Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in €5,000
Prize Pool €3,865,450
Players 797

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 60,000 / 120,000
Ante 20,000

Aces for Piasecki


Artem Litvinov opened for 105,000 from the hijack and received a call from Ludovic Lacay, who held {a-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} in the cutoff. The button got out of the way, and then Adrian Piasecki three-bet to 290,000 from the small blind with {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}. The big blind folded, Litvinov did the same, and Lacay followed suit after thinking about it for a few moments.

Ludovic Lacay fr
Ludovic Lacay
fr 5,850,000 -101,000
Adrian Piasecki PL
Adrian Piasecki
PL 2,260,000 215,000
Artem Litvinov ru
Artem Litvinov
ru 700,000 -100,000

Tags: Ludovic LacayArtem LitvinovAdrian Piasecki

Lacay Takes Chip Lead


Jason Tompkins raised to 100,000 from under the gun and it folded all of the way around to Ludovic Lacay in the big blind. Lacay called and the flop came down {7-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. Lacay checked and Tompkins opted to check right behind.

The {J-Clubs} came down on the turn and Lacay took this opportunity to lead out for 150,000. Tompkins flat called and the {9-Spades} hit the river. Lacay fired 175,000 for one last bet and Tompkins tanked for about a minute before finally calling.

Lacay showed {A-Hearts}{J-Spades} for a pair of jacks and Tompkins flashed his {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} before mucking his hand.

With this pot Lacay has overtaken Jason Lavallee as the chip leader.

Ludovic Lacay fr
Ludovic Lacay
fr 5,951,000 585,000
Jason Tompkins ie
Jason Tompkins
ie 3,275,000 -330,000

Tags: Jason TompkinsLudovic Lacay

Who'll Be the Next to Join this List?

Chad_Holloway • Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Former EPT Sanremo Champions

SeasonDateBuy-In# of PlayersPrize PoolWinnerTop Prize
4April 1-5, 2008€5,000701€3,100,000Jason Mercier€869,000
5April 18-23, 2009€5,3001,178€5,713,300Constant Rijkenberg€1,508,000
6April 15-21, 2010€5,3001,240€6,014,000Liv Boeree€1,250,000
7April 27-May 3, 2011€5,300987€4,786,950Rupert Elder€930,000
8October 21-27, 2011€4,900837€3,734,694Andrey Pateychuk€680,000
9October 5-11, 2012€5,300797€3,865,450???€800,000

Shuffle Up and Deal!

Chad_Holloway • Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

The tournament director has introduced the players and cards are in the air here in the Casino Sanremo theater.

Seat 8: Artem Litvinov (800,000)

Artem Litvinov
Artem Litvinov

Coming in as the short stack today, Russian player Artem Litvinov is an EPT regular with five Main Event cashes to his name already, including 16th at EPT8 Deauville for €26,000. Litvinov works in marketing but plays a lot of high stakes poker, both live and online. He first started playing poker about seven years ago. His best result to date was in April when he outlasted players such as Phil Ivey, Alex Bilokur and Martin Finger to finish fifth in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final High Roller for €216,000. His live tournament winnings already total nearly $500,000 – but would have been €122,960 more if he hadn’t bubbled the Super High Roller at EPT Barcelona. Online, he also has a string of tidy results including third in a $2k SCOOP NL event for $206,784 and third in a WCOOP event for $144,808.

*Courtesy of PokerStars

Tags: Artem Litvinov

Seat 7: Angelo Recchia (2,845,000)

Angelo Recchia
Angelo Recchia

Angelo Recchia hails from San Vito dei Normanni, Brindisi and first started playing poker six years ago in online heads up SNGs and MTTs. His first live experience was in 2010 competing in the All Stars Of Poker; he finished sixth for €12,000. Recchia graduated in linguistics, then did military service and worked as a barman all around Italy before becoming a poker pro. His best live result to date was winning a €1,000 IPT Sanremo side event in January for €32,000. He also has several other smaller cashes to his name from the PCA, WSOP and Eureka Poker Tour. Online, he came fifth in the Sunday Special for almost €10,500 and third in the Sunday High Roller for around €6,500.

*Courtesy of PokerStars

Tags: Angelo Recchia

Seat 6: Ismael Bojang (1,755,000)

Ismael Bojang
Ismael Bojang

Ismael Bojang, 23, has been playing poker for five years now. A former Economics student at Göttingen University, Bojang is mainly a live cash and tournament player and plays very little online. This is a decision that he puts down to the entertainment value. It’s more fun to play live, he says, with fewer distractions. Living in Hamburg, he regularly travels to France and Austria to play Omaha cash games.

Despite this he still plays the occasional PokerStars tournament on a Sunday but it’s live poker that has brought him the most success, including four cashes at this year’s World Series of Poker. To date his live tournament earnings amount to nearly $400,000.

*Courtesy of PokerStars

Tags: Ismael Bojang

Seat 5: Jason Lavallee (5,545,000)

Jason Lavallee
Jason Lavallee

Jason Lavallee is a 26-year old professional poker player from Montreal, Quebec. Though he generally plays a mixture of both tournaments and cash games, Lavallee has heightened his focus on tournament play as of late. Lavallee had his first major tournament cash back in 2007, but he earned his greatest tournament cash by finishing in 2nd place in the $15,000 World Poker Tour Championship event at Festa al Lago for $795,150. Since then Lavallee has been able to bring his total tournament winnings up to an impressive $1,055,312. Winning today will give Lavallee the biggest tournament score of his life and he is in a good position to do so as he is the biggest stack at the table.

*Courtesy of PokerStars

Tags: Jason Lavallee

Seat 4: Micah Raskin (1,550,000)

Micah Raskin
Micah Raskin

Micah Raskin is a 44-year-old businessman from New York, USA, who has become a regular fixture on the international poker circuit. He has amassed more than $1.1 million in live tournament winnings during a relatively brief career at the tables, and is now at his first EPT final table. He grew up in Queens, New York, where he learned poker from his father, Tommy while playing in the basement of his family home with his twin brothers. The twins - Logan and Roger - are here in Sanremo and have been supporting Raskin from the rail throughout the tournament.

*Courtesy of PokerStars

Tags: Micah Raskin