WSOP Europe Main Event Kicks Off Up 71% Over 2010

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593 players piled into the 2011 WSOPE Main Event, overwhelming predictions and setting new records.

The first two days of the 2011 WSOP Europe main event played out this weekend in Cannes, attracting the biggest names in poker and smashing attendance records.

Moved from London’s Empire Casino to the French Riviera for 2011, the World Series of Poker Europe saw 593 players buy into this year’s main event. That number is up over 71% from the 346 who played last year, and up almost 64% from the previous record of 362 set in 2007.

While the official numbers haven’t arrived the prize pool will fall just short of the €6 million mark which, based on previous years, should yield a first-place prize of roughly €1.42 million.

The official payout structure should be released soon, and will be posted in the 2011 WSOPE Main Event live coverage section.

Finishing Day 1B with the most chips was Lari Sihvo from Finland who bagged just under 150,000. Sihvo will be trailing Day 1B chip leader Jamie Rosen heading into Day 2.

334 will return tomorrow to continue the march to the money, which should include the top 63 players.

Among the biggest stacks to return for Day 2 are Tommy Vedes, Alex Kostritsyn, Robert Mizrachi, Antony Lellouche, McLean Karr, Victor Ramdin, Tony G, Dermot Blain, Chris Moorman and Erik Friberg.

Click here for the full Day 2 counts which will be posted when available.

Joining those eliminated on Day 1A are big names like Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, 2011 WSOPE bracelet winners Steve Billirakis and Michael Mizrachi, November Niner Matt Giannetti, reigning world champion of poker Jon Duhamel and German hope Marvin Rettenmaier.

Here are the top ten Day 1B chip counts at time of publishing, courtesy of

  • Lari Sihvo – 144,725
  • Tommy Vedes – 142,775
  • Alex Kostritsyn – 126,200
  • Antonio Palma – 125,000
  • Constant Rijkenberg – 121,500
  • Robert Mizrachi – 117,500
  • Antony Lellouche – 117,100
  • McLean Karr – 115,600
  • Fabrizio Gonzales – 106,125
  • Victor Ramdin – 103,200

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