MSPT Deadwood 2021 NJSCOOP 2021 MISCOOP
Main Event
Main Event
Day 1a Completed

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Elias Brussianos 199,600
Nicolas Babel 191,200
Ruslan Prydryk 181,000 -800
Nikolay Losev ru 165,000
Fernando Brito br 160,500
Dermot Blain ie 153,800
Dominik Nitsche de 137,900 52,900
Jonathan Weekes 134,900 4,900
Guillaume Darcourt fr 128,700 10,700
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr 123,700
Vladimir Malak cz 123,400
Oleksander Vaserfirer 120,300 37,300
Filip Nechansky 113,300
William Ross 109,300
Martin Kabrhel cz 99,400 19,400
Felix Bleiker ch 96,900
Nichlas Mattsson se 90,500
Matthias Kurtz 89,800
Omri Sason 89,400
Marcin Horecki pl 88,800 18,800
Dan Murariu ro 83,500 32,000
Marc Inizan fr 82,900 45,900
Opria Cristea 81,100
Richard Gryko gb 80,600 21,600
Fabrice Soulier fr 80,300 -44,700

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Day 1a: It's All Over

[user46298] • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Elias Brussianos
Elias Brussianos

While the bracing winter wind kept players within a short radius of the Hilton (home base and tournament centre) today, the first flight of players took to the felt attempting to build their 30,000 starting stacks into towers which could take them safely into the next days' play. There were 191 Day 1a entrants, including Team PokerStars Pros Arnaud Mattern and Marcin Horecki (the former had an early exit while the latter made it through the day). They were joined by many familiar faces from the EPT: Sorel Mizzi, Maria Maceiras, Joao Barbosa, and Anton Wigg.

The ninth level saw, however, a brace of new big stacks suddenly take over the top of the leaderboard and battle amongst themselves for the end of day lead. Elias Brussianos, who ended up in the top spot with 199,600, will be looking to better his 38th place in this very event last year, while Ruslan Prydryk (181,800) has among his previous results a win in May's RPT in Yalta, and a final table at EPT Warsaw last year. Also just behind Brussianos is Nicolas Babel who spent much of the last two levels in the lead but ended the day with 191,200. Meanwhile Fernando Brito is also up there in the chip counts on 160,500 and will be looking to extend his lead in the EPT Player of the Year rankings.

Expected on Day 1b are a fair few more tables, with a heavier dusting of PokerStars Pro players, including Johnny Lodden, Liv Boeree, and Marcel Luske. The second 'shuffle up and deal' of the tournament will be shouted at noon tomorrow (local time in Prague).

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Clash of the Titans - Bigger Titan Wins

[user46392] • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Vitaly Lunkin
Vitaly Lunkin

Wow, very often we find that the last few hands of the night are somewhat subdued, uneventful affairs - but not this time!

On the very last hand of the night, Dermot Blain found pocket aces under the gun and Vitaly Lunkin found kings in the big blind. The chips duly went in, the aces held up, and while Lunkin will be going no further in this main event, Blain is up to 153,800.

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Mon Dieu, Monfort

[user46392] • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Some last-minute misfortune for media favourite Ronan Monfort, as Jonathan Weekes opened for 2,500 in early position and the gent in the hijack called. In the cutoff, Dominik Nitsche made it 8,200 to go - and in the big blind Monfort four-bet to 17,200. Weekes and the hijack folded, but Nitsche calmly announced all in to cover.

Monfort sighed and grinned. After a while somebody (possibly Monfort himself) called the clock, and eventually he folded. Nitsche showed him pocket kings, and Monfort was down to 35,000.

Tags: Ronan MonfortDominik NitscheJonathan Weekes

Maceiras Nearly on Felt

[user46298] • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

It's been a long day, and with about a quarter of an hour to go it probably rankled Maria Maceiras to pick up {K-Hearts}{K-Spades} only to find them responsible for removing almost all of her chips in one fell swoop. She had re-raised to 6,000 preflop, bet the {2-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{5-Spades} flop when her one opponent checked to her (6,500), and bet the {4-Diamonds} turn (12,000). Her opponent immediately now moved all-in for around 30k, just under her total stack and she made the call. He showed {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades} for the big set, and she could only wait while her stack dropped to 3,200 at the eleventh hour.


Maceiras is now out. It was erstwhile chip leader Nicolas Babel who finished her off, bumping his stack back up to 197,000.

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Big Stack Watch


Looks like Nicolas Babel is not a sure thing to end up as overnight chip leader - one Elias Brussianos is just pipping him at the moment. Also worthy of note is Fernando Brito - after spending most of the day as short stack, the EPT leaderboard frontrunner has come from nowhere to find himself on 150,000 right now.

Elias Brussianos 203,000
Nicolas Babel 200,000
Ruslan Prydryk 183,000
Fernando Brito br 150,000 123,900

Those Neither In the Lead Nor On the Rail

Jonathan Weekes 130,000 7,000
Fabrice Soulier fr 125,000 -2,500
Guillaume Darcourt fr 118,000 -27,000
Dominik Nitsche de 85,000 24,750
Tomer Berda us 81,000 13,600
Martin Kabrhel cz 80,000 30,000
Dermot Blain ie 76,000 22,000
Kevin MacPhee us 75,000 -6,100
Marcin Horecki pl 70,000 -5,000
Matt Widdoes 70,000 25,000
Vitaly Lunkin ru 65,000 36,000
Matt Affleck us 60,000 9,000
Richard Gryko gb 59,000 -29,000
Luca Falaschi 57,500 21,150
Hugo Lemaire pr 55,500 -14,500
Ankush Mandavia us 55,000 22,000
Dan Murariu ro 51,500 -500
Joao Barbosa pt 43,000 19,200
Ronan Monfort fr 42,000 2,000
Maria Maceiras es 41,400 -19,600
Marc Inizan fr 37,000 -15,400
Jan Skampa cz 37,000 -15,000
Atanas Gueorguiev bg 34,000 -6,500
Luca Cainelli 16,000 -13,000

Babel the Chip Leader, in Any Language

[user46392] • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Nicolas Babel
Nicolas Babel

Wow, talk about running hot! Nicolas Babel is now up above the 200,000 mark, his {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} spiking on the flop against his all-in opponent's pocket jacks in a preflop showdown to put him head and shoulders above the next man.

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Babel Takes More Chips From Vaserfirer

YorkshirePud • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Nicolas Babel seems unstoppable right now, with the Frenchman hoovering up chips like they are going out of fashion, his latest victim being Oleksander Vaserfirer.

Vaserfirer raised first in from the button to 2,200 and then called the re-raise to 8,500 from Babel. The latter then check called Vaserfirer's 9,500 bet on a flop reading {3-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}.

The {q-Clubs} on the turn seemed to wake up Babel who picked up a pile of chips worth 18,500 and bet them, which seemed to rock Vaserfirer. After around 90 seconds, Vaserfirer let his hand go, and with it Babel's stack grew to around 192,000.

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