Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
The 2019 PokerStars EPT Open Sochi Main Event has already surpassed the field size of the first-ever EPT Open on Russian soil as Day 1a and Day 1b drew a total of 672 entries so far. Day 1b of the RUB133,000 buy-in (~$2,040) consisted of 184 unique players and 20 re-entries, and 103 players bagged and tagged at the end of 10 levels.
Two players made the most of the 30-minute turbo format as Aleksandr Leonov (265,300) and Sergey Efimov (221,000) topped the counts by a mile. Vladislav Levskiy follows in third place with 147,600 and other notables such as Andrey Plotnikov (121,100), Nikolay Fal (114,200), Dmitriy Ponomarev (101,200), and Mikhail Zamyatin (88,800) claimed above-average stacks to their name for Day 2.
Fatima Moreira De Melo was the sole PokerStars ambassador to take part on Day 1b and ended up with 53,500. Down in chips early on, the former Dutch hockey international scored a late double when her ace-ten out-flopped ace-queen suited and dodged the flush draw of her opponent.
Many other notables were less fortunate and ran out of chips towards the very end such as Gerald Karlic, Roman Korenev, Arsenii Karmatckii, Vasiliy Tsapko, Mikhail Mazunin and Andrey Bondar.
They all have one more shot at running up a stack for Day 2 as the third and final starting day has kicked off a few minutes ago at 6 p.m. local time. You can follow all the updates shortly right here on PokerNews as another 10 levels of 30 minutes each await.
There are 103 players out of 205 entries remaining and they have all bagged and tagged for the evening to resume the action at noon local time the following day.
Gerald Karlic had dropped below the starting stack and was all in just shy of bagging and tagging to find himself dominated by Nikolay Fal.
Both had fired more than on bullet for the day and it was Fal that ended it on a high when his held against as the board ran out .
Arman Gevorgyan ended up all in and at risk for 19,900 and Sergey Efimov, who he had tangled with previously, made the call to possibly end the job he had started a few minutes ago.
Things looked grim after the flop as Efimov had the superior pair and flush draw. Nothing changed on the turn and river to send Gevorgyan to the rail.
One hand later, Efimov raised to 3,500 and Andrey Pateychuk called. Roman Korenev moved all in for 27,600 and Thom Greben flat-called for a big portion of his own stack from one seat over. Efimov and Pateychuk quickly folded.
Korenev was drawing dead on the turn and the river was too little too late.
There are 105 players remaining with 10 minutes left in level 10 and two more hands will be dealt before bagging and tagging.
Naum Barulya jammed the turn for 20,800 into a pot of 12,000 and he was called by Aleksandr Andreev.
Barulya tabled and was trailing the of Andreev. The river came a blank and Barulya headed to the rail.
The rise of Daniil Kiselev was put on hold for now as he lost an all in against Aleksandr Kuzmin. Kiselev's cards were mucked already and he paid off 14,000 to Kuzmin, who had for nines up on a board.
Courtesy of Manuel Kovsca / PokerStars,