Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
The 2015 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €10,600 Main Event is down to a final table, while just a dozen players remain in the €25,000 High Roller, a single-reentry tournament that attracted 215 entries — 162 unique (159 on Day 1 + three on Day 2) and 53 reentries (42 on Day 1 + 11 on Day 2) – and created a prize pool of €5,267,500. Of that, €1.114 million is reserved for the eventual winner.
After 10 levels of play, just 12 players remain with Russian amateur businessman Andrey Andreev and his stack of 2.27 million best positioned to make a run at the title. Others still in contention include Charlie Carrel (1.534 million), Jeremy Ausmus (1.126 million), Martin Jacobson (628,000), and Steve O'Dwyer (356,000).
The day started off with some players jumping in at the last minute, but Phil Ivey, Vanessa Selbst, and Gus Hansen – who've all been spotted in Monaco – were not among them. Of the hundred or so players in action, only 31 of them would earn a payday.
Among the dozens to leave with nothing to show were Daniel Colman, Mustapha Kanit, Erik Seidel, Faraz Jaka, Mike "Timex" McDonald, and defending champ Philipp Gruissem. Likewise, Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Liv Boeree, and Daniel Negreanu were all eliminated short of the money.
The high roller's bubble boy ended up being a familiar face in Poland's Piotr Franczak, who suffered a particularly bad beat to bubble the €100,000 Super High Roller earlier this week. This time, he dwindled down to nothing and failed to spin it up.
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From there, the in-the-money eliminations came at a rapid pace and included Christoph "Tight-Man1" Vogelsang (29th - €46,400), Sorel Mizzi (26th - €51,600), Matt Waxman (24th - €51,600), Igor Kurganov (22nd - €56,800), and Scott Seiver (20th - €62,100).
Seiver, who finished runner-up in the same event last year, made history in Monaco by completing a high roller hat trick, cashing in the €100,000 Super High Roller (8th - €261,800), €50,000 Super High Roller (9th - €92,860), and €25,000 High Roller (20th - €62,100). While other players like Selbst and Ole Schemion have completed a Super High Roller/High Roller/Main Event hat trick at other EPT stops, the EPT11 Grand Final was the first time there's ever been three high rollers of this caliber.
Seiver, who also won Event #43 €5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha for €75,900 while in town, fell when he shoved his last 124,000 from the cutoff and Andreev called from the button.
The flop gave Andreev a set, but Seiver was drawing live to an eight. The gave Seiver some chop options to a flush, but it was not meant to be as the blanked on the river.
Before the end of the night, several other players would hit the rail including Team Online's Isaac Haxton (17th - €70,000), $111,111 One Drop High Roller champ Tony Gregg (16th - €70,000); and Azerbaijan's Ramin Hajiyev (14th - €77,900).
The plan tomorrow is to play down to a winner, and of course the PokerNews Live Reporting will there every step of the way to capture all the action. Until then, check out this video of Bryn Kenney, who finished in 13th place for €86,800, talking about million-dollar swings:
The remaining 12 players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for any late action, update chip counts, and a full recap of the Day 2 action.
Action folded to Pablo Melogno in the small blind, and he raised all in against Dan Smith's big blind. Smith called to put himself at risk for 243,000, and he had the . Melogno held the .
The flop gave Melogno the lead for a brief moment of time, but then the on the turn took it right back away and returned it to Smith. The river was the to give Smith the double.
From middle position, Max Altergott raised to 32,000. Charlie Carrel called from the hijack seat, and then Bryn Kenney reraised all in for 269,000 on the button. Action folded back to Carrel, and he called with the . Kenney was dominated with the .
The dealer made quick work of Kenney, running out the board to leave him drawing slim on the flop and dead on the turn.
With what, Kenney was eliminated in 13th place, and he'll add €86,800 to his ever-changing bankroll.
Pablo Melogno raised to 27,000 on the button, and Dan Smith three-bet to 81,000 just before the new level. Melogno decided to see the flop, which came . Smith bet 75,000, and Melogno put him all in for 280,000 more. Smith didn't take too long to think things over before he opted to call with , second pair and a straight draw. Melogno had , and his hand held through the turn. A gave Smith a straight on the river, though.
Just a few hands later, Melogno got it all back. With the board reading on fourth street, Melogno shoved all in for 528,000 over a Smith barrel of 180,000. Smith called with , but Melogno had outdrawn him on the turn with . The river that helped Smith before was a brick now, and he sent nearly all of his stack to Melogno.
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