A total 243 players went to Hyatt Hotel yesterday and participated in Day 1a of the EPT Berlin main event. After 10 one-hour levels had been completed only 110 had chips left. The one who finished the day with the largest stack (201,600) is the Russian pro Vladimir Geshkenbein.
Geshkenbein might not be a familiar name to many, but he's well-known and respected among many tournament players for his EPT Snowfest win last year and the APPT Macau High Roller Event and PKR Heads Up Grand Slam London wins back in 2009. Besides that, he was the first player ever to withdraw $1,000,000 from the poker site PKR - the site that has sponsored him since December 10th, 2009.
In a few hours, the poker room at Hyatt Hotel in Berlin will be filled with players again as Day 1b is about to start. A large field of players are expected today and lots of pros. We will return with an update as soon as Day 1b is completed.