FPS Monaco: The tale of the tally, and Attia still on top

The dinner break has come and gone here on Day 1B of the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event. Official numbers are in regarding registrants -- with 728 playing today added to Day 1A's 265, the total field is 993 players. That's 156 more than the 837 who played FPS Monaco a year ago.

That field of nearly 1,000 hails from almost 60 different countries. France is predictably the best represented, having sent close to half the field (484 players), with Italy a distant second (84 players). Here's a look at how the nationalities break down (click to enlarge):


That break has given us a chance to gather a new round of chip counts.

Abdullatif Attia of France took the lead early on today, and with just three 45-minute levels left to go appears to still be in front with a healthy stack of more than 180,000.

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Abdullatif Attia

Carlo Emeringer (155,000) appears to be Attia's nearest challenger at the moment.

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Carlo Emeringer

And Marvin Namazian (145,000) also returns to healthy chips following the break.

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Marvin Namazian

Meanwhile others sporting six-figure stacks to start Level 10 include Umid Aghazada (135,000), Patrick Muleta (135,000), Frederick Reusch (130,000), Denis Krasavin (125,000), Giuliano Bendinelli (125,000), Philippe Sarouphim (120,000), Marco Figuccia (120,000), Alexandre Poulain (120,000), Eric Bannerot (115,000), Yannick Levy (110,000), Laurent Strouk (110,000), Jacques Guenni (110,000), Felix Bleiker (110,000), Alon Lang (110,000), Lucien Cohen (105,000), Sebastien Bidinger (105,000), Muhamet Perati (105,000), and David Zerman (100,000).

We'll soon see if either Attia or any of these others can reach the height Day 1A leader Valeriu Coca hit last night when he ended with 212,400.


Key FPS Monaco Main Event Facts:

- Alexandre Souza (95,000), Yann Dion (70,000), Arnaud Mattern (65,000), and Dermot Blain (30,000) are still in
- The tournament is scheduled to play 12 levels today
- 728 registered for Day 1B, making 993 total; 410 players return from dinner for the last three levels of Day 1B
- 85 survived from 265 entrants on Day 1A (leader: Valeriu Coca, 212,400)

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.