Leonid Bilokur heads EPT San Remo

Leonid Bilokur heads EPT San Remo

Thursday, 28 April 2011

A field of 438 runners gathered at the Italian resort of San Remo yesterday for the first of two opening day flights of the latest European Poker Tour event. By the close of play it was Russia's Leonid Bilokur who held the chip lead on 187,900, just ahead of Ukraine's Aleksey Zharko.

There were plenty of notable names dotted amongst the field, arguably none more notable that Viktor Blom. Isildur1's wait for live tournament success continues though. The Swede was on the wrong end of a 4 outer full house and hit the rail early in the proceedings.

Fortune wasn't with Jake Cody either. The young Briton, holding a pair of 4s looked in good shape when a 4-5-6 flop appeared. Unfortunately for the EPT Deauville winner, his opponent was holding 3-7 for the straight. Other big names to hit the rail on the opening day included Chris Moorman who lost a straight over straight battle and Henrique Pinho's whose flush ran into quads.

A total of 225 players survived the opening flight including Team PokerStars pros Martin Hruby and Pieter de Korver, Finland's Jani Sointula, Russia's Vitaly Lunkin and American Galen Hall. Rupert Elder heads the UK challenge with Andrew Teng, Martins Adeniya and Tom McDonald all still very much in the front.

A much bigger field is expected for the second opening flight with defending champion Liv Boeree and a host of other top pros expected to play.

Tags: EPT, Viktor Blom, Jake Cody, Chris Moorman, Leonid Bilokur