FPS Monaco: A promenade of players

Day 1A of the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event proceeds apace, along with a lot of other activity here at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final series.

The FPS Main Event just reached the end of Level 4 and immediately careened into Level 5, marking the end of late registration. The big board is showing 265 entrants after crossing that line, with 236 of them still with chips.

We mentioned Team PokerStars Pro Online member Gabriel Nassif taking part today, looking to improve on his seventh-place finish in this same event one year ago. The MTG player (Magic: The Gathering) is a solid MTT player (multi-table tournament), too, having cashed seven times at last year's World Series of Poker (including three final tables). Nassif also final-tabled an FPS side event at EPT11 Deauville earlier this year.

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Gabriel Nassif

Speaking of players with EPT side event success, Olga Iermolcheva is here all of the way from Ukraine. Like Nassif she's been collecting cashes regularly over the last year, including winning a €550 no-limit hold'em "deepstack" event at EPT11 Barcelona late last summer.

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Olga Iermolcheva

The French are predictably well represented among the field. Jean-Marie Peyron is here after having been busily cashing not just in his native France, but in Ireland, Italy, and Morocco as well over recent months.

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Jean-Marie Peyron

And the impossible-to-miss Roger Hairabedian -- a.k.a. "Big Roger" -- is here also, he of the two WSOP Europe bracelets. He's likewise been collecting cashes in Morocco where he lives, winning a string of small events there in February.

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Roger Hairabedian

The Day 1A field should whittle down quite a bit by the time they reach the end of Level 12 today. Meanwhile from the looks of the list of Day 1b registrants for the FPS Monaco Main Event, there will be a much bigger group tomorrow who will be battling to join today's survivors for Friday's Day 2.

FPS Monaco Main Event update:
- 265 were registered as Level 5 began and late registration closed; 236 remain
- Ivan Luca had been on the Day 1A list, but he's playing the €10K Super Satellite to tomorrow's €100 Super High Roller
- Simon Deadman, Timo Pfutzenreuter, Abou Sy, Christophe Ducrot, Govert Metaal, and Thiago Nishijima are all still in
- The tournament is scheduled to play twelve 45-minute levels today
- There will be a 75-minute dinner break after Level 9

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.