Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
Day 1b of the 2015 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €10,600 Main Event saw 337 players turn out for eight levels of play. Along with Day 1a's 219 entrants, the total field currently stands at 556, though it's sure to go up as registration is open until the start of Day 2.
By the end of the night, 186 players remained with France's Romain Paon and his stack of 161,900 leading the way, which was a bit less than Jose Carlos Garcia, who was the Day 1a chip leader with 182,800. To date, Paon's biggest score was €22,000 for a runner-up finish in the 2012 Barriere Poker Tour Deauville Main Event. Paon is an online reg who is playing his first live event for Team PMU Poker after winning an online contest called "Challenge ProDream."
Others who bagged up big stacks were Eric Sfez (148,600), Samy Salah (144,500), and Felix Stephensen (143,000), just to name a few. As for Stephensen, who you may remember finished runner-up in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, he had a fairly even-keel day as he slowly built his stack to the fourth-biggest in the room.
"It wasn't a really big one hand," Stephensen told PokerNews. "Flopping big, getting paid, getting lucky with some hero calls."
Stephensen then explained one bit of luck he had was going broke with pocket queens on a flop with two diamonds. The turn slowed the action, and the river brought it to a grinding halt. It was a good thing too as Stephensen's opponent had flopped a bigger set with pocket aces.
Of course not everyone was so lucky. Among those to swing and miss on Day 1b were reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Anthony Zinno; former EPT champ Toby Lewis; French pro Erwann Pecheux; Canadian Sorel Mizzi; German cardsharps Philipp Gruissem and Max Lehmanski; Team PokerStars Pro Leo Margets; and EPT8 champ Mohsin Charania.
The man known as "chicagocards1" fell in the last level of the night at the hands of Eros Nastasi. It happened after a player opened for 1,500 in middle position, and Charania shipped all in for 6,725 from the cutoff. Nastasi called from the big blind, and the original raiser folded.
Charania had a kicker issue, and it did not get solved as the board ran out a clean .
While dozens fell, plenty of notables survived the day including Faraz Jaka (90,400), David Peters (90,200), Jeremy Ausmus (75,000), Simon Deadman (63,600), Sergio Aido (62,200), Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (51,900), and Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst (66,200), Johnny Lodden (65,400), Ivan Demidov (64,900), Liv Boeree (30,100), Jake Cody (11,700), and Fatima Moreira De Melo (10,800).
As for Selbst, she had an up-and-down day, which included a key double in Level 3 (100/200). With approximately 15,000 already in the pot and a board reading , Selbst moved all in for roughly 17,500 from the small blind, and Giacomo Fundaro called from the cutoff. Selbst rolled over the and her Italian foe simply mucked.
The surviving players from both flights will return on Monday at Noon local time for Day 2 action. Players such as Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey are expected to join before the start of play. The plan is to play six 75-minute levels with no dinner break, meaning play will come to an end at approximately 10:15 p.m. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will here every step of the way to capture all the action in our live blog, so be sure to check back then.
While you wait, check out our video with Stephensen:
|Bryan Paris||Natural8 Ambassador||103,500|
The tournament staff has just announced the remaining players will play five more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed down to the tournament floor to capture any last-minute action and to compile a list of chip counts. Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 1b action.
Poker players have always looked for distractions while they play, usually opting for a mobile phone or tablet to flick away the moments between hands. Martin Kabrhel meanwhile has chosen a different approach, as the PokerStars Blog reports here.
Mike Adamo put in a raise to 11,250 from the button after Eros Nastasi three-bet him in the big blind to about 4,000. Nastasi shoved all in for about 25,000, and Adamo called with . He had Nastasi's dominated, but an ace-high flop left him shaking his head in disgust.
When we last took note of Adrian Mateos, the Spanish pro had one of the biggest stacks in the room. It appeared he had fallen on hard times when we got to his table though, as he was down to just 13,250. He was able to double that with though, as we found the dealer counting down his stack for a double on a board of . His opponent's hand was already mucked.
|Kitty Kuo||Natural8 Ambassador||Busted|
Cabrera opened from middle position and found callers in Wang in the hijack and Boeree in the big blind. On a flop of Boeree checked and Cabrera bet out 1,900. Wang called and Boeree folded.
On the turn, again Cabrera chose to bet, moving 4125 chips across the line. And again, after a short pause, Wang called.
The river brought the and Cabrera slid three blue 5,000 chips out, meaning Wang had to move all-in to call.
"Aces?" asked Wang, "Pocket Aces? Really?"
Cabrera remained silent. Wang folded and his opponent instantly mucked his cards.
"Aces?" asked Selbst from the other end of the table.
"I had Ace-King" said Wang.
"I don't know if I could have folded that, responded Selbst.
|Pablo Melogno Cabrera||66,000|