Esben Guenther Leads Field into Berlin Cup Day 2

Esben Guenther Leads EPT BerlinNorwegian poker player, Esben Guenther, leads a formidable field into Day 2 of the Berlin Cup – the first major tournament of an extensive EPT Berlin schedule.

Based on the volume of players that flocked to the Grand Hyatt Hotel for the first major tournament of the EPT Berlin, the German capital looks like being the centre of the poker world for the next ten days. Forty-five events are scheduled to be played before the series wraps up and heads to Monte Carlo for the EPT Season 9 climax – including the €5,300 buy-in EPT Berlin Main Event, which last year paid €712,000 to the winner Davidi Kitai.

The first major tournament of the series – the €1,100 buy-in Berlin Cup – attracted 911 players over the first two Day 1s; smashing the €500,000 guarantee put in place by series sponsor PokerStars, and creating such an overflow of players that the nearby Sternberg Theatre in the Casino Berlin was commissioned to help cope with the numbers.

Guenther the Man at the Top

Leading the remaining 281 players into Day 2 is Norwegian poker player Esben Guenther who, after 10 levels of play, managed to bag up 265,000 chips ahead of Frederic Vacher from France (239,200 chips) and local hope Eduard Scharf (190,500 chips).

Behind the trio of chip leaders, a star-studded line-up safely negotiated Day 1 of the Berlin Cup. Recent WSOP APAC bracelet winner Aaron Lim sits in fifth place with 187,400 chips, with EPT Snowfest champion Vladimir Geshkenbein in twelfth (136,900 chips) and EPT Kiev winner Max Lykov (107,900 chips) just sitting outside the top 30.

Those who will looking to improve their stacks when play resumes at the Grand Hyatt Hotel this afternoon include previous EPT Berlin winner Kevin MacPhee (53,100 chips), last year´s Irish Poker Open champion Kevin Vandersmissen (40,700 chips) and Irish poker legend Padraig O´Neill (26,200 chips).

Looking Ahead to Day 2

Only 112 of the remaining 281 players remaining will cash in the event – with €180,000 up top for the winner – so Day 2 of the Berlin Cup should be a cagey affair. When players take their seats this afternoon, blinds will be 600/1,200 with an ante of 100 chips and those not too concerned about being blinded out at the start of the day include:-

# Berlin Cup Start of Day 2 Chips
1 Esben Guenther 265,000
2 Frederic Vacher 239,200
3 Eduard Scharf 190,500
4 Jan Schenk 189,700
5 Aaron Lim 187,400
6 Paul Nunes 175,300
7 Jonas Klausen 149,500
8 Davide Scafati 147,700
9 Felix Trau 145,800
10 Patrice Brandt 143,100