The second starting day of the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event drew a crowd of 205 players, bringing the total for this event to 420. Just 115 players survived the day with none other than Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier on top. These players will meet with the 115 that survived Day 1a, and a total of 230 will see poker action on Day 2.
Like in every tournament here in Cannes during the WSOPE, the tables were filled with top poker professionals. Two of those from France had very short days as both Guillaume Darcourt and Roger Hairabedian were eliminated quickly. Hairabedian has no reason to complain though, as he won the €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha and finished third in the €10,000 Mix Max earlier this week.
Marvin Rettenmaier, John Tabatabai and Marc Convey also didn't last long. The latter made his WSOPE debut, but could not get anything going. A turned set ran into Bruno Fitoussi's turned flush, and Kristijonas Andrulis hit a gut shot straight against Convey's flopped set. Jon Aguiar and Brandon Cantu played till late last night in the finals of the €10,000 Mix Max, and both players entered the Main Event today. It didn't work out for either of them, however, and they will get back at it tomorrow in their heads-up match. You can follow all that action here.
Arnaud Mattern is a feature a the WSOPE every year, and once again he showed off his skills. The former EPT Prague winner has cashed in the Main Event in the previous three years, but he's not going to add a fourth. Timothy Adams won the $2,500 4-Max during the 2012 WSOP, and he had a great starting day. He finished the day with 134,475, and that was a lot more than what his buddy and WSOPE bracelet winner Tristan Wade (33,075) finished with.
Daniel Negreanu was singing and winning on Day 1B as his stack kept rising. After getting Ilan Boujenah to fold a set he seemed in full control. Later he busted Brandon Adams with a flush versus a set of eights, and Negreanu ended the day with 137,500. You can have a good day like Negreanu, but that doesn't mean you're going to beat Betrand 'ElkY' Grospellier on the leader board. The French superstar closed out the day with 190,400 and is the tournament chip leader. Daniel Weinman is in second with 169,000 and also Phil Hellmuth cracked the top 10 with 116,150.
Play will resume tomorrow at 12:00 PM GMT, make sure to tune back into PokerNews as we bring ou all the action from the Majestic Barrieré in Cannes, France.