Another 273 players hit the felt on Day 1c in Prague today with Kevin MacPhee and Mike “Timex” McDonald getting the best of it for much of it, finishing the day high in the chip counts.
MacPhee, EPT Berlin champ in 2010, dragged a big pot with a straight near the end of the day to shoot up to 190,200 and second overall – just off the 197,200 total of Day 1c leader Yannick Bonnet.
McDonald, who crushed for most of the day and only lost the chip lead in that last big pot vs. MacPhee, still managed to hold on for Day 2 with 70,000 in chips.
Daniel Ospina, Keven Stammen and PokerStars pro Leo Margets also ended the day on a high, all stacking up over 125k in chips to find the top 10 for Day 1c.
Grospellier, Baumann Hang On for Dear Life
Has work to do with just 7bb.
With most of the big names coming out for Day 1b and hanging on to some chips, the marquee was a little quieter today but some name pros still fired another bullet.
Fabrice Soulier and Lucille Cailly both managed to come away from the day with about an average stack, as did the Godfather of Norwegian poker, Thor Hansen.
Olivier Busquet, Bertrand Grospellier and Gaëlle Baumann also made it through, although ElkY and Baumann will have their work cut out for them tomorrow with just 14,200 and 7,000 chips respectively.
Notables to bust in their last kick at the can today included Liv Boeree, Ole Schemion, Griffin Benger, Dan Smith and, for the third time each, Matt Waxman and Bryn Kenney.
The combined field of 287 remaining players will return for Day two tomorrow at 1 pm local time to begin the march to the money.
The overall chip leader when action picks up will be Day 1b leader Mikhail Mazunin with 203,600, followed closely by Bonnet, MacPhee, Pasi Heinanen and Shannon Shorr all over 190k.
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