Today saw the 218 survivors of the 573 entries from the four start days coalesce into a single Day 2. With registration still open until the end of the first break, though, that wasn't the final number - over the course of Levels 11 and 12, another 48 entries/re-entries were registered, resulting in a final field of 621 players, hitting the official €300,000 guarantee (although a small percentage of that has been withheld by the casino for various reasons, so the prizepool that's actually being paid out is €294,975). It was determined that 71 places would pay out, with a min-cash paying €1,000 and first place taking home €59,000 in the fullness of time.
Overall chip leader at the start of Day 2 was Pavol Melichar on 223k, and he used his massive stack well - he's survived Day 2 as well, and we'll be seeing him in tomorrow's Day 3. Incidentally, tomorrow may turn out to be the final day of this Main Event - with only ....... players remaining, the tournament director was debating earlier whether to play down to a winner tomorrow. We'll keep you updated on whether that happens; either way, the final table will be livestreamed direct from Banco Casino to your computer.
Chip leader going into Day 3 is Fotios Konstantinos with a massive 1,665,000 - way ahead of the next guy. Thirty-one players remain, with the following stacks:
|Thomas De Rooij||560k|
And these are the Main Event results so far:
Elsewhere, the €200 + €20 Pokerlistings Deepstack drew 194 players, of whom 138 are still in at the time of writing. The extremely silly €100 + €10 Open Face Chinese Pineapple Shootout had 27 runners, all of whom looked like they were having an amazing time, and the final of the €225 + €25 Roulette Championship is just getting underway. There are cash games going on in the casino to suit all pockets as well - I haven't seen it myself, but there's a rumour going around that they're currently spreading everything from €1/€2 NLH right up to an eyewatering €50/€50 PLO game.
Your famished bloggers are now heading out to find some dinner, plus our blood alcohol levels are worryingly low, but we'll be right back here in the casino from noon tomorrow, when we'll be playing down to at least a final table, and possibly a winner.