WSOP 2011: The class of EPT Season 7
The World Series of Poker main event represents the pinnacle of world poker, the place all players aspire to. Coming from countries across the globe many first find success in regional tours and a prelude to taking on the world stage.
The PokerStars European Poker Tour is the most prestigious, winning a title being one of the highest accolades a player can boast. This season, as with the seasons previous, several players proved themselves, built reputations which they have now brought to Las Vegas.
Yesterday was the turn of Vladimir Geshkenbein, better known as the winner of EPT Snowfest.
Back in the Alps Geshkenbein proved that winning a poker tournament doesn't have to be boring, a frolicked his way to a first title, via a few run ins with the opposition and a bottle of €600 champagne. He played his Day 1 yesterday, finishing on 107,850.
One of his opponents that final table day was Belgian player Philip Meulyzer whose impressive performance ended prematurely in Austria when he busted in sixth place. He makes his World Series appearance today, although right now his Day 2 prospects are at around the 14,000 mark.
Elsewhere Team PokerStars Pro Martin Hruby from the Czech Republic, takes strides towards Day 2. Hruby, who finished runner-up to Michael Eiler at EPT Vienna, plays on with around 30,000.
Finally there is Ivan Freitez (come on, you must remember the EPT Grand Final winner). Like Geshkenbein, Freitez played yesterday, the memory of his triumph in Spain still fresh and powered, going into Day 2, with 55,650.
RANDOM FACT FROM THE OFFICIAL MEDIA GUIDE OF THE HOUR
The $1,000 Ladies event began life as a Seven card Stud tournament with a buy in of $100.
INTERVIEW OF THE HOUR
SENSIBLE RESPONSE OF THE HOUR
Player #1 (who clearly works out): "So which town do you come from?"
Player #2 (who clearly doesn't work out) : "I'm not telling you - you might try and find me."
TWEET OF THE HOUR
Seinfeld actor and Friend of PokerStars Jason Alexander, who played yesterday: "So WSOP questioners - I go back for day 2 on Monday. My best showing was deep into day 3, 2 yrs. ago. Current stack = 63,125. Fight on!" (@IJasonAlexander)