Wednesday May 8,2013 : EUROPEAN POKER TOUR GRAND FINAL EXCITEMENT BUILDS
 
Top pros turn out for the Grand Final in Monaco
 
This year's Pokerstars European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monaco is off to an exciting start, with days 1a and 1b attracting a total field of 533, among them many of game's best players.
 
Seen in the corridors and at the tables were luminaries like Viktor Blom, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Oleksii Kovalchuk, Andrew Lichtenberger, Victor Ramdin, JC Alvarado, Steve O'Dwyer, Annette Obrestad, reigning EPT Grand Final champ Mohsin Charania, Jason Mercier, Dan Smith, Freddy Deeb, Jake Cody and Paul Volpe.
 
With the survivors now combined into one field going into Day 2, the top chip counts looked like this:
 
1. Victor Sbrissa 224,800
2. Noah Schwartz 204,600
3. Calvin Anderson 198,100
4. Oleksii Kovalchuk 145,000
5. Andrew Lichtenberger 137,800