Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
The 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final is getting closer and closer to it's ultimate denouement, and now it was time for the last big tournament to start. The €25,750 High Roller had a bigger first-place prize than the Main Event last year, and it looks like that's going to be repeated this year.
Last year, when Charlie Carrel took home the trophy and €1.114 million first-place prize, a total of 215 entries were made. After Day 1 today, the number is already at 220 (173 uniques and 47 reentries), and registration will remain open till the start of play on Day 2.
It started out relatively quiet with just six tables, but soon enough there was a buzz in the air and the sound of chips being riffled took over the beautiful tournament room. After the dinner break, it was getting pretty warm where the tournament was being held, and organizers decided to open the roof. That was the first the roof was opened while play was underway, and the "ooohs" and "aaahs" must have been hearable all the way over in the harbor, and even some applause errupted.
Players had the option to do a single reentry if busted, and more than one made use of that option. Mikita Badziakouski and Isaac Haxton were the first to do so, busting their first bullet well before the bulk had even started. Both did well on their second though, as we'll see Haxton (67,000) and Badziakouski (127,200) back on Day 2.
Carrel won't be, and he will not be going back to back after busting two bullets today. The same goes for the likes of Leon Tsoukernik, Sean Winter, Fabian Quoss, and Fedor Holz.
Things went better for Niall Farrell, who bagged the chip lead with 311,200 in chips. Other big stacks included Enrico Coppola (302,100), Saar Wilf (288,000), Dong Zhao (278,900), David Dayan (272,900), Dan Smith (272,500), and Ivan Luca (271,300). All told, there were 96 survivors following Day 1, but with registration and reentry open, the field will likely get a boost before the cards are in the air on Thursday.
A lot of the usual suspects are also still in, with the likes of Ole Schemion (20,400), Erik Seidel (177,300), Daniel Negreanu (136,700), Jason Mercier (54,900), and Dzmitry Urbanovich (38,600) some of those left to battle on Day 2.
PokerNews.com will again be on site to give you coverage of Day 2 of the €25,750 High Roller. There are another 10 levels on the schedule, or down to a final table of eight players, whichever comes faster. The first level to be played is 1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante and play will be underway at 12:30 p.m. local time.
|Andre Akkari||PokerStars Ambassador||170,000||41,000|
|Oliver Price (Oliver Price)||169,700||169,700|
|Felipe Ramos||GGPoker Ambassador||149,500||-5,500|
In the last five hands of the night, the German High Rollers were cut down and that included the two €50,000 Single-Day Super High Roller finalists Fabian Quoss and Ole Schemion.
Quoss got it in with against the by David Dayan with the board running out .
Schemion flipped against Thomas Miller with versus and Miller doubled for 49,300 thanks to a board of .
The clock has been stopped with 12 minutes left on the clock and five more hands were drawn.
Anthony Spinella raised from the button and called the three-bet all in by Bryn Kenney for what looked like 35,000 chips.
The board ran out and the kicker played a crucial role to bust Kenney.
A total of 210 entries have been made so far this year, with 41 reentries and 169 unique players. Registration will remain open till 12:15 tomorrow morning, 15 minutes before the start of play.
Last year a total of 215 entries and Charlie Carrel won it for €1,114,000. He won't go back to back, as he's been eliminated twice today already. The tournament is going to crown a new champion, but we'll have to wait 2 more days to find out who'll be going home with the trophy.
From a bystander we got the details of a sizable pot between Thomas Muehloecker and Ivan Deyra.
Thomas Muehloecker raised from first position and Ivan Deyra three-bet from the cutoff. Muehloecker four-bet and Deyra made the call.
The flop came and Muehloecker bet out 16,000. Deyra now shoved for 50,600 and Muehloecker made the call holding . He was well in front as the Frenchman turned over .
A on the turn saved his tournament life though, and the blank on the river didn't change that anymore.
"I don't know who the guy next to me was, but I called the clock on him twice. It was three-bet and bet, bet, shove on a board of ," Dan Smith said. The American had arrived at his new table with two racks of chips and claimed the decent addition of chips with jacks after his opponent on the previous table called the river shove with jacks.
Smith is almost even in chips with Niall Farrell, whor just knocked out Fabian Quoss with aces versus . "I am so good at this game," the Scotsman grinned.
Action folded to Simon Appleby in the small blind and he raised to 4,000. Big blind Salman Behbehani made the call.
The flop came and Appleby, who made the final table of a €2,000 side event earlier this festival, checked to his neighbor. Behbehani made a bet of 3,800 and Appleby called.
Appleby check called another 5,900 on the turn and the completed the board. Appleby now lead out for 7,600 and Behbehani called.
Appleby showed for two pair and Behbehani mucked.