The PokerNews blog may only be focusing on the Main Event here at the 2012 PokerStars.com EPT Sanremo, but that doesn't mean great things are happening elsewhere.
For the past two days, the €2,000 No-Limit Hold'em side event has been running with Day 1a and 1b. The event held a re-entry format for the two starting days, and a field of 450 entries was generated. That has created a very hefty prize pool of nearly €900,000 worth fighting for. Of that, €210,000 will go to the winner.
Returning for today's Day 2 are 216 runners, and Greece's Sofianos Vergitsis leads the pack with 145,500 in chips. Here's a look at the top 10 chip counts:
Other notables returning to action are Team PokerStars Pros Angel Guillen (50,000), Ana Marquez (45,400), Johnny Lodden (38,000), Richard Toth (34,700), Max Lykov (22,800), Max Martinez (22,300), Eugene Katchalov (21,400), Jose "Nacho" Barbero (17,500), Alex Kravchenko (17,400), Victor Ramdin (12,000) and Jonathan Duhamel (9,100). Team Online's Mickey Petersen (17,100) will also be returning for Day 2.
The top 48 places are set to be paid with the players returning for Day 2 at 3:00 PM local time here in Sanremo.