Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
The first flight here in Madrid has taken wing, circled around the room as the field dropped from 302 to 132, and finally come to roost for a day until the survivors of Day 1b can be determined.
Leading the field is David Sonelin, who rose to chip dominance around Level 6, and stayed there until end of play was called. He has 275,900 chips - a formidable stack with which to return. Also well-off are Canadian EPT Berlin 2011 champion Ben Wilinofsky (233,400) and American Brian England (238,300). England steadily progressed through the day, while Wilinofsky's 100,000 suddenly became near double that when he eliminated Fabrice Soulier after many a battle with this particular tablemate. Joining Soulier on the rail include Barry Greenstein, Andre Coimbra, Jan Skampa and Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst and JP Kelly, just to mention a few.
In fact, the bustout list would itself make a tough tournament - the field here, as always, for this €10,000 buy-in Main Event is packed with pros from the live and online worlds and every table has an interesting story to tell from today's play.
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Arnaud Mattern, by now reduced to just 18,800, open-shoved from the cutoff. Michael Pesek in the big blind looked as though he was seriously considering a call, but in the end he folded instead.
Mattern is still hovering around the 20 BB mark - not his happy place.
Ben Wilinofsky, Berlin EPT winner, has won a huge pot mid level 9, busting long-term table antagonist Fabrice Soulier in the process. Soulier was the preflop raiser (to 2,400 from the cutoff), called by both blinds. On the flop, Soulier bet 3,700 when it was checked to him, the small blind folded but Wilinofsky bumped it up to 8,200. Soulier called. The turn was the and now Wilinofsky led 15,800 (checking out Soulier's 62,000 remaining stack after he made the call once again).
The river: and a fatal card it proved for the French EPT regular. Wilinofsky, sunglasses off, simply set Soulier in - and he was called in a second. Wilinofsky showed for a perfectly rivered flush, and Soulier calmly took his leave, bumping Wilinofsky up to over 170,000.
Russell Carson was very short-stacked when we found him all in with ; this is the only explanation we can think of for him being up against .
Carson doubled to 18,700. We're not actually terribly sure who was holding the as all the chips were already in the middle when we got there, but by the look on his face and the mere 15,000 in his stack, we suspect it might have been Jude Ainsworth.
San Remo champion Rupert Elder is out, according to his twitter he had on a X board against and couldn't catch another Jack to survive on the river.
Gustav Ekerot was all in with when we got there, up against the of Fatima Moreira de Melo. The board ran out which was no use to the Swede who shook his assassin's hand before heading out into the night.
De Melo is at around 85,000 now.
We arrived to find the flop reading and Juan Maceiras all in to cover Luca Cainelli, most of whose chips were already in the middle - there was what looked like over 80,000 in the pot, and Cainelli had less than 25,000 remaining in front of him.
Cainelli tanked up long enough for the clock to be called, but within seconds of floorman Clement arriving for the countdown, Cainelli had folded. The Italian is now at less than half the average stack; the Spanish Team PokerStars Pro meanwhile is at roughly 125,000.
"Ace eight or a set?" asked Cainelli sadly. Maceiras' reply suggested that it could have been either of those things, or a flush draw.