Julian Herold tops EPT Loutraki Day 1A

Julian HeroldGermany’s Julian Herold holds top spot on the leaderboard after Day 1a of the first PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) stop in financially-troubled Greece.

Julian Herold ended the first of two opening days and seven levels in the €4,000+€400 ($5,400/£3,420+$540/£342) buy-in event on 138,425 in chips, although he had stood on 155,000 with about 90 minutes left of Day 1a at Club Hotel Casino Loutraki as 43 players were eliminated to leave 102 survivors for Thursday’s Day 2.

The German, who won the €600 No-Limit Hold’em bounty event at this July’s Casinos Austria Poker Tour (CAPT) Velden Open for €18,730, produced a steady day of advancement following his early double-up.

The 2010 World Poker Tour (WPT) Shooting Stars event winner McLean Karr, of the USA, sits in second place on 103,100 in chips, while the top five is completed by Russian Roman Makhlin (102,100), and home players Alexios Zervos (97,425) and Ioannis Taramas (85,000).

Other well-known players to qualify for tomorrow include Nicholas Elvidge (17,625), Roberto Romanello (20,300), Andrew Teng (22,200), David Vamplew (34,050), EPT San Remo champ Rupert Elder (82,700), Chris Moorman (39,350), Ana Marquez (41,475), Pierre Neauville (26,850), Jamie Rosen (25,800), Kevin Stammen (40,150), Joe Elpayaa (19,850), Bryn Kenney (26,000) and EPT London runner-up Steve O’Dwyer (66,250).

Mats Gavatin is the second previous EPT main event champion still in with a chance of making history by becoming the first two-time Tour winner. The Swede, who secured the EPT Dublin title in 2005, ended the day on 45,475.

The survivor with lowest number of chips is Germany Heinz Kamutzki on just 6,900.

But the likes of Marcin Horecki, Dominik Nitsche, Ken Lennaard, Fernando Brito, Richard Toth and Brandon Cantu failed to make it through Day 1a as the original field of 145 was cut down.

A larger entry is anticipated for today’s Day 1b, with players such as Johnny Lodden, Kevin Macphee, Jude Ainsworth, Vanessa Rousso and Vitaliy Lunkin signed up.

The field participating in the Corinthian coast competition will be reduced further until a winner is announced on the evening of Sunday, November 20.

Top 10 chip leaders after Day 1a of EPT Loutraki:

1. Julian Herold (Germany) – 138,425

2. McLean Karr (USA) – 103,100

3. Roman Makhlin (Russia) – 102,100

4. Alexios Zervos (Greece) – 97,425

5. Ioannis Taramas (Greece) – 85,000

6. Ilias Zografos (Greece) – 83,125

7. Rupert Elder (UK) – 82,700

8. Miltiadis Kyriakides (Cyprus) – 82,500

9. Enver Abduraimov (Ukraine) – 76,750

10. Ramin Hajiyev (Azerbaijan) – 76,500