EPT Budapest: Back for day 1b

As we mentioned yesterday, the tour has come to Hungary for the first time and Budapest has delivered - a sell out field in one of the most stunning locales inside and out and it looks set to carry on. It’s day 1b so we’re ready to do things all over again. If things continue in the same style as yesterday we should see a similarly relentless pace whittle down 260 starters into something resembling the shape of 100 survivors.

Players will start with the same 10,000 chips and will try to turn that into a bag full nine hours from now. Annette Obrestad and Arnaud Mattern did that best yesterday, finishing on 101,300 and 90,600 respectively. Both of them know what it’s like to taste EPT glory. Mattern won his title in Prague last year while Obrestad came close, finishing second, in Dublin. You can find a full list of yesterday’s results on the chip count page which will of course be updated regularly with today’s latest counts.

Eight one-hour levels will begin in a few minutes. Today the field includes some EPT notables, among them Team PokerStars Pros Noah Boeken, Vicky Coren, Dario Minieri, and Alex Kravchenko. Also here is ElkY Grospellier, who has proven that you can win a WPT event in Bellagio Las Vegas over the weekend and be in Budapest 48 hours later for an EPT.

Also lining up for their seat is EPT Live presenter Kara Scott, swapping her microphone for a card protector today. She spoke to the video blog team yesterday about her preparations for day 1b.

Watch EPT Budapest 08: Kara Interview Day 1a on PokerStars.tv

Johnny Lodden also wears the PokerStars colours and Barcelona champion Sebastian Ruthenberg is also here, so too London winner Michael Martin looking to make it two in a row. That's all ahead of us. Stay with us to find out how successful he is throughout the day on the PokerStars blog.