EPT9 Berlin Day 2: Ronny Voth leads overall as field of 485 unites
We've reached Day 2 of EPT Berlin, or something like day 42 of Season 9. It's an unusually large field that returns today. Some 485 players are left thanks to a stellar field in excess of 900 which crammed into the Grand Hyatt over the previous two days. Now we get to business, the slow whittling away of that great lump into a well-shaped 136, the number of players who will leave Berlin having finished in the money.
Ronny Voth leads overall having finished Day 1A with 196,100. Yesterday's chip leader at the close was Michael Mizrachi. The Grinder closed on 175,400, good for fourth place overall, behind Mike Kunze in second, with 188,000, and Thomas Richter in third, with 176,100.
With blinds now at 400-800 with a 100 ante, it will be tight at the other end. Fans of watching Markus Grewe play might not want to count on seeing him for much longer. He's the short stack with 2,600 chips. Then again his loved ones can expect his return home very soon.
At stake of course is a first prize of €880,000, equivalent to a week's comfortable stay in next month's Grand Final in Monte Carlo. We're still some way from reaching that stage, but by the close of play today we should have a more concrete idea of who the contenders for that title may be. Full details of the seat draw and prize pool can be found here.
Somewhere in Berlin
You can follow all the action from Berlin right here on the PokerStars Blog, with live updates on our live coverage page. From 1.30pm CET you'll also be able to watch the action for yourself, live on PokerStars.tv, with EPT Live, presented by James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton, broadcasting through to the close of play tonight.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter