2023 PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo

€25,000 EPT High Roller
Day: 1
Event Info

2023 PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
32
Prize
€938,042
Event Info
Buy-in
€25,000
Prize Pool
€5,066,110
Entries
211
Level Info
Level
33
Blinds
125,000 / 250,000
Ante
250,000
Players Info - Day 1
Entries
183
Players Left
95

€25,000 EPT High Roller

Day 1 Completed

Lococo Among Top Stacks In €25,000 EPT High Roller

Level 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Alejandro -Papo MC- Lococo
Alejandro -Papo MC- Lococo

It was an action-packed start to the €25,000 EPT High Roller as the 2023 PokerStars European Poker Tour presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®️ starts to wind down. There were a total of 183 entries over the course of the first 10 levels of play and just 95 players bagged up chips to move on to Day 2.

Argentina's Alejandro Lococo bagged one of the biggest stacks with an impressive 361,500, good for 241 big blinds. Close on his heels were Juan Pardo (302,000), and Romain Lewis (251,000) who finished in the top five.

Lococo is no stranger to these types of fields, having won the €1,100 No Limit Hold'em Eureka Main Event at EPT Barcelona for €417,820 just over a year ago, Lococo will look to continue his run good to add to his already $2.3 Million in live tournament earnings.

Lithuania's Marius Kudzmanas bagged the chip lead with a stack of 364,000. Not much is known of Kudzmanas, but his spectacular play on Day 1 showed he will be a force to be reckoned with.

Top Ten Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Marius KudzmanasLithuania364,000243
2Alejandro LococoArgentina361,500241
3Juan PardoSpain302,000201
4Romain LewisFrance251,000167
5Orpen KisacikogluTurkey239,000159
6Ben HeathUnited Kingdom228,500152
7Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom223,000149
8Felipe FontouraBrazil213,500142
9Dominykas MikolaitisLithuania212,500142
10Marton CzuczorHungary206,000137

Day 1 Action

The action got underway at 12:30 p.m. local time with 41 players in their seats for the 50% registration fee rakeback offered by PokerStars. Despite the single reentry format, the number of entries grew consistently throughout the day.

Last year's event attracted a total of 179 entries, and that number has already been surpassed. With late registration and reentries still open until the start of Day 2, that figure will be sure to grow significantly.

Many of the biggest and best names in poker joined the field throughout Day 1. Some who were in the mix but not fortunate enough to find a bag included WSOP Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson, Women in Poker Hall of Fame inductee Maria Ho, and nine-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel to name a few.

Martin Jacobson
Martin Jacobson

Many other big names who ran deep and bagged up a stack for Day 2 include PokerStars Ambassador Sam Grafton (223,000), High Stakes regular Seth Davies (176,000), and Ben Heath (228,500), who eliminated Jean-Noel Thorel on his last bullet in the final level of the day.

Late registration will remain open until the start of Day 2 for those that still wish to play or for those that still have a reentry available to them. Day 2 will begin at 12:30 p.m. local time at Sporting Monte-Carlo, where another ten levels will be on the schedule. The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the tournament floor to bring you all live updates throughout the day.

Tags: Alejandro LococoBen HeathDominykas MikolaitisErik SeidelFelipe FontouraJean-Noel ThorelJuan PardoMaria HoMarius KudzmanasMartin JacobsonMarton CzuczorOrpen KisacikogluRomain LewisSeth Davies

Day 2 Seat Draw

Level 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
11Murad AkhundovAzerbaijan32,50022
12Manig LoeserGermany165,500110
14Paul NeweyUnited Kingdom27,50018
15Lars KamphuesAustria38,50026
16Lander LijoSpain100,00067
18Florian GuimondFrance47,00031
      
21Kayhan MokriNorway99,00066
22Enrico CamosciItaly155,000103
24Saar WilfIsrael128,50086
25Stanislav UrodlivchenkoUkraine26,50018
26Alejandro LococoArgentina361,500241
27Ben HeathUnited Kingdom228,500152
28Marius KudzmanasLithuania364,000243
      
31Julien SitbonFrance44,00029
32Samuel JuGermany17,00011
33Seth DaviesUSA176,000117
35Thomas EychenneFrance48,00032
36Masashi OyaJapan58,00039
37Sam GreenwoodCanada23,50016
38Lim Chin WeiMalaysia84,50056
      
41Jacob AmsellemIsrael88,00059
42Rui MartinsPortugal18,00012
44Mikhail RudoyRussia16,00011
45Laszlo MolnarHungary25,00017
46Lucas Silva RochaBrazil12,5008
47Patrik AntoniusFinland84,00056
48Ricardo CaridadePortugal33,00022
      
51Johan GuilbertFrance113,00075
52Aleksejs PonakovsLatvia52,00035
53Mikita BadziakouskiUkraine199,000133
54Philip SternheimerUnited Kingdom44,00029
56Pedro NevesPortugal136,00091
57Aliaksei BoikaBelarus23,00015
58Dominik NitscheGermany32,00021
      
61Artur MartirosianRussia48,00032
63Dominykas MikolaitisLithuania212,500142
65Alexandru DanesFrance60,50040
66Steve O'DwyerIreland131,50088
67Fabrice MaltezFrance53,50036
68Dimitar DanchevBulgaria68,00045
      
71Weiran PuChina156,000104
72Igor YaroshevskyyUkraine73,50049
73Kuljinder SidhuUnited Kingdom59,00039
74Felipe FontouraBrazil213,500142
77Dario SammartinoItaly123,00082
78Sosia JiangNew Zealand39,00026
      
81Daehyung LeeSouth Korea146,00097
82Patrick BruelFrance101,50068
84Nacho BarberoArgentina99,00066
85Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom223,000149
88[Removed:428]Switzerland20,50014
      
91Daniel DvoressCanada108,50072
92Isaac HaxtonUSA94,50063
93Tomas JozonisLithuania187,000125
96Christoph VogelsangGermany47,00031
97Shakhabiddin MuradovLatvia51,00034
98Nikita KuznetsovRussia119,50080
      
101Carl ShawUnited Kingdom44,00029
102Ramon ColillasSpain116,00077
105Boris KolevBulgaria53,50036
106Michel DattaniPortugal37,00025
107Timo KamphuesGermany190,500127
108Mario NavarroSpain187,000125
      
111Barak WisbrodIsrael102,00068
112Yuan LiHong Kong145,00097
113Robert GreenbergUSA1,0001
114Luke SchwartzUnited Kingdom54,00036
118Milos PetakovicSerbia105,50070
      
121Mehdi ChaouiMorocco30,00020
122Aliaksandr HirsBelarus66,50044
123Motoyoshi OkamuraJapan36,00024
124Harold IchbiaFrance25,50017
125Ramin HajiyevAzerbaijan31,50021
126Ilya NikiforovRussia97,00065
      
131Marton CzuczorHungary206,000137
133Tom-Aksel BedellNorway174,000116
135Adrian MateosSpain159,500106
136Alexandros KoloniasGreece65,90044
138Leon SturmGermany74,00049
      
143Timothy AdamsCanada65,00043
145Daisuke OgitaJapan67,50045
146Jenya GavrilovichBelarus105,00070
147Roman SamoylovIsrael134,50090
148Davidi KitaiBelgium93,50062
      
152Romain LewisFrance251,000167
154Nick PetrangeloUSA33,00022
155Christopher PuetzAustria46,50031
156Orpen KisacikogluTurkey239,000159
158Quan ZhouHong Kong109,00073
      
161Patrik JarosCzech Republic39,50026
162Justin BonomoUSA32,00021
164Juan PardoSpain302,000201
165Alexandru PapazianRomania83,00055
167Santhosh SuvarnaIndia49,50033

End of Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Level 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Player Chips Progress
Marius Kudzmanas lt
Marius Kudzmanas
364,000 92,000
Day 1 Chip Leader
Alejandro Lococo ar
Alejandro Lococo
361,500 49,500
Juan Pardo es
Juan Pardo
302,000 161,000
Romain Lewis fr
Romain Lewis
251,000 201,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
239,000 91,000
Ben Heath gb
Ben Heath
228,500 -31,500
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
223,000 163,500
Felipe Ketzer br
Felipe Ketzer
213,500 213,500
Dominykas Mikolaitis lt
Dominykas Mikolaitis
212,500 134,500
Day 2 Chip Leader
Marton Czuczor hu
Marton Czuczor
206,000 37,500
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
199,000 33,500
Timo Kamphues de
Timo Kamphues
190,500 140,500
Mario Navarro es
Mario Navarro
187,000 130,000
Tomas Jozonis lt
Tomas Jozonis
187,000 77,000
Seth Davies us
Seth Davies
176,000 126,000
Tom-Aksel Bedell no
Tom-Aksel Bedell
174,000 124,000
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
165,500 115,500
EPT 1X Winner
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
159,500 29,500
EPT 1X Winner
Weiran Pu cn
Weiran Pu
156,000 106,000
Enrico Camosci it
Enrico Camosci
155,000 105,000
Dae-Hyung Lee kr
Dae-Hyung Lee
146,000 13,000
Yuan Li cn
Yuan Li
145,000 31,000
Pedro Neves pt
Pedro Neves
136,000 86,000
Roman Samoylov il
Roman Samoylov
134,500 18,500
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
131,500 1,500
EPT 1X Winner

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Last Five Hands

Level 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

The tournament director announced that five more hands will be played in Day 1 of the €25,000 EPT High Roller before the remaining field bags up their chips for Day 2 tomorrow.

Thorel Takes His Leave in the Dying Minutes

Level 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Jean-Noel Thorel
Jean-Noel Thorel

Ben Heath had open-raised from the cutoff and Jean-Noel Thorel three-bet all in from the button for his last 31,000 chips. Heath made the call and the players flipped their cards over.

Jean-Noel Thorel: AQ
Ben Heath: 88

Thorel did not hit a pair on the 75J flop, and the 8 turn gave Heath a set. Thorel now had a flush draw, however. Sadly for him, the river was a red 6 and Thorel busted his second bullet in the final stretch of Day 1. With only a single reentry available, he will not be returning on Day 2 in any fashion.

Player Chips Progress
Ben Heath gb
Ben Heath
260,000 162,000
Jean-Noel Thorel fr
Jean-Noel Thorel
Busted

Tags: Ben HeathJean-Noel Thorel

Badziakouski's Second Barrel Gets It Done

Level 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Mikita Badziakouski
Mikita Badziakouski

Jacob Amsellem raised to 2,600 from the button before Mikita Badziakouski put in a three-bet from the big blind. Amsellem was not going anywhere and made the call.

On the 6103 flop, Badziakouski fired a huge bet of 17,000, which Amsellem readily called. The 7 turn the checked through before the 4 river fell.

Badziakouski now went for another big bet, of 28,000 this time. This forced Amsellem to hand in his last time bank extension as he pondered his decision. During his final countdown, he opted to fold, leaving himself just over a starting stack to play with.

Badziakouski, meanwhile, has tripled his stack since the start of play.

Player Chips Progress
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
165,500 22,500
Jacob Amsellem fr
Jacob Amsellem
54,000 4,000

Tags: Jacob AmsellemMikita Badziakouski

Ding Wins Flip To Double Up

Level 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

Aliaksandr Hirs opened the action to 2,400 from under the gun and it folded around to Biao Ding in the cutoff who moved all in for 6,700 total. The rest of the table got out of the way and Hirs made the call to put Ding at risk.

Biao Ding: 44
Aliaksandr Hirs: A6

It was a coin-flip preflop, but when the board ran out 982JQ, it was the fours for Ding that held up to secure the much needed double up.

Player Chips Progress
Aliaksandr Hirs by
Aliaksandr Hirs
44,000 -6,000
Biao Ding cn
Biao Ding
16,500 -33,500

Tags: Aliaksandr HirsBiao Ding