EPT8 Campione: Andreoni leads but it's Yunis who impresses on Day 1A

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Campione is a quiet town and today was a quiet day. The European Poker Tour didn't exactly shout its arrival in this tiny Italian enclave, it simply invited itself in, promising to be good and not cause any trouble. There was no drama, no yelling, no histrionics, just eight levels and a pleasant buffet to see in this new event on the EPT calendar.

All that will likely change in the coming days but for now, as players file out into the deserted streets, the initial benchmarks have been set for those to follow tomorrow, pegged mainly by tonight's chip leader Davide Andreoni, who bags up 175,100.

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Davide Andreoni

Andreoni is the leader, but chief of the notables tonight is Nick Yunis, from Chile, who put in the performance of the day, finishing with 169,200.

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Nick Yunis

At times it seemed like Yunis played every hand, or at least opted to have a say in most. The reality was more pleasing, Yunis playing the man not the cards on his way to a stack that will leave him in good stead when the field unites on Wednesday.

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Yunis in action

It was a day light on leading lights, most of whom are due into town today for their Day 1B appointment.

From today Alex Kravchenko, Per Linde and Heath Herring survived, while there will be no second day seat for the likes of Team PokerStars Pros Theo Jorgensen and Pierre Neuville, or James Dempsey and McLean Karr. For those eyeing the Player of the Year standings (in which Yunis is in third place), Roberto Romanello (second on the TLB) also returns on Wednesday.

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Alex Kravchenko

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Heath Herring

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Roberto Romanello

Read up on the day's action via our live coverage page and at the links below.

A big lake, a big casino and a big field
Could you direct me to the casino please?
Italian enthusiasm for side events and parties
"Dude where's my horse?" aka pros on route to Campione
Three to follow
Looking back on the first Italian EPT
No smooth running for variance embracing Karr
Yunis eyeing another big finish

The action continues tomorrow when play resumes at 2pm at the Casino di Campione. As expected, the field will be weightier, larger and just as useful when it comes to putting on a show. You'll be able to find all the action on the PokerStars Blog form 2pm.

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Campione by night

Until then, it's goodnight from Campione.

All photography © Neil Stoddart

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in Campione