Holland's Sander Berndsen leads EPT Berlin

Holland's Sander Berndsen leads EPT Berlin

Thursday, 7 April 2011

458 players bought into the second opening day flight of EPT Berlin yesterday taking the field up to a grand total of 773. That is down on last year's record breaking figure of 945 but still good enough to create a prize pool of €3,865,000, making it the third largest event on the EPT circuit.

202 players made it through day 1B with Sander Berndsen leading the way. Joining the Dutchman in the upper echelons of the leader board were EPT Snowfest winner Vladimir Geshkenbein, WPT Bratislava winner Roberto Romanello and Thomas Bichon. Other notables who will be returning for Day 2 include WSOP bracelet winner JP Kelly, former Main Event winner Peter Eastgate and the Hit Squad's Chaz Chattha.

Somewhat surprisingly Luca Pagano will be missing out on his regulation min cash after busting out on the opening day. Joining the Italian on the rail were the likes of Liv Boeree, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, Jake Cody, Tony G, Praz Bansi and defending champ Kevin Macphee.

The money bubble will burst at the 97th finisher with those cashing guaranteed at least €10,000. The eight player who make the final table will all pocket at least €66,000 with the winner set to walk away with €825,000 and a specially designed EPT Berlin bracelet.

The leading chip counts are as follows:

Sander Berndsen Netherlands 242900
Oleg Elkin Russia 210000
Cristian Dragomir Romania 205500
Jochanan Robert Flink Sweden 203400
Alek Samardzic Croatia 200200
Mayu Roca Uribe Colombia 190000
Maximilian Heinzelmann Germany 186400
Aurelien Guiglini France 182600
Vladimir Geshkenbein Russia 181500

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Tags: Sander Berndsen, Peter Eastgate, JP Kelly, Roberto Romanello