€5,300 Main Event
€5,300 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Roman Verenko Leads 2016 EPT Grand Final Main Event After Day 1a

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Roman Verenko
Roman Verenko

The first of two starting days for the 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €5,300 Main Event attracted a field of 286 entries. Eight levels of 75 minutes each were played on Day 1a and 152 participants bagged up chips with the hopes of etching their name in the poker history books.

Defending champion Adrian Mateos was not in today's field, and the early attention belonged to Ronaldo. The former international football star lasted less than one level and was the first player on the rail. EPT Grand Final champion Ivan Freitez, from Season 7, followed next after getting his stack in with ace-ten suited against the ace-king of EPT Season 10 Grand Final champion Antonio Buonanno. The Italian made it through to Day 2 with 70,000 in chips.

Also among those to bust early on were also Rasmus Agerskov, Daniel Pidun, Dan Shak, Oleksii Kolvalchuk, and Huy Pham. Agerskov made a straight and ran into the flush of Steven van Zadelhoff. Pidun walked with kings into aces, and Shak failed to get there with ace-king suited against pocket kings. Pham flopped top set in a multi-way pot, but Sarah Herzali turned a set and rivered quads.

Other casualties included Anthony Zinno, Steve O'Dwyer, Sean Winter, Marvin Rettenmaier, Mike McDonald, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, and Mohsin Charania. Charania flopped the nut flush in a six-way pot with another playing holding the second nut flush, but they were both sent to the rail by Patricio Rojas Parra's pocket tens that made quads on the river.

It was Ukraine's Roman Verenko who bagged up the most chips by some margin with 198,800. His two biggest pots came off the eliminations of Nick Petrangelo and Sergio Castelluccio. Petrangelo put his hopes on king-jack suited and a flopped flush draw, but the top set of Verenko held. The Ukrainian then turned the nut straight to better Castelluccio's set of aces.

Other Day 1a big stacks included Govert Metaal (171,200), Paolo Compagno (170,500), the aforementioned Rojas Parra (167,100), Thi Xoa Nguyen (148,000), Anthony Spinella (129,400), and Roman Korenev (125,300).

Additionally, three PokerStars Team Pros participated and all of them made it through: Jake Cody (114,300), Jason Mercier (55,700), and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (29,500).

Former PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion John Gale (99,100), Isaac Haxton (97,000), Max Silver (96,000), Faraz Jaka (95,100), van Zadelhoff (85,000), and Justin Bonomo (72,600) also advanced with above-average stacks.

Sunday will see Day 1b at 12 p.m. local time, and the €50,000 Single-Day High Roller will get underway half an hour later. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to bring you updates from both events, so make sure to tune back in regularly to find out what is happening from the high-stakes action on the French Riviera.

Tags: Adrian MateosAnthony SpinellaAnthony ZinnoAntonio BuonannoBertrand GrospellierDan ShakDaniel PidunFaraz JakaGovert MetaalIsaac HaxtonIvan FreitezJake CodyJason MercierJohn GaleJustin BonomoMarvin RettenmaierMax SilverMike McDonaldMohsin CharaniaNick PetrangeloPaolo CompagnoPatricio Rojas ParraRasmus AgerskovRoman KorenevRoman VerenkoRonaldoSarah HerzaliSean WinterSergio CastelluccioSteve O'DwyerSteven van ZadelhoffThi Xoa Nguyen

End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Roman Verenko ua
Roman Verenko
ua 198,000 3,000
Govert Metaal nl
Govert Metaal
nl 171,200 19,200
Paolo Compagno CH
Paolo Compagno
CH 170,500 70,500
Patricio Rojas Parra CL
Patricio Rojas Parra
CL 167,100 72,100
Pedro Zagalo de
Pedro Zagalo
de 153,400 3,400
Thi Xoa Nguyen fr
Thi Xoa Nguyen
fr 148,000 83,000
Jan Bengelmann DE
Jan Bengelmann
DE 138,100 -1,900
Anthony Spinella us
Anthony Spinella
us 129,400 -10,600
Roman Korenev ru
Roman Korenev
ru 125,300 -4,700
Marco De Vincenti IT
Marco De Vincenti
IT 124,000
Arne Coulier be
Arne Coulier
be 121,600 121,600
Jake Cody gb
Jake Cody
gb 114,300 -15,700
Kyosti Isberg fi
Kyosti Isberg
fi 110,800
Yigit Aktulga tr
Yigit Aktulga
tr 107,200
Abdulatif Taslim FI
Abdulatif Taslim
FI 106,100 -18,900
Evangelos Terzoudis GR
Evangelos Terzoudis
GR 105,500
Ariel Celestino br
Ariel Celestino
br 104,500 71,500
Chunjie Liu CN
Chunjie Liu
CN 103,300
Anders Tangen SE
Anders Tangen
SE 99,200
John Gale gb
John Gale
gb 99,100 -28,900
Maximos Pertsinidis GR
Maximos Pertsinidis
GR 97,900 -2,100
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 97,000 7,000
Thomas Miller us
Thomas Miller
us 96,800 53,800
Max Silver gb
Max Silver
gb 96,000 -4,000
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
us 95,100 -9,900

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Verenko's Bluff Gets Through

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Jean Montury busted an even shorter opponent when cracking the over pair with {3-Spades}{3-Hearts}, the river brought the two outer with the {3-Diamonds}.

Roman Verenko got through with a bluff by betting the size of the pot on a board of {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{2-Spades}{10-Clubs}. His opponent in the one seat tanked for a long time and Verenko called time, as soon as the minute countdown started the opponent folded and Verenko was relieved before showing his {A-Spades}{J-Spades}.

Mike McDonald bought in late and busted just before the end of the day.

Roman Verenko ua
Roman Verenko
ua 195,000 25,000
Jean Montury fr
Jean Montury
fr 18,000 -2,000
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca Busted

Tags: Jean MonturyRoman Verenko

Six More Hands

Happy_Freaked • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

There are just six more hands that need to be played before the day is done.

Del Piero Playing With Fire

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

On a rather innocent flop {K-Spades}{7-Hearts}{6-Clubs} with around 5,000 in the main pot, the fireworks started and Enzo Del Piero somehow managed to get into a raising war with table neighbor Maximos Pertsinidis. The latter eventually called all in for 47,250 with top pair and top kicker, Del Piero had a straight draw.

Pertsinidis: {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}
Del Piero: {5-Hearts}{4-Clubs}

The {K-Hearts} turn and {A-Hearts} river gave the Greek a full house and Del Piero's roller coaster ride on Day 1a sent him back below starting stack.

Maximos Pertsinidis GR
Maximos Pertsinidis
GR 100,000 16,000
Enzo Del Piero gb
Enzo Del Piero
gb 25,000 5,000

Tags: Enzo Del PieroMaximos Pertsinidis

Updated Counts

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 125,000 -3,000
Jake Cody gb
Jake Cody
gb 110,000 -18,000
Steven van Zadelhoff nl
Steven van Zadelhoff
nl 105,000 -27,000
Max Silver gb
Max Silver
gb 100,000 6,000
Andrey Andreev ru
Andrey Andreev
ru 80,000 -11,000
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
Winamax Team Pro
pt 70,000 28,000
Kamran Aliyev AZ
Kamran Aliyev
AZ 67,000 29,000
Artem Metalidi ua
Artem Metalidi
ua 65,000 20,000
Zvi Stern IL
Zvi Stern
IL 60,000 35,400
Nikolaus Teichert de
Nikolaus Teichert
de 55,000 30,000
David Peters us
David Peters
us 46,000 -34,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de
Tobias Reinkemeier
de 32,000 1,500
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 22,000 2,000
Jean Montury fr
Jean Montury
fr 20,000 -1,000
Fedor Holz de
Fedor Holz
de 16,000 -54,000
Antoine Saout fr
Antoine Saout
fr 15,000 3,000

Barbour Busted

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Natasha Barbour had her pocket kings cracked by an opponent with pocket queens while Daniele Guidetti ran with {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs} into the {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts} of a fellow Italian in the small blind. The board ran out blank {J-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{3-Hearts}{3-Spades}{4-Spades} and that was it for Gudetti.

Marvin Rettenmaier's seat is empty as well, the German is gone.

Daniele Guidetti it
Daniele Guidetti
it Busted
Natasha Barbour US
Natasha Barbour
US Busted
Marvin Rettenmaier de
Marvin Rettenmaier
de Busted

Tags: Daniele GuidettiMarvin RettenmaierNatasha Barbour