PokerStars Festival Marbella: Day 2 of record-breaking Main Event kicks off
While Wednesday's Day 1A of the PokerStars Festival Marbella wrapped up after 11 45-minute levels, yesterday went on until around 2am. That's because not only did we have the usual length Day 1B, but straight afterwards we also had a turbo Day 1C flight with 20-minute levels.
It's essentially a last-chance saloon for anyone who tried and failed to make it through their Day 1. An additional 201 entries were added to the prize pool, and after the rapid session 101 more players made it through to Day 2.
That means there was 949 total entries, smashing last year's 844 and creating a prize pool of €911,040. Yep, this event has broken Marbella records; the eventual winner will receive a massive €168,700.
There were several notables who made it through last night in their second attempt. Team PokerStars Pros Fatima Moreira de Melo and Marcin Horecki survived and return today with 58,900 and 20,800 respectively.
Meanwhile, EPT13 Barcelona champion Sebastian Malec and EPT6 Copenhagen winner Anton Wigg also bagged chips to the tune of 40,800 and 42,000.
One player we'll be keeping our eye on is 2013 UKIPT Marbella winner Ludovic Geilich. He got through last night with 56,700 - could he make a deep run at another title?
With Day 2's action underway, right now there are 354 players remaining with blinds at 1K/2K. They'll be playing eight 60-minute levels today before the chip bags are brought out.
The bubble will most likely burst later on today, when we reach 135 players. Keep checking back with us on the PokerStars Blog for some great interviews and updates on all the action.
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Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.