Live Events 2
€5,300 EPT San Remo Main Event
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€5,300 EPT San Remo Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Wrap It Up

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Unofficial Day 1a Chip Leader Asa Smith
Unofficial Day 1a Chip Leader Asa Smith
The cricket-like clicking of chips has fallen silent here at the San Remo Municipal Casino. That means we've come to the end of Level 8 and have completed Day 1a of the 2009 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour San Remo event. Hoist a glass, smoke a cigarette, take a bubble bath or do whatever it is you do at the end of a long day. You've earned it.

There were a staggering 578 players in the field today, spread across three rooms on the second floor of the casino. Annette Obrestad, Casey Kastle, Chad Brown, Greg Raymer and Dario Alioto were some of the biggest names who were in the field at the start of play, but will not be returning on Monday for Day 2.

By the end of the night there were several players competing for the title of Top Dog. Our survey of the room at day's end didn't find any player with more chips than Asa Smith's 80,000 -- although several were close. We'll have the official counts tomorrow morning after the chip bags are all logged by the tournament organizers, but until then we'll go out on a limb and call Smith the overnight chip leader.

Tomorrow, we get to rewind the clock and re-live the joy of Day 1a when the other half of the field slings the chips around for the first time. Day 1b is scheduled to start at 2pm local time. Expect the field to be close to the maximum of 610 players.

Until then, you can find us at the bar.

Tags: Asa Smith

Current Standings

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As Day 1a wraps up, a few new chip leaders have emerged, among them Croatia's Dragan Galic on 78,000 and cheerful Dutchman Constant Rijkenburg on 75,000, although he unconvincingly claimed 7,500. Asa Smith still seems to be just ahead of the pack though on 80,000, barring last-hand accidents. Former chip leader Jonas Danielsson, on the other hand, is down to 34,000.

Game Over for Ludo

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Not so Lacay today
Not so Lacay today
Shortly before the end of play, Ludovic Lacay succumbed. He pushed all in for 15,000 to a raise, but the gent immediately to his left woke up with aces and Lacay's {A-?} {10-?} couldn't pull any miracles out of the deck for him.

Tags: Ludovic Lacay

Count Down from Five

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The tournament clock has been paused with 13 minutes and 59 seconds remaining in Level 8. The dealers have been instructed to deal five more hands at each table, race off the orange (T25) chips and then call it a night.

Kravchenko Hanging in There

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Kravchenko - hitting the bottle
Kravchenko - hitting the bottle
Alex Kravchenko, from the big blind, was the sole caller of an under-the-gun raise. He and the raiser saw a {Q-Spades} {10-Clubs} {8-Hearts} flop. Kravchenko checked and his opponent bet 1,675. Kravchenko raised to 4,500 and his opponent quickly passed.

Kravchenko on a below-average 16,000 or so.

Tags: Alex Kravchenko

Horecki Surrenders to River Raise

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Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki has been having a great day, but even he can't win every pot. Horecki was the first player to act on a flop of {Q-Spades} {Q-Hearts} {4-Diamonds} and bet 1,525. His lone opponent, the button player, thoughtfully considered his action and then called. Both players checked the turn {2-Spades}. The river fell {K-Clubs}. Horecki had first action and, perhaps given his opponent's check on the turn, led out for 3,525. After approximately twenty seconds, his opponent raised to 8,500. It took Horecki far less time to fold. His opponent showed presto -- pocket fives.

"It's a value bluff!" said Horecki. His stack took a slight hit, but is still strong at approximately 35,000.

Tags: Marcin Horecki

Saab Changes Gears Again

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Saab - erratic
Saab - erratic
Every time I wander past David Saab's table, his stack is of an entirely different size than when previously counted.

After shooting up to 30,000 while noone was looking, Saab is now down to a mere 6,200. With his current rate of swings, we fully expect him to be chip leader next time we walk the floor.

Tags: David Saab

French-On-French Action

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Mattern - favors aviators
Mattern - favors aviators
Well, not yet, but there is potential trouble a-brewing as French poker pros and buddies Ludovic Lacay and Arnaud Mattern are now sharing a table -- the first time this has happened in a big tournament since they both made the final table at EPT Warsaw. Neither of them is a big stack currently, so we'll be keeping a close eye on that table...

Tags: Arnaud MatternLudovic Lacay