Yesterday was Day 1a of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Copenhagen Main Event and it gives us great pleasure to reveal a number British players managed to navigate through the minefield that is Day 1 and make it through to Wednesday's Day 2 with chip stacks intact.
The best placed of our heroes is Roberto Romanello who had a very swingy day indeed. At one point he was down to just 10,000 chips but he managed to turn matters around to finish the day with a much healthier looking stack of 115,475, enough to put him in third place overnight.
Romanello was already a popular and well-respected figure on the live tournament circuit before he took down the EPT Prague Main Event in 2010, his first major title. He followed that up by winning the World Poker Tour Bratislava Main Event and now has a realistic chance of becoming the first-ever double EPT Champion.
Keeping him company on Day 2 will be his fellow Brit and close friend Martins Adeniya who bagged up 47,075 chips at the end of the day. Adeniya has an almost unnatural ability to go deep in major tournaments having finished 15th at EPT Snowfest and seventh at EPT London. Can he go deep in Denmark? Only time will tell.
Another young man looking to become the first player to win two European Poker Tour Main Events is David Vamplew. he will return to the fray on Wednesday with 31,825 chips. He was another player who had a swingy day, peaking at around 50,000 and being as low as 20,000 but he will be happy with the stack he has to work with when play restarts for Day 2.
One man who will not be joining them is Rupert Elder who busted out during Day 1a. Elder got it in with top pair top kicker on a queen-high flop only to discover Romanello had flopped a set of tens. No runner-runner miracle for Elder and he was sent to the rail, at least he has an eating experience at Nomu to look forward to later today.
Play resumes at the Casino Copenhagen inside the Radisson Blu Hotel at 1200 CET and PokerNews have their excellent live reporting team covering all the action.
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