Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
It was a packed tournament room here at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final Main Event in the Salles des Etoiles room at Le Sporting with numbers considerably exceeding the 214 from Day 1a. The day kicked off with 300 players registered and ready to go, but that grew as the day went on. At the end of four levels of play there were 406 registered, and by close of play that would reach 427.
Last year 531 players entered to compete for a €1,224,000 first place prize. This year’s Grand Final has surpassed that as the 427 from Day 1b added to the 214 we had yesterday makes 641, already 110 players more than last year! Registration is still open and will remain open until the start of play tomorrow, so anticipate that number to grow even more.
After eight 75 minute levels of play on Day 1b it is German PokerStars player Hendrik Latz who leads the way with 191,600. Latz is closely followed by Davidi Kitai from Belgium who has 173,100 and hot on his heels is the Russian Vladimir Troyanovskiy with 172,000.
There was the expected show of force from Team PokerStars Pros who were represented by Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, Barry Greenstein, Eugene Katchalov, Ivan Demidov , Johnny Lodden, Liv Boeree, Christophe De Meulder, Nacho Barbero, Juan Manuel Pastor , Angel Guillen, Andre Akkari, Humberto Brenes and David Williams.
In addition to that stellar line up some of the other big names in poker turned up to play including Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Sam Trickett, Scott Seiver and online phenom and Full Tilt Professional Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. The Swede ended up sitting to the right of Lodden and Annette Obrestad so it was a tough table draw for the online pro at the Scandi-heavy table, though all three managed to make it through the night.
The appearance of Obrestad stirred a lot of media attention and she and fellow Norwegian Lodden got off to a great start. In Level 2, Obrestad eliminated a player and doubled up, and shortly thereafter by Lodden did the same.
Phil Ivey didn’t seem to get involved in any huge pots but remained active, picking up chips where he could playing the game as only he knows how. PokerNews Senior News Editor Chad Holloway watched the great man play an orbit to see just how he goes about his business. Ivey ended the day with 50,800.
Liv Boeree played some fearless poker but ended up with a disappointing 6,200, though that was still better than some other Team PokerStars Pros. Negreanu went out pretty early in a set-over-set cooler and Jason Mercier was eliminated from the tournament when he found his was no good all in on a flop of against the of Nikolay Baranov. The turn and river failed to come to his rescue. Other Team Pros who fell today included Leo Fernandez and Christophe de Meulder.
The surviving 241 players return tomorrow along with any last minute hopefuls who decide to buy in. When registration closes and the final entries have been confirmed, the prizepool will be announced and the players will know just how much money they are competing for alongside the fantastic trophy and the title.
Be sure to join the PokerNews Live Reporting team from Noon local time tomorrow when we will bring you up-to-the-minute coverage as they begin the second stage of the tournament. Join us then and throughout the week as we make our way to the final table and the crowning of the final champion of the season.
In the meantime check out this video where Scott Seiver, who fell on Day 1b, talks to Jennifer Robles about his win last night at the €5k PLO Tournament.
Scott Seiver finished 21st in Borgata for $33,967 a couple of days ago and almost didn't want to come to Monaco for the Grand Final of EPT season 10. He must be glad he did though, as he won the €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Turbo 6-Max for €57,700 right after his arrival.
The Main Event didn't go to well for him. He was just seen exiting the tournament area. Apparently his couldn't beat when all the money went in on a board. The river gave his opponent trips and Seiver was eliminated.
There's a €25,000 High Roller later this week and we just might see Seiver in that tournament as he's known to enter the big buy in tournaments as well.
The tournament staff has just announced that the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed down to the tournament floor to capture any late action and to compile a list of notable chip counts.
Stay turned for those as well as a full recap of the day's action.
There’s a Scandinavian one-two-three here with Johnny Lodden, Annette “Annette_15” Obstrad and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom sat at one table. Should they make it through they can all hope for a kinder seat draw tomorrow. Read more at PokerStars Blog.
Yesterday, Daniel Colman, a 23-year-old from the United States who plays online under the name “mrGR33N13,” topped a field of 62 entries (50 unique, 12 reentries) to win the €1,539,300 first-place prize in the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller. Today, Colman was looking to make a run at the Main Event title, but those hopes were just crushed.
Colman was clinging to a short stack of around 8,000 when he decided to commit it from middle position. France's Apostolos Chantzis looked him up from the cutoff, and after the rest of the players folded, Colman discovered the bad news.
Colman had a kicker issue, but it was solved when the flop paired his nine. However, Chantzis did flop a flush draw. The dealer burned and turned the . It wasn't a diamond, but it was just as good as it gave Chantzis back the lead with kings.
Colman needed a nine on the river to stay alive, but it was not meant to be as the blanked on the river.
Phillipp Gruissem opened for 1,500 and got some resistance from the small blind. Ermo Kosk from Estonia made it 3,800 and Gruissem called.
Both players checked a flop of and the dealer burned and turned before we knew it: . Kosk checked to Gruissem who bet 3,300. Kosk called and checked again once the landed on the river. Gruissem bet 13,500 with about 7,000 behind and his opponent folded after some hefty thinking.
With around 25,000 in the pot and a board reading , Germany's Hendrik Latz bet 18,400 from the small blind and put the pressure on Andrey Gulyy in the big. The Russian thought long and hard, but he eventually released his cards.
The hand wasn't especially noteworthy other than the fact that it pushed Latz up to approximately 215,000, which could very well be the top stack in the room.