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Day 1b of the 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €5,300 Main Event Starts Now!

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The second and final starting day for the 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €5,300 Main Event will go off on the grounds of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort beginning at 12 p.m. local time today.

Yesterday's first flight drew 286 entries, and with a bumper crop of online qualifiers and top pros expected, organizers are readying themselves for an even bigger field today. They plan to play eight 75-minute levels, and all who survive through them will join the 167 who bagged up chips on Day 1a for Day 2 Monday.

Adrian Mateos beat a field of 564 to earn €1,082,000 and the title here last year. The Spaniard is expected to show up and defend the prestigious title today, and will surely be joined by some of the biggest names in the game hunting European Poker Tour glory.

Plans are to take a 20-minute break every two levels and a dinner break after the end of level six, with tons of poker action in between. The day should wrap up around midnight local time and the PokerNews live reporting team will be here from now, until a winner is crowned on May 6th.

Just sit back and take it all in as Day 1b of the 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €5,300 Main Event should be legendary.

Previous EPT Grand Final stops at a glance

SeasonYearPlacePlayersChampionCountryPrize
12005Monaco211Rob HollinkNetherlands€635,000
22006Monaco298Jeff WilliamsUnited States€900,000
32007Monaco706Gavin GriffinUnited States€1,825,010
42008Monaco842Glen ChornyCanada€2,020,000
52009Monaco935Pieter de KorverNetherlands€2,300,000
62010Monaco848Nicolas ChouityLebanon€1,700,000
72011Madrid686Ivan FreitezVenezuela€1,500,000
82012Monaco665Mohsin CharaniaUnited States€1,350,000
92013Monaco531Steve O'DwyerIreland€1,224,000
102014Monaco650Antonio BuonannoItaly€1,240,000
112015Monaco564Adrian MateosSpain€1,082,000

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