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Day 1a Completed

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Leonid Bilokur ru 187,900 900
Aleksey Zharko 178,400
Kimmo Kurko fi 145,500 55,500
Ramzi Jelassi se 143,400 43,400
Martin Hruby cz 131,400 99,400
Marco Adams cz 120,200 -39,800
Sergio Castelluccio it 115,400 27,400
Mayu Roca Uribe 114,700
Rupert Elder gb 110,100
Daniel Haglund 108,700

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End of Day 1a

Homer • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Leonid Bilokur
Leonid Bilokur

So after a delayed start to the first day of this tournament, the players are finally bagging up at the end of nine grueling levels of play. The chip leader appears to be Leonid Bilokur, a Russian who won the €2,000 side event at the EPT in Berlin last year. He sits with 187,900 which looks to be above anyone else's stack at this time, former chip leader Alessandro Adinolfo lost a big pot at the end of the day to Ramzi Jelassi which has most likely cost him the chip lead.

Other players who have managed to make it through the day include Kevin Vandersmissen, Martins Adeniya and Pieter de Korver. However we lost many good players today including former EPT winners Anton Wigg and Michael Eiler, while the 2009 EPT San Remo champion Constant Rijkenberg also failed to survive the day's play.

Tomorrow we'll be expecting even more players including last year's winner Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree. Also involved will be Kevin MacPhee, Sandra Naujoks, Sebastian Ruthenberg and WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel as well as local hopes Luca Pagano and Dario Minieri.

At the moment, we don't have a fully defined start time but we have been told that it will be after 1.30pm CET. In that case we will look to that as our start time until we hear differently.

Until then, we'll see you tomorrow!

No Moor


Chris Moorman has been eliminated by Marco Adams after an aggressive 3-bet pot. Adams had reraised Moorman's initial 2,500 bet to 6,000 preflop and Moorman called with {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}.

The flop came {K-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{J-Spades} and Moorman check-called a bet of 7,500 intending to double barrel if a heart, queen or seven came off. The {q-} came on the turn and Moorman led for 14,000 which Adams called to see the {10-} on the river. An ugly card for Moorman but he decided to push anyway, reasoning that Adams might make a hero call with a set anyway, however Adams quickly called with {a-}{a-} and Moorman was heading to the rail.

Marco Adams cz 160,000 55,000
Chris Moorman gb Busted

Tags: Marco AdamsChris Moorman

Jelassi Doubles Up at the Very Death

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

We caught the action on the turn of the {k-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{a-Clubs} board, with Ramzi Jelassi check-calling a 9,000 bet from erstwhile chip leader Alessandro Adinolfo.

They saw a {5-Clubs} river and Jelassi now bet out 33,000 with just 8,000 or so back. Adinolfo announced all in to cover Jelassi, who snap-called, turning over {6-Clubs}{4-Clubs} for a flush. Adinolfo's {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} for two pair was no good, and he dropped right down to around 80,000. Jelassi allowed just a hint of a smile to cross his face as he doubled up to over 100,000.

Tags: Alessandro AdinolfoRamzi Jelassi

Last 3 Hands

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

Also, Thomas Kremser has announced that we'll be starting at 1.30 tomorrow instead of the scheduled noon or the 2.30 start we accidentally had today. Tell all your friends.

Hall's Well That Ends Well

Homer • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Galen Hall, the 2011 PCA Champion, just doubled up to 82,000 after he was all-in with {j-Clubs}{3-Clubs} on a flop of {10-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{10-Clubs} against Snowfest runner-up Kevin Vandersmissen. The Belgian making the call with {5-Spades}{5-Hearts}, the {qh] turn did not make a difference but although the {q-Spades} river did not seem to make a difference, suddenly Hall's jack-high now played and he won the pot.

Vandersmissen dropped to 47,000.

Tags: Galen HallKevin Vandersmissen

Long Walk Off a Short Pier

Homer • Level 9: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Leonid Bilokur has around 160,000. The Russian just eliminated Pierpaolo Basta having flopped a set of fours on a {9-}{7-}{4-}{a-}{q-} board and Basta refusing to quit with {a-}{9-} for two pair. We have about half an hour remaining of the day.