Main Event sees record field; €1.4m first prize

Main Event sees record field; €1.4m first prize

Monday, 17 October 2011

Day 1b of the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event saw a total of 283 players add their names to that of those who played out Day 1a, bringing the total field to a record-smashing 593. This is not only the biggest WSOPE Main Event ever but also the biggest poker tournament held in France.

A prize pool of more than €5,500,000 ensures that the eventual winner will walk away with more than €1.4m and 63 players will reach the money. There are a total of 333 survivors from both opening flights with some notable names having built up stacks. Lari Sihvo is the man to beat after Day 1b, having turned his 30,000 into 144,725 after six levels of play.

Tommy Vedes managed to bag up a second-place stack, chipping up to 142,775. He is ahead of Alexander Kostritsyn (126,200); Robert Mizrachi (117,000) and McLean Karr (115,600) in the top ten chip counts. Those returning with less include Tony G (101,325); Maxim Lykov (95,900); Shawn Buchanan (89,775) and Darren Kramer (85,525).

Day 1b saw us lose big names, too – “Mix-Max” bracelet-winner Michael Mizrachi, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom all failed to make it out of the starting gate. Defending champion James Bord, however, will start Day 2 with an average stack.

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Tags: WSOPE 2011, Lari Sihvo, Alexander Kostritsyn, Robert Mizrachi, Tony G, James Bord