Sonelin heads hunt for €1.5m first prize at EPT Madrid

Sonelin heads hunt for €1.5m first prize at EPT Madrid

Monday, 9 May 2011

After PokerStars pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier took down the €25,000 High Roller event for €525,000 the Main Event of the European Poker Tour Grand Final began in Madrid. Both opening flights are now complete with a total of 686 entries and a prize pool of €6.86m; the winner is set to walk away with €1.5m.

Less than half the field remains in contention with 299 players left and David Sonelin, the Day 1a chip leader, holding onto his lead with Ole Kristian Nergard amassing only 198,200 to lead Day 1b; way behind Sonelin’s 275,900. Alex Gomes, Surindar Sunar, Ivan Demidov and EPT Berlin champion Ben Wilinofsky are all in the top ten chip counts.

More notable names coming back include Melanie Weisner, Allen Bari, William Reynolds, Carter Phillips, Tobias Reinkemeier, Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro and Andre Akkari – and that’s just those with an above-average chip count. Returning today at 12pm local time with some work to do to catch up are Rob Hollink, Jason Mercier, Noah Boeken, Nenad Medic, Eugene Katchalov, Liv Boeree, Victor Ramdin and Brian Hastings.

The field will attempt to play down to 104 today with those surviving to Day 3 guaranteed a payday of €15,000; those at the final table will be guaranteed at least €130,000 with the winner becoming a Euro millionaire with a first prize of €1,500,000.

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