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Welcome to the European Poker Tour Sanremo, Day 1a

Casino Sanremo

The second stop on this season's European Poker Tour sees us venture to the beautiful Italian town of Sanremo, situated on the Italian Riviera.

This is always one of the most popular stops on the tour due to the large field size, perceived value and great food on every street corner. It is also the platform where many a player has launched themselves on to the world scene. Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier and Liv Boeree come to mind.

Team PokerStars Pro will be out in force at this event with up to 30 expected to play. Most have decided to play day 1b but we know that Marcin Horecki, Ana Marquez and Mickey Petersen from Team Online have signed up for today.

Also playing today are the likes of Bryn Kenney, Mathew Frankland, John Eames, Friend of PokerStars Pierre Neuville, Sam Chartier and Shannon Shorr.

Play is due to get under way at 2:00 PM CET so join us back here then. While you're waiting study up on all the past winners of this event:

Former EPT Sanremo Champions

SeasonDateBuy-In# of PlayersPrize PoolWinnerTop Prize
4April 1-5, 2008€5,000701€3,100,000Jason Mercier€869,000
5April 18-23, 2009€5,3001,178€5,713,300Constant Rijkenberg€1,508,000
6April 15-21, 2010€5,3001,240€6,014,000Liv Boeree€1,250,000
7April 27-May 3, 2011€5,300987€4,786,950Rupert Elder€930,000
8October 21-27, 2011€4,900837€3,734,694Andrey Pateychuk€680,000