Dan Smith heads EPT Grand Final

Dan Smith heads EPT Grand Final

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A total of 108 players were on hand for the first of two opening flights in the €10,000+€600 EPT Grand Final yesterday and by the close of the play it was Dan Smith who was the man to beat.

Smith is no stranger to success in Monte Carlo after winning a hat trick of side events in 2012. That run good has continued into 2013 with Smith, who also won the Super High Roller in Barcelona for €962k, building a stack of 136,500 putting him just ahead of Pablo Fernandez (135,900) and Freddy Deeb (133,900).

All told, 53 players survived the day including Brits Jake Cody, James Mitchell and Craig McCorkell. Other notable names that secured their place in Day 2 included Barry Greenstein, Johnny Lodden, Justin Bonomo and Ike Haxton.

Big name bustouts included Vanessa Rousso, Mike McDonald, Marvin Rettenmaier, Sorel Mizzi, Jonathan Duhamel, Erik Seidel, Toby Lewis and former Wimbledon champ Boris Becker.

A much bigger field is expected for Day 1B with the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, and Eugene Katchalov all expected to hit the felt.

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Tags: EPT Grand Final, Dan Smith, Jake Cody, Craig McCorkell