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

Albert Daher Leads After a Huge Day 1b

Happy_Freaked • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Albert Daher
Albert Daher

The 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final drew a crowd of 778, and Albert Daher bagged the overnight chip lead on Day 1b, taking 266,600 chips forward to Day 2. More than 223 PokerStars online qualifiers participated on Day 1b alone, and with registration open until the start of Day 2 this event will get very close to 1,100 total entries.

Daher started his day out in the perfect possible way, turning a jack-high flush in a five-bet pot. Daher had four-bet jack-ten suited and his opponent five-bet with pocket fives. Moments later, he had all of the player's chips. A little while later, Daher busted two more players, and he didn't look back after that bagging up a massive chip lead.

A ton of Team PokerStars players entered the event today, headlined by team pro Vanessa Selbst with 155,200 and followed by Fatima Moreira de Melo with 149,200. Moreira de Melo had a very entertaining table for most of the day, and we managed to capture one of the big pots she won.

Players that didn't see things go their way included [Removed:17], Andrey Zaichenko, Lee Markholt, and Andrew Chen, who were knocked out in the early goings. PokerStars team pro Daniel Negreanu entered the tournament after the dinner break, but he lasted for no more than 35 minutes.

Negreanu made top pair top kicker with ace-king, but that was not enough against Markku Koplimaa, who had hit his gut shot straight on the turn. The Estonian player ended up taking 199,900 to Day 2, and that makes him one of the biggest stacks in the room.

The chip leader aside, Kuljinder Sidhu (231,000) and Sebastian Lebaron (234,400) are the only two players over 200,000. The other Team PokerStars players that survived the day included Randy Lew (143,000), Naoya Kihara (123,100), Celina Lin (27,300), and Lex Veldhuis (14,300).

Play will continue on Monday at 12 p.m. local time.

Tags: Albert Daher

End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)

MartyDerby • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Albert Daher lb
Albert Daher
lb 266,600 6,600
Sebastien Lebaron fr
Sebastien Lebaron
fr 234,400 234,400
Kully Sidhu gb
Kully Sidhu
gb 231,000 111,000
Markku Koplimaa ee
Markku Koplimaa
ee 199,900 -100
Aleksei Platonov RU
Aleksei Platonov
RU 192,000 192,000
Tomas Chudomsky CZ
Tomas Chudomsky
CZ 176,100 176,100
Francesco Di Profio IT
Francesco Di Profio
IT 161,400 161,400
Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
us 155,200 52,200
Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
Winamax Team Pro
fr 152,200 152,200
Herve Boulan FR
Herve Boulan
FR 150,700 150,700
Fatima Moreira de Melo nl
Fatima Moreira de Melo
nl 149,200 4,200
Andreas Vlachos gr
Andreas Vlachos
gr 149,000 64,000
Rintaro Kagawa jp
Rintaro Kagawa
jp 145,000 145,000
Randy Lew us
Randy Lew
us 143,000 52,000
Robert Moore us
Robert Moore
us 139,700 139,700
Asan Umarov KZ
Asan Umarov
KZ 138,100 138,100
Falk Schubert DE
Falk Schubert
DE 136,000 136,000
Evgenii Sboev ru
Evgenii Sboev
ru 127,700 127,700
Povilas Zavistanavicius LT
Povilas Zavistanavicius
LT 126,900 126,900
Aaron Gustavson us
Aaron Gustavson
us 126,300
Tarek Bouchama fr
Tarek Bouchama
fr 124,000 124,000
Naoya Kihara jp
Naoya Kihara
jp 123,100 67,100
Tina Andersen DK
Tina Andersen
DK 123,000 123,000
Antonin Teisseire fr
Antonin Teisseire
fr 121,100 -3,900
Frank Romanello gb
Frank Romanello
gb 119,500 119,500

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Greenwood Sits Down and Gets in Trouble

Happy_Freaked • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Max Greenwood played the €50,000 Single Day High Roller earlier today, but he couldn't make it into the later levels, so he's trying his luck in the Main Event. Just now Sylvain Loosli raised to 1,500 from the cutoff and Jonathan Abdellatif called from the small blind after which Greenwood called from the big blind.

The flop brought out {10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} and all three players checked after which Abdellatif bet 3,300 on the {4-Diamonds} turn. Greenwood made the call, and Loosli did so as well.

On the river the {K-Diamonds} hit and Abdellatif checked, Greenwood bet 9,500 and Loosli went into the tank. After about two minutes Loosli raised to 26,000 and that was enough to put Greenwood all in.

Abdellatif folded right away, and Greenwood let go of his hand after a while.

Jonathan Abdellatif be
Jonathan Abdellatif
be 118,000
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
fr 94,000 66,000
Max Greenwood ca
Max Greenwood
ca 15,000

Tags: Max GreenwoodSylvain LoosliJonathan Abdellatif

Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

MartyDerby • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Albert Daher
Albert Daher

Chip boss Albert Daher bet 3,000 into a pot of about 4,000, four-handed on an {8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{7-Clubs} flop. Just two opponents called and when Daher checked the {10-Spades} turn and one opponent joined him, the third player led for 7,000.

They both called and when Daher checked the {4-Diamonds} river, the opponent in the middle of the two aggressors pushed all-in for his last 11,050. Both players folded, but Daher retained a stack in the 260,000-chip range and it appears he has a good shot at bagging the Day 1b lead, now late in Level 8.

Albert Daher lb
Albert Daher
lb 260,000 48,000

Tags: Albert Daher


MartyDerby • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Estonian Ranno Sootla checked over to Brazilian Friend of PokerStars Felipe Ramos on a {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{9-Hearts} board and Ramos bet 1,800.

Sootla check-raised it up to 4,700 and Ramos tank-called. The {8-Spades} turn saw Sootla bet 5,200, and Ramos called again. Finally, they both checked the {4-Diamonds} river with Sootla sheepishly turning over the {2-Hearts}{4-Hearts}.

His rivered two pair was good, as Ramos mucked.

Ranno Sootla ee
Ranno Sootla
ee 120,000
Felipe Ramos br
Felipe Ramos
br 19,500 -8,500

Tags: Ranno SootlaFelipe Ramos

Battle of the Network Stars

MartyDerby • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Sam Chartier
Sam Chartier

In the battle of aggressive French-speaking players not from France, or Monaco for that matter, French-Canadian Sam Chartier is beating up on Belgian Davidi Kitai.

Not only does he lord over him on the leader board, but Chartier won't let a Kitai raise get through. Sitting two seats over, Chartier called a 1,300-chip open from Kitai in position. Then, when Kitai checked the {q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop, Chartier picked up the pot with a bet of 1,500.

A hand later, he was at it again, stomping all over a 1,075-chip open from Kitai with a three-bet. Kitai folded and may or may not have been overheard asking the floor for a table change, depending on your translation.

Sam Chartier ca
Sam Chartier
ca 132,000 102,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
Winamax Team Pro
be 28,000 -8,000

Tags: Davidi KitaiSamuel Chartier

"Thank You Very Much"

Happy_Freaked • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Andres Vlachos just raised from the cutoff and Pierre-Henri Ligier three-bet to 3,300 from the small blind, after which Vlachos made it 9,300. Ligier tanked for a bit before calling, and the flop brought out {A-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and both players checked.

The turn brought the {7-Hearts} and Ligier lead out for 7,000 and Vlachos called.

On the river a blank hit, and Ligier bet 19,000, and Vlachos called after about 30 seconds.

Ligier did not look too pleased, and after a slight hesitation he mucked his cards. Vlachos took down the pot at showdown without showdown, and said, "Thank you very much."

Andreas Vlachos gr
Andreas Vlachos
gr 85,000
Pierre-Henri Ligier FR
Pierre-Henri Ligier
FR 50,000

Tags: Andres VlachosPierre-Henri Ligier