Day 1b of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final is in the books after the second and last starting flight ran through their first eight levels of the tournament. Another 394 players were in action today to bring the grand total of this year's field size to 665. Ending the day with the most chips in the room was Nicolas Yunis with 191,700 in chips.
Plenty of notable players were in the mix on Day 1b including those representing Team PokerStars Pro. Ana Marquez, Fatima Moreira De Melo, Humberto Brenes, Pius Heinz, Marcel Luske and Jason Mercier all had successful days on the felt. On the flip side of the coin, Lex Veldhuis, Victoria Coren, Jonathan Duhamel and Eugene Katchalov were all eliminated on the day.
Other well known faces bagging up a good amount of chips were Tom Marchese, Stephen Chidwick, Erik Seidel, Annette Obrestad and Maria Ho.
With first place set at a whopping €1.5 million, it's going to be one heck of a ride from here on out. Day 2 will commence at 1200 CET tomorrow and PokerNews will be back in action firing away the updates as the players fire in their chips. Be sure to join us then.