The Coolbet Open €550 Main Event at Olympic Park Casino and the Hilton Park Hotel has thus far been an enormous success.
The tournament attracted 368 entrants from the two opening flights with 264 advancing to Day 2. With late registration open until the first blind level of Day 2, the field ballooned to 425 entrants to generate a massive prize pool of €206,125.
First place is slated to win a whopping €50,900 with each of the 39 players advancing to the third and final day on Saturday each guaranteed a payout of €1,155.
Norway's Kristoffer Skolem is in the driver's seat with a huge stack of 994,000 and blinds starting off at 4,000/8,000 with an ante of 1,000. Not too far behind Skolem are Finland's Sebastian Wahl (829,000) and Norway's Alen Coralic (707,000). Notable in the top of the standings is Dutchman Sander van Wesemael, who boasts over $700,000 in lifetime winnings. 'The Weasel,' as he is affectionally known, sits in fourth with 573,000.