Day 1b is in the bag and the players are shuttling off to get the er...shuttles back to the centre of Madrid. It was a scramble at the death for the chip lead but it looks as though it's Norwegian wunderkind Ole Kristian [Removed:332] who has finished the day as chip leader with 198,200. He is just inches ahead of Mattias Bergstrom with 198,000 and Team PokerStars Pro Ivan Demidov who sits with 197,800 - just a further 200 chips behind.
Surprisingly, although we had 82 players more today we did not have anyone break the 200,000 barrier at the end of the day which will mean Day 1a chip leader David Sonnelin will be the overall leader going into Day 2.
Other players will good stacks are Jean Noel Thorel (180,500) and Surindar Sunar (179,200) while there are still many big names involved such as Carter Phillips and Florian Langmann who are hovering about the 100,000 mark. Former EPT Champions who did not make it through the day included Michael Martin, Jeff Williams, Kevin MacPhee and Salvatore Bonavena. We also lost some of the big stars from across the pond including Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, David Williams and Vanessa Rousso as well as PCA winner Galen Hall.
Do not despair however as the tournament is still packed to the brim with stars and they'll all be back tomorrow for Day 2 which will be beginning at 12pm (CET) - we'll see you then!