2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT

€2,200 French National Championship High Roller
Day: 1
Event Info

2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
80,000 / 160,000

€2,200 French National Championship High Roller

Day 1 Completed

Paez Claims Day 1 Chip Lead; 81 Players Will Return for Day 2 of the French National High Roller

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante
Raul Paez
Raul Paez

With 18 minutes and 8 seconds of Level 17 left on the clock, the bubble burst in the €2,200 French National High Roller when Alan Lau eliminated Roland Chassing to reduce the field down to 81 players who will return on Monday, April 30 at 12:30 PM in the Americas Room in the Monte Carlo Bay Resort & Hotel. Claiming the chip lead on Day 1 of the Event #11 of the 2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT here in Monaco is Raul Paez with 578,000 in chips.

Paez collected most of those chips when he clashed with Haoxiang Wang and Osman Aksu. In a pot that contained almost 430,000, Paez shoved on a big bet of Aksu on which Aksu ended folding. The crowd that swarmed the table all looked on the action with amazement as this huge pot was being played out close to the bubble. Paez had some competition from Borge Sandsgaard, Julien Mariani, and Marius Kudzmanas during the last hour or so but he still finished at the top of the chip counts.

Following him in the chip counts are Sandsgaard with 503,000, Julien Mariani with 480,000, Nariman Yaghmai with 472,000, and Lau with 462,000 after bursting the bubble. Kudzmanas had won the €1,100 Freezeout two nights ago and is looking for another deep run in this event. Even though he was chip leading the tournament at one point, two penalties and some hands later, he lost a lot of those chips again and finished the tournament with 443,000 in his bag.

Marius Kudzmanas
Marius Kudzmanas is looking for another win here in Monaco

Other players who have made it through to Day 2 with an above average stack include David Peters (409,000), Sonny Franco (382,000), Julien Martini (303,000), Dietrich Fast (268,000), Harry Lodge (226,000), and Anson Tsang (221,000). Kristen Bicknell, Dario Sammartino, Gaelle Baumann, Royston Drenthe, Paul Newey, Leo Margets, Maria Ho, Chin Wei Lim, Christopher Frank, and Erwann Pecheux have also made it through but have some work to do to get their stack to above average.

Unfortunately, not everyone was lucky enough to win their all-ins, the already star-studded field lost players like the PokerStars Ambassadors Maria Konnikova, Fatima Moreira De Melo, Kalidou Sow, and Celina Lin all left the stage without cashing. Other notable players failing to cash in this event include Orpen Kisacikoglu, Alexandru Papazian, Nicolas Chouity, Martins Adeniya, Mustapha Kanit, Ben Heath, Joey Weissman, Florian Duta, Maria Lampropulos, Manig Loeser, Dominik Nitsche, and many others. The defending champion, Dimitry Shchepkin was doing well at the start of the day but couldn’t be found at the tables any more during the latter part of the day.

There were 538 entries collected in total with 110 reentries creating a total prize pool of €1,076,000. The winner will walk away with €200,400 and when the 81 remaining players return at 12:30 PM local time, they are all guaranteed to cash for at least €3,450. Make sure to return as the tournament will play down to a winner and the PokerNews live reporting team will be there to tell who it will be!

Tags: Alan LauAlexandru PapazianAnson TsangBen HeathBorge SandsgaardCelina LinChin Wei LimChristopher FrankDario SammartinoDavid PetersDietrich FastDimitry ShchepkinDominik NitscheErwann PecheuxFatima Moreira De MeloGaelle BaumannHaoxiang WangHarry LodgeJoey WeissmanJulien MartiniKalidou SowKristen BicknellLeo MargetsManig LoeserMaria HoMaria KonnikovaMaria LampropulosMarius KudzmanasMartins AdeniyaMustapha KanitNariman YaghmaiNicolas ChouityOrpen KisacikogluOsman AksuPaul NeweyRaul PaezRoland ChassingRoyston DrentheSonny Franco

Day 2 Seat Draw

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante
TableSeatNameCountryChipsBig Blinds
11Loic DobrignaFrance77,00013
12Dario SammartinoItaly119,00020
13Marinus van der WalleNetherlands295,00049
14Christian Van DollenGermany70,00012
15Kisohkumar RamachandranSwitzerland119,00020
16Xavier MouyssetFrance193,00032
17Jean-Rene FontaineFrance70,00012
18Borge SandsgaardNorway503,00084
21Gaelle BaumannFrance117,00020
22Denis TimofeevRussia60,00010
24David PetersUSA409,00068
25Joaquin CarmonaSpain209,00035
26Marcello MiniucchiItaly70,00012
27Itai LevyIsrael447,00075
28Alexandre AmielFrance326,00054
31Jorge CantosArgentina241,00040
32Wei HuangChina46,0008
33Julien MartiniFrance303,00051
35Osman AksuTurkey204,00034
36Miguel CaprilesVenezuela100,00017
37Julien MarianiFrance480,00080
38Alberto BariArgentina235,00039
41Marius KudzmanasLithuania443,00074
42Jacques Der MegreditchianFrance24,0004
43Nariman YaghmaiIran472,00079
44Pablo Brito SilvaBrazil324,00054
45Muhyedine FaresSenegal125,00021
46Moshe RefaelowitzIsrael175,00029
47Ladislao BatlleSpain89,00015
48Huijie ZhouHong Kong273,00046
51Gurgen ArsenyanArmenia117,00020
52Ramon MunozSpain110,00018
53Gil MorgenszternBrazil90,00015
54Anatoly KorochenskiyRussia420,00070
55Maria HoUSA70,00012
57Andreas FreundAustria276,00046
58Basil YaicheFrance181,00030
62Romain MatteoliFrance210,00035
63Chin Wei LimMalaysia61,00010
64Erwann PecheuxFrance58,00010
65Alexandru AlmanItaly352,00059
66Haoxiang WangChina338,00056
67Paul NeweyUK113,00019
68Bruno SoutavongFrance279,00047
71Lukasz GrossmannPoland140,00023
72Leo MargetsSpain85,00014
74Dietrich FastGermany268,00045
75Aladin ReskallahFrance150,00025
76Mark WiegerinckNetherlands331,00055
77Imed Ben MahmoudTunisia115,00019
78Jorge Galino LopezSpain88,00015
81Stefan AertsBelgium74,00012
82Kaspars RengaLatvia93,00016
83Masatoshi TanakaJapan82,00014
84Alexandre FradinFrance325,00054
86Julien BolimowskiFrance171,00029
87Lukas ParednisLithuania150,00025
88Ankit AhujaIndia131,00022
91Hadi SalehCanada84,00014
92Royston DrentheNetherlands115,00019
94Claudio Di GiacomoItaly167,00028
95Alan LauHong Kong462,00077
96Harry LodgeUK226,00038
97Kristen BicknellCanada189,00032
98Giorgio DonzelliItaly71,00012
101Hassan FaresFrance222,00037
102Raul PaezSpain578,00096
103Deividas DaubarisLithuania282,00047
104Abedel DouairFrance180,00030
105Anson TsangHong Kong221,00037
106Antonio ScalziItaly132,00022
107Antoine GoutardFrance346,00058
108Christopher FrankGermany60,00010
111Slimane MamecheFrance88,00015
112Sonny FrancoFrance382,00064
113Refael JeanIsrael54,0009
114Jean ChicheporticheFrance94,00016
115Frederic MajidFrance42,0007
116Tiziano Di RomualdoItaly88,00015
117Leonardo PatacconiItaly312,00052
118Eros CalderoneItaly241,00040

End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Raul Paez es
Raul Paez
578,000 -32,000
Day 1 Chip Leader
Borge Sandsgaard no
Borge Sandsgaard
503,000 63,000
Julien Mariani fr
Julien Mariani
480,000 -10,000
Nariman Yaghmai ir
Nariman Yaghmai
Alan Lau hk
Alan Lau
Itai Levy il
Itai Levy
447,000 227,000
Marius Kudzmanas lt
Marius Kudzmanas
443,000 -12,000
Anatoly Korochenskiy ru
Anatoly Korochenskiy
420,000 -50,000
David Peters us
David Peters
409,000 -41,000
Sonny Franco fr
Sonny Franco
382,000 252,000
Alexandru Alman it
Alexandru Alman
352,000 2,000
Antoine Goutard fr
Antoine Goutard
346,000 80,000
Haoxiang Wang cn
Haoxiang Wang
338,000 1,000
Mark Wiegerinck nl
Mark Wiegerinck
331,000 31,000
Alexandre Amiel fr
Alexandre Amiel
Alexandre Fradin fr
Alexandre Fradin
Pablo Brito Silva br
Pablo Brito Silva
Leonardo Patacconi it
Leonardo Patacconi
Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
303,000 -42,000
Marinus van der Walle nl
Marinus van der Walle
Deividas Daubaris lt
Deividas Daubaris
282,000 22,000
Bruno Soutavong fr
Bruno Soutavong
Andreas Freund at
Andreas Freund
Huijie Zhou cn
Huijie Zhou
Dietrich Fast de
Dietrich Fast
268,000 -204,000

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Prize Pool Details Confirmed

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

The prize pool details have been confirmed: There were 538 entries in total which includes 110 reentries creating a total prize pool of €1,076,000. All 81 players who have made it through to Day 2 will cash for at least €3,450. The winner will not only walk away with the PokerStars Spade but also with the first-place prize of €200,400.

This is what they are all playing for:

PlacePrize (EUR)Prize (USD) PlacePrize (EUR)Prize (USD) PlacePrize (EUR)Prize (USD)
1200,400223,133 917,53019,519 24-276,3707,093
2125,500139,737 10-1114,51016,156 28-315,5306,157
389,900100,098 12-1312,32013,718 32-394,8705,422
470,10078,052 14-1510,75011,969 40-554,1004,565
555,00061,239 16-179,50010,578 56-713,7004,120
643,10047,989 18-208,4509,409 72-813,4503,841
732,25035,908 21-237,4108,251    

Lau Burst the Bubble; Chassing Becomes the Bubble Boy

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante
Roland Chassing Bubbles
Roland Chassing Bubbles

Alan Lau raised to 15,000 from the early position and Roland Chassing called from mid-position for his last 7,000. Action folded to Andreas Freund in the big blind who called. Lau and Freund would be playing for the side-pot which now contained 16,000.

They both checked through the whole {9-Spades}{q-Hearts}{7-Spades}{4-Clubs}{4-Hearts} board and had to wait for all activity on the other tables to complete. Once the other tables were done, all three players were instructed to open their cards.

Chassing flipped over {a-Spades}{8-Spades} for ace high with the pair of fours on the board. Freund tabled {k-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and Chassing happily slammed the table but didn't see Lau's hand who held {j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} for the flopped pair of nines. When Chassing realized what had happened and when the dealer announced that everyone else was in the money, Chassing got up from his chair while the rest of the field applauded and quickly bagged up their chips.

The full chip counts and recap of today are to follow.

Player Chips Progress
Alan Lau hk
Alan Lau
462,000 385,000
Roland Chassing fr
Roland Chassing

Tags: Alan LauAndreas FreundRoland Chassing

Kudzmanas Loses Chip Lead

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

Marius Kudzmanas was sent away from the table for another round for disruptive behavior and it seems that David Peters managed to take some of Kudzmanas' chips away from him in the meantime.

With 84 players left, three more players need to bust before play ends for today.

Player Chips Progress
Marius Kudzmanas lt
Marius Kudzmanas
455,000 -185,000
David Peters us
David Peters
450,000 189,000
Mark Wiegerinck nl
Mark Wiegerinck
300,000 -166,000

Tags: David PetersMarius Kudzmanas

Paez Wins A Monster Pot

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

The board read {3-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} with around 80,000 in the middle already.

Osman Aksu checked in the big blind and so did Raul Paez in the hijack. Haoxiang Wang bet 37,000 and Aksu took a few seconds before raising by putting a big stack of 5,000-value chips over the line. Paez asked for a count and the dealer confirmed the raise was to 100,000. Paez called and then it was Wang's turn to tank. After a while, Wang decided to fold.

The river completed the board with the {10-Diamonds}, Aksu put in another big stack of 5,000-value chips and the dealer confirmed the bet was for 110,000. Paez responded by shoving for 179,000. Aksu folded.

Wang claimed he folded a flush.

Player Chips Progress
Raul Paez es
Raul Paez
610,000 410,000
Day 1 Chip Leader
Haoxiang Wang cn
Haoxiang Wang
337,000 122,000
Osman Aksu tr
Osman Aksu

Tags: Haoxiang WangOsman AksuRaul Paez

Level: 17

Blinds: 3,000/6,000

Ante: 6,000