Patrik Antonius showed up hours late to the EPT Baden tournament in 2005, and came back from a huge chip deficit to win the whole event. In 2007, Antonius showed up on time, and once again finished Day 1 with one of the biggest stacks in the field.
282 players entered the PokerStars European Poker Tour Main Event in Baden, Austria, all vying for the top prize of €670,800. With a field that included such top pros as Katja Thater, Annette Obrestad, Hevad Khan, Barry Greenstein and Marcel Luske, action was guaranteed to ensue.
Action was indeed the word of the day for many of the top stars of the live and online poker world, as internet stars like Bertrand ‘ElkY' Grospellier, Sorel ‘Imper1um' Mizzi and Dario Minieri all joined the field. Grospellier and Mizzi would head to the rail before the end of Day 1, joining WSOP Europe Champion Annette ‘Annette_15" Obrestad, but Hevad Khan and Dario Minieri made it through Day 1. Minieri rode a chip roller coaster all day, building a big stack early only to eke through Day 1 in the bottom half of the chip counts.
At the end of the day, the top 10 chip stacks looked like this -
1. Sander Lyloff - 53,300 2. Thomas Wahlroos - 41,200 3. Patrik Antonius - 35,200 4. Mark Vos - 32,600 5. Voitto Rintala - 29,700 6. Barry Greenstein - 28,300 7. Hevad Khan - 28,000 8. Pascal Perrault - 23,700 9. Julian Thew - 23,000 10. Robert Binelli - 23,000
Mark Vos staged a remarkable comeback during the last level of the day, more than quadrupling his stack to jump to 4th in chips after being short stacked for much of the evening.
Less fortunate were Vanessa Rousso, Andy Black, Jeffrey Lisandro and Roland De Wolfe, who were all sent to the rail on Day 1. Among other eliminations was Austrian player Nikolaus Jedlicka, who built a big stack early when he turned a nut flush against an opponent's bottom set, but he could not hold on to his chips and didn't last through Day 1.
154 players will return to the felt on Day 2 vying for their chance to become the next EPT Baden Champion.