Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
Albert Daher Leads After a Huge Day 1b
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.
End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)
Cimobolas Gets a Double
Matas Cimobolas just found himself all in and at risk in a showdown that played out as following against Roberto Spano.
The board ran out and Cimbolas gave himself a good chance to survive Day 1b.
Greenwood Sits Down and Gets in Trouble
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 and all three players checked after which Abdellatif bet 3,300 on the turn. Greenwood made the call, and Loosli did so as well.
On the river the 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.
Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss
Chip boss Albert Daher bet 3,000 into a pot of about 4,000, four-handed on an flop. Just two opponents called and when Daher checked the turn and one opponent joined him, the third player led for 7,000.
They both called and when Daher checked the 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.
Updated Chip Counts
Estonian Ranno Sootla checked over to Brazilian Friend of PokerStars Felipe Ramos on a board and Ramos bet 1,800.
Sootla check-raised it up to 4,700 and Ramos tank-called. The turn saw Sootla bet 5,200, and Ramos called again. Finally, they both checked the river with Sootla sheepishly turning over the .
His rivered two pair was good, as Ramos mucked.
Battle of the Network Stars
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 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.
"Thank You Very Much"
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 and both players checked.
The turn brought the 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."