The first day of the EPT Malta €10,300 High Roller drew a massive field of 228 unique players who made a total of 61 re-entries. This means that 289 entries have been made so far, plus registration is open till 11:45 a.m. today. The current prize pool is over €2.8 million - just €1.5 million less than the Main Event (895 entries).
As you probably already figured out, many of poker's best tournament players participated. Some of the biggest names to make it through Day 1 with plenty of chips include Max Silver (277k) Mike McDonald (228k), Steve O'Dwyer (218k), Michael Tureniec (160k) and Team PokerStars Pro Geoge Danzer (152k).
10 levels of play were completed on the first day and Rui Ferrera from Portugal bagged up the chip lead (280k) amongst the 152 survivors. The plan for day 2 is to play another 10 levels, or until a final table of eight. Check back tomorrow for another update.