€5,300 Main Event
€5,300 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Oleksii Khoroshenin Leads After EPT Vienna Day 1a

Happy_Freaked • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Oleksii Khoroshenin
Oleksii Khoroshenin

After the first of two PokerStars.net European Poker Tour Vienna Main Event starting days, it’s Oleksii Khoroshenin who finished in the lead after bagging up 171,900 in chips. A total of 341 players registered for the first flight, and 182 managed to survive the day. Sergii Baranov, former World Series of Poker Europe Main Event runner-up, finished in fourth with 155,000. Top German pro Dominik Nitsche bagged up 138,000 and he'll be among the bigger stacks going into Day 2.

The EPT landed in Vienna after a three-and-a-half-year hiatus, but it came back stronger than ever. Vienna, once host of the biggest EPT in Season 1 with 297 participants, will display all its beauty and riches as the EPT plays out in the stunning Hofburg Palace.

Defending champion Michael Eiler showed up to extend his reign in Vienna, but he barely kept his hopes alive with 7,200 in chips after being short for most of the day. Eiler was not the only former EPT winner that showed up for Day 1a, either, as Benny Spindler, Noah Boeken and Jannick Wrang were all eliminated. Steve O’Dwyer, last year’s EPT Grand Final winner, did make it through with 15,200, though.

One of the most famous Austrian players, who’s also know as the "Chess Master," is Ivo Donev and he was among the first players eliminated on Day 1a. While Donev has been on the tour for decades, things are just starting with 19-year-old Adrian Mateos who won the WSOP Europe Main Event last fall. Mateos had a horrible start and was knocked down to 10,000 in chips early on. He did however manage to mount a comeback and finished strong with 104,600. Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer was fortunate to survive the day, but he will be facing an uphill battle with 12,200.

Micheal Piper, EPT Sanremo fourth-place finisher in 2010, had an excellent start, but eventually things did not work out for him. Piper ran jacks into PokerStars Team Online's Marc-Andre Ladouceur’s aces, and the latter closed out the day with 91,000 in chips. Irish Open winner and EPT Snowfest runner-up Kevin Vandersmissen joined the fun today as well, and he ended up bagging 61,400 chips. His former Snowfest rival, 2011 winner Vladimir Geshkenbein, was seated just one table over and he closed out with 130,000 in chips.

Former EPT London winner Ruben Visser got in a fortunate situation when he won with set over set, but later on he was bluffed in a five-bet pot by Dzmitry Urbanovich and ended with 37,900 in chips. This result was still better than that of Marton Czuczor, who ran nines into tens to end his EPT Vienna Main Event. One of the players who was very concerned with his Main Event tournament life, Roland Maurus, decided to fold kings preflop, and later he found out this wasn't the right move.

Among the big stacks towards the end were many new names, including Jesper Hoog and Mohamed Kerkeni. On Monday, a ton of top pros, amateurs and qualifiers will show up for Day 1b, and we're sure that will bring an entirely new slate of names to our attention. Please make sure to tune back in at 12 p.m. CET, as PokerNews.com brings you all the live updates for 12 straight hours!

Tags: Benny SpindlerIvo DonevJannick WrangMarton CzuczorMichael EilerMichael PiperMohamed KerkeniNoah BoekenRuben VisserSteve O'DwyerVladimir Geshkenbein

Day 1A Survivors (full)

Webjoker • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Oleksii Khoroshenin ua
Oleksii Khoroshenin
ua 171,900 900
Dzmitry Urbanovich pl
Dzmitry Urbanovich
pl 163,400
Konstantinos Stratopoulos
Konstantinos Stratopoulos
Sergii Baranov ua
Sergii Baranov
ua 155,000
Jesper Hoog se
Jesper Hoog
se 149,200
Mohamed Kerkeni
Mohamed Kerkeni
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
de 138,000
Gottfried Franz
Gottfried Franz
136,400 36,400
Yulius Sepman RU
Yulius Sepman
RU 131,200
Vladimir Geshkenbein ru
Vladimir Geshkenbein
ru 130,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 129,300 2,300
Michael Tabarelli it
Michael Tabarelli
it 124,800
Alejandro Passy Kahn
Alejandro Passy Kahn
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 119,700
Halil Baybars
Halil Baybars
Marko Vukoja HR
Marko Vukoja
HR 115,500
Torsten Pischl
Torsten Pischl
Pavel Meshkov
Pavel Meshkov
Lasell Marvio King DE
Lasell Marvio King
DE 109,700
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 106,000
Adrian Mateos Diaz
Adrian Mateos Diaz
Nikolay Losev ru
Nikolay Losev
ru 104,500
Fredrik Keitel
Fredrik Keitel
Shane Buchwald us
Shane Buchwald
us 101,300
Dmitry Nemirovsky
Dmitry Nemirovsky

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Bagging and Tagging

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The players are now playing the last few hands of the night before bagging and tagging. We're headed out to capture any last-minute action and compile some chip counts, so stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 1a action.

Silver Misses Flush to End the Night

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Max Silver
Max Silver

We missed the action, but we do know that Max Silver got the last of his chips in on a {7-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} flop holding the {k-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}. His opponent, Lucas Reeves, was ahead with the {q-}{j-Diamonds}, and it held as the {5-Spades} blanked on the turn followed by the {7-Clubs} on the river.

Unfortunately for Silver, he won't be making the final table like he did in Prague.

Max Silver gb
Max Silver
gb Busted

Tags: Max Silver

Piper Gone

Yardley • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Michael Piper
Michael Piper

Marc-Andre Ladouceur, a PokerStars Team Online Pro from Canada, opened UTG+1 for 1,200 and it folded round to the big blind Michael Piper from the UK who made it 4,100. Ladouceur thought about it and sized up Piper’s stack. He then made it 7,200 which prompted Piper, in the one seat, to lift the dealers elbow, take the all in triangle and put it on top of his stack. All of Piper’s chips were over the line and Ladouceur quickly called. Piper was at risk with {j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} but Ladouceur had {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}.

The board ran out {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}{7-Spades}{7-Hearts}{2-Hearts} and Piper’s adventure at Vienna had come to an end.

Michael Piper
Michael Piper

Tags: Marc LadouceurMichael Piper

Kings Preflop in the Muck

Webjoker • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

In front of German player Roland Maurus was 3,800 and two players had the all in triangle in front of them. Adrian Mateos Diaz from Spain had a little over 43,000 pushed to the middle, Michael Brady had slightly less than that and was allso all in.

Maurus was thinking about it really hard and kept shaking his head. Nobody called the clock but Maurus was thinking for four or so minutes before open folding his {K-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}.

He continued to shake his head after both other players tabled their cards. Diaz had {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} and Brady showed {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs}.

The board would run out in favor of Mateos Diaz: {5-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{9-Hearts}. Brady stood up from the table and said "I saved you" to Maurus. "Cheers guys"

Michael Brady us
Michael Brady
us Busted