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Thorson Day 1a Leader at PokerStars.com EPT Dortmund

Thorson Day 1a Leader at PokerStars.com EPT Dortmund 0001

Swede William Thorson sits atop the leaderboard after the first of two Day Ones at the Pokerstars.com EPT Dortmund Main Event. A total of 115 of the 306 players who began play on Tuesday made it through to Thursday's Day 2. After eight hard-fought levels of play, Thorson ended the day having grown his starting stack of 10,000 chips to an impressive 84,500, placing him ahead of Germany's own Robert Zipf, an online qualifier who ended the day in second with 72,300.

Johannes Strassmann, who final-tabled this event last year (finishing seventh), had an up-and-down day but managed to survive, as did Alexander Kravchenko, Rolf Slotboom, and Soren Kongsgaard. Meanwhile, among those who did not make it through were Remy Biechel, Barny Boatman, Rasmus Nielsen, Roberto Romanello, and Ivan Demidov.

Other familiar faces are expected to appear for the second and last Day One session on Wednesday, including Dario Minieri, Bertrand Grospellier, Marcel Luske, and 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Peter Eastgate. It is expected the total field should well exceed the 411 who played in this event last year when 18-year-old Canadian Mike McDonald took the title.

Here are the leaders at the end of Day 1a:

William Thorson — 84,500

Robert Zipf — 72,300

Jan Collado-Fernandez — 71,100

Martin Bjerring — 70,500

Jens Wiegel — 69,300

Holger Kanisch — 69,000

Petter Petersson — 65,800

Sebastian Zink — 64,100

Dino Dinler -- 63,100

Michael Kwiek -- 62,700

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