-up competition to win the event, taking home a respectable €64,600 for his stellar play.
Day 2 of the EPT Grand Final Monaco Main Event is set to resume today at Monte Carlo’s Salle des Etoiles.