2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

Main Event
Day: 2
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 2 Completed

Petrangelo Leads; Antonius and Negreanu with Big Stacks - Bubble Bursts on Day 2

Level 14 : 1,500/3,000, 500 ante
Nick Petrangelo Leads After Day 2 of the Main Event
Nick Petrangelo Leads After Day 2 of the Main Event

Day 2 of the 2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino €5,300 Main Event® saw another 11 players buy in with a fresh stack to create a 727-entry strong field. The total prize pool was set with €3,525,950 and the top 143 players were guaranteed a minimum cash of €7,580. However, all eyes are set on the first-place payout of €500,800, coveted golden trophy and title of first ever PokerStars Championship Main Event winner on European soil.

Six levels of 75 minutes each were scheduled and that's how long it took to let the money bubble burst. It was Salvatore Candido Graziano who lost a flip with pocket queens against the ace-king suited of Davidi Kitai in a battle of the blinds to become the last player to leave empty-handed. Another nine players then ran out of chips during the last four hands, reducing the field to the last 134 hopefuls.

Among those were James Mitchell, Peter Eichhardt, PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier, Byron Kaverman, Ryan Franklin and the only ever two-time European Poker Tour Main Event champion Victoria Coren Mitchell. Mercier cold four-bet shoved for around 40 big blinds with pocket tens and three-bettor Douglas Ferreira Souza called with ace-king suited to spike an ace on the flop.

Ultimately, it was High Roller regular Nick Petrangelo who ended up on top with a massive stack of 562,000. Other big stacks and notables included Michael Kolkowicz (470,500), Patrik Antonius (452,200), Faraz Jaka (416,500) Mark Teltscher (408,000), Stefan Schillhabel (402,000) Sebastian Malec (382,500), Andreas Klatt (375,000), Fabrice Soulier (364,500), Dan Smith (333,000), Manig Loeser (323,500) and Hossein Ensan (290,000). Start-of-the-day chip leader Jeff Hakim was among the bigger stacks for most of the day and eventually bagged up 350,000.

Malec is a former EPT Main Event champion and claimed the title in Barcelona last year in one of the most epic final hands, scooping the trophy and a payday of €1,122,800. Klatt is looking to make history here in “Le Sporting” after taking down the 1,252-entry strong €1,100 National Championship Main Event just yesterday.

Four PokerStars Team Pros made it through to Day 3: Daniel Negreanu (300,000), Celina Lin (200,500), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (121,500) and Liv Boeree (63,500).

Among those who entered before the start were Luke Schwartz, Dario Sammartino, Jussi Nevanlinna, Byron Kaverman, Timothy Adams and Team PokerStars Pro Randy "nanonoko" Lew. However, Lew's appearance didn't last very long as he was eliminated during the first level of the day when running with pocket queens into pocket kings.

The Red Spade also had to wave goodbye to Igor Kurganov and Fatima Moreira de Melo before the money bubble burst. Kurganov fell to Christoph Vogelsang after the German check-called a river-shove in a limped pot with six-deuce for just bottom pair, and Kurganov was caught with the fingers in the cookie jar, tabling only queen-nine suited for a bluff. Moreira de Melo lost a flip with king-queen suited against the pocket tens of Faraz Jaka.

Other notables to bow out throughout the six levels included Steve O'Dwyer, Ole Schemion, Jean Montury, Charlie Carrel, Andrew Chen, 2016 EPT Grand-Final runner up Adrian Allain, Keven Stammen, Gaelle Baumann, Timothy Adams and €50,000 Single-Day High Roller champion Adrian Mateos. O'Dwyer departed in the first level of the day when his flush draw and gutshot didn't get there against the flopped set of Paul-Francois Tedeschi in a four-way limped pot.

The remaining 134 players will return tomorrow at 12 p.m. noon local time to the play five levels of 90 minutes each with a break every level, and the action recommences with blinds of 2,000/4,000 and a running ante of 500. The PokerNews live reporting team will be there to provide the action from the floor until a winner is crowned on Friday, May 5th 2017.

Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
11Preben StokkanNorway80,500
12Remi CastaignonFrance275,000
13Vasyl ZabrodskyyUkraine185,500
14Makram SaberLebanon115,000
15Tom-Aksel BedellNorway263,500
16Alexander DebusGermany128,500
17Lee Hon CheongHong Kong118,000
18Karen OliverUK26,000
21Cosmin Mihai PetricaRomania96,000
22Jose GonzalesArgentina175,000
24Martin JacobsonSweden53,500
25Shijirbaatar SanjaasurenMongolia333,000
26Chunjie LiuChina86,000
27Nick PetrangeloUSA562,000
28Alexandru PapazianRomania222,500
31Robert PankowskiPoland100,000
32Michael KolkowiczFrance470,500
33Geoffroy CombetteFrance162,500
34Vasileios CharalampakisGreece41,500
36Francesco FaviaItaly201,000
37Johan GuilbertFrance85,000
38Raffaele SorrentinoItaly243,500
41Luiz DuarteUSA166,500
42Marcin DziembalaPoland29,000
43Andrey BondarRussian Federation130,500
44Paul-Francois TedeschiFrance139,000
45Fabrice SoulierFrance364,500
46Ian GillespieUSA27,000
47Thiago CremaBrazil193,000
48Waldemar NowakPoland66,000
51Dan SmithUSA333,000
52Ariel MalnikLithuania49,000
53Luke CerklewiczUK58,500
54Daniel DvoressCanada150,000
55Ke ChenChina118,500
56Jan BendikSlovakia50,500
57Anton HrabchakUkraine85,000
58Alexandre LuneauFrance42,000
61Daniel NegreanuCanada300,000
62Raffaello LocatelliItaly135,000
63"Bertrand ""ElkY"" Grospellier"France121,500
64Clemente Malheiro CarreiraPortugal125,000
65Allan DyrstadNorway54,000
66Martin LundeNorway30,000
67Michel Pereira MarquesBrazil132,000
68Thomas PopovCanada26,500
71Andreas KlattGermany375,000
72Carole SegouraFrance110,000
73Paul TestudFrance210,000
74Vladimir DemenkovRussian Federation90,500
75Vicente DelgadoSpain269,500
76Iliodoros KamatakisGreece140,000
78Jean-Jacques ZeitounFrance56,000
81Sergei PetrushevskiiRussian Federation158,500
82Stefan SchillhabelGermany402,000
83Nicolas Fuentes VidalChile278,000
84Christopher FrankGermany280,000
85Narcis-Gabriel NedelcuRomania63,000
86Karim SouaidFrance136,000
87Bruno LopesFrance155,000
88Paul GreselNetherlands20,000
91Liv BoereeUK63,500
92Luigi ContiItaly79,500
93Sebastian MalecPoland382,500
94Faraz JakaUSA416,500
95Sindre TvedtNorway28,500
96Arezki BelaidiCanada69,500
97Benoit LamFrance42,000
98Usman SiddiqueUK69,500
101Julian FerioloFrance32,000
102Jason WheelerUSA230,000
103Jeffrey HakimLebanon350,000
104Xavier RouayrouxFrance253,000
105Hannes SpeiserAustria265,500
106Jerome L'HostisUK263,000
107Patrik AntoniusFinland452,500
108Maksim ShulgaRussian Federation188,500
111Douglas Ferreira SouzaBrazil330,000
112Igor YaroshevskyyUkraine128,500
113Marius GierseGermany322,500
114Jerome BrionFrance174,000
115Arne CoulierBelgium342,500
117Dmytro ShuvanovUkraine353,000
118Aleksei IstominRussian Federation36,000
121Mark TeltscherUK408,000
122Roger TondeurSwitzerland242,500
123Vishwanath ManjunathUK61,000
124Mickael MamouFrance47,000
125Philipp KoberAustria128,500
126Romain LewisFrance125,500
127Sergio AidoSpain124,000
128Peyman LuthGermany162,000
131Moritz DietrichGermany287,500
132Krisztian FejerdiHungary283,500
133Viliyan PetleshkovBulgaria112,000
134Stephen WoodheadUK14,500
135Chebli ChebliLebanon210,500
136Emil PatelFinland94,500
137Mikko TurtiainenFinland75,500
138Franck MakaciFrance32,000
141Romain NardinFrance35,500
142Tsugunari TomaJapan243,500
143Lukasz KubickiPoland280,000
144Rocco PalumboItaly81,000
145Valerii LubenetsUkraine32,000
146Isabel BaltazarFrance114,500
147Jack SalterUK141,000
148Diego VilelaBrazil270,000
151Maria HoUSA78,000
152Lauren MonossonUSA42,000
153Davidi KitaiBelgium179,500
154Yury SalikaevRussian Federation83,500
155Hideki TakafujiJapan106,000
156David UrbanSlovakia270,000
157Alexios ZervosGreece47,500
158Maxim PanyakRussian Federation67,000
161Christoph VogelsangGermany128,500
162Stefan HuberSwitzerland203,000
163Diego ZeiterSwitzerland234,000
164Jimmy GuerreroFrance110,000
165Adrian IonescuRomania66,500
166Hossein EnsanGermany290,000
167Manig LoeserGermany323,500
168Gianluca SperanzaItaly296,000
171Luke SchwartzUK187,000
172Diego VenturaPeru38,500
173Ramon Miquel MunozSpain145,000
174Marius-Catalin PerteaRomania71,500
175Andreas HoivoldNorway32,500
176Celina LinChina200,500
177Shakhabiddin MuradovLatvia110,000
178Aleksandar TomovicSerbia262,500

Tags: Adrian MateosAdrien AllainAndreas KlattBertrand GrospellierByron KavermanCelina LinCharlie CarrelChristoph VogelsangDan SmithDaniel NegreanuDario SammartinoDavidi KitaiDouglas Ferreira SouzaFabrice SoulierFaraz JakaFatima Moreira De MeloManig LoeserMark TeltscherPatrik AntoniusPeter EichhardtSalvatore Candido GrazianoSebastian MalecStefan SchillhabelSteve O'DwyerVictoria Coren

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 14 : 1,500/3,000, 500 ante

An extensive recap of today's action are to follow.

Player Chips Progress
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
562,000 -8,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Michael Kolkowicz fr
Michael Kolkowicz
470,500 150,500
Patrik Antonius fi
Patrik Antonius
452,500 32,500
EPT 1X Winner
Faraz Jaka us
Faraz Jaka
416,500 136,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Mark Teltscher gb
Mark Teltscher
408,000 333,000
EPT 1X Winner
Stefan Schillhabel de
Stefan Schillhabel
402,000 172,000
WPT 1X Winner
Sebastian Malec pl
Sebastian Malec
382,500 -8,500
EPT 1X Winner
Andreas Klatt de
Andreas Klatt
375,000 10,000
Fabrice Soulier fr
Fabrice Soulier
364,500 169,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Dmytro Shuvanov ua
Dmytro Shuvanov
353,000 223,000
Jeffrey Hakim lb
Jeffrey Hakim
350,000 40,000
Arne Coulier be
Arne Coulier
342,500 132,500
Shijirbaatar Sanjaasuren mn
Shijirbaatar Sanjaasuren
333,000 63,000
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
333,000 -52,000
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Douglas Ferreira Souza br
Douglas Ferreira Souza
330,000 175,000
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
323,500 73,500
WSOP 2X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Marius Gierse at
Marius Gierse
322,500 244,800
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
300,000 250,000
Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
296,000 96,000
Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
290,000 80,000
WSOP 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Moritz Dietrich de
Moritz Dietrich
287,500 147,500
Krisztian Fejerdi hu
Krisztian Fejerdi
283,500 276,000
Lukasz Kubicki pl
Lukasz Kubicki
280,000 20,000
Christopher Frank de
Christopher Frank
Nicolas Fuentes Vidal cl
Nicolas Fuentes Vidal
278,000 -22,000

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Mercier Among Late Casualties

Level 14 : 1,500/3,000, 500 ante
Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier was among the late casualties of Day 2 after the bubble had burst, and he was joined on the rail by Peter Eichhardt and Byron Kaverman.

Douglas Ferreira Souza three-bet an open raise from 6,000 to 18,000, and Mercier four-bet shoved from one seat over for around 120,000. The initial raiser folded, but Souza called to put Mercier at risk.

Jason Mercier: {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
Douglas Ferreira Souza: {A-Spades}{K-Spades}

On a board of {A-Hearts}{J-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}, the Brazilian paired his ace on the flop and Mercier had to settle for a min-cash worth €7,580.

Player Chips Progress
Douglas Ferreira Souza br
Douglas Ferreira Souza
330,000 175,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
Byron Kaverman us
Byron Kaverman
WSOP 1X Winner
Peter Eichhardt se
Peter Eichhardt
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Byron KavermanDouglas Ferreira SouzaJason MercierPeter Eichhardt

Min-Cash for Mitchell

Level 14 : 1,500/3,000, 500 ante

During the last hands of the day, James Mitchell shoved his short stack from the hijack and was called by Alexandru Papazian in the cutoff.

Mitchell had the {K-Spades}{2-Clubs} and was in need of help, as Papazian turned over {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. The board of {A-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} left Mitchell drawing dead on the turn already and he headed to the payout desk.

Player Chips Progress
Alexandru Papazian ro
Alexandru Papazian
241,600 129,600
WSOP 1X Winner
James Mitchell gb
James Mitchell

Tags: Alexandru PapazianJames Mitchell

Graziano Loses Flip to Bubble the Main Event

Level 14 : 1,500/3,000, 500 ante
Salvatore Graziano
Salvatore Graziano

Over on the feature table, Salvatore Candido Graziano moved all in for his last 28,100 from the small blind after an open to 6,000 by Patrik Antonius and Davidi Kitai called in the big blind, Antonius folded. Graziano pondered around the table, waiting for all other tables to complete.

Once all tables were done, the cards were turned over and it was the most classic flip in the history of poker.

Salvatore Candido Graziano: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}
Davidi Kitai: {A-Spades}{K-Spades}

The {A-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{4-Spades} flop improved Kitai to a pair of aces, and the {7-Hearts} turn and {8-Diamonds} river changed nothing whatsoever to let the bubble burst.

Player Chips Progress
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
204,100 29,100
Winamax Team Pro
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Salvatore Candido Graziano ch
Salvatore Candido Graziano

Tags: Davidi KitaiSalvatore Candido GrazianoPatrik Antonius

Bedell Puts Vidal to the Test

Level 14 : 1,500/3,000, 500 ante

Tom-Aksel Bedell raised to 7,000 and then called a three-bet to 20,000 by Nicolas Fuentes Vidal from one seat over. On the {A-Spades}{J-Clubs}{5-Spades} flop, both players checked and Bedell then bet the {8-Spades} turn for 22,000. Vidal called and faced a bet worth 61,500 on the {3-Clubs} river.

The cameras rushed to the action as it was the last table still running in hand-for-hand mode on the money bubble, and Vidal eventually called. Bedell showed {Q-Diamonds}{10-Spades} for a busted straight draw, and Vidal claimed the big pot with the {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}.

Player Chips Progress
Nicolas Fuentes Vidal cl
Nicolas Fuentes Vidal
300,000 110,000
Tom-Aksel Bedell no
Tom-Aksel Bedell
285,000 -25,000

Tags: Nicolas Fuentes VidalTom-Aksel Bedell

A Double Up for Ho

Level 14 : 1,500/3,000, 500 ante
Maria Ho
Maria Ho

Right after Koja departed in 145th place, the cameramen, interested players and reporters moved over to Maria Ho's table. With the bubble now officially on, she was all in and at risk to go out without any money earned.

The board was already out and Ho soon revealed to have the nuts. With {J-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{3-Spades}{4-Diamonds} on the table, she had nothing to fear with her {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}. Her opponent turned over {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} and doubled up Ho.

Still bubble, still hand for hand.

Player Chips Progress
Maria Ho us
Maria Ho
110,000 64,000

Tags: Jean KojaMaria Ho