Dwan Late, Houghton Leads at EPT Vienna

Tom Dwan
Tom Dwan, laughing all the way to Day 2 at EPT Vienna.

A total of 161 players survived Day 1b at PokerStars EPT Vienna Wednesday.

Added to the 117 who made it through Day 1a Tuesday, 277 players remained in the hunt for the title starting Day 2 in the Austrian capital Thursday.

A total of 587 players from 48 countries registered for the €5,300 event, creating a total prize pool of €2,935,000 with 80 spots paid and €700,000 reserved for first.

140 players won their seats to the event online with PokerStars.

Laurence Houghton survived a table that included Ramzi Jelassi, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Daniel Negreanu to take the Day 1b and overall chip lead headed into Day 2.

Tom "durrrr" Dwan made quite an entrance, showing up roughly nine hours late for the start of Day 1b after flying in from London earlier in search of cash game action he had heard was relatively heavy.

It turned out the cash games were not as rumored and he decided to play the tournament instead.

"I didn't really want to show up, because I was really tired, on time," Dwan told PokerListings. "I still think I'm a favorite in the tournament, so I was happier to have the six hours sleep than show up on time."

He immediately made up for lost levels doubling the 30k starting stack and surviving through to Day 2.

While, ElkY, Jelassi, John Juanda, David Benyamine and Dario Minieri were among the hundreds that hit the rail, Negreanu, Olympic God Medalist Fatima Moreira de Melo, back-to-back LAPT winner Nacho Barbero, and 2005 EPT Vienna champ Pascal Perrault all joined Dwan into Day 2.

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