Main Event
Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Nicolas Chouity Rockets to the Top of Day 1b at EPT Campione

MarcC • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Nicolas Chouity
Nicolas Chouity

What a day today was! We warmed up with 178 players yesterday and today we really went for it at the EPT Campione as we near filled the room with 392 players. It’s a pretty big room too. The total of 570 players helped produce a prize pool of €2,764,500. A cool €640,000 of that will go to the winner and the minimum a player can win stands at €7,500 for an 88th place finish.

The stars of the poker world came out in force today but one player out-shone all others today, and that was our end of day chip leader Nicolas Chouity. The former EPT Grand Final champion battled to an impressive 165,900 chips. A lot of those chips came in an end of day tussle with Vanessa Selbst. She came into the press room to say, “Six-bet shoved into aces!” The American had jack-nine suited and was drawing dead by the turn.

He won’t be able to rest on his laurels though as he's amongst an end of day top ten that looks as follows:

1Nicolas Chouity165,800
2Andrea Benelli163,400
3Stefano Demontis154,700
4Andrey Gulyy138,000
5Andras Kovacs131,900
6Calvin Anderson126,500
7Andrey Demidov125,500
8Jannick Wrang121,400
9Fabrice Soulier115,700
10Bryan Piccoli112,900

All those trail to Davide Andreoni though, the day 1a chip leader, who will come back for day 2 as the overall leader with 175,100.

Four times as many PokerStars Team Pros came to play today. They had a mostly successful day as 13 of the 16 who played made it through. Here’s how they ended up: Arnaud Mattern (21,000), Matthias De Meulder (73,200), Eugene Katchalov (59,800), Liv Boeree (43,600), ElkY (90,200), Dag Palovic (7,600), Pier Paolo Fabretti (39,100), Max Martinez (31,800), Victor Ramdin (50,800) and Fatima Moreira de Melo (14,900) are all still in with a chance.

Luca Moschitta, Dario Minieri, Salvatore Bonavena, and Lex Veldhuis all came, battled, but failed to win for their badge. Minieri’s end when he ran the mighty {q-Hearts}{3-Spades} in to Irene Baroni’s pocket rockets. Bonavena flopped top pair, moved all in, but was flushed away by Bryn Kenney. Veldhuis’ kicker let him down as he fell to Benelli.

Day 2 starts tomorrow at 2pm CET. All the 325 remaining players will be in the same room and the plan is to play all the way to when the official PokerStars Party starts at 10pm on a boat on Lake Lugano.

End of Day 1b Chip Counts (full)


Here are the official chip counts of the surviving players from Day 1b of the EPT Campione Main Event.

Nicolas Chouity lb
Nicolas Chouity
lb 165,800 97,800
Andrea Benelli it
Andrea Benelli
it 163,400 -6,600
Stefano Demontis
Stefano Demontis
154,700 -10,300
Andrey Gulyy ru
Andrey Gulyy
ru 138,000
Andras Kovacs hu
Andras Kovacs
hu 131,900
Calvin Anderson us
Calvin Anderson
us 126,500 -33,500
Andrey Demidov ru
Andrey Demidov
ru 125,500 500
Jannick Wrang dk
Jannick Wrang
dk 121,400
Fabrice Soulier fr
Fabrice Soulier
fr 115,700 -19,300
Bryan Piccioli
Bryan Piccioli
Mihai Manole ro
Mihai Manole
ro 110,300
Robin Vlitalo
Robin Vlitalo
109,700 -300
Danilo Donnini
Danilo Donnini
109,200 4,200
Luigi Agostini
Luigi Agostini
108,800 8,800
Mario Nagel
Mario Nagel
Balazs Botond
Balazs Botond
Fabrizio Leonardi
Fabrizio Leonardi
103,900 3,900
Matt Kay
Matt Kay
Massimiliano Bellon Bellucci
Massimiliano Bellon Bellucci
Alexandrea Goulder
Alexandrea Goulder
David Vamplew gb
David Vamplew
gb 100,100 -14,900
Ivo Donev
Ivo Donev
Jacques Torbey
Jacques Torbey
98,900 -1,100
Muhamet Perati
Muhamet Perati
98,200 -6,800
Felix Bleiker
Felix Bleiker

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Last Five Hands

[user76023] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Players are now playing their final five hands before play finishes for the day.

More Man


Chris Moorman has been uncharacteristically quiet today, perhaps less like a Porsche and more like a Prius, smooth and reliable. He's just had a little boost to the engine though, his {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} winning a 30,000 flip against Joseph Shalgi's {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} when a king hit the flop. Moorman is up to 65,000.

Chris Moorman gb
Chris Moorman
gb 65,000 44,600

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Kenney Almost Killed


Fabrizio Leonardi had moved all in on the river of an {A-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{7-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} board for 38,450 and the decision was on Bryn Kenney. The American took a couple of minutes and finally declared, "Call," putting a stack of blues in the middle.

Leonardi flipped {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts} for a turned full house and Kenney flashed what looked like the {A-Hearts} into the muck.

Fabrizio Leonardi
Fabrizio Leonardi
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 10,000 -55,000

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Elder's Kings Cracked

YorkshirePud • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

From the UTG+1 seat the wavy-haired Antonio Volpicelli opened the betting with a min-raise to 1,200 and when the action folded to former EPT San Remo champion Rupert Elder in the cutoff he smooth-called. To his direct left was the Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and he came along for the ride too, so it was three handed to the {10-Spades}{A-Spades}{10-Hearts} flop.

Volpicelli's check prompted Elder to tap the table and ElkY to follow suit; no more chips went into the pot. That changed upon the arrival of the {5-Diamonds} on the turn as Volpicelli lead for 1,800 and only Elder made the call so it was heads-up to the {4-Hearts} river. Volpicelli now checked, then called when Elder took a 4,600 stab at the pot.

Elder: {K-Spades}{K-Hearts}
Volpicelli: {A-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}

The Italian wins the pot and Elder's king lay shattered in the muck.

Tags: Rupert ElderAntonio Volpicelli