Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
One of the best in all of tournament poker made his mark on Day 2 of the 2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino €5,300 EPT Main Event: David Peters. Peters, number 15 on the all-time money list with over $20 million in lifetime winnings, vaulted himself to the top of the leaderboard in a day that lasted just over three levels of 90 minutes.
With 120 players left, play was suspended one table shy of the bubble. For 111 players, a share of the €3,768,450 prize pool is up for grabs, with a mincash worth €9,400. The winner, crowned on Friday, May 4, will receive the first place prize of €712,000 and can call himself the 2018 EPT Monte-Carlo champion.
Peters soared to the overall chip lead in a big hand against Lucas "Bit2Easy" Reeves during the twilight portion of the day. Holding ace-eight in a four-bet pot, Peters flopped an eight and rivered an ace for aces up. The American overbet shoved on the river and Reeves called it off for his tournament life with ace-king. Reeves was eliminated and Peters scooped up a 500k pot to vault himself to the top spot.
Another top stack belongs to last year's Day 2 chipleader, Nick Petrangelo. Petrangelo amassed 463,000 in chips to make himself a prime contender for a deep run. Last year, Petrangelo's Day 2 chip lead ended up in a relatively disappointing 82nd place, and he's looking to improve on that performance this year. Other notables that bagged big include Ali Reza Fatehi (435,500), Ole Schemion (285,000), Sam Greenwood (246,000), Team PokerStars Online Randy "nanonoko" Lew (231,500), Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari (227,000) and 2015 EPT Monte Carlo champion Adrian Mateos (181,000).
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT Main Event Day 2 Chip Counts
|1||David Peters||United States||603,500|
|5||Nick Petrangelo||United States||463,000|
|8||Ali Reza Fatehi||Iran||435,500|
The room was buzzing with excitement at the start of the day as all players played a flipout tournament to try and win the free $30,000 Platinum Pass that awaited the lucky winner. After winning three flipouts in a row, a loud cheer erupted from the Salle des Etoiles as Paul-Francois Tedeschi grabbed the Pass to punch himself a free ticket to the Bahamas and the PokerStars Players Championship next year.
After the buzz died down, players started Day 2 and late registration was closed. 777 entries were made into the Main Event, consisting of 594 unique players, 201 reentries and 2 no-shows. A late shower that tried to spin things up was Steve O'Dwyer, but he got eliminated in the very first hand of the day. The same empty-handed fate awaited Team PokerStars Pros Igor Kurganov, Celina Lin and Fatima Moreira de Melo, as well as Platinum Pass winner Tedeschi, Daniel Dvoress, Maria Lampropulos, Justin Bonomo, Isaac Haxton and Tsugunari Toma.
On Day 3, there's 01:15:18 to be played out in level 14, followed by a maximum of four more levels of 90 minutes each. Cards will be back in the air at noon and levels will resume with blinds at 1,500/3,000 and a big blind ante of 3,000. PokerNews will be on the floor to provide all the coverage from the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT €5,300 Main Event as we get closer towards crowning the new champion.
Day 3 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Name||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|2||3||Brian Altman||United States||289,000||96|
|3||1||Toby Orion Boas||United States||187,500||63|
|3||2||Javier Fernandez Alonso||Spain||393,500||131|
|3||7||Sosia Jiang||New Zealand||155,500||52|
|4||5||Paul Byrne||United Kingdom||119,000||40|
|4||6||Ali Reza Fatehi||Iran||435,500||145|
|4||8||Jan Bednar||Czech Republic||159,500||53|
|6||1||Paul Newey||United Kingdom||183,500||61|
|6||7||Nadim Hage Ali||France||159,000||53|
|8||5||Arianna Son||United States||124,000||41|
|8||6||Mazin Khoury||United Kingdom||268,000||89|
|9||3||Gary Miller||United Kingdom||159,000||53|
|9||4||Jason Wheeler||United States||90,000||30|
|9||7||Erik Seidel||United States||71,500||24|
|10||3||Nick Petrangelo||United States||463,000||154|
|11||4||Ville Tapio Sissonen||Finland||244,500||82|
|11||8||Honglin Jiang||New Zealand||127,000||42|
|12||4||Randy Lew||United States||231,500||77|
|12||6||David Peters||United States||603,500||201|
|12||8||Conor Beresford||United Kingdom||342,000||114|
|13||2||Sebastian Von Toperczer||Germany||49,000||16|
|13||3||Mark Teltscher||United Kingdom||134,500||45|
|13||6||Jack Salter||United Kingdom||73,500||25|
|15||1||Ryan Riess||United Kingdom||44,000||15|
|15||2||Michael Glick||United Kingdom||191,500||64|
|Ali Reza Fatehi||435,500||-94,500|
The field has been reduced to just 120 hopefuls and thus the clocks have been stopped to bag and tag nine players away from the money as previously announced by the tournament floor.
The last two casualties were David Lascar and Maria Lampropulos, who were ousted on neighboring tables at almost the same time.
First it was Lascar that open-shoved for 26,000 first to act and Jason Wheeler in the big blind used his last two remaining time bank extensions before making the call.
The board came and Lascar headed to the rail.
Lampropulos raised to 7,500 and was called by two-time WSOP Main Event finalist Antoine Saout in the big blind. Saout bet the flop for 8,000 and Lampropulos called. After the turn, Saout bet 16,000 and Lampropulos shoved for what appeared tobe 40,000, the instant call of Saout followed.
Only a jack could help 2018 PCA champion Lampropulos, but instead it was the blank that fell on the river to end Day 2 with 120 players remaining.
In one of the final hands of the day, David Peters claimed the overall chip lead in a big hand against Luke "Bit2Easy" Reeves in a clash between high stakes giants that left the latter biting the dust. A sizable pot was already created after David Peters had three-bet an open to 18,000. Behind him, Reeves four-bet to 44,000, the initial raiser folded and and Peters called.
Both the flop and turn went check/check. The on the river, however, made things interesting as Peters overbet shoved all in, effectively putting Reeves to a decision for all of his remaining 153,500 in chips.
It was a tough spot for Reeves, who burned two of his timebank chips before slapping in a call. Peters quickly showed for aces up, Reeves mucked his hand but was forced to show his .
With the pot, Peters moved up to over 600,000 in chips and claimed the overall chip lead as the day drew to a close.
The cards were all but rushed away while Dragos Trofimov shook hands with table neighbor Dimitar Danchev, the board of still showing. Trofimov had shoved all in for just 23,000 with queen-ten and Danchev's ace-queen remained the best hand after all community cards were dealt.
Level 14 has started with 125 players remaining. Play for the day will end when there are 120 players left, one table shy of the money bubble.
Photos by Neil Stoddart / PokerStars.
The 125 remaining Main Event players are on a 20-minute break.