EPT9 Berlin Day 1B: A return for more of the same

It's Day 1B of EPT Berlin and you know the drill by now. Whatever you liked about yesterday will go double for today, and whatever you didn't like will go double too.

The even shorter version is that today will be bigger and better than yesterday's effort, which attracted 347 players and from which only 171 survived. There is a very high chance that there will be more than 500 players in today's field and close to 900 overall.

Registration is open for the first two levels, which will take us beyond 2.30pm local time. After that, you will have missed your chance, so get moving if you want to play. It's €5,300 for a stab at the big money, likely to be in the region of €850,000.

At the end of last night, Ronny Voth had emerged at the top of the pile, with 196,100 (from a starting stack of 30,000.) Despite the high-calibre field, Voth led a top ten that contained not a single familiar face. Indeed, you had to go down to 12th position to find someone we knew well: the Slovak player Jan Bendik, who is riding high in the hunt for Player of the Year honours.


Ronny Voth, day 1A chip leader

Here were the top 15 from Day 1A:

Ronny Voth, Germany, 196,100
Mike Kunze, Germany, 188,000
Thomas Richter, Germany, 176,100
Sebastian Trisch, Germany, 173,500
Giuseppe Vassallo, Germany, 169,300
Yakov Onuchin, Russia, 168,600
Pal Koppegodt, Norway, 165,200
Artur Rudziankov, Belarus, 162,500
Marc Witt, Germany, 155,800
Theodoros Aidonopoulos, Greece, 143,100
Jeremy Stahli, Switzerland, 139,200
Jan Bendik, Slovakia, 138,000
Dominik Nitsche, Germany, 137,900
Sotirios Koutoupas, Greece, 128,100
Florian Schleps, Austria, 118,600

But here are 15 players joining the fray today who will all have high hopes of overhauling them.

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
Jake Cody
Bryn Kenny
Jannick Wrang
Randy "nanonoko" Lew
Vladimir Geshkenbein
Pius Heinz
Benny Spindler
Salvatore Bonavena
George Danzer
Victor Ramdin
Eugene Katchalov
Sebastian Ruthenberg
Ilya Gorodetskiy
Jason Wheeler

There will be many more in the search for this:


The EPT Berlin trophy

Don't forget the way to follow our main event coverage. There's hand-by-hand stuff, including chip counts, in the panel at the top of the main EPT Berlin page. There will be feature pieces below that panel, including updates from the side events. EPT Live will begin at around 4pm local time. And everything to do with the European Poker Tour is on the European Poker Tour site.

Here's an introduction to the day with Rick Dacey, who likes sausages:

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour