Well Day 1A and 1B have gone by, and the total field of 221 players has now be reduced to 122. The total prize pool this year is €1,701,700, giving the first place winner a pretty nice payday of €532,620 (~$769,476).

Some of the notable players who have made it through to Day 2 include; Andrew Black who took 5th in the 2005 WSOP Main Event, Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad who is an online pro who also won the first ever WSOP Europe Main Event (£1,000,000 prize), Surinder Sunar a WPT Champion, and 3 members of Team PokerStars, Luca Pagano, Noah Boeken, and Katja Thater. Also 32 players still remain who won their seat at PokerStars.

The chip counts at the start of Day 2 were very spread out. Among the top 5 chip leaders included:

Ludovic Lacay – 85,225
Liam Flood – 75,750
Tronde Eidsvig – 70,475
Mike Mcdonald – 67,250
Philip Hardy – 62,600

and here are the bottom 5:

Martin Green – 9,500 (PokerStars Qualifier)
Patric Fredriksson – 5,850 (PokerStars Qualifier)
Jan Sjavik – 5,450
Mark Bointon – 5,150 (PokerStars Qualifier)
Seth Blackman – 5,000 (PokerStars Qualifier)

The blinds start at 400/800 with a 100 ante, so there are many players who have a lot of work to do with not many chips. Of the noteable players mentioned earlier, Andrew Black is near the top with 45,675, Annette Obrestad is in the middle with 34,925, Surinder Sunar was not far behind with 27,250, and Team PokerStars were pretty close Luca Pagano 27,975, Noah Boeken 27,825, and Katja Thater 15,650.

The payouts have also been announced, and the top 24 players will finish in the money. It is a pretty top heavy tournament, with 1st being €532,620, 5th €105,510, 9th €30,630, and 24th €10,210 just for an example.

Day 2 is set to play for 8 hours where the blinds will be 2000/4000/400, so anything can happen. Check back here for other updates throughout the day and see who will make it to Day 3!