FPS Monaco: Salter, MacPhee, Pfutzenreuter out; Taibi on top as field shrinks

Following the slow, lengthy -- though exciting -- period during which the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event field when from 145 to 144, it has swiftly shrunk to less than 90 players now as the march to the cashier has begun in earnest.

Jack Salter was among the first to go following the bubble bursting, earning a min-cash for his 143rd-place finish

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Jack Salter

Not long after Salter was being eliminated, one of the chip leaders from Day 1B, Abduffatif Attia went out at another table in 140th. A little after that Kevin MacPhee went out in 128th in a hand versus Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari.

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Kevin MacPhee

After entertaining us considerably on the bubble a little while ago, Jacques Guenni saw his tournament run conclude in 113th. 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure winner Dimitar Danchev followed in 105th, with Ben Warrington (101st) and Timo Pfutzenreuter (94th) on the rail soon after that.

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Timo Pfutzenreuter

Meanwhile Dean-Henri Taibi has ascended in the counts to grab the top spot, now sitting with more than 800,000. Sonny Franco looks to be his nearest challenger at present with just about a half a million.

With just a level to go the field has swiftly shrunk under 100 players. Stay tuned to see who makes it through to tomorrow's Day 3.

Key FPS Monaco Main Event Facts:
- At the end of Level 19, 79 players remain from the starting field of 993 -- all have made the cash
- Jean Taleb (133rd), Matias Ruzzi (130th), Simon Petit (120th), Amos Ben (117th), and Ben Warrington (101st) have also recently busted. Click here for a full list of payouts for those eliminated in the money
- The tournament is scheduled to play one more one-hour level today (Level 20)

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.