With EPT Copenhagen sold out, the 460-capped field was split into the two Day 1's and the 230 runners who began on Day 1a were matched by 230 more today - get it. While many of the names were changed - not necessarily to protect the innocent - the headlines will read much the same, with both days showing us the early exits of a number of big-name poker pros.
Team Andy Black didn't fare much better than Thater with a monster starting hand. His kings got cracked by a player holding the old 7-6 on a 9-8-5 flop, ending the Irishman's Scandy Championship hopes.
Meanwhile, the William Thorsson and Marcus Palm go broke.
All the money went in the middle on a K♠ T♥ 9♠ flop with Thorsson holding a set of nines, Palm with top two pair and Miikka Mustosen ahead with J♠ Q♠ for the flopped straight. The massive 10♠ on the turn gave both Swedes a full boat, but a quick double take revealed Mustosen had turned the nuts, making a straight flush. In addition to sending the two tough Swedes to the rail, Mustosen's stack looked to be in the $40k range following the hand, giving him the chip lead at the time. He'll go into Day 2 with almost $48,000 in chips, just outside the top 20.
The really good news for Day 1a and Day 1b survivors came when the TD announced the payout structure for the event. The prize pool of 21,086,400 DKK (around $4.1 million USD) means 40 players will cash starting at 63,259 DKK for 40th and a hefty 6,220,488 DKK ($1.2 million USD) for first place.
With Day 1b giving us 88 survivors, the total number of players going into Day 2 will be 170.
When all was said and done today, Theo Jorgensen must have been among the happiest of the group. The local boy made good, finishing fourth here in his native Copenhagen last year. And while some members of the media who shall remain nameless had him killed off late in the day, he will actually go into Day 2 third in chips with $75,900 and a favorite to repeat a good showing here at home.
Another Dane, who goes by the name Peter Eastgate, is actually the leader. The young Danish baller made ninth at the €3,330-buy-in Irish Open in 2007 and will head into Day 2 with a cool $79,700. However, it is early days yet and player-turned-poker writer-turned-player Ola Brandborn is right behind with $79,300. Believe me, this Swede looks serious.
No matter how you slice it, with 170 remaining as we start off Level 9 here in Copenhagen beginning around 2 p.m. tomorrow, it's anybody's piece of cake to win, and top players like Team PokerStars pro Luca Pagano, Full Tilt pro Markus Golser, Ramzi Jelassi, Ed de Haas, Alexander Kravchenko, Bill Chen, Trond Erik Eidsvig and a host of others have enough chips to claim the biggest helping.
For a complete list of who's left and how many pieces of clay they collected, hit up our Live Updates page - it rocks. You can also hit us back there tomorrow at 2 p.m. (CET) for all the action as it unfolds on Day 2.
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