Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Attracts 86 Entrants; Khoroshenin Leads After 10 Levels of Play
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 and Soika check-called a 9,000 continuation-bet. He did the same when Khoroshenin bet 17,000 on the turn, and then faced a big 53,000 bet on the river when he checked again. Soika made the call but mucked after Khoroshenin opened 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 was ahead, but Selbst was drawing to two live cards. When the flop failed to deliver, Selbst began to stand. The turn gave her pause, but alas it wasn't the paint card she needed. The dealer burned one last time and put out the . 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
Last Six Hands
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.
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Double Loss for Smith
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 flop before both players checked the turn. Smith led for 5,000 on the 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.
Jack the Lad 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.
The board ran to make Peters a full house.
Kurganov Culled in Last Level of the Night
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 flop against fellow German Andreas Eiler.
Kurganov went with his gutshot straight draw, which he needed to hit to overcome Eiler's queens. The turn paired Kurganov, but it wasn't quite enough. The river was of no consequences, and Kurganov failed to make it to Day 2.
"Enjoy everyone," Kurganov offered before heading to the exit.
The following players were all eliminated recently, but as you can see many of them have opted to reenter.
Rossiter Takes on the Man from Azerbaijan
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 . 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.