There was a vast increase in the number of recognizable players who took to the felt for Day 1b. Players from every part of the world stumped up the €4,350 buy-in for their shot at the first prize of €595,839.
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With such a pro-heavy field, it was difficult to spot a table without a previous EPT winner on it, with the last two EPT champions Sebastian Ruthenberg and Michael Martin locking horns with former winners such as Julian Thew, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Vicky Coren, Luca Pagano and Michael "Timex" McDonald.
These notable former champions suffered mixed fortunes.
ElkY has had a superb run in recent times and came to the tournament fresh from picking up the Festa al Lago title. Today, though, the poker gods were not to smile on him, as he started well but crashed out in the middle stages.
He was joined on the sidelines by fellow compatriots and Winamax duo, actress Alexia Portal and summer bracelet winner Davidi Kitai, the pair unable to match the success of their counterparts Ludovic Lucay and Arnaud Mattern, who ended Day 1a well in contention.
The two most EPT recent winners, Sebastian Ruthenberg and Michael Martin, couldn't make an impression on the tournament leaderboard at any point and were sent to the rail partway through the afternoon.
The previous British winners, Julian Thew and Vicky Coren, were also to succumb before the finish, Thew's exit particularly unfortunate as he was a victim of a dreaded set-over-set coup.
One Brit who prospered was former bracelet winner Praz Bansi, who battled effectively through the day, emerging with a worthy stack of around $60,000 by the time they wrapped things up.
Dane Jonas Klausen has threatened to win an EPT title on several occasions. He has always fallen painfully short just prior to the final table, however, but once again he showed his chip-garnering prowess, building a mighty stack and earning a seat on Day 2.
Online prodigy Chris "Moorman1" Moorman kept building his stack before getting derailed, once making a gut-wrenching pass of two pair to keep himself in the game. He finished the day with $25,000 though, giving himself a chance of a shot at glory.
During the day, there was general discontent from the players about the shoddy service of drinks and food they were provided with, but several players brushed aside their rumbling stomachs and dry throats to build enormous stacks that will give them a worthy shot at the EPT title.
Two of those who prospered were Italian Mauro Corsetti, who was one of the few to breach the six figure mark with a $130k+ stack, and following close behind, German Christophe Haller, with circa $85k.
These two will meet Annette Obrestad, Arnaud Mattern and Sorel Mizzi as the primary chip leaders from Day 1a as the quest for the latest EPT crown continues.
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We'll see you then, but for now, as they say in Budapest, byebyeski.