Day 1a of the inaugural PokerStars.it EPT Campione Main Event took place yesterday afternoon inside the vast Casino di Campione, the largest casino in Europe. By the time registration had drawn to a close there were 178 players registered, amongst them a handful of players who had listed the United Kingdom or Ireland as their country of residence — five of them to be exact.
As is often the case at the end of Day 1's in major events Roberto Romanello is the leading Brit, the charasmatic Welshman finishing the day 50,800 chips. The former EPT Prague champion peaked at around 60,000 so he will not be too disappointed with his showing on Day 1a but we hope he has not used up all of his run good because part way through the day he stopped us to tell us he had moved all-in for 19,000 with just 9,000 in the pot and was called. His holding? Quad threes!
Unfortunately Romanello was the only British player to navigate through the predominately Italian field as the likes of Peter Wood and Gareth Teatum busted out at some point during the opening day. The other two Brits who paid the €5,300 entry fee but will not be rejoining Romanello for Wednesday's Day 2 were former Irish Open champion James Mitchell and James Dempsey, the Triple Crown will have to wait until at least Berlin for the man known as Flushy.
The chip leader at the end of the day was Davide Andreoni who bagged and tagged 175,100 when all was said and done. Hot on his heels is Nick Yunis, the Chilean seemingly playing every single hand, a style that saw his stack swing violently from 30,000 to 100,000 and back again throughout proceedings. When the curtain came down on Day 1a he bagged up 169,200 chips, second only to Andreoni.
Today's Day 1b is expected to be at least double in size and be extremely pro heavy. We have already had confirmation that Team PokerStars Pros will be heavily represented as Arnaud Mattern, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Euguene Katchalov, Marcin Horecki, Dario Minieri and Victor Ramdin confirmed to play along with the delectable British pro Liv Boeree.
Joining those are Mathew Frankland, Romanello's brother Antoni (who won a live satellite yesterday to this event), and a yet to be confirmed Toby Lewis, Jake Cody and Chris Moorman.
You can follow the action, as it happens, over on our fantastic live reporting pages and of course we will have a recap of the action, albeit one focussed on the Brits' exploits, for you tomorrow morning!
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