On day 1B of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Tallinn 238 players showed up and took their seats, but after nine levels of play, only 120 of them made it through to day 2. This added to day 1A’s 90 survivors means a total day 2 field of 210.Before looking at who did well and who went home, it’s important to note that added to day 1A’s 182 entrants, EPT Tallinn has seen a total field of 420. This makes the event the largest to be held in Estonia.The record-breaking turnout has created a prize pool of €1,596,000 which will see 56 players going home with some form of compensation for their efforts, while the last player standing at the Swissôtel in Estonia’s capital city gets the €400,000 first prize.A Serbian man who lives in Germany slashed his way through the field on day 1B. Perica Bukara ensured he was not just day 1B’s chip leader but also the overall chip leader going into day 2 with 210,600 in chips, slightly ahead of day 1A’s leader German Ali Tekintamgac (203,200).Here are the top 10 in chips at end of play on day 1B:Perica Bukara (Serbia) 210,600 Santiago Terrazas (Spain) 176,300 Mattias Jorstedt (Sweden) 147,800 Volodymyr Pilyavsky (Ukraine) 147,600 Jonathan Weekes (United Kingdom) 145,400 Daniel Aldridge (United States) 141,000 Oleksandr Vaserfirer (Ukraine) 136,900 Manuel Bevand (France) 130,200 Kestutis Slankauskas (Lithuania) 125,700 Vallo Maidla (Estonia) 123,300And here are the combined top 10 going into day 2:Perica Bukara (Serbia) 210,600 Ali Tekintamgac (Germany) 203,200 Matvey Linov (Russia) PokerStars player 193,400 Santiago Terrazas (Spain) PokerStars qualifier 176,300 Mattias Jorstedt (Sweden) 147,800 Volodymyr Pilyavsky (Ukraine) 147,600 Jonathan Weekes (United Kingdom) PokerStars qualifier 145,400 Daniel Aldridge (United States) 141,000 Oleksandr Vaserfirer (Ukraine) 136,900 Artem Litvinov (Russia) 134,500The rest of the field is filled with well-known European professionals such as Manuel Bevand (130,200), Marc Naalden (114,600), Steven van Zadelhoff (111,700), Juha Lauttamus (109,000), and Team PokerStars Pro members Luca Pagano (124,900), Arnaud Mattern (103,600), and Ivan Demidov (80,100). Canadian Scott Montgomery is also hanging in there with 74,700.Some players who hit the rail throughout day 1B were Team PokerStars Pro players Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Dario Minieri, and Matthias de Meulder. Team PokerStars Sportstar Fatima Moreira De Melo also made her exit, as did PokerStars sponsored player Jens Thorson (William Thorson’s brother).Card Player Europe columnist Michael Piper didn’t make it either, along with Rasmus Nielsen, Randall Flowers, Kevin MacPhee, Michael Tureniec, Roberto Romanello, Richard Ashby, and poker journalist Benjamin Gallen.The survivors of both starting days now battle it out on day 2 of the €4,250 buy-in main event. Check back to CardPlayer.com for all the action with the PokerStars blog feed and our daily recaps.Photographs courtesy of Neil Stoddart and PokerStars.
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