FPS Monaco: Joao Vieira leads star studded FPS High Roller as end of Day 1 beckons

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Joao Vieira (pictured at EPT Malta) leads the FPS Monaco €2,000 High Roller

Tomorrow night long after Day 1a of the EPT Main Event has drawn to a close and there's more cash action remaining than tournament action the final table of the FPS Monaco High Roller will be playing out in a corner of the poker room here at Monte-Carlo Bay Resort and Hotel.

History this season has taught us two things about this event, that it will attract a large field of very talented players and that has the knock on effect of this €2,000 two day event going very long into the night on it's concluding day. Such was the size of the field today that the event has been taking place in 'The Americas Room' which is a short walk from the main tournament room. The focus today for the 383 players who took their seats has been on building a stack that they can use as ammunition on Day 2 and ultimately to guide them towards the first prize of €144,100 or at least a min-cash of €3,650 should they finish 55th or above.

As play entered the half-way point of the 11th of the allotted 13 levels for the day 180 players remained and the average stack was a little shy of 64,000. One man with far more than that though is Joao Vieira. The EPT regular from Portugal has run his stack all the way up to 226,000 and leads a chasing pack that includes: Ihar Soika (165,000), Bryan Paris (157,000), Max Silver (155,000) and Jason Wheeler (140,000).

It's looking like the basis for another strong performance from Vieira who currently sits fourth on the EPT Platinum Player of the Year leader board. He's behind Davidi Kitai, Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Dzmitry Urbanovich in that one. Tough crowd!

The starting field included nine EPT Main Event champions and notables left in either by virtue of the size of their stack or the reputation behind it include:

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Silver and Blain have six-figure stacks

Yury Gulyy - 131,000
Nicolau Villa-Lobos - 120,000
Dermot Blain - 105,000
Jake Cody - 90,000
Jean-Noel Thorel - 85,000
Vicente Delgado - 75,000
Carlos Chadha - 65,000
Sylvain Loosli - 63,000
Rhys Jones - 57,000
Sergio Aido - 49,000

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Cody's got chips

Giuliano Bendinelli - 47,000
Daniel Dvoress - 46,000
Nicolas Cardyn - 39,000
David Peters - 39,000
Ami Barer - 38,000
Martin Jacobson - 32,400
Benjamin Pollak - 28,600
Dominik Nitsche - 27,500
Eugene Katchalov - 8,600

Whilst they play on plenty of big names have bust out already including: Anatoly Filatov, Salvatore Bonavena, Jeff Rossiter, Dany Parlafes, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Randal Flowers, Bryn Kenney, Felix Stephensen, Russell Thomas, Senh Ung, Jan Bendik, Adrian Mateos, Andrew Chen, Andras Nemeth, Jean Montury, Tom Hall and Georgios Sotiropoulos.

Day 2 starts at 12.15 CET and, if we're right it will go on until the early hours of the following day.

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