FPS Monaco: Treusch leads 314 to start Day 2

Last night as we were recapping the conclusion of Day 1B of the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event -- one of the many tournaments kicking off the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival -- we briefly faced a puzzle regarding our end-of-night chip leader, Frederik Treusch of Germany.

As they approached the last few hands, it was clear Treusch was challenging for the top spot, and indeed when it came time to bag he had the most of anyone with 247,500 -- better even than end-of-Day-1A leader Valeriu Coca of Moldova's 212,400.

We'd seen Treusch's name before, but we'd also seen him listed as "Reusch" elsewhere. An online search resolved nothing, showing both names being used with seeming reference to the same player.

Had our leader been riding a Reusch? Or was Treusch true? As you might be able to make out from the photo below, he'd written "Treusch" on his bag -- and sealing that, that sealed it for us.

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Chip leader (insert name here)

In the end, though, the identity of a Day 2 leader in a four-day event amounts to an interesting trivia item, all things considered, especially as the money bubble is still a long way from bursting. With 314 left from a starting group fo 993, they're still a long way from reaching the 143-player mark at which point the €963,210 prize pool will begin to be divided, with all continuing to eye the handsome €177,000 prize up top.

Right now Charbel Salloum (226,200), Alexander Poulain (218,000), Giuliano Bendinelli (213,000), and the aforementioned Valeriu Coca are Treusch's nearest challengers.

Arnaud Mattern (158,800), Simon Deadman (133,000), and Kevin MacPhee (116,400) also return to above average stacks, as do Team PokerStars Pros Andre Akkari (113,900) and Christophe De Meulder (94,400). Their teammates Julien Brecard (62,900), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (35,400), and Matthias De Meulder (8,000) remain in the hunt as well.

Cards go in the air at 12 noon, with eight one-hour levels on the schedule today (and no dinner break).

Stay close to as we provide updates throughout from Day 2 of the FPS Monaco Main Event -- where we'll be naming names, however they're spelled.

Key FPS Monaco Main Event Facts:
- 314 players remain from the starting field of 993
- Click here for a complete list of chip counts to start Day 2
- The tournament is scheduled to play 8 one-hour levels today, with 15-minute breaks every two levels (there is no dinner break)


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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.