Solyom leads bumper field in Russian Poker Series Riga
by James White
There was a landmark turnout for the second Russian Poker Series event of the season yesterday with 183 runners taking to the felt in Riga, Latvia. That number, which exceeded all expectations, generated a bumper €328,393.50 prize pool. The winner will get €95,468.50.
Of the 110 players who made it safely through yesterday's Day 1, PokerStars qualifier Nandor-Csaba Solyom is chip leader with 222,500. Also in contention is Russian player Evgeniy Zaytsev on 142,500 and EPT Deauville champion Jake Cody from the UK with a respectable and above average 59,075.
Big names on Day 1 included Team PokerStars Pros Ivan Demidov, Alex Kravchenko and Vadim Markushevski. Kravchenko made it through and will take his seat for today's Day 2 with 42,353. 21 players will get paid.
You can follow the action over on our sister Russian blog, where Pavel Sychev is producing the goods for readers. If reading Russian is not one of your many qualifications, you can keep track by using Google translate.