There was a moment early on today during which EPT Sanremo didn’t quite look right. As play got under way the room was remarkably quiet. The ballroom, usually wall to wall with tables and players, had space for more. But this being a Day 1B anything can happen. And while there may not have been the bumper fields of years past, some 381 players went through the registration process, adding to the 175 players from yesterday’s flight.
That number could yet rise. Registration remains open until the start of Day 2 tomorrow, at which point the field will unite, led by the leader today David Yan, with 179,100 chips.
Chip leader tonight David Yan
Yan, one the rising figures in the game, leads about 220 players who bagged up chips at the close tonight. Behind him are a flurry of familiar and not so familiar names hoping to leapfrog him as the tournament progresses.
They include Russian player Andrey Lobzhanidze (172,800), Filippo Marroccoli (165,900) and Pierluigi Giglio (163,800) each of whom topped the 148,700 bagged up by Cristiano Guerra this time yesterday.
More familiar names also still in-running include the likes of Jamie Roberts (144,700), Gaelle Baumann (130,500), Johnny Lodden (122,800), Jeffrey Hakim (122,100), Raul Mestre (106,000). Sorel Mizzi (94,500), Victor Ramdin (92,000), Kevin Iacofano (90,200)…
…Dimitar Danchev (83,800), Martin Jacobson (80,500), Dominik Nitsche (79,000), Roberto Romanello (73,700), and Mickey Petersen (61,800). There are others, all of whom are listed on the chip count page which you can find in our live coverage section.
It would be a short tournament for some, now free to explore the Riviera at their leisure (there really is no other way to do so in these parts). Ole Schemion came, he saw, and was conquered, all within five minutes. Marc-Andre Ladouceur, fresh from a troublesome flight to these parts, met a similar fate, as did the former WBC middleweight champion of the world Sebastian Zbik, who was eliminated by presumably the bravest man in Italy.
Former champions Anton Wigg and David Vamplew followed, as did Martin Finger, Mikalai Pobol and the bearded Robin Ylitalo. Last year’s winner Ludovic Lacay was also eliminated in the last level of the day, while Ana Marquez busted on the last hand.
Out: defending champion Ludovic Lacay
Along the way today we learned of Ronan Montfort’s transition from eager member of the poker media to PokerStars Team Online. We were also introduced to Oleg Lechii from Moldova, making the transition from his usual 25 cent game to the competitive world of an EPT main event, courtesy of a Poker Tracker sweepstake. So far so good for Lechii, who finished on 19,000.
While Sarah Grant took us on a video stroll around Sanremo, we heard to the story of Marty “thelipofund” Mathis , and noticed that while one end of the poker room seemed full of fun, the other end did not. This being Italy, passion is never far away, whether that’s in the words of former Italian soccer captain Andrea Pirlo, or the local contingent among the field today.
That’s all for today. Play restarts tomorrow at 12 noon with champions and talent of all kinds still in the running. In that way EPT Sanremo looks just as it always has done.
See you tomorrow.
Full coverage of EPT Sanremo is on the main EPT Sanremo page. There’s hand-by-hand coverage in the panel at the top and feature pieces below.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.