Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
Day 2 of the 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €25,750 High Roller finished with 12 players left in the field and Ofer Zvi Stern in the lead.
Before play on Day 2, another 11 entries were tallied, including four hopefuls that won entry to the tournament in last night's hyper-turbo satellite. With 231 entries in total, a new record attendance for this event was set and a prize pool of over €5.65 million was created. The top 31 spots are guaranteed at least €49,800, with €1.197 million awaiting the champion.
Among those that will be returning to the tables of the Salles des Etoiles were €100,000 Super High Roller champion Ole Schemion, Bryn Kenney, Igor Kurganov, John Juanda, Tobias Reinkemeier, and PokerStars team pros Jason Mercier and Liv Boeree. But unfortunately for those players, all of them joined the rail within the first hour.
Joining the rail as an eliminated player was Mike McDonald, who failed to earn any points for towards EPT Player of the Year and close the gap he's behind Steve O'Dwyer.
After six 60-minute levels, only 36 hopefuls headed to the dinner break with 2015 World Series of Poker November Nine member Ofer Zvi Stern in the lead.
After dinner, [Removed:17] shoved into Imad Derwiche with a busted straight and flush draw and the runner-up of this event last year called with a set of jacks to leave Yan with dust. Ben Heath lost a flip with ace-king to queens, and 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson could not get there with ace-nine versus Derwiche's pocket sevens.
Ami Barer was eventually crowned the "bubble boy" after taking a flip for his last 10 big blinds with the . Julian Stuer looked him up with the and hit the on the river to secure a payday for all remaining participants.
Going back to the aforementioned O'Dywer, he reached the money which meant that he added some distance between himself and McDonald as the current leader in the EPT Player of the Year race. O'Dwyer was the first one out once the money was reached, but he can't be feeling too bad with points and a cash to take away from it.
Also of note was the run of Niall Farrell, as he entered the day with the chip lead. Ultimately, Farrell busted in 20th place.
A man who is no stranger to poker success, Daniel Negreanu reached the last two tables and was eliminated in 15th place after three-way action with Alexandru Papazian and Stern. Papazian check-raised a flop with the and Negreanu then shoved with the . Stern out of the way, and Papazian called before he went on to hit the on the turn to bust "Kid Poker."
Julian Stuer and Byron Kaverman were eliminated in the last level of the night and 12 players bagged up chips. Stern was in the lead after claiming 1.638 million, and we was followed by Max Silver on 1.342 million. Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias (1.338 million), Papazian (1.231 million), Ivan Deyra (1.16 million), and Rafael Da Silva Moraes (1.026 million) are the others with seven-figure chip counts.
Last year's runner-up Derwiche was still in contention as well, and he'll look to finish one spot better this time around. He bagged up 840,000.
Day 3 Seat Assignments
|2||5||Rafael Da Silva Moraes||Brazil||1,026,000|
The 12 left have locked up €92,250, but all eyes are set on the first-place payout of €1.197. Action will resume at 12.30 p.m. local time on Friday, with Level 22 and blinds of 12,000/24,000/3,000. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to provide all the action until a winner is crowned, so stay tuned for more coverage from Monaco.
|Rafael Da Silva Moraes||1,026,000||26,000|
The 12 players remaining are bagging up with Level 21 now through. A full recap and chip counts will follow.
[Removed:2] made it 45,000, then called it off when Byron Kaverman shoved for 240,000.
Kaverman's tournament life was riding on the against Maksoud's . The flop gave Maksoud a pair, the turn gave him a flush draw to go with it, and the river completed it to rail Kaverman 13th.
Max Silver raised from under the gun and Ivan Deyra flat-called from the button, Thomas Miller filled up from the big blind and they headed to the flop . Miller checked and subsequently folded while Silver check-called a bet worth 60,000 by Deyra before they checked the turn.
On the 54d] river, Silver bet 135,000 and Deyra called with to better the king-ten of his opponent. Deyra high-fived his rail and even Silver joined in with a smile on the face.
After having to let go some hands previously, Anthony Zinno raised to 55,000 from the small blind and Byron Kaverman called from the big blind to see the flop.
Both checked and the turn saw Zinno bet 75,000. Kaverman tossed in a single chip for the call and was shown for a runner runner straight to remain short.
On the flop, Imad Derwiche check-called a bet worth 50,000 by Alexandru Papazian while Zvi Stern folded. The turn was checked through before the river saw no betting action either.
Papazian's check behind saved him some chips, as a frustrated Derwiche turned over his for a turned full house.
Alexandros Kolonias raised to 45,000 from the button and Ivan Deyra called out of the big blind before check-calling a continuation bet worth 30,000 on the . Both players checked through the turn before Deyra also checked the river.
Now Kolonias made it 60,000 to go and Deyra went into a short think tank before making the call. Upon discovering that his was good, he got out of his chair and headed to the rail to high five his friends there.
Byron Kaverman opened to 45,000 and Alexandru three-bet to 135,000 out of the big blind. The flop came and both checked, same applied again for the turn. Papazian checked the river and Kaverman's bet of 125,000 on the river did the trick to force a fold from his opponent.