Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
It was a full day of action at the Hofburg Palace on Thursday. The European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event played down from 50 players to the final 17, while the €10,000 High Roller kicked off with 136 players that accounted for 35 reentries, bringing the total field thus far up to 171 entries.
The EPT10 Vienna High Roller has already surpassed the 115 entries from the Deauville High Roller and EPT London’s 157 entries, and since registration is open until the start of Day 2, there is still a great chance it could pass EPT Prague’s 176 entries and even EPT Barcelona’s 180 entries.
After ten levels of play in the latter event, just 80 players remained with Russia’s Andrey Andreev and his stack of 338,400 leading the way.
The chip lead was actually determined in the penultimate hand of the night in a wild hand with Igor Kurganov, which you can read by clicking here.
While Andreev finished strong, Max Altergott was never able to get off the ground. He busted in the second level, exercised his single reentry option, and then busted again a short time later. Likewise, Yann Dion, Andrey Volkov, Juha Helppi, Fedor Holz, Jack Salter, Steve O’Dwyer, and Thomas Muhlocker are all among the players who no longer have a reentry option.
That said, not everyone missed on their second try. Some player who busted, reentered, and survived the day included Team PokerStars Pros Jonathan Duhamel (111,700), Eugene Katchalov (69,800), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (55,000), and Team Online’s Marc-Andre Ladouceur (35,700).
They'll be joined by some players who made it through on one bullet including Theo Jorgensen (298,700), Alexander Dovzhenko (242,000), Surinder Sunar (235,700), Ami Barer (187,000), Sam Trickett (134,000), and Alex Kravchenko (114,700).
Among those to fall on Day 1 who still have the opportunity to reenter are Daniel “Jungleman” Cates, Maxim Lykov, Joni Jouhkimainen, Sotirios Koutoupas, Walid Bou Habib, Sergio Aido, and Kimmo Kurko.
Day 2 is set to kick off at Noon local time. We expect to see a lot of reentries, plus some new faces could potentially show up (i.e. Gus Hansen, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, etc.), so be sure to join us then as we bring you all the high-rolling action from Vienna, Austria. In the meantime, check out Kristy Arnett’s latest video where she takes a look back at some poker players’ first tweets.
The Seat Draw for Day 2 will not be released till registration closes at the start of the day. Here is the complete list of chip counts:
There were just two hands left to be played at a table in the middle of the room, and boy did the fireworks fly.
It began when Igor Kurganov opened for 3,200 and was met by a three-bet from Andrey Andreev in the big blind. Kurganov made the call and the two saw a flop of . Andreev showed he wasn't messing around when he quickly slid out a tower of blue T5,000 chips, which constituted a bet of approximately 65,000. Kurganov, who had about 140,000 total, tanked for a solid five minutes before announcing that he was all in. Andreev snap-called and Kurganov was caught.
Kurganov stood up and watched as the dealer burned and turned the . He could now catch either a deuce or another five to win the massive pot, but neither materialized as the blanked on the river. With that, a new chip leader emerged.
The clock has been paused with ten minutes left in Level 10, and the tournament staff has informed each table to play four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.
We're headed down to observed the action and compile some chip counts. Stay tuned for that information, as well as a full recap of the Day 1 action.
All in and a call! Dimitar Danchev was all in, nearly covered by Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. "ElkY", seated under the gun, was all in with while Danchev had while acting out of the big blind.
The board didn't help anybody with and Danchev doubled his 83,000 stack.
Grospellier had just about 3,600 left after that hand and had to invest 1,600 for his big blind the next hand.
In that hand Igor Kurganov opened for 3,200 and he called the all in from Grospellier. Kurganov held while Grospellier was live with his . Grospellier flopped a flush draw but he didn't have more than that to show for after all five community cards had rolled of: . With just 12 minutes on the clock for the day Grospellier was busted. He reentered immediately and took his new seat next to Robin Ylitalo.
The 2014 Aussie Millions Champ, Ami Barer, just scored an elimination.
It happened when Connor Drinan got his last 27,000 or so all in preflop and was racing against Barer.
It was a classic flip, but Drinan was the one that needed to improve. That proved easier said than done though as the board ran out .
The clock now makes mention of 170 entries, of which 34 are reentries. 90 players are still active with 20 minutes on the clock. That makes the tournament average about 94,400.
Kristoffer Edberg was already all in for the small main pot as we approached the table he was sitting on. Meanwhile there was a small side pot and both Dominik Nitsche as Igor Kurganov seemed interested in those chips.
With on the board Nitsche check-called a 1,500 bet from Kurganov. The river was the and Nitsche check folded to Kurganov's 3,500 bet.
Edberg got up from the table and without opening his hands left the tournament area. Kurganov meanwhile showed his for the flush and straight. Ednerg's hand was shown to be .