The Regency hotel was once again host for the European DeepStack Poker Championship and the €500+50 flagship tournament of the festival by D4 Events generated a total of 450 entries once the registration and re-entry was closed after the end of Level 6. This is only four entries less than last year; the top 45 spots will get paid at least €950 for their efforts, with the winner takes home €48,000. Of course the vast majority of the participants were local heroes and you'd see the familiar faces of Mick McCloskey, Andy Black, Tom Kitt and Dara O'Kearney just to name a few.
Rory Brown flopped a flush in the first level of play and Ray Raye wouldn't fold the flopped straight to be the first casualty. The second level brought another two seat open, which was somewhat surprising with 45 minutes on the clock for each level and a massive starting stack of 100,000 in chips. Until the end of Level 6, less than 10% of the starting field was on the rail and 398 participants headed into the split dinner break.
Patric Huemmerich and Tom Kitt emerged as chip leaders but both were unable to keep up the pace, the German lost aces versus kings and another two flips against shorter stacks whereas Kitt found his master in Lars Krogh. The Dane busted early and had to re-enter, in the last two levels of play he spiked a set of queens and rivered a full house whereas the local hero lost more than half of his stack by calling the final bet before discovering the bad news and crowning Krogh as end-of-the-day chip leader.
LAPT winner Daniele Nestola was also in the top 10 chip counts in the late stages but plummeted and ended the day just above average. McCloskey and Black wouldn't even bag up chips though and defending champion Declan Connolly also bowed out just before the end of Level 14.
Day 2 starts at 12:00 local time and the level times increase to 60 minutes instead of 45 with blinds kicking in at 3,000-6,000 / Ante 500.
2014 European DeepStack Poker Championship Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
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