2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final

€10,600 Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
a4
Prize
€1,240,000
Event Info
Buy-in
€10,000
Prize Pool
€6,500,000
Entries
650
Level Info
Level
35
Blinds
150,000 / 300,000
Ante
40,000

€10,600 Main Event

Day 1a Completed

Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Player Chips Progress
Samir Hadad ca
Samir Hadad
178,100
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
159,500
JC Alvarado mx
JC Alvarado
145,000
Tom Middleton gb
Tom Middleton
124,000
EPT Main Event Champion
EPT 1X Winner
Timo Eckert
Timo Eckert
116,900
116,900
116,900
Simon Deadman gb
Simon Deadman
115,000
Nick Maimone us
Nick Maimone
114,800
Mark Teltscher gb
Mark Teltscher
114,000
EPT 1X Winner
Hassan Fares fr
Hassan Fares
113,500
113,500
113,500
Gil Morgensztern br
Gil Morgensztern
110,700
Andres Herrera
Andres Herrera
109,700
109,700
109,700
Marc Daubach gb
Marc Daubach
107,600
107,600
107,600
Sotirios Koutoupas gr
Sotirios Koutoupas
102,300
EPT 1X Winner
Dylan Honeyman au
Dylan Honeyman
102,000
102,000
102,000
Maximos Pertsinidis gr
Maximos Pertsinidis
101,000
Pascal Vos nl
Pascal Vos
100,900
100,900
100,900
Elio Fox us
Elio Fox
99,700
Bryan Paris us
Bryan Paris
97,000
50,000
50,000
Natural8
Denis Pisarev ru
Denis Pisarev
95,800
Will Molson ca
Will Molson
93,000
93,000
93,000
Oliver Bosch at
Oliver Bosch
92,800
92,800
92,800
Antonio Buonanno it
Antonio Buonanno
91,400
-8,600
-8,600
EPT Main Event Champion
EPT 1X Winner
Agshin Rasulov
Agshin Rasulov
89,500
89,500
89,500
Micah Raskin us
Micah Raskin
88,200
Jonathan Karamalikis au
Jonathan Karamalikis
87,400
Full Tilt

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Samir Hadad Leads Day 1a Field at the EPT Grand Final

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Samir Hadad
Samir Hadad

The final main event of Season 10 of European Poker Tour kicked off in some style under the open roof of the poker room here in Monte Carlo. Last year had seen Steve O'Dwyer win the €1,224,000 first prize beating arguably the toughest final table in poker history so this year's event has a lot to live up to.

For Day 1a, there were 214 entries, nearly twice as many as the first start day last year. After eight 75-minute levels and a long, gruelling day, it was Samir Hadad who finished as the chip leader, taking his first step on to what he hopes will be a path to poker immortality, finishing the day with 178,100. Talal Shakerchi was second in chips with 159,500, when Pokernews asked how he’d accumulated his chips. “Loads of different hands.” he explained, “Three or four people were all in against me for between fifteen and forty thousand. Lost a load, won a load, lots of swings. It was fun. I’ll definitely be back tomorrow.” Reminded that Day 2 of the Main Event would be Monday he immediately wanted to know if the €5,000 tournament tomorrow was a one-day turbo. If so he will most likely be playing that.

Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand Grospellier, Alex Kravchenko, Marcel Luske and George Danzer managed to both make it through to day 2 with 72,700, 41,800, 37,700 and 26,400 respectively. They'll be joined by Team Online's Marc-Andre Ladoucer (38,400).

Despite the ongoing €100,000 Super High Roller, a lot of eyes were on Victoria Coren Mitchell, the Team PokerStars Pro having become the first ever two-time EPT champion just a few days ago in Sanremo. There was not going to be any repeat performance as Coren Mitchell busted out to former PCA runner-up Chris Oliver with queens against aces. The wait for a triple EPT champion goes on...

Other Team Pros to bust were Jonathan Duhamel, who was short from early on, Vanessa Selbst, Team SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo and Jake Cody. The Englishman, playing his first EPT since becoming a father, ran queens into tens on the turn of a ten-high board. This time last year, it had been Dan Smith who had been leading at the end of Day 1A but the American was one of the first casualties of the day. He was a victim of what looked to be a tough-looking table featuring Haralabos Voulgaris, Mike Watson and Bryn Kenney. Other casualties included the WSOPE Main Event winner Adrian Mateos Diaz, Erik Seidel, Martin Jacobson, Max Silver, Maria Ho, Ami Barer as well as PokerStars Team Online's Isaac Haxton. Paul Newey, Patrik Antonius and Ping San Chan, both of whom had played the Super High Roller event, also took a shot at the main event today but came up short.

Despite the mass numbers of big names that busted, there are still others in the hunt. JC Alvarado has 145,000 while EPT Barcelona champion Tom Middleton will be back on Monday with 124,000. Other players still in include Mark Teltscher, Jonathan Karamalikis, Sorel Mizzi, Antonio Esfandiari, Dominik Nitsche, Mike McDonald and Stephen Chidwick.

Day 1b will start at 12 p.m. tomorrow when an even bigger field is expected for this, the final event of Season 10. Tune into Pokernews from noon local time as this tournament continues. The Live Reporting Team will bring you all the updates from the first riffle to the last river.

Until tomorrow, enjoy this episode of WAG Diaries with Calvin Anderson and his girlfriend Kami.

Tags: Samir Hadad

A Few End of Day Chip Counts

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Player Chips Progress
Samir Hadad ca
Samir Hadad
178,100
178,100
178,100
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
159,500
27,500
27,500
JC Alvarado mx
JC Alvarado
145,000
51,000
51,000
Tom Middleton gb
Tom Middleton
124,000
89,000
89,000
EPT Main Event Champion
EPT 1X Winner
Timo Eckhert
Timo Eckhert
116,000
Simon Deadman gb
Simon Deadman
115,000
65,000
65,000
Nick Maimone us
Nick Maimone
114,800
Mark Teltscher gb
Mark Teltscher
114,000
14,000
14,000
EPT 1X Winner
Gil Morgensztern br
Gil Morgensztern
110,700
110,700
110,700
Sotirios Koutoupas gr
Sotirios Koutoupas
102,300
72,300
72,300
EPT 1X Winner
Maximos Pertsinidis gr
Maximos Pertsinidis
101,000
101,000
101,000
Elio Fox us
Elio Fox
99,700
99,700
99,700
Denis Pisarev ru
Denis Pisarev
95,800
95,800
95,800
Olivier Bosch
Olivier Bosch
92,800
92,800
92,800
Micah Raskin us
Micah Raskin
88,200
88,200
88,200
Jonathan Karamalikis au
Jonathan Karamalikis
87,400
25,400
25,400
Full Tilt
Yann Dion ca
Yann Dion
78,500
49,500
49,500
Bertrand Grospellier fr
Bertrand Grospellier
72,700
22,700
22,700
Rhys Jones gb
Rhys Jones
70,100
15,100
15,100
Sorel Mizzi ca
Sorel Mizzi
70,000
-35,000
-35,000
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
57,800
13,400
13,400
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
57,800
-7,200
-7,200
Jeffrey Hakim lb
Jeffrey Hakim
54,500
-1,500
-1,500
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
50,700
32,200
32,200
EPT 1X Winner
Marcel Luske nl
Marcel Luske
41,800
13,800
13,800
PokerStars

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End of the Road for Selbst

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst

It's all over for Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst. After losing a big pot to Bryan Paris, she raised/called off with pocket nines against Tim Reilly's pocket jacks. A nine-less board later and she was on her way.

Player Chips Progress
Tim Reilly us
Tim Reilly
80,000
5,000
5,000
Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
Busted
PokerStars

MacPhee Busts

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Kevin MacPhee
Kevin MacPhee

Kevin MacPhee moved all in for 6,475 and was flat called by Jonathan Odogwu. Sotirios Koutoupas then raised it to 15,300. Odogwu went in the tank for a bit too long and the clock was called on him.

With five seconds remaining Odogwu open folded {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs} and the two remaining players tabled their hands.

MacPhee had {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} and Koutoupas had {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}.

The cards ran out {k-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{2-Spades}{4-Hearts}{6-Clubs} and MacPhee was out of the main event.

Player Chips Progress
Kevin MacPhee us
Kevin MacPhee
Busted
EPT 1X Winner

Tags: Jonathan OdogwuKevin MacPheeSotirios Koutoupas

Hello? Esfandiai Hates the Call

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante

Jordan Westmorland opened the betting for 1,200 and got called by Nick Maimone, Antonio Esfandiari on the button and both blinds.

The flop was {6-Clubs}{8-Spades}{k-Hearts}. Everybody checked and they saw a turn card {3-Spades}. The blinds checked and Westmorland went for a bet of 3,500. Maimone called and so did Esfandiari.

The river card was the {a-Spades} and Westmorland now bet 8,000 leaving 12,000 behind. Maimone folded pretty quickly but Esfandiari mulled it over before making the call.

“Nuts” Westmorland gleefully said turning over {k-Spades}{9-Spades} flush against the baby {7-Spades}{5-Spades} of Esfandiari.

“I knew you had it and I still called like an idiot,” a frustrated Esfandiari said. To make matters worse Westmorlands phone just went and he answered it saying, “Hello? I just won a big pot off Antonio.”

Player Chips Progress
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
65,000
-17,000
-17,000
Jordan Westmorland us
Jordan Westmorland
30,000

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariNick Maimoneordan Westmorland

Christoph 'Tight-Man1' Vogelsang: Poker's Reluctant Superstar

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante
Christoph 'Tight-Man1' Vogelsang. Photo courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.
Christoph 'Tight-Man1' Vogelsang. Photo courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.

He made his live debut in a Super High Roller event and is already now a fixture at the biggest games in the world, but Christoph Vogelsang remains perhaps the most grounded player on the tour. PokerStars Blog meets the man known online as "Tight-Man1" and talks nosebleed cash action and the One Drop — as well as faith, family and charity. Read all about it by clicking here.

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Voulgaris Pushes Teltscher Out

Level 8 : 300/600, 75 ante

Haralabos Voulgaris raised to 1,200 preflop before Mark Teltscher made it 3,200 from the big blind. Voulgaris called and the pair saw a {K-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{4-Spades} flop.

Teltscher bet 3,800 and Voulgaris called to see the {9-Diamonds} on the turn. Teltscher now checked and Voulgaris bet 6,500.

"Nice hand," said Teltscher, tapping the table. He then mucked his cards.

Player Chips Progress
Mark Teltscher gb
Mark Teltscher
100,000
10,000
10,000
EPT 1X Winner
Haralabos Voulgaris ca
Haralabos Voulgaris
65,000
5,000
5,000