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EPT Online 01: $1,050 NLHE [Arena Championship]
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EPT Online 01: $1,050 NLHE [Arena Championship]
Day 1 Completed

Toby "sadface11" Joyce Leads After Day 1 of the Arena Championship

elron66 • Level 15: 5,000-10,000, 1,250 ante
Toby Joyce, Day 1 Chip Leader
Toby Joyce, Day 1 Chip Leader

After 15 levels and just over 8 hours of play, Day 1 is now complete for the opening event of 2020 PokerStars EPT Online. A total of 2,179 entries have been recorded so far, with just 622 left in play. At the top of the pack is Ireland's Toby "sadface11" Joyce with 4,336,056, the only player with more than 4 million chips.

Registration for this event is still open, and players can still buy in until the start of Day 2 play. When they resume in Level 16, blinds will be at 6K/12K/1.5K, which means that the 250K starting stack will be worth just over 20 big blinds for the first level of Day 2 play. While the prize pool for EPT Online 01: $1,050 NLHE [Arena Championship] has already surpassed the $1.5 million guarantee with more than $2 million in the kitty, there's still plenty of time for that to grow even larger.

Top Ten Stacks After Day 1

PlacePlayerCountryChips
1Toby "sadface11" JoyceIreland4,336,056
2marlin5555Canada3,458,938
3machadinhaRSBrazil3,305,384
4Michel "FreeLancerZZ" DattaniMalta3,173,754
5Ilya "thienlao21" KorobkinUkraine3,098,288
699dm84Bosnia and Herzegovina3,050,582
7Barbarossa_7Austria3,040,644
8Artem "veeea" VezhenkovRussian Federation2,990,642
9serrazina11Malta2,949,886
10Andrey "ThePateychuk" PateychukRussian Federation2,932,600

The Day's Action

Lex Veldhuis
Lex Veldhuis

Action on EPT Online 01: $1,050 NLHE [Arena Championship] got underway at 1:05 p.m. eastern time today, and it was clear from the start that it would be a success. More than 600 players were in their seats for the start of the event, and they'd already cleared the guarantee before the end of Level 6.

By the time they'd played the full 15 levels of Day 1, the field had topped out at 2,179 entries, putting the prize pool at $2,179,000. Entry is still open until Day 2 starts, so that is expected to grow even farther.

There was no luck today for the team from PokerStars. PokerStars Team Online members Ben "Spraggy" Spragg, Fintan "EasyWithAces" Hand, and Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis, as well as PokerStars Ambassador Ramon "RamonColillas" Colillas, all started the day with high hopes but all finished the tournament before the end of Day 1. Veldhuis made it the farthest, holding a decent stack through much of the day and even hitting a royal flush at one point, before falling in the final level.

PokerNews will be at the virtual felt watching all the action as this event plays down to a winner. Action on Day 2 resumes at 1:10 p.m. eastern time Monday, and they'll play down to 72 players remaining before stopping for the night. PokerNews will also have action from all the other events in the first ever 2020 PokerStars EPT Online, so stay tuned.

Final Stack Updates with Top Ten

elron66 • Level 15: 5,000-10,000, 1,250 ante
Toby "sadface11" Joyce IE
Toby "sadface11" Joyce
IE 4,336,056 395,820
marlin5555 ca
marlin5555
ca 3,458,938
Gustavo “MachadinhaRS” Rocha BR
Gustavo “MachadinhaRS” Rocha
BR 3,305,384
Michel "FreeLancerZZ" Dattani pt
Michel "FreeLancerZZ" Dattani
pt 3,173,754
Ilya "thienlao21" Korobkin UA
Ilya "thienlao21" Korobkin
UA 3,098,288
99dm84 ba
99dm84
ba 3,050,582
Barbarossa_7 AT
Barbarossa_7
AT 3,040,644
Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov ru
Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov
ru 2,990,642
serrazina11 mt
serrazina11
mt 2,949,886 1,257,257
Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk ru
Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk
ru 2,932,600 -135,180
RB Tiger gb
RB Tiger
gb 2,410,231 186,560
%frusru% PL
%frusru%
PL 2,188,181 1,424,438
kryrobi RO
kryrobi
RO 1,895,314 412,612
Kurtkaare no
Kurtkaare
no 1,768,572 213,819
Anatoly "NL_Profit" Filatov
Anatoly "NL_Profit" Filatov
1,655,392 -247,495
nafnaf_funny ru
nafnaf_funny
ru 1,626,211 594,575
CinemaniaK BE
CinemaniaK
BE 1,546,678 -258,061
admegneki ro
admegneki
ro 1,488,089 -267,160
Aliaksandr "Alexgirs" Hirs
Aliaksandr "Alexgirs" Hirs
1,302,238 -89,750
zufo16 hr
zufo16
hr 1,282,625 396,340
Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov bg
Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov
bg 1,241,828 -46,496
$harkFlo DE
$harkFlo
DE 1,214,161 14,150
Jamie "Ship It 2010" O'Connor gb
Jamie "Ship It 2010" O'Connor
gb 1,100,301 -5,107
Hendurr se
Hendurr
se 1,096,264 34,387
João "soleej" Ferreira PT
João "soleej" Ferreira
PT 1,087,266 67,400

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Day 1 is Complete

elron66 • Level 15: 5,000-10,000, 1,250 ante

Level 15 is now over, and players have bagged their virtual chips for the night. Registration remains open until the start of Day 2, and players buying in now will still start Day 2 with more than 20 big blinds. Currently, the prize pool is well over $2 million, but the final prizes won't be set till Day 2 begins.

Stay tuned for a recap of the day and look at some of the big and featured stacks.

"Crosche" Takes Veldhuis' Stack

elron66 • Level 15: 5,000-10,000, 1,250 ante

Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis shoved less than ten big blinds from the big after "Crosche" raised the button.

"Crosche": {a-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}
Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis: {q-Spades}{j-Spades}

Board: {3-Spades}{8-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{3-Hearts}

Veldhuis couldn't hit with his suited Broadway cards, so "Crosche" held with the ace-high. Elsewhere, PokerStars Ambassador Ramon "RamonColillas" Colillas also busted his final stack.

Crosche de
Crosche
de 411,140
Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis NL
Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis
NL Busted
Ramon "RamonColillas" Colillas AD
Ramon "RamonColillas" Colillas
AD Busted

Hirs Cracks Aces

elron66 • Level 15: 5,000-10,000, 1,250 ante
Hirs Cracks Aces
Hirs Cracks Aces

Aliaksandr "Alexgirs" Hirs raised the hijack to 21K, then called the cutoff three-bet to 65K from Laszlo "Lackoo87gcb" Molnar. The flop came {2-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} and Hirs check-called for 55K. Hirs check-called again for 135K on the {j-Hearts} turn, and Hirs check-called for his stack on the {10-Hearts} river.

Laszlo "Lackoo87gcb" Molnar: {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}
Aliaksandr "Alexgirs" Hirs: {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}

Board: {2-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

Hirs rivered the house to crack Molnar's aces and chip up over 1 million.

Aliaksandr "Alexgirs" Hirs
Aliaksandr "Alexgirs" Hirs
1,391,988 644,186
Laszlo "Lackoo87gcb" Molnar hu
Laszlo "Lackoo87gcb" Molnar
hu 567,431

Final Level of Day 1

elron66 • Level 15: 5,000-10,000, 1,250 ante

Andy "BowieEffect" Wilson took down a pot at the end of Level 14 with a pre-flop shove from the big blind. "$harkFlo" three-bet the button after a cutoff raise, but both players folded to the shove of more than 600K.

$harkFlo DE
$harkFlo
DE 1,200,011 -380,389
Andy "BowieEffect" Wilson gb
Andy "BowieEffect" Wilson
gb 738,136 79,910
Level:
15
Blinds:
5,000/10,000
Ante:
1,250

Stack Updates at Final Break for Day 1

elron66 • Level 14: 4,500-9,000, 1,100 ante

The final break of the day has just begun with 2,155 entries on the board and 730 stacks still in play. They'll return to a few minutes of play in Level 14 with blinds at 4.5K/9K/1.1K before they move the final level at 5K/10K/1.25K.

Toby "sadface11" Joyce IE
Toby "sadface11" Joyce
IE 3,940,236 2,266,823
Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk ru
Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk
ru 3,067,780 258,761
RB Tiger gb
RB Tiger
gb 2,223,671 65,127
Anatoly "NL_Profit" Filatov
Anatoly "NL_Profit" Filatov
1,902,887 841,086
CinemaniaK BE
CinemaniaK
BE 1,804,739 242,812
admegneki ro
admegneki
ro 1,755,249 -249,323
serrazina11 mt
serrazina11
mt 1,692,629 -213,583
$harkFlo DE
$harkFlo
DE 1,580,400 369,600
Kurtkaare no
Kurtkaare
no 1,554,753 -296,584
kryrobi RO
kryrobi
RO 1,482,702 -171,252
Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov bg
Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov
bg 1,288,324 -207,052
Leonardo "LeoMattosAK" Mattos br
Leonardo "LeoMattosAK" Mattos
br 1,168,542 -167,933
Jamie "Ship It 2010" O'Connor gb
Jamie "Ship It 2010" O'Connor
gb 1,105,408 -130,801
Luckbox1326 ro
Luckbox1326
ro 1,098,514 -535,100
Hendurr se
Hendurr
se 1,061,877 577,140
Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt
Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt
1,058,660 -140,120
Dietrich "2pacnrw16" Fast de
Dietrich "2pacnrw16" Fast
de 1,046,050 189,433
nafnaf_funny ru
nafnaf_funny
ru 1,031,636 32,266
João "soleej" Ferreira PT
João "soleej" Ferreira
PT 1,019,866 257,119
GDZ4hotwings be
GDZ4hotwings
be 908,086 110,228
zufo16 hr
zufo16
hr 886,285 -321,294
%frusru% PL
%frusru%
PL 763,743 -224,854
Aliaksandr "Alexgirs" Hirs
Aliaksandr "Alexgirs" Hirs
747,802 -82,200
Ewokwat ca
Ewokwat
ca 700,603 184,000
diego efe33 AR
diego efe33
AR 667,812 -368,825

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Hirs Doubles

elron66 • Level 14: 4,500-9,000, 1,100 ante
Hirs Doubles
Hirs Doubles

Aliaksandr "Alexgirs" Hirs three-bet the cutoff to 46K after an open from the middle, but Andrey "kot_spartac" Kotelnikov shoved his big blind for 689,580. The original raiser got out of the way, but Hirs called it off at risk.

Andrey "kot_spartac" Kotelnikov: {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}
Aliaksandr "Alexgirs" Hirs: {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}

Board: {3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}

The queens held for Hirs and he took down a nice double.

Aliaksandr "Alexgirs" Hirs
Aliaksandr "Alexgirs" Hirs
830,002 160,221
Andrey "kot_spartac" Kotelnikov ru
Andrey "kot_spartac" Kotelnikov
ru 290,229 -318,531