€5,300 Main Event
€5,300 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Merijn van Rooij Tops a Star-Studded Field After Day 1a of the EPT Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event

MattHansen • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Merijn van Rooij
Merijn van Rooij

Day 1a of the EPT Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event has come to an end and 419 runners turned out to Monte Carlo Sporting Complex for the first of two flights in the flagship event of the 2022 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®.

The opening flight generated a prize pool of €2,526,850, and the field tops the last time an EPT Main Event was held in Monte Carlo, when 342 players turned out for Day 1a. Despite the smaller field, 128 players bagged in 2019, compared to the 121 that will return on Wednesday for Day 2. It remains to be seen if the tournament will make a run at the record turnout of 1,098 players in 2016.

Merijn van Rooij of the Netherlands is the chip leader after 10 levels of play and he will return with 159 big blinds on Day 2. He's followed closely by Bruno Volkmann, Andrew Hulme, and Kazuhiko Yotsushika. Ramon Colillas and Oliver Bosch are also among the top stacks of the day, along with bracelet winners Justin Saliba and Yuri Dzivielevski.

EPT Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event Day 1a Top Ten Chip Counts

RankNameCountryChipsDay 2 Big Blinds
1Merijn van RooijNetherlands253,000159
2Bruno VolkmannBrazil240,000156
3Andrew HulmeUnited Kingdom238,500154
4Kazuhiko YotsushikaJapan233,500152
5Ramon ColillasSpain231,000150
6Oliver BoschAustria228,500143
7Justin SalibaUSA224,500137
8Hugo PingrayFrance215,000128
9Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil205,500127
10Josip SimunicAustria191,500127

Day 1a Highlights

It was a banner day for eliminations with more than two-thirds of the field falling before the end of the night. Among them was Tamon Nakamura, who was eliminated on a three-way pot when his tens were out drawn by the queen-eight of bracelet winner Emil Bise. Tsugunari Toma was the third player and had both covered, but his pocket threes were no good.

Toma went on to score a double elimination of Julien Sitbon and Mihail Lala when his eight-six made a straight on the river to crack Sitbon's pocket queens. It was the second big pot that Toma took from Sitbon, and both were a straight made with an eight-six. Toma fell back later in the day and will return for Day 2 with one of the short stacks.

2015 EPT Malta Main Event champion Niall Farrell took his shot in the first flight and will return for Day 2, thanks in part to a clash with Jonas Lauck where Farrell shoved the river and Lauck got away from it to move Farrell above 100K chips. He fell back slightly and finished with 87,000, but he will return on Wednesday in search of his second EPT Main Event title.

Elsewhere, bracelet winner Leo Margets steadily built her stack throughout the day, starting with a double through Ermo Kosk with pocket sevens. She found another pot later in the day when she got a shove through against Ferenc Deak. Margets ended the day with 98,500 and she will return on Wednesday for a shot at Day 3.

Victoria Coren Mitchell will also return for Day 2 after bagging a stack with 47,500, in part thanks to a runner-runner full house against Dan Tolppanen.

Other notable returning players include PokerStars ambassador Benjamin Spragg, John Mooney, Timothy Adams, Sam Greenwood, Daniel Dvoress, 2021 WSOP Main Event Champion Koray Aldemir, and Gaelle Baumann, who bagged 181,500 to finish just outside the top ten.

Day 1b on Tuesday

Action will continue Tuesday, May 3 at noon local time with the second of two flights in the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event. Players who were eliminated on Monday will have another opportunity to jump into Tuesday’s flight, and registration will continue through the end of Day 2. Players will once again start with 30,000 in chips and play ten 60-minute levels before they combine with the Day 1a survivors on Wednesday.

Be sure to keep it here with the PokerNews team all week long for live updates from the EPT Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event.

Tags: Andrew HulmeBenjamin SpraggBruno VolkmannGaelle BaumannJulien SitbonJustin SalibaKazuhiko YotsushikaKoray AldemirLeo MargetsMerijn Van RooijNiall FarrellVictoria Coren MitchellYuri Dzivielevski

End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

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Merijn Van Rooij nl
Merijn Van Rooij
nl 253,000 43,000
Bruno Volkmann br
Bruno Volkmann
br 249,000 19,000
Andrew Hulme gb
Andrew Hulme
gb 238,500 13,500
Kazuhiko Yotsushika jp
Kazuhiko Yotsushika
jp 233,500 18,500
Ramon Colillas es
Ramon Colillas
es 231,000 101,000
Oliver Bosch at
Oliver Bosch
at 228,500 138,500
Justin Saliba us
Justin Saliba
us 224,500 64,500
Hugo Pingray fr
Hugo Pingray
fr 215,000 45,000
Yuri Dzivielevski br
Yuri Dzivielevski
br 205,500 150,500
Josip Simunic at
Josip Simunic
at 191,500 71,500
Rintaro Kagawa jp
Rintaro Kagawa
jp 191,000 21,000
Dan Djorno fr
Dan Djorno
fr 190,500 -9,500
Tim Klaversma NL
Tim Klaversma
NL 189,500 34,500
Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
fr 184,000 -34,000
Gaelle Baumann fr
Gaelle Baumann
fr 181,500 7,500
Tobias Anttila fi
Tobias Anttila
fi 178,000 -2,000
Arthur Conan fr
Arthur Conan
fr 177,500 177,500
Benjamin Spragg gb
Benjamin Spragg
gb 175,500 5,500
Selahaddin Bedir tr
Selahaddin Bedir
tr 173,000 -22,000
Javier Fernandez Alonso es
Javier Fernandez Alonso
es 167,000 -53,000
Oleg Bessaev ru
Oleg Bessaev
ru 164,500 164,500
Alexandre Amiel fr
Alexandre Amiel
fr 164,000 -16,000
Krasimir Yankov bg
Krasimir Yankov
bg 161,500 65,500
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
fr 161,500 65,400
Julien Veyssiere FR
Julien Veyssiere
FR 160,000 160,000

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Day 1a Completed

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An unofficial 121 players out of 419 entries have made it through Day 1a as all contenders bagged and tagged their chips. Assorted counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Danchev Among the Late Casualties

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Tusugunari Toma was no longer spotted in the tournament with Andrew Hulme leading the pace on his former table.

Another late casualty on Day 1a was Dimitar Danchev, who had bluffed a previous hand and left a single chip behind but was called. The 100 chips then vanished with {10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} from the cutoff as Tobias Anttila in the big blind got there with {9-Spades}{8-Hearts} thanks to the {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{j-Spades}{3-Clubs} board.

Andrew Hulme gb
Andrew Hulme
gb 225,000 105,000
Tobias Anttila fi
Tobias Anttila
fi 180,000 -7,000
Tsugunari Toma jp
Tsugunari Toma
jp Busted
Dimitar Danchev bg
Dimitar Danchev
bg Busted

Tags: Andrew HulmeDimitar DanchevTobias Anttila

Calamusa Picks Up Queens to Bust Kruger

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Klas Kruger got his last 50,000 into the middle and Pierre Calamusa called to put him at risk.

Klas Kruger: {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}
Pierre Calamusa: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {j-Hearts}{2-Spades}{8-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{7-Clubs} and the queens held to eliminate Kruger in the final hands of Day 1a.

Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
fr 141,500 26,500
Klas Kruger DE
Klas Kruger
DE Busted

Final Five Hands

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The remaining runners are now playing the final five hands before bagging up for the evening.

Petrone and Kamphues No More

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"We had a lot of fun hands here," Justin Saliba said and recalled a hand in which Kazuhiko Yotsushika turned a set against Ramiro Petrone's pocket queens and then provided the details leading up to the elimination of Lars Kamphues.

According to Saliba, Kamphues had flat-called a raise by Ewen Trevidy, who check-raised the {10-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} flop. Trevidy then check-called a bet by Kamphues on the {k-Spades} turn and checked the {a-Hearts} river.

Kamphues jammed for 33,500 into a pot of around 25,000 and Trevidy tank-called. The {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} of Kamphues had missed a straight draw and Trevidy scored the knockout with {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} for two pair.

Last but not least, Samir Moukawem raised to 4,000 and called the all-in by Tom Kunze for 25,100.

Tom Kunze: {a-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Samir Moukawem: {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}

The {j-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} board improved Kunze much to the displeasure of Moukawem.

Kazuhiko Yotsushika jp
Kazuhiko Yotsushika
jp 215,000 80,000
Justin Saliba us
Justin Saliba
us 160,000 10,000
Ewen Trevidy fr
Ewen Trevidy
fr 140,000 57,000
Joseph Sabe lb
Joseph Sabe
lb 68,000 -7,000
Tom Kunze de
Tom Kunze
de 53,000 53,000
Samir Moukawem lb
Samir Moukawem
lb 40,000 -40,000
Ramiro Petrone ar
Ramiro Petrone
ar Busted
Lars Kamphues de
Lars Kamphues
de Busted

Tags: Ewen TrevidyJustin SalibaKazuhiko YotsushikaLars KamphuesRamiro PetroneSamir MoukawemTom Kunze

A Round of Assorted Chip Counts in the Last Level of the Night

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Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
fr 218,000 18,000
Gaelle Baumann fr
Gaelle Baumann
fr 174,000 41,000
Timothy Adams ca
Timothy Adams
ca 145,000 10,000
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
gb 115,000 -20,000
Leo Margets es
Leo Margets
es 89,100 4,100
Kitty Kuo tw
Kitty Kuo
tw 58,100 -16,900
Victoria Coren Mitchell gb
Victoria Coren Mitchell
gb 58,000 -57,000
Yuri Dzivielevski br
Yuri Dzivielevski
br 55,000 -2,000
Ana Marquez es
Ana Marquez
es 55,000 -22,000
John Mooney gb
John Mooney
gb 52,000 2,000
Johan Guilbert fr
Johan Guilbert
fr 38,000 3,000
Seth Davies us
Seth Davies
us 32,700 -47,300