The 2011 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour is in Prague this week and Day 1a kicked things off earlier today. The first of two starting flights brought out 234 runners, capped off by a very late entry by Bryn Kenney. At the end of the day, around 140 of them remained. Topping them all was Vedzizhev Beslan with 132,200 chips in his bag at the end of play.
Amongst those who came out to play were Team PokerStars' Toni Judet, Pat Pezzin, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Rino Mathis, Theo Jorgensen, Richard Toth, Marcin Horecki, Martin Staszko and Michael Keiner. Of that bunch, Judet and Horecki were eliminated.
Other notables hitting the felt on Day 1a included Steve O'Dwyer, James Akenhead, Mike Watson, Chris Moorman, Eoghan O'Dea and Michael Benvenuti. They've all made it through the first gauntlet of levels and will be back for Day 2 on Wednesday.
The way it looks right now, this event should easily clear 600 runners total. Today's field surpassed the Day 1a field from last year and Day 1b should mirror that. On Tuesday, Day 1b will kick off at noon local time for another eight levels of play.