The Pokerstars.com European Poker Tour Season 3 finale at Monte Carlo is now full steam ahead and Day 2 is upon us where the real action starts. We have a Day 1A and 1B recap and news on the latest video interviews on the Pokernews.com Live Update service.
The Monte Carlo event is the business! Over 700 players registered at €10,000 apiece and 339 have made it through to Day 2 after the two days of split Day 1 action. With such a huge prize pool, those left in with a chance can dream of becoming a millionaire in any currency. The prizes on offer include €1,825,010 for the winner (that is around £1,200,000 or US$2,400,000), €1,061,820 for the runner-up, and €610,550 for third. Even the player ending in 64th place gets a small profit with a payout of €13,270.
All the action on Day 2 that has just begun is now available for you to keep tabs on via the unrivalled Pokernews.com Live Update service, where there are video interviews with several of the big names such as Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey and Gus Hansen. Check out the Hellmuth video for a surreal story of a side game that went wrong and a prime example of "how the other half lives"! Welcome to Monte Carlo?
In the poker, the run down of the top ten chip leaders looks like this:
150,425 Chad Brown (USA)
133,875 Christopher Ulsrud (Norway)
110,600 Hans Vimmo Eskilsson (Sweden)
95,925 Jani Vilmunen (Finland)
95,375 Steve Jelinek (UK)
87,850 Dario Alioto (Italy)
87,625 Thomas Wahlroos (Finland)
86,925 Andrew Black (Ireland)
82,600 Peter Christiaan Dalhuijsen (Netherlands)
76,500 Maurice Kenter III (USA)
Amongst the UK contingent with workable chip stacks are regular names such as:
95,375 Steve Jelinek
66,425 Mark Teltscher
51,525 Joe Beevers
48,650 Julian Gardner
47,950 Stuart Fox
46,650 Harry Demetriou
37,675 Nick Slade
35,150 Ram Vaswani
30,850 Keith Hawkins
30,250 Roy Brindley
30,075 Ross Boatman
29,150 Jim Kerrigan
27,075 Mickey Wernick
Below 30,000, players are losing touch with the average and will need to get to work at some point to make it to Day 3. However, this is a long tournament and there are three further days ahead of them after Day 2, so there is still plenty of room for patient play.
Big name players that failed to get to Day 2 include Gus Hansen, Joe Hachem and Phil Ivey but two ex-WSOP champions still playing here for Team Pokerstars are Greg Raymer and Chris Moneymaker.
So, keep up with everything that's happening on Day 2 with videos, photos and blog updates. Click the Live Updates link here for the latest.
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