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Babel NicolasDay 1a of the WPT Amneville Main Event has come to a close after the tournament director brought the curtain down on proceedings after eight 60-minute levels. A total of 176 players paid the €3,500 entry fee and of those 114 remain. They are being lead by Nicolas Babel who is s at proudly at the top of the chip counts. He managed to turn his 30,000 starting stack into a very impressive 163,600.

Babel, from Paris, is no stranger to those who play on the French poker circuit as he has cashed in no fewer than six major tournaments on home soil, winning two of those. He took part in this very event last year and had a great run but he fell in 16th place, a finish that netted him €13,120, though his best score to date stands at $206,395 which he was awarded for finishing in 38th place in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event. Can he better that here in Amneville?

Joining Babel on Day 2, which kicks off at 1200CET on Thursday, are the likes of 2009 APT Macau champion Adrien Allain, Marc Inizan and British Pro Luke Fields. They will of course be kept company by whoever makes it through Day 1b tomorrow, who will that be? Join us again on Wednesday from 1200 CET to find out.

Before you go, take a look and a listen to the thoughts of the day from a Red Bull fuelled Lee Davy!

For a more in-depth look at today’s action check out the live updates blog.

Here are the thoughts of some players who made it through to Day 2.

Official End of Day Chip Counts

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