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PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Day 1a: John Eames Third In Chips

John Eames

Yesterday marked the start of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event and what a day of poker it was. Whilst Justin Bonomo was busy taking down the €100,000 buy-in Super High Roller, the largest buy-in tournament ever held in Europe, a bumper crowd of 271 players were busy buying into the €10,000 Grand Final Main Event. By the time Day 1a had come to a close only 165 of those 271 still had chips in front of them, including our very own John Eames who finished with 157,200 chip; enough to place him in third place.

Eames gave the recent EPT Berlin Main Event a swerve and said that he had a good feeling about the Grand Final. Those good feelings seem to be coming true if Day 1a is anything to go by. He tripled up relatively early on into play when he flopped a straight with {Q-}{9-} on a {J-}{10-}{8-} flop and got it in against {j-}{j-} and {a-}{9-}. Must be nice as the kids say. Hopefully the Southport lad's good feelings will continue.

A whole host of UK & Ireland players from Day 1a will be joining Eames in Friday's Day 2, the best placed of whom are Ben Warrington (104,800) and JP Kelly (83,700). This trio will be kept company by new fewer than 13 other UK & Irish players,good luck to each and every one of them.

The man who accumulated the most chips during Day 1a was Martin Kabrhel of the Czech Republic who turned his 30,000 starting stack into 167,800 chips. Making up the top five were David Sands (160,300), the aforementioned Eames, Malte Moennig (136,900) and Tristan Clemencon (121,100).

Other notables who made it through included the last winner in Monaco, Nicolas Chouity (38,700), and Phil Ivey (72,000), Ondrej Vinklarek (83,200), Andrey Pateychuk (67,800), Adam Levy (66,800), and Steve O'Dwyer (101,600).

The full force of Team PokerStars Pros will be on show on Day 1b, but 14 were in attendance on Wednesday. Mickey Petersen from Team Online performed the best with 98,800. He was followed through by Ville Wahlbeck (61,700), Vanessa Selbst (54,900), Richard Toth (52,900), Pierre Neuville (51,100), Jude Ainsworth (41,000), George Danzer (31,200), Matthias De Meulder (23,900), Toni Judet (22,500), Joe Cada (17,000), Joao Nunes (14,000), and Anders Berg (31,800) from PokerStars Team Online. Those who failed to make it through included Arnaud Mattern, Jan Heitman, Alex Kravchenko and Luca Pagano.

Day 1b kicks off at 1200 CET (0300 PDT) on Thursday and rumor has it, the field will be big, very big. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team back here then as we slowly work towards another great champion.

EPT Grand Final UK & Ireland Players chip counts

John Eames157,200
Ben Warrington104,800
JP Kelly83,700
Seamus Cahill78,900
Chris Brammer67,500
Dermot Blain66,000
Sam Trickett65,800
Ben Vinson65,500
Talal Shakerchi45,100
Jude Ainsworth41,000
Mick Graydon40,500
Robert Shields32,900
Paul Vas Nunes21,700
Pedro Pellicer21,400
Chris Moorman19,100
Toby Lewis12,500

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