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End of Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

Leonid Bilokur ru
Leonid Bilokur
ru 161,200 26,200
Nick Heather
Nick Heather
140,800 65,800
Danny Neess dk
Danny Neess
dk 139,000 27,000
Sam Trickett gb
Sam Trickett
gb 132,600 4,600
Sorel Mizzi ca
Sorel Mizzi
ca 132,200 7,200
Brandon Cantu us
Brandon Cantu
us 122,400 32,400
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 116,000 19,000
Frederik Jensen dk
Frederik Jensen
dk 112,000
Antonio Tarantino
Antonio Tarantino
111,500 21,500
Ronny Kaiser ch
Ronny Kaiser
ch 107,200
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
gb 103,000 -7,000
Oscar Pelayo
Oscar Pelayo
Antonio Matias pt
Antonio Matias
pt 86,600 29,600
Joe Ebanks us
Joe Ebanks
us 86,300 6,300
David Williams us
David Williams
us 86,100 40,100
Lothar Meier
Lothar Meier
Henrique Custodio
Henrique Custodio
84,300 16,300
Tom Johansen
Tom Johansen
Jonathan Weekes
Jonathan Weekes
81,100 9,100
Liv Boeree gb
Liv Boeree
gb 79,300 44,300
Lex Veldhuis nl
Lex Veldhuis
nl 78,200 8,200
Erik Van Den Berg nl
Erik Van Den Berg
nl 76,600
Filipa Cerqueira
Filipa Cerqueira
Jonathan Proudfoot gb
Jonathan Proudfoot
gb 75,300

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Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Day 1b Done, Dusted

Leonid Bilokur - chip daddy
Leonid Bilokur - chip daddy

Well, that's your lot for Day 1b. How time flies when you're having fun, eh? 203 players started today meaning that this EPT has now broken all records for a poker tournament in Portugal. The biggest tournament Portugal had ever seen before this week had 326 runners; with 384, this one blows that record away, and it is by far the richest tournament ever held in this country with a €1,862,400 prizepool and €467,835 going to first place.

Chip leader as the chips went into the bags was Russian online qualifier Leonid Bilokur, who won the €2,000 NLH side event at EPT Berlin earlier in the year. With 161,200 in his bag, he will be the overall chip leader when we come back tomorrow for Day 2.

Also near the top of the counts from today are Sam Trickett, Sorel Mizzi and Danny Neess. On rather more modest stacks but still in the running are Luca Pagano, Lex Veldhuis, Max Lykov and Liv Boeree. Those who did not make it through and instead get to spend the rest of the week on the beach include ElkY, Andy Black, Daniel Negreanu and both of the de Meulder twins.

The number on the board as the last few hands were called was 121, so we suspect that that is roughly the number of Day 1b survivors who will be joining the 102 Day 1a veterans in the Casino Vilamoura at noon GMT+1 tomorrow for Day 2. We'll be bringing you all the action from the tournament floor and the smoking balcony alike, so join us back here then.

Until tomorrow, it's boa noite from all of us here in Portugal.

But Not for Long


No sooner had we finished typing that up than William Thorson dropped back down to 45,000 or so - he doubled Michael Hull who was fortunate enough to find aces against Thorson's pocket sixes.

Tags: William Thorson

Moreson for Thorson

William Thorson - smokin'
William Thorson - smokin'

We arrived just in time to see a third player folding on the {8-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{a-Spades} flop; only William Thorson and Kevin Stani made it to the {j-Hearts} turn when Thorson bet out 5,500 and Stani called.

The two of them continued on to the {q-Hearts} river and Thorson bet out again, this time to the tune of 10,400. Stani tanked up, jiggling his leg and rubbing his face, long enough for a couple of players at the table to look as though they were considering calling the clock - but before they got around to actually calling the clock, Stani made the call. Stani followed up this action by promptly mucking to Thorson's {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} for a flopped set.

Thorson - over 70,000
Stani - 40,000

Tags: Kevin StaniWilliam Thorson

Ebanks Wins 140k Flip


Brandon Cantu opened from the hijack to 2,200 and Joe Ebanks reraised to 6,100 from the cutoff. Then John O'Shea cold 4-bet on the button to 18,000 and Cantu folded.

Ebanks, "You have me covered right?" O'Shea slid out his large stack of 5k yellow chips as an affirmative. A minute later and Ebanks moved all-in and O'Shea called.

Ebanks: {J-Diamonds} {J-Clubs}
O'Shea: {A-Spades} {K-Clubs}

Ebanks was all-in for a total of 68,300 meaning whoever won this hand would either be chip leader or very close. The board came {9-Hearts} {8-Spades} {7-Spades} {4-Hearts} {4-Clubs} and Ebanks' knaves held to put him to 140,000. John O'Shea dropped to below 20,000.

Tags: Brandon CantuJoe EbanksJohn O'Shea

Eleventh Hour Double for Hollink


Rob Hollink has just disqualified himself from the Grinder of the Day Award deliberations because he just received a full double up to over 70k in the last level of the day. The dented stack was that of Andrew Malott, it looked like, and we caught the board standing {J-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{8-Spades}{A-Hearts}{8-Clubs}. Hollink had a house with {J-Spades}{J-Diamonds} and a full 34,600 was being counted down by the dealer.

Other stacks still in the running:

Danny Neess dk
Danny Neess
dk 112,000 17,000
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 97,000
Rob Hollink nl
Rob Hollink
nl 70,000 44,500
Henrique Custodio
Henrique Custodio
William Thorson se
William Thorson
se 58,000 -4,800
Ruben Visser nl
Ruben Visser
nl 37,600 9,100
Dara O'Kearney ie
Dara O'Kearney
ie 32,000 -26,500
Luca Pagano it
Luca Pagano
it 20,300 -6,700

De Meulder Mown Down


We only caught the tail end of the action, but the bits we missed were relayed by the hapless Christophe de Meulder to our friends at who then translated the gist of it into English for us.

The gentleman on the button had raised and his neighbour in the small blind reraised before de Meulder pushed for 23 big blinds in the big blind with {k-}{q-}. He got a call with {a-}{6-} and although the {9-}{j-}{q-} flop was good for de Meulder and the {k-} turn was even better, the {10-} on the river was disastrous as it made his opponent a straight, and we are down to a total of zero de Meulders in this tournament.

Meanwhile the man who earlier cost de Meulder most of his stack, Dmitry Stelmak, is no longer in a happy place, chip-wise - he's somehow taken a big hit and is down to around 20,000.

Tags: Christopher de MeulderDmitry Stelmak

Bilokur Still In Front, Despite Loss


Alexios Zervos opened to 1,500 from UTG and Leonid Bilokur flat-called two seats down.

The flop came {Q-Spades} {6-Spades} {6-Clubs} and Zervos fired out 2,100 and Bilokur made the call. The turn was the {8-Hearts} and now Zervos checked and Bilokur bet 2,500 to which Zervos snap-called.

Both players then checked the river {8-Spades} and Zervos turned over {Q-Clubs} {10-Clubs} to win the pot as the chip leader Bilokur simply mucked, the latter still has about 135,000 remaining but Zervos has got himself back over the 40,000 mark.

Tags: Leonid Bilokur