Sam Trickett, the UK's top live tournament player, is chip leader going into Day 2 of EPT Sanremo, with 178,000. The 26-year-old Aussie Millions champ already has total tournament winnings of more than $17,400,000 and was runner-up to Antonio Esfandiari in the WSOP One Drop event in July for $10.1m. Close behind is Swedish pro Alex Roumeliotis, who came second in the IPT High Roller on Friday for 83,200, and American Justin Bonomo, who won the Monte-CarloCasino EPT Grand Final Super High Roller event in April.
A total of 258 players survived Day 1b including Liv Boeree, Eugene Katchalov, Nacho Barbero, Chris Moneymaker, Angel Guillen, Theo Jorgensen,Andre Akkari, Pier Paolo Fabretti and Johnny Lodden. Combined with yesterday's 172 survivors, that means 430 players will be returning for Day 2.
A total of 797 players from 52 countries entered EPT9 Sanremo (477 on Day 1b today + 320 for Day 1a yesterday), generating a total prize pool of 3,865,450. The winner will get 800,000.
The EPT Sanremo Festival runs October 3 - 11, 2012 at Casino Sanremo.
Prop betting during EPT SanRemo between Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Eugene Katchalov
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Eugene Katchalov earlier this week made a propbet about a bike ride from Cannes to Sanremo. It was the next in a series of prop bets the pair arranged during WCOOP, with results determining who had to do what. First there was Katchalov's 1,000 push ups in 12 hours (done), then ElkY's ride to Cannes (done, with Katchalov along for the ride). And next up will be ElkY's efforts to conduct an interview in Russian (he speaks no Russian).
Surprising, there is no money at the stake between players:
"A lot of people when they make prop bets they bet money," said Katchalov. "We didn't want to do that. First of all we're friends, and we don't want to bet money against each other. Second of all I don't see any benefit to it. Okay, you win money, you lose money, it hurts or it feels good, whatever. It's not a big deal.
But here we wanted to come up with something that you may not want to do but in the end it will benefit you. So we came up with these prop bets."
Final table broadcast
EPTLive will broadcast the 5,300 Main Event final table as live (with one-hour delay) with hole cards up on PokerStars.tv on Thursday, October 11 at 16:00 CET. The webcast will be in English and Italian.