The first day of play is officially over at PokerStar's European Poker Tour (EPT) Malta Main Event. Day 1b saw 629 people hit the felt, dwarfing the total from Day 1a, and after eight levels of play almost 400 people remain with chips for Day 2.
Sitting atop the chip counts for Day 1b is the United Kingdom. Max Silver and Kyle Hendry are first and second in chips with 176,100 and 155,000 respectively. Also in the top 10 from the U.K. is the runner-up from the inaugural Big One for One Drop, Sam Tricket with 134,900.
The top Canadian at the end of Day 1b is Noah Vaillancourt. The Cowichan Bay, B.C. resident was the only Canadian over 100,000 on Day 1b, bagging the fourth-largest stack with 146,100. Yann Dion of Quebec City couldn't quite hit the century mark, finishing the day with 97,200. Other notable Canadians to bag chips are Mike Watson (53,000), Team PokerStars Pros Marc-Andre Ladouceur (50,000) and Jonathan Duhamel (46,200), as well as Griffin Benger (38,000).
Big names that also made it through to Day 2 include 2013 November Niner Sylvain Loosli with 112,000, Vladimir Troyanovskiy with 89,900, and Jonathan Little who bagged 89,400. Non-Canadian Team PokerStars Pros also had a good day. In addition to Ladouceur and Duhamel, Vanessa Selbst, Jake Cody, Leo Margets, and George Danzer all bagged healthy stacks for the team.
Action resumes Tuesday as the 378 people who made it through Day 1b meet up with the 152 who go through day 1a to work their way towards the money. Check back here for recaps at the end of each day's action.