EPT9 Sanremo: Here one minute, gone the next
It may not mean much at this stage but with a level left to play on Day 1A Mustapha Kanit looks like the early leader. Others out ahead include the likes of former EPT winner David Vamplew, and recent WPT Paris champion Matt Salsberg.
Their success however is built on the departure of others, a distinguished list of characters who will now opt for either an early flight home or another full week of side events.
David Vamplew in action
Jack Ellwood, Dominik Nitsche and Moshsin Charania are among the fallers, gone in that familiar fashion - here one minute, gone the next. Max Pescatori also leaves us, as do Arnaud Mattern, Anton Wigg, Bryn Kenney and Michael Eiler.
As for the Team PokerStars Pros Marcin Horecki began and finished his Sanremo campaign today, tweeting happily about his progression to day 2:
@MarcinHorecki: "Already made day2 of EPT San Remo with 0 chips :/ I guess I will have to win GoCarting side event instead!"
More about that on Monday.
Of the Team Pros who started today all but Horecki remain. Ana Marquez, Jude Ainsworth, Jonathan Duhamel, Victor Ramdin, Leo Fernandez and Jason Mercier continue into the last level, as does Team Online's Mickey Petersen.
Right now they have 75 minutes left to play before they can safely bag up their chips for the night. A long day is almost at an end.