EPT11 Grand Final: Romain Paon bags most from high-quality Day 1B field

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Romain Paon: Biggest stack after Day 1B

With the schedules at EPT festivals these days now filled with Super High Rollers, Special High Rollers, Regular High Rollers and Shark Cages, among much other fun, one could be forgiven for forgetting what brought us all here in the first place.

But the tournaments that still carry the title "main" event do so for a reason. Although they simmer gently during their opening stages, away from the bang and bluster of the other showpieces, they still crackle with excitement as the heat is turned up.

Today was Day 1B of the €10,000 Main Event at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final. It is, in relative terms, still early. But the door remained open all day allowing 332 players to filter in, passing about 130 who were already out. There were superstars, former champions and million-dollar men heading in both directions throughout.

Before we take a closer look at the notable names who tried their skill through eight levels today, we'll remember the top line: the chip leader is Romain Paon, of France, who bagged up 161,900.

He has about 20,000 less than yesterday's leader, Jose Carlo Garcia, who had 182,800 at day's end, and will be leading the 200-odd who will return for a run at the big money.

On that subject, Monaco welcomed back Erik Seidel today, fresh from his marvellous victory in the Super High Roller event yesterday. Seidel, however, couldn't make it through and departed before the close.

The man Seidel beat heads up yesterday, Dzmitry Urbanovich, was also back at the coal-face, but the young Pole opted for the One Day €50k tournament, from which he was eliminated late in the day. That frees him up to play the Main Event (for which he has already qualified on PokerStars) and will likely do so tomorrow from noon.

Liv Boeree and Vanessa Selbst took their places in the Main Event today too, and spent most of the afternoon sitting next to one another. They were both still there at the end, with 30,100 (Boeree) and 66,200 (Selbt).

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Liv Boeree and Vanessa Selbst: Team mates and table mates

Other notable stacks this evening -- qualifying for inclusion owing either to reputation or their stack (or both) - include:

Romain Paon, 161900
Eric Sfez, 148600
Samy Salah, 144500
Felix Stephensen, 143000
Alexander Reard, 133000
Ihar Soika, 127000
Bryan Paris, 103500
Martin Kabrhel, 102700
Christopher Frank, 99500
Max Greenwood, 95000
Faraz Jaka, 90400
Mayu Roca, 90300
David Peters, 90200
Dmitry Ivanov, 87400
Christophe Benzimra, 84000

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Eric Sfez, big stack...and breathe...

Jason Wheeler, 77600
Tom Hall, 70700
Vanessa Selbst, 66200
Johnny Lodden, 65400
Ivan Demidov, 64900
Simon Deadman, 63600
Sergio Aido, 62200
Fabrice Soulier, 61000
Rhys Jones, 57900
Patrick Bruel, 55400
Viktor Blom, 51900
Vasili Firsau, 48200
Jack Salter, 44000
Frederick Jensen, 44300
Adrian Mateos, 35700
Dario Sammartino, 33500
Liv Boeree, 30100
Benjamin Spindler, 25900
Gaelle Baumann, 20200
Dominik Panka 17700
Joao Nunes, 15100
Fatima Moreira de Melo, 10800
Jake Cody, Bowl of Rice

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Dominik Panka, among the shorties

However, Leo Margets, Mohsin Charania, Philipp Gruissem, Jeff Rossiter, Toby Lewis, Michael Tureniec, Paul Newey, Grant Levy and Sorel Mizzi, have crashed and burned.

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Sorel Mizzi: "RACE CAR BROKEN. SEND TAXI"

Play continues into the night in the One Day €50K but it's over in the FPS main event. Read all about that.

Return to us tomorrow at noon for Day 2 of the Main.

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