EPT10 Grand Final: Hendrik Latz steps up to lead Main Event

Things are finally moving forward in this EPT Grand Final festival. No more repeats, no more preliminaries. We now move forward, playing on to a winner in the Main Event later this week after the completion of Day 1B today. Tomorrow the field will unite, some 358 players in all, led with some considerable flash by the chip leader tonight, Hendrik Latz.


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The chip leader going into Day 2: Hendrik Latz

It had looked like Ludovic Geilich would close on the lead, albeit after causing a bit of controversy with his messy stack. But it was Latz, a relative newcomer to the live scene, who took the lead (Geilich having lost a sizable chunk). Latz bagged up 191,600.


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Ludovic Geilich

Instead, Latz's principal threat will come from stacks that will cast long shadows in the morning sun, including those of former Berlin champion Davidi Kitai (173,100), Vladimir Troyanovskiy (172,000), Abdelaziz Abdelaziz (150,800) and Nikolay Baranov (144,300).

They came from a predictably bigger field today. Some 427 players, almost double that of yesterday, took seats, having prudently saved money on a night in a Monaco hotel.


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Vladimir Troyanovsky

It meant more big names and former winners, many of whom were among the 252 survivors from today who will be back tomorrow.

They include the likes of:

Anton Makiieuskiy - 135,600
Scott Clements - 123,300
Emil Patel - 112,600
Ludovic Geilich - 90,000
Steven Silverman - 84,700
Mickey Petersen - 75,000
Dominik Panka - 72,300
Johnny Lodden - 69,800
Annette Obrestad - 67,200
Barry Greenstein - 64,600
Ole Schemion - 62,500
Ana Marquez - 59,900
Steve O'Dwyer - 59,700
Benny Spindler - 58,000
Bruno Fitoussi - 56,200


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Bruno Fitoussi


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Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey - 50,800
Ville Wahlbeck - 50,660
Kitty Kuo - 50,500
Philipp Gruissem - 49,500
Salvatore Bonavena - 46,600
Andre Akkari - 45,400
Sam Trickett - 39,100
Niall Farrell - 38,500
Ivan Demidov - 38,000
David Williams - 36,600
Viktor Blom - 36,400
Chris Moneymaker - 33,100
Humberto Brenes - 22,300
Praz Bansi - 20,200
Martins Adeniya - 18,200
Eugene Katchalov -- 16,700
Liv Boeree -- 6,200


From those there were welcome returns for Annette Obrestad and Phil Ivey to Main Event action. Obrestad started in trademark fashion by doubling up almost from the start. She sat next to countryman Johnny Lodden all day, both of whom crossing the line with similar stacks. Ivey, always regarded with awe, will also return for Day 2.


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A welcome and successful return for Annette Obrestad

The opposite fate was dealt to an equally talented field of players, all of whom found themselves rail-bound at some point today and into the comforting arms of a side event.

Chris Brammer, Daniel Negreanu, David Vamplew, Jason Mercier, Roberto Romanello, Vladimir Geshkenbein, Tobias Reinkemeier, Mikalai Pobal, Ludovic Lacay, Martin Finger, Yevgeniy Timoshenko , Vitaly Lunkin, Marvin Rettenmaier, Patrick Bruel, the Greenwoods, Griffin Benger, Matt Salsberg, Giacomo Fundaro, Toby Lewis, Scott Seiver, John Juanda, yesterday's Super High Roller Champ Daniel Colman, and others, were all dispatched. You can see how, as well as recap all the hand for hand action from today, on our live coverage page.

We started the day with a presidential address before delving into the realm of hybrid satellites taking place this week. We also followed up Leo McLean's story since his final table appearance at EPT London.


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The tournament room in full swing

While Sarah Grant took a trip to the Old Town of Monaco, back in the Salle des Etoiles things were getting fishy in the Shark Cage. French singer, actor and poker player Patrick Bruel enjoyed a few moments out of the limelight, while the likes of Fatima Moreira de Melo, Theo Jorgensen and Vanessa Selbst flagrantly disregarded the rules of poker, at least in a fictional way.


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Patrick Bruel

Niall Farrell talked about his recent run of form and we reminisced about the forgotten second placed man Giacomo Fundaro of Sanremo fame.


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Goodnight from Monaco

Play resumes at 12 noon tomorrow local time. No more days with letters in them. It's now onwards to the Grand Final.

All the hand-by-hand action, including chip counts, will be in the panel at the top of the main event page. We will have feature pieces below that.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.