But Minieri had been the star during the event, his style was just so different, so much more aggressive, even more than the Danes, Norwegians and especially the Swedes. His re-raising range preflop was basically any two cards and he began to accumulate a vast quantity of chips without ever having to even see a flop, let alone a showdown.
Since then, he came third in the San Remo EPT, another event where he looked to be coasting to the title, only to lose a coinflip to the eventual winner Jason Mercier, who had re-raised preflop with A-3, and Minieri had slowplayed his queens perfectly, only to be felted by a rivered flush.
Between these two events Minieri became a fully-fledged member of Team Max Pescatori's earlier triumph in the mixed pot-limit hold'em/omaha.
Elsewhere, today was the very first day of the Chip Jett also thereabouts. Chad Brown manage to make the upper echelons as well, earlier he'd got all-in with trip aces against quad threes only to catch his miracle case ace on the river to stay alive!
In the two ongoing events, Jose Luis Velador dominated the no-limit event, finishing the day with $2,000,000 going into the final table, way ahead of every other player on the table, in what looks to be a big battle of the unknowns.
The 7-card stud hi/lo had a long and drawn out day, Steve Sung and Sebastian Ruthenberg were vying for the chip lead but towards the end of the day, Annie Duke took over that coveted position, while Marcel Luske swung from almost being out to being chip leader throughout the day.
Eventually, Howard Lederer would surprisingly turn out to be the final table bubble boy, but that still left a strong final table.