by Simon Young
Day 1B has drawn to a close after a marathon ten one-hour levels. Leading the pack are Norway’s Andreas Hoivold and Britain’s Paul Gourlay, both with 90,000 or so, but there are a host of big names waiting in the wings not far behind.
Roland De Wolfe (UK), Marcus Golser (Austria), Thang Duc Nguyen (Germany) and David Tavernier (France) to name but a few. Just less than 60 have survived to join the 59 who got through last night. All return tomorrow at 3pm local time for Day 2- and the charge for the money and coveted final table.
Among them will be our two visitors from Japan – Hiroshi Shimamura and Masaaki Kagawa, who was down to the felt a level or two ago before rebuilding to 15,000-ish. Comeback of the day, however, goes to Sverre Sundbo from Norway, representing PokerStars, who was down to just 600 but has clawed his way back up to 40,000.
Team PokerStars’ Katja Thater and Noah Boeken fell mid-way through the day, along with a bunch of our qualifiers, including US buddies Noel Garcia and March Swartz, James Broom from Australia and David Gibbs from Britain.
We’ll bring you the overnight chip counts, combined with the Day 1A survivors, as soon as we have them. Make sure you come back tomorrow when the action really hots up.