€25,500 High Roller
€25,500 High Roller
Day 1 Completed

Day 1 Attracts 86 Entrants; Khoroshenin Leads After 10 Levels of Play

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Oleksii Khoroshenin
Oleksii Khoroshenin

The 2015 PokerStars.com Season 11 EPT Malta kicked off in a big way on Wednesday with the start of the €25,000 High Roller, a "special" tournament that was a late addition to the schedule. Day 1 attracted 86 entries (67 unique, 19 reentries), though that number is sure to go up as registration is open until the start of Day 2.

After 10 one-hour levels of play, Ukraine's Oleksii Khoroshenin lead the surviving 40 players with 277,600 in chips. Others who bagged big stacks were Nick Petrangelo (239,000), Piotr Franczak (205,600), Dan Smith (200,300), Philipp Gruissem (188,500), and Martin Finger (178,200).

Khoroshenin, the winner of the 2014 EPT Vienna Main Event for €578,392, got many of his chips in the last level of the night after he got almost full value out of a full house in a hand versus Ihar Soika.

It happened when Soika raised to 2,700 from under the gun and called Khoroshenin's three-bet to 7,200 from the cutoff. The flop fanned {4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and Soika check-called a 9,000 continuation-bet. He did the same when Khoroshenin bet 17,000 on the {6-Diamonds} turn, and then faced a big 53,000 bet on the {3-Spades} river when he checked again. Soika made the call but mucked after Khoroshenin opened {q-Clubs}{q-Spades} for queens full.

Of course not everyone was so lucky. Jorryt van Hoof, Jean-Noel Thorel, and Igor Kurganov were a few of the players to fire two bullets, so their EPT Malta High Roller experience has officially come to an end. Meanwhile, other Day 1 casualties who still have the option to reenter before the start of Day 2 are Aussie Millions champ Ami Barer; reigning World Series of Poker winner Martin Jacobson; World Poker Tour champion Paul Klann; and Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov, Vanessa Selbst, Jonathan Duhamel, and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.

As for Selbst, the only lady in the tournament, she fell after action folded to Stephen Chidwick in the hijack and he raised to 2,500. Selbst then three-bet all in for 22,300 from the cutoff, the button and blinds all folded, and Chidwick gave it some thought before dropping in a call.

Chidwick: {a-Hearts}{10-Clubs}
Selbst: {q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}

Chidwick was ahead, but Selbst was drawing to two live cards. When the {2-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} flop failed to deliver, Selbst began to stand. The {K-Diamonds} turn gave her pause, but alas it wasn't the paint card she needed. The dealer burned one last time and put out the {8-Clubs}. The Team PokerStars Pro rapped the tabled and then made her way to the exit.

While many fell, plenty of notables made it through to Day 2 including Jeff Rossiter (149,900), Fabian Quoss (110,300), Pratyush Buddiga (106,200), Davidi Kitai (100,300), Dani Stern (86,200), Sorel Mizzi (73,200), Simon Ravnsbaek (63,000), and Ole Schemion (57,900)

Day 2 will commence at 12:30 p.m. local time. The plan is to player either 10 levels or down to eight players, whichever comes first. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team then for all the EPT Malta €25,000 action you can handle.

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Notable End of Day Chip Counts

MarcC • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Oleksii Khoroshenin ua
Oleksii Khoroshenin
ua 277,600 17,600
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
us 239,000 161,000
Piotr Franczak PL
Piotr Franczak
PL 205,600 45,600
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 200,300 70,300
Dzmitry Urbanovich pl
Dzmitry Urbanovich
pl 199,800 75,000
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
de 188,500 73,500
Martin Finger de
Martin Finger
de 178,200 83,200
Connor Drinnan
Connor Drinnan
174,500 174,500
Andreas Eiler de
Andreas Eiler
de 169,500 59,500
Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
au 149,900 -100
Salman Behbehani us
Salman Behbehani
us 146,400 65,600
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
ca 142,300 -37,700
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
Winamax Team Pro
es 128,100 26,100
Fabian Quoss de
Fabian Quoss
de 110,300 30,300
Pratyush Buddiga us
Pratyush Buddiga
us 106,200 -4,800
Agshin Rasulov AZ
Agshin Rasulov
AZ 103,900 3,900
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
Winamax Team Pro
be 100,300 35,300
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
ca 86,400 27,300
Dani Stern us
Dani Stern
us 86,200 17,200
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 83,100 -36,900
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 83,000 83,000
Sorel Mizzi ca
Sorel Mizzi
ca 73,200 20,200
David Peters us
David Peters
us 71,800 -33,200
Ramin Hajiyev az
Ramin Hajiyev
az 63,100 13,100
Simon Ravnsbaek dk
Simon Ravnsbaek
dk 63,000 -52,000

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Last Six Hands

MarcC • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

The remaining players will play six more hands before bagging up for the night. We're heading down to capture any last-minute action and to compile a list of chip counts. Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the day's action.

Double Loss for Smith

MarcC • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Dan Smith made an animated uncertain tank-fold on the river in a hand versus Andreas Eiler and then immediately spilt a whole glass of red win over his side table that contained his phone and extra battery charger. What's worse?

Smith had check-called 7,000 on a {9-Spades}{j-Spades}{8-Spades} flop before both players checked the {5-Clubs} turn. Smith led for 5,000 on the {2-Spades} river and faced a raise up to 45,000.

"Really don't believe you!" said Smith in the middle of a very agitated tank. He believed enough to fold though.

Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 130,000 -60,000
Andreas Eiler de
Andreas Eiler
de 110,000 -15,000

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Jack the Lad Peters

MarcC • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
David Peters
David Peters

David Peters has a six-figure stack after busting Mikita Badziakouski.

The latter raised to 4,200 from under the gun and was called in one spot before David Peters raised to 10,000 from the big blind. Badziakouski tanked for while before shoving for around 35,000. The third party folded but Peters made the call.

Badziakouski: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}
Peters: {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}

The board ran {6-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{j-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{k-Spades} to make Peters a full house.

David Peters us
David Peters
us 105,000 35,000
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
by Busted

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Kurganov Culled in Last Level of the Night

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Igor Kurganov
Igor Kurganov

Igor Kurganov recently busted his second bullet, which means his EPT Malta €25,000 High Roller has officially come to an end.

His final hand came when he got the last of his chips all in on a {5-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} flop against fellow German Andreas Eiler.

Eiler: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Kurganov: {a-Spades}{10-Spades}

Kurganov went with his gutshot straight draw, which he needed to hit to overcome Eiler's queens. The {10-Diamonds} turn paired Kurganov, but it wasn't quite enough. The {7-Clubs} river was of no consequences, and Kurganov failed to make it to Day 2.

"Enjoy everyone," Kurganov offered before heading to the exit.

Andreas Eiler de
Andreas Eiler
de 125,000
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov
ru Busted

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Rossiter Takes on the Man from Azerbaijan

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Action folded to Agshin Rasulov in the small blind and he raised to 3,500. Jeff Rossiter then three-bet to 9,500 from the big, Rasulov called, and the two took a flop of {k-Spades}{2-Clubs}{10-Spades}. Rasulov checked, Rossiter bet 9,000, and the man from Azerbaijan released his hand.

It wasn't much of a hand, but as you can see Rossiter has been on an upward trajectory here late on Day 1.

Jeff Rossiter au
Jeff Rossiter
au 150,000 57,000
Agshin Rasulov AZ
Agshin Rasulov
AZ 100,000 -1,000

Tags: Jeff RossiterAgshin Rasulov