FPS Monaco: Who's up, who's down, who's out

They've moved into Level 8 at the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event, meaning they are more than halfway through the 12 scheduled 45-minute levels. While late registration is now closed, the total number of players for Day 1B has now settled at 728 although we still await official numbers.

With yesterday's 265 Day 1A players that pushes the overall number of entrants ever so close to the 1,000-mark, with it looking like the final number will come in just under that -- way ahead of the 837 who played a year ago.

At present 510 of those who began today still have chips, with French player Abdullatif Attia appearing to have stormed out to an early chip lead as the dinner break appears on the horizon. At last pass, Attia is up over 140,000, having opened a lead on the field at present with a lot of poker left to go today.

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Abdullatif Attia

Attia has played this event before, and has made it past Day 1, too, although hasn't registered a cash previously. Having raced ahead of the pack during the first half of play today, Attia has positioned himself favorably so far to do better this time around.

Others building up this afternoon have included Giuliano Bendinelli (145,000) and EPT7 Deauville Main Event champion Lucien Cohen (110,000). Cohen -- a.k.a. "The Rat" -- picked up most of his stack in a huge three way all-in in which he held A♠K♦ on a A♦7♦2♦ board and was up against two players who'd flopped sets with sevens and deuces. A fourth diamond came for Cohen, giving him the pot and then soon after a penalty after his celebration.

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Lucien Cohen

Many Team PokerStars Pros are still in at present. Among that group, Andre Akkari is faring the best with about 65,000 with Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier next with just over 50,000.

Liv Boeree (45,000) and Jake Cody (32,000) are still battling, as are Matthias de Meulder (21,000) and Christophe de Meulder (13,000). And Eugene Katchalov is battling with a short stack (8,000).

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Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov

A short stack is better than no stack, of course, which unfortunately is the case for Paul Guichard, one of the nearly 300 hundred who have been sent railward today.

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Paul Guichard

Also out are Andrea Dato, Ludovic Geilich, Ariel Celestino, and Felix Stephensen.

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Felix Stephensen

Key FPS Monaco Main Event Facts:

- A total of 728 are currently shown as having registered for Day 1B
- The tournament is scheduled to play 12 levels today
- There will be a 75-minute dinner break after Level 9
- 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.