2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

Main Event
Days: 1a
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
100,000 / 200,000

Main Event

Day 1a Completed

Jeff Hakim Crushes Day 1a for Chip Lead

Level 8 : 400-800, 100 ante
Jeffery Hakim
Jeffery Hakim

Jeff Hakim steamrolled the field, making a couple of huge hands at opportune times to bag the chip lead at the conclusion of the first eight levels of Day 1a of PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® €5,300 Main Event.

The online crusher — he has $8 million in cashes primarily as "YoungSupremacy" and "Jeff710" — had his best live result in last year's WSOP Main Event, finishing 22nd for $269,430. Hakim's stack of 305,300 puts him well clear of second-place Stefan Schillhabel, who finished with 203,000.

Day 1a, the first of two starting days, drew 235 players, and a total of 107 survived. They'll get Sunday off and then return on Monday for Day 2.

Midway through the day, Hakim emerged as one of the leaders. He saw a five-way pot with ten-nine and flopped a ten-high straight with two diamonds on the felt. A player with jack-nine of diamonds didn't want to give it up and missed his combo draw to give Hakim 175,000 at 250/500/75.

In the last level of the night, Hakim flopped quads on a four-seven-four flop and check-raised an opponent's 4,500 bet to 11,500. His opponent made it 22,000 to go, and Hakim called. The turn gave his opponent a useless backdoor flush draw to go with two overcards — he'd been bluffing with jack-high on the flop — and that was enough to convince him to shove all in for 70,000.

Of course, that wound up being a sweat-free donation to Hakim's stack.

Schillhabel worked up a huge stack before dinner and then coolered unfortunate opponent Joshua Moore for nearly 200 big blinds with aces over kings.

Other players bagging big included Manig Loeser (195,700), Ole Schemion (144,900), and PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin (125,500). Expecting couple Jason and Natasha Mercier put chips in the bag, with the former at 83,400 and the latter at 91,600. This despite Jason not buying in until less than an hour remained in the day.

Players eliminated from contention included Anthony Spinella, Stephen Chidwick, Mike Watson, Freddy Deeb, and PokerStars Team Pros Vanessa Selbst, Andre Akkari and Jake Cody. As this event is a freezeout, they won't have another chance to reenter.

There's still time for new entries to register and accumulate chips for Day 2, as Day 1b kicks off Sunday at noon local time here in Monaco. Come back to PokerNews then for more coverage.

Tags: Jeff HakimStefan Schillhabel

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 8 : 400-800, 100 ante
Player Chips Progress
Jeffrey Hakim lb
Jeffrey Hakim
305,300 -3,700
Stefan Schillhabel de
Stefan Schillhabel
203,000 -17,000
Badge Title
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
195,700 50,700
Badge Title
Michel Pereira Marques BR
Michel Pereira Marques
168,900 33,900
Igor Yaroshevskyy ua
Igor Yaroshevskyy
156,700 9,200
Pascal Hartmann de
Pascal Hartmann
152,100 -21,400
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
144,900 -7,600
Badge Title
Dmytro Shuvanov ua
Dmytro Shuvanov
136,100 -3,900
Salvatore Bianco IT
Salvatore Bianco
127,900 127,900
Celina Lin cn
Celina Lin
125,500 30,500
Peter Eichhardt se
Peter Eichhardt
121,900 -3,600
Badge Title
Craig Varnell us
Craig Varnell
115,700 -14,300
Badge Title
Vicente Delgado es
Vicente Delgado
107,000 -23,000
Ryan Franklin us
Ryan Franklin
106,000 64,000
Adi Alkalay is
Adi Alkalay
105,800 105,800
Fabrice Soulier fr
Fabrice Soulier
105,100 89,100
Badge Title
Iliodoros Kamatakis gr
Iliodoros Kamatakis
105,000 10,000
Artur Sahakyan AM
Artur Sahakyan
102,800 70,800
Ramin Hajiyev az
Ramin Hajiyev
97,000 7,000
Michal Vitkovsky SK
Michal Vitkovsky
94,000 94,000
Natasha Barbour CA
Natasha Barbour
91,600 91,600
Daniel Smith au
Daniel Smith
90,100 90,100
Mark Teltscher gb
Mark Teltscher
90,100 40,100
Bradley Marsh CA
Bradley Marsh
88,300 -41,700
Maxim Lykov ru
Maxim Lykov
87,300 47,300

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Hakim Still Throwing Weight Around

Level 8 : 400-800, 100 ante

After Paul Tedeschi tried coming in for the minimum in the cutoff, the small blind made it 3,800. Jeff Hakim fired in 11,000 from the big, and Tedeschi counted out his stack and tanked a bit before mucking. The small blind came along, seeing a {5-Spades}{8-Hearts}{5-Hearts} flop. Hakim bet 12,000 and received a call. His 20,000 turn bet on the {q-Clubs} did the trick, though, forcing a fold.

Player Chips Progress
Jeffrey Hakim lb
Jeffrey Hakim
309,000 9,000

Tags: Jeff HakimPaul Tedeschi

Hrabchak Doubles; Luth Takes from Kramer

Level 8 : 400-800, 100 ante

On the three-way flop of {Q-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts}, Christoph Vogelsang in the small blind, Anton Hrabchak and El Amir Ziad Chehab in the cutoff invested 3,200 each before heading to the {6-Spades} turn. Hrabchak bet 7,300 and Ziad Chehab moved all in, which Vogelsang folded. Hrabchak called for his last 23,400 and the cards were turned over.

Anton Hrabchak: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}
El Amir Ziad Chehab: {Q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

The {9-Diamonds} on the river was a blank and Hrabchak found a late double.

A few tables over, the river was already complete and showed {7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}. Peyman Luth in the big blind announced "eight" and then placed a bet of 8,000 into a pot of 23,500. The floor was called by [Removed:172] to clarify the bet, as 800 was an option, and it was ruled as a bet of 8,000 indeed. Kramer eventually called and Luth showed {7-Spades}{6-Spades} for a full house to claim the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Peyman Luth de
Peyman Luth
80,000 80,000
Christoph Vogelsang de
Christoph Vogelsang
77,500 -2,500
Anton Hrabchak UA
Anton Hrabchak
58,000 8,000
[Removed:172] DE
57,000 5,000

Tags: Anton HrabchakChristoph VogelsangEl Amir Ziad ChehabPayman Luth

Another Jab by Shuvanov

Level 8 : 400-800, 100 ante
Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos

Like Klitschko versus Joshua, Dmytro Shuvanov and Adrian Mateos exchanged jabs yet again. In a preflop raising war, it was Mateos putting in the last raise to 12,600. Shuvanov called to see a flop.

Shuvanov and Mateos slowed down by checking the {J-Spades}{3-Spades}{10-Clubs} flop and {K-Hearts} turn. On the river {6-Clubs} however, Shuvanov suddenly moved all in. It was for Mateos' remaining stack of 33,000, who didn't appear too pleased with the situation.

After glossing it over for a minute, Mateos elected to fold and Shuvanov won another round after the huge laydown earlier on.

Player Chips Progress
Dmytro Shuvanov ua
Dmytro Shuvanov
140,000 15,000
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
33,000 -19,000
Badge Title

Tags: Adrian MateosDmytro Shuvanov

Sontheimer Eliminated

Level 8 : 400-800, 100 ante

Steffen Sontheimer was seen heading for the exit and his former neighbors told us what had happened. Ramin Hajiyev and Sam Grafton shared that Sontheimer had shoved for his last 9,000 or so under the gun with {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}. He got looked up by a player with {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and that was the end of it for the German high roller.

One table over, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier sat down. He just bought in and got 30,000 to work with.

Player Chips Progress
Ramin Hajiyev az
Ramin Hajiyev
90,000 20,000
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
40,000 12,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
Steffen Sontheimer de
Steffen Sontheimer

Tags: Jason MercierSam GraftonSteffen SontheimerRamin Hajiyev