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€5,300 Main Event



€5,300 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Gilles Bernies Leads EPT Dublin Main Event After Day 1a

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Gilles Bernies
Gilles Bernies

The first of two starting days for the 2016 PokerStars European Poker Tour Dublin Main Event saw 147 players pony up the buy-in of €5,300. Eight 75-minute levels later, only 79 of them bagged up chips with Gilles Bernies in the lead on 189,600.

The 27-year-old German had three deep runs at the end of 2015 with a 38th-place finish in the World Series of Poker Europe "Oktoberfest" event and first- and second-place finishes during festivals at Holland Casino of Breda in the Netherlands. Coming into this event, Bernies had $74,990 in live tournament earnings.

Bernies won a big pot off Adrian Mateos after he made the nut flush with the ace-queen of hearts before then flopping two pair against Paul-Francois Tedeschi with five-seven suited to take another chunk of chips.

Mike McDonald jumped onto the overnight podium just before the end of play by flopping a full house with pocket queens in a three-way all-in situation. The hand involved Artem Litvinov, who bagged up 138,900, and Daniel Shapiro, who was eliminated. and the win by "Timex" allowed him to soar all the way up to 162,400 in chips.

Other big stacks and notables included Anthony Zinno (124,800), former EPT Vienna High Roller champion Fabrice Soulier (123,400), Kamran Aliyev (114,200), EPT regular Jean-Noel Thorel (110,000), Walid Bou Habib (87,700), Nick Petrangelo (81,600), Sam Greenwood (57,600), Charlie Carrel (49,900), and 2015 November Niner Pierre Neuville (27,400).

Two members of Team PokerStars Pro, Jason Mercier (83,200) and Luca Pagano (70,000), were also among those to advance, along with former EPT champions Kevin MacPhee (59,000), Sebastian Pauli (28,600), and Aaron Gustavson (23,800).

Among those that failed to bag up chips were Dario Sammartino, Mohsin Charania, Ryan Riess, Ian Simpson, Rainer Kempe, Ricardo Manquant, Rocco Palumbo, Jason Wheeler, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Jared Jaffee, Martin Staszko, Joao Vieira, Max Silver, Balazs Botond, Davidi Kitai, and reigning PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion Mike Watson. Sammartino, Charania, and Simpson all fell victim to the hot early run of Litvinov.

Day 1b will take place on Monday at 12 p.m. local time with the second starting flight. A much bigger field is expected, and the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to provide updates.

For those who were eliminated, or for those who advanced and have a day off, check out where you can grab some healthy eats in Dublin in this video below.

Tags: Aaron GustavsonAdrian MateosAnthony ZinnoArtem LitvinovBalazs BotondCharlie CarrelDario SammartinoDavidi KitaiFabrice SoulierGeorgios SotiropoulosGilles BerniesIan HunterIan SimpsonJared JaffeeJason MercierJason WheelerJean-Noel ThorelJeremy NockJoao VieiraKamran AliyevKevin MacPheeLuca PaganoMartin StaszkoMax GreenwoodMax SilverMichael WatsonMike McDonaldMike WatsonMohsin CharaniaNick PetrangeloPaul-Francois TedeschiPierre NeuvilleRainer KempeRicardo ManquantRocco PalumboRyan RiessSam GreenwoodSebastian PauliWalid Bou Habib

End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Gilles Bernies DE
Gilles Bernies
DE 189,600 -400
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca 162,400 12,400
Ian Hunter GB
Ian Hunter
GB 139,400 -10,600
Artem Litvinov ru
Artem Litvinov
ru 138,900 8,900
Victor Ilyukhin gb
Victor Ilyukhin
gb 131,400 6,400
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
Winamax Team Pro
es 128,800 8,800
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 124,800 9,800
Fabrice Soulier fr
Fabrice Soulier
fr 123,400 3,400
Kamran Aliyev AZ
Kamran Aliyev
AZ 114,200 -5,800
Jean-Noel Thorel fr
Jean-Noel Thorel
fr 110,000 17,000
Czeslaw Szerszen us
Czeslaw Szerszen
us 102,100 25,100
Joel Micka us
Joel Micka
us 99,800 99,800
Jarrod Rex GB
Jarrod Rex
GB 91,700 -13,300
Walid Bou Habib lb
Walid Bou Habib
lb 87,700 -10,300
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 83,200 16,200
Sven Magirius DE
Sven Magirius
DE 82,100 7,100
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
us 81,600 81,600
Vojtech Ruzicka cz
Vojtech Ruzicka
cz 80,300 -12,700
Morten Jensen DK
Morten Jensen
DK 79,400 79,400
Francois Billard ca
Francois Billard
ca 79,000 79,000
Christopher Kruk ca
Christopher Kruk
ca 74,800 42,800
Alex Goulder gb
Alex Goulder
gb 70,400 70,400
Edouard Mignot fr
Edouard Mignot
fr 70,000 70,000
Luca Pagano it
Luca Pagano
it 70,000 -18,500
Christopher George us
Christopher George
us 66,700 66,700

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Nock Knocked Out at the End

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

In one of the last hands of the day, Jeremy Nock faced the all in of Adrian Mateos on the {J-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{10-Spades} turn and told his opponent "I don't believe you" before calling it off with the {9-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. It was followed by an "oh damn" when Mateos flipped over his {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} and the {Q-Spades} river blanked.

The same table also includes Gilles Bernies and the young German will most likely be the chip leader with around 190,000 chips. He won a bigger pot with flopped bottom two pair on {K-}{5-}{7-} against Paul-Francois Tedeschi and got value on three streets to soar up in the counts.

Gilles Bernies DE
Gilles Bernies
DE 190,000 90,000
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
Winamax Team Pro
es 120,000 75,000
Jeremy Nock GB
Jeremy Nock
GB Busted

Tags: Adrian MateosGilles BerniesJeremy NockPaul TedeschiPaul-Francois Tedeschi

McDonald Flops a House

will_shill • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Mike McDonald
Mike McDonald

On a flop of {q-Clubs}{j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}, Daniel Shapiro moved all-in for his last 25,000. Artem Litvinov, in the small blind, leant forward and asked Mike McDonald how much he had left. The answer was 46,000 and Litvinov moved all-in. McDonald called.

Shapiro: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}
Litvinov: {j-Clubs}{10-Hearts}
McDonald: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}

The turn was the {5-Clubs} and river the {7-Clubs}. Shapiro busted just short of bagging up for the day. Meanwhile Litvinov slipped to 130,000 and McDonald moved to around 150,000

Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca 150,000 80,000
Artem Litvinov ru
Artem Litvinov
ru 130,000 -37,000
Daniel Shapiro
Daniel Shapiro

Tags: Artem LitvinovMike McDonaldDaniel Shapiro

Three Hands To Go

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The clock has been stopped with 13 minutes left on the level and three more hands will be played before bagging and tagging.

Palma and Botond Eliminated

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Among the recent eliminations were Balazs Botond and Akin Tuna with the latter sending his short stack over to Nicholas Palma. The big stack on Palma's table is Anthony Zinno while EPT10 London champion Sebastian Pauli lost a small pot to Jeff Rossiter on a table that also includes Kyle Frey and Charlie Carrel.

On the {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} flop, Pauli check-called a bet of 3,600 by Rossiter whereas Carrel folded. The {8-Hearts} turn and {7-Clubs} river were checked through and Rossiter's {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} won the pot.

Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 115,000 -1,000
Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
au 64,000 64,000
Kyle Frey us
Kyle Frey
us 55,000 28,000
Charlie Carrel gb
Charlie Carrel
gb 53,000 1,000
Nicholas Palma us
Nicholas Palma
us 50,000
Sebastian Pauli de
Sebastian Pauli
de 27,000 -15,000
Akin Tuna tr
Akin Tuna
tr Busted
Balazs Botond hu
Balazs Botond
hu Busted

Tags: Akin TunaAnthony ZinnoBalazs BotondCharlie CarrelJeff RossiterKyle FreyNicholas PalmaSebastian Pauli

Zinno Takes from Tuna

will_shill • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Anthony Zinno
Anthony Zinno

On a river of {7-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{2-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} Anthony Zinno had raised Tuna's bet of 9,500 into a pot of 20,000 to 21,000 and Tuna was pondering the call. The former back-to-back WPT title winner Zinno had taken his earbuds out especially to eye Tuna as he pondered his call.

Eventually Tuna threw out the chips and Zinno tabled {a-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}. A bemused expression filled Tuna's face, but he eventually mucked, meaning Zinno scoops a big pot late on day 1a

Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 116,000 51,000
Akin Tuna tr
Akin Tuna
tr 15,000 -33,000

Tags: Akin TunaAnthony Zinno

Pelton Doubles; Cover Blown

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

On the four-way turn {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{2-Clubs}, Fabrice Soulier bet 2,700 into three opponents and Chan Pelton as well as Thomas Finneran called. Pelton pretended to be drunk and asked the dealer twice how much it was to call. "You gotta help me out there," the American said. Then, the {5-Hearts} fell on the river and both his opponents checked.

"What you have, king seven?" Pelton asked and the dealer reminded him that he cannot talk about the specific hand. Pelton apologized, again seemingly drunk while taking a sip from his beer, then moved all in for 5,600. Finneran called and Soulier folded, Pelton flipped over {J-Spades}{10-Hearts} for the straight and Finneran only had {K-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}.

Sven Magirius joked to his opponent "now your cover is blown", because Pelton was just pretending to be drunk and got the desired outcome - a double up.

Fabrice Soulier fr
Fabrice Soulier
fr 120,000 10,000
Thomas Finneran IE
Thomas Finneran
IE 37,000 5,000
Chan Pelton us
Chan Pelton
us 24,000

Tags: Fabrice SoulierSven MagiriusThomas FinneranChan Pelton

The Not so Fantastic Four

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

It was a bad start into the last level of the night with Andrew Hulme, Davidi Kitai, Rasmus Agerskov and Mike Watson all bowing out. This included two former Main Event champions with Watson having taken down the PCA trophy in January.

Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca Busted
Rasmus Agerskov dk
Rasmus Agerskov
dk Busted
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
Winamax Sponsored Pro
be Busted
Andrew Hulme gb
Andrew Hulme
gb Busted

Tags: Andrew HulmeDavidi KitaiMichael WatsonMike WatsonRasmus Agerskov