Day 1 of the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final High Roller attracted 158 players (37 more than last year) and 47 of them used their option to reenter the tournament, which brought the total to 205 entries so far (registration is open until the start of Day 2). However, no matter how many more players enter today, this High Roller is already the largest one to date on European ground.
According to PokerStars Blog, 104 players survived the first day with Germany's Benny Spindler bagging up the largest stack (384,300). Spindler will be joined today by the likes of Viktor Blom (26k), Steve O'Dwyer (47k), Jason Mercier (47k), Daniel Negreanu (110k) and a whole bunch of other superstars in the poker world.
We will be back with another update tomorrow morning! Stay tuned!
On Saturday, Fabrice Soulier laid hands on the €10,300 High Roller at EPT Vienna (Austria) title and 392,900 Euro in prize money. The Frenchman, who has been a regular on the EPT since Season 1 and has over $5m in tournament earnings, was overwhelmed by the win even though it wasn't in his top three cashes.
"It really means a lot," Soulier told PokerStars blog. "I am getting so emotional. When I arrived in Vienna, I thought something was great here...Now I am one of the lucky ones with a title."
On Friday, the final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event (375 entries) concluded with Adrian Mateos, who brought the biggest pile of chips to the final table, as the champion after an almost 5-hour-long heads-up match against Fabrice Soulier of France.
The plan for Day 4 was to play down to 8 players from the 24 that started the day. However, only 8 players remained in less than four levels of play, so WSOP crew decided to continue until there were 6 players left instead, which took about 1 hour. Here are the 6 remaining players of the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event:
A total of 375 participants entered the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main event for €10,450 each and created a €3.6 million prize pool. The player field has been narrowed down to 70 players over the past two days of play and Dominik Nitsche (504k) is the chip leader heading to Day 3.
The final table of the WSOP APAC AU$10,000 Main Event is being played right now at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. Daniel Negreanu (Canada) and Benny Spindler (Germany) are two of the big stacks on the final table. Check the live stream below to find out how they are doing.
Not only a Main Event Champion was crowned yesterday, but also the High Roller event got a winner! Joel Nordkvist from Sweden had a huge lead with 1,2 million chips when the final table kicked off, and his closest opponent was Benny Spindler with about 840k
44 survivors returned for the second day of the 2012 PokerStars EPT Sanremo €10,000 High Roller yesterday. When the day started, Brandon Barnes was the chip leader, and other notables remaining were Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano, Jonathan Duhamel and Eugene Katchalov. Unfortunately neither of them made it to the money, and Barnes was eliminated in 9th place for €20,600.
The German PokerStars pro Benny Spindler walked away with a well-earned first prize of £750,000 from the final table of the EPT London 2011.This win took Spindler's life time earnings up to an impressing $4,239,389. The final table played out as below:
1. Benny Spindler, Germany £750,000 2. Steve O'Dwyer, USA, £465,000 3. Andre Klebanov, Germany, £265,000 4. Juan Manuel Pastor, Spain, £200,000 5. Mattias Bergstrom, Sweden, £155,000 6. Kevin Iacofano, USA, £120,000 7. Martins Adeniya, UK, £86,350 8. Miroslav Benes, Czech Republic, £64,000
Day 5 of the EPT London main event is in the books and the final table will start in a couple of hours. Martins Adeniya, who's been in the top of the field for the past 3 days, is the only player from the UK left in the tournament and with his stack of 4,736,000 he will do anything to stop the other 7 players from taking the trophy and the first prize of £750k out of the country.
Yesterday, when Day 4 was about to start, there were 3 Englishmen in the top of the field - James Mitchell, Sam Macdonald & Martins Adeniya. Mitchell and Adeniya made it through Day 4 together with another 22 players, however, they are no longer in the very top. The new chip leader is Mattias Bergstrom from Sweden with 1,838,000 chips, closely followed by Adria Balaguer from Spain (1,828,000) and Pascal Hartmann from Germany (1,8 million).
The EPT London main event is down to 159 players after 2 days of play. Benny Spindler, who started day 2 in the lead, is the one who will return to the tables at midday (local time) with the largest stack (469k). Two years ago the young German came 12th in the EPT London main event, and the very same year he finished 3rd in PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. In other words, Benny Spindler is not a newcomer when it comes to doing well in big tournaments.
The EPT Madrid High Roller event attracted a field of 58 players who could afford the buy-in of €25,000. After 2 days of play, only 8 players had chips left and the final table was set. The final table, as you can see in the final table results below, included some really big names which made it a very interesting final table.
After many hours of play on the final table, the French Team PokerStars pro ElkY and Benny Spindler, from Germany, were playing heads-up. Spindler entered the heads-up with more than double the chips than ElkY. But just a few hands into the match ElkY picked up pocket jacks and managed to get Spindler to call his all-in on the river with top pair against his over pair. Now ElkY had 1.4 million chips to Spindler's 1.5 million. The match was very even after this all-in, and the crowd and the TV viewers had to wait about 1 hour and 45 minutes before the tournament had a winner. This is how the last hand was played out..