Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Play has now ended here at the PokerStars.net EPT Snowfest and although 268 players who started the day with high hopes of making it to at least the money places only 81 survived with their chip stacks intact.
This means that were are yet to reach the money places, though we fully expect to lose the required nine players early on in proceedings tomorrow and when we do each of those players who are still in the tournament will be guaranteed to walk away with no less than €5,250 for their efforts this week.
A number of Team PokerStars Pros started the day but failed to make it through to Day 2 including Liv Boeree, Johannes Strassmann and Salvatore Bonavena. However, four of their team-mates did make it through, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Alexander Kravchenko and Luca Pagano, the latter was amongst the top of the chip counts all day long.
Sat at the top of counts with a staggering 623,500 chips is Belgium's Philip Meulyzer and his nearest rival as they bag and tag their precious chips is Italian Giacomo Maisto who has 572,500.
Play resumes at 1400 local time on Wednesday and will continue until the 81 players have been whittled down to just the final 24 players. Until then it is goodnight from everyone here at the PokerStars.net EPT Snowfest
Michael Tureniec's table took rather longer than all the others to finish up, owing to the EPT Copenhagen champion rather selfishly (as far as all the casino staff and media were concerned) felt that he had to make a last-minute surge, winning two sizable pots in a row.
We didn't quite catch the first one, but we got the second one. A short-stacked Jamel Maistriaux pushed with , but Tureniec woke up with and made the call. The board came down , and as a result Tureniec finished up the day on 330,400.
Nicolo Calia open-shoved for 75,100, and it folded right around to Alex Kravchenko in the small blind who made the call.
"Ai ai ai ai ai," sighed Calia as he removed his sunglasses and contemplated his fate.
The two shook hands, and while Calia headed to the door just as the last few hands of the night were announced, Kravchenko headed up to the environs of 295,000.
Michael Tureniec seems to have made the opening raise from the cutoff; either way the reraise from Hans Erlandsson in the small blind was to 14,100 and there was no-one else in the hand when Tureniec made it 29,600 to go. Erlandsson called and they saw a flop.
Erlandsson checked and Tureniec bet 22,800 - but Erlandsson now check-raised to 50,300 and Tureniec folded.
They're at 260,000 apiece after that, but moving in opposite directions.
As we rapidly approach the money bubble it appears that the players over on Table 8 are looking to pick up as many chips as possible whilst others simply try to fold to the money.
Three consecutive hands all created decent sized pots, here's how they went down.
On a board reading Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano checked to Vladimir Geshkenbein who made a bet of 38,000 into the pot that contained around 50,000 chips already. Pagano tanked for well over a minute before finally folding. Geshkenbein gave a wry smile as if he was going to show his hand but he mucked instead.
Andreas Wiese opened to 7,500 from middle position and only Jack Powell on the button called, thosugh Roland Norietis shaped to call before folding. The flop came down , Wiese bet 11,500 and Powell called. The turn brought the into play and both players checked. Finally, the river was the and Wiese sprung into action and bet 16,000 sending Powell into deep thought, so deep the lights in the tournament area dimmed for a brief moment, which Powell took as a sign and folded.
Wiese opened another pot to 7,500, Geshkenbein made it 18,000 to play only to see the player next to act, Iulian Ruxandescu, raise again to 40,200. The action folded back to Wiese who double checked his card and moved all in, prompting very quick folds from both of his active opponents.
We arrived just in time to see Pontus Nima Khosravi and Hans Erlandsson turning their cards over, Khosravi all in for his tournament life. By the sounds of it big blind Pierre Neuville had folded something really big, but he was soon pleased about the decision when he saw the cards, and indeed the board.
Khosravi's quads were good enough to double him up to 105,000.
A full board of was out on the felt when we got there; Dominique Franchi was betting out 25,000 from the big blind position. On the button, last year's runner up Russell Carson asked him, "What six do you have?"
"No I don't have six," replied Franchi.
"Something better than a six?" queried Carson.
"I do not understand," Franchi told him. "Not very good English. But not six," he continued. "Perhaps ace. Perhaps queen-king. Pocket fives. Nothing."
Carson folded. "Choose," Franchi ordered him, offering Carson his hole cards. Carson turned over the .
"I still lost," sighed Carson.
"You still lost," agreed Franchi. But not a six."
"Full house, sevens over sixes," opined tablemate Fatima Moreira de Melo.
Carson is down to 235,000, Franchi up to 210,000.