Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
A total of 180 poker players descended on the Alpine Palace Hotel in Saalbach-Hinterglemm for the 2011 PokerStars.net EPT Snowfest and after eight levels of play that number had been reduced to 102.
One man who is easily through to Day 2 is Martins Adeniya who managed to turn his 30,000 starting stack into a very impressive 182,500, over 50,000 more than his nearest rival Wim Boss.
Six Team PokerStars Pros started the day with high hopes but only two of them, Michael Keiner and Alexander Kravchenko, survived the day. French Team PokerStars pro Arnaud Mattern was extremely unlucky relatively early on in proceedings, his losing to when a queen hit the turn.
EPT founder John Duthie bluffed the majority of his stack off with and exited soon after, just before the end of the fourth blind level, whilst Ruben Visser and Marcin Horecki made it a little deeper but it just was not their day.
Day 1b begins at 1400 local time and should see a whole host of well-known players take to the felt, including the likes of Team PokerStars pro Liv Boeree, John Eames and Kevin MacPhee, but not before a huge snowball fight takes place at 1230!
Join us tomorrow from 1400 local time for the very best in live poker tournament coverage. Until then it is goodnight from the PokerNews team
Players are now finished and the chips are being suitably bagged and tagged.
Martins Adeniya has just won a 48,000 chip pot on the very last hand of the night and he did so without having to showdown his hole cards.
In the hand he opened the betting with a 2,000 raise from under the gun, Nicolas Hahn called in the hijack seat, Michael Csango called on the button and Andrei Revenko came along for the ride in the small blind.
Flop: - Revenko came out betting from the small blind to the tune of 8,000, Adeniya called but both Hahn and Csango folded.
Turn: - Revenko showed no signs of slowing down and he bet 12,000, a bet that was called by Adeniya very quickly.
River: - After been called on both the flop and the turn Revenko now stopped betting, opting to check instead. Adeniya was in no mood to let him get to showdown without paying for it and he put a bet of 24,000 onto the table. Revenko released his hand without much thought and Adeniya moved up to 182,500 chips.
With a little over fifteen minutes left, play has really slowed down. There's around 110 players remaining and Wim Bos looks to be the chip leader still.
Josh Prager is now sitting behind 87,000 chips helped in part by him winning a sizeable pot from Andrey Gulyy.
On a flop reading Prager bet 3,000 from the cutoff and Gulyy quickly called. The pair saw the peel off on the turn and it was met with a bet of 6,500 from Prager and a call from his opponent.
The river was the and after looking at how many chips Gulyy had, Prager bet 40,000, which was more than enough to put Gulyy all in. Two minutes later and Gulyy announced "fold" but kept hold of his cards informing Prager that he would let him see what he was holding if Prager would do the same. He declined his offer and mucked.
It has been quite a day for John O'Shea who was at one point flying high before losing most of his stack and then staging a comeback. Well any hopes of an EPT title will have to wait until San Remo as he has just been eliminated.
Simon Ravnsbaek raised to 2,000 from the button, O'Shea raised to 3,200 from the small blind only to see Ravnsbaek put in another raise, this one to 15,000. O'Shea then instantly moved all in for 32,100 chips in total and Ravnsbaek made the call.
The flop came down meaning Ravnsbaek was more than an 98% favourite to win the hand and O'Shea knowing this had already left the table before the and had arrived on the turn and river respectively.
While two of our great British hopes, James Akenhead and James Mitchell, are now contemplating the prospect of a week spent skiing and devoting some quality time to the buffet, their fellow countryman Martins Adeniya is faring rather better.
It looked as though Adeniya had checked the turn of the board; either way Michael Csango had bet 9,000 when we arrived and after a little while in the tank Adeniya made the call.
Adeniya checked the river as well; this time Csango checked behind and turned over a rather lacklustre for fourth pair. Adeniya flipped for second pair, and is up to 132,000.