Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Day 1 of the 2020 PokerStars EPT Online $5,200 Main Event has wrapped up after 15 levels of 30 minutes each and a field of 1,182 entries so far has been cut down to 351 survivors. The guarantee has already been surpassed and a prize pool of $5,910,000 is currently up for grabs while the late registration remains open until five minutes prior to the start of Day 2.
Out of the 870 unique entries, it was PokerStars ambassador Fintan "easywithaces" Hand that topped the leaderboard with a stack of 2,899,772. After a slow start, the Irishman chipped up with aces and then won a big pot off Toby "sadface11" Joyce. From there on, Hand was always in the top five and ended the day with the top spot. Another PokerStars ambassador made the top 10 overnight as Ramon "RamonColillas" Colillas ran his second bullet all the way up to 2,175,079, good enough for 9th place.
Estonia's "DingeBrinker" finished the day second in chips with 2,835,654 followed by "P0KERPR02.0" (2,784,244) and Jakob "Succeeed" Miegel (2,498,678. Further big stacks belong to the likes of Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle (2,362,038), Claas "ssicK_OnE" Segebrecht (2,165,596), Andras "probirs" Nemeth (2,102,861), Rafael "GM_VALTER" Moraes (2,033,732), and Scott "Aggro Santos" Margereson (1,954,789).
The top 10 after Day 1 of the 2020 PokerStars EPT Online $5,200 Main Event
|Position||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds Day 2|
|1||Fintan "easywithaces" Hand||Ireland||2,899,772||242|
|4||Jakob "Succeeed" Miegel||Germany||2,498,678||208|
|5||Fernando "fapk2212" Karam||Brazil||2,402,866||200|
|6||Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle||Germany||2,362,038||197|
|7||Will "hellzito" Arruda||Brazil||2,360,143||197|
|9||Ramon "RamonColillas" Colillas||Spain||2,175,079||181|
|10||Claas "ssicK_OnE" Segebrecht||Germany||2,165,596||180|
The red spade also saw another four ambassadors advance to Day 2 including Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis (941,880), Kalidou "KalidouSow" Sow (596,860), Felix "xflixx" Schneiders (235,224), and Ben "Spraggy" Spragg (186,500). Sow needed a third bullet to make it through while Schneiders qualified through a $215 satellite, only Mikhail "innerpsy" Shalamov was not among those to reach Day 2.
The PokerNews EPT4Charity competition winner Jay "Blackoid" Kennedy joined the field towards the end of the second hour and was seated with former EPT Main Event champion Aliaksei "ale6ka" Boika and PokerStars Championship Macau winner Elliot "4rebmun" Smith. Later on, Daniel "Oxota" Dvoress brought his big stack to the table and Kennedy was unfazed, running his stack up to more than 600,000 and even busting Triton High Roller regular Peter "Apathy123" Jetten in the process. However, the late stages were not as kind to the Brit, who will donate 10% of his winnings to CLIC Sargent UK, and he finished the day with 267,334.
Kennedy made it further than big names such as Artur "mararthur1" Martirosian, Talal "raidalot" Shakerchi, Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo, Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood, Pablo "elmelogno4" Melogno, Brunno "botteonpoker" Botteon, Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder, Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias, Mark "AceSpades11" Radoja and David "dpeters17" Peters who all fired three shells without anything to show for.
All those that haven't entered three times yet can still join the tournament until 1.05 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, November 16th, 2020, and the registration then closes right before Day 2 commences. The blinds will be 6,000-12,000 with a running ante of 1,500 and all levels will continue to last 30 minutes each.
Day 2 will play down to the final 72 players and the money bubble will burst. Alongside the PokerNews live updates from start to finish, the PokerStars live stream will also pick up the action from now and broadcast cards-up coverage and commentary on their YouTube and Twitch channel for the remaining three days until the first EPT Online Main Event champion is crowned.
Day 1 has just concluded with 351 players out of 1,182 entries remaining and PokerStars' very own Fintan "easywithaces" Hand leads the pack ahead of Day 2 with six ambassadors of the red spade still in the mix.
Assorted chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.
Tapio "PikkuHUMPPA" Vihakas open-jammed out of the small blind for just shy of 20 big blinds and PokerStars ambassador Kalidou "KalidouSow" Sow made the call with the slightly superior stack out of the big blind.
Tapio "PikkuHUMPPA" Vihakas:
Kalidou "KalidouSow" Sow:
Vihakas spiked a gutshot on the flop but found no help on the turn and river.
Following a min-raise to 20,000 by Konstantin "krakukra" Maslak in the hijack, 2020 WCOOP Main Event champion Andre "PTFisherman23" Marques three-bet jammed out of the big blind and was called by Maslak for the last 240,142.
Konstantin "krakukra" Maslak:
Andre "PTFisherman23" Marques:
On a board of , Marques rivered a set and sent Maslak to the rail in cruel fashion.
Fintan "easywithaces" Hand opened 23,000 and was called by Luigi "Il-Giuglia" D'Alterio from one seat over. On the flop, Hand check-called for 44,180 and did so again for 96,429 on the turn. The on the river was checked and Hand tabled for a flush to win the pot.
Hand then beat Simon "C. Darwin2" Mattsson in showdown for another 10 blinds with versus to regain the lead.
Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis turned on the heat late and jumped to a top 25 stack while two fellow PokerStars ambassadors were in the danger zone.
One of them, Ben "Spraggy" Spragg, doubled to 15 blinds when held up against the of "bluet0m89" thanks to a board of .
Felix "xflixx" Schneiders was not involved in the action, however, Kalidou "KalidouSow" Sow was eliminated for the second time and re-entered.
Sow three-bet to 85,400 in the small blind with 61,793 behind and "DEDTAWIWASA" then jammed the button with the superior stack, which Sow called for just shy of 45 big blinds.
Kalidou "KalidouSow" Sow:
No ace and just one broadway card appeared on the board to send Sow on bullet number three.
Down to fewer than 10 big blinds, Rui "sousinha23" Sousa jammed the in the cutoff and Philippe "takechip" D'Auteuil came along out of the big blind with the .
Both flopped a gutshot on and the turn instantly left Sousa drawing dead, which made the river a formality.