Not less than 58 players paid €25,000 and entered the high roller event of EPT Madrid. Day 1 of the tournament has already been played and Day 2 is being played at the moment. In the remaining field of players (29 at the moment) are some of the biggest names in the poker world - just have a look at the list of players below. Day 1 chip leader was Viktor "Isildur1" Blom from Sweden, but right now he's in 4th place and instead ElkY leads the field.
In the picture, taken during day 1, you can see the back of Tom Dwan's head and Viktor Blom. Dwan was seven hours late and only had 27,200 left of his 50k stack when he sat down at Blom's table. This was the first time these 2 poker giants, who used to play some insane high stakes games against each other at Full Tilt Poker in 2009, played face to face in real life.
ElkY France Team PokerStars Pro 330000 Benny Spindler Germany 170000 Philipp Gruissem Germany 170000 Viktor Blom Sweden Team PokerStars Pro 170000 Vanessa Rousso USA Team PokerStars Pro 160000 David Sonelin Sweden 160000 Sami Kelopuro Finland 150000 Johnny Lodden Norway Team PokerStars Pro 140000 Galen Hall USA 135400 Luke Schwartz UK 130000 Tom Dwan USA 120000 Tobias Reinkemeier Germany 115000 Kristijonas Andrulis Lithuania 101100 Kevin Stani Norway 82000 Alexander Luber Germany 70000 Andrew Lichtenberger USA 69000 Will Molson Canada 66400 Juha Helppi Finland 65000 Sam Chartier Canada 63500 Humberto Brenes Costa Rica Team PokerStars Pro 60000 Yevgeniyy Timoshenko Ukraine 57500 Roberto Romanello UK 56000 Alexey Repik Russia 50000 McLean Karr USA 48000 Fernando Brito Portugal 40100 Andrey Bondar Russia 40000 Bryn Kenney USA 39000 James Bord UK 38000 Peter Jetten Canada 37700 Ville Wahlbeck Finland Team PokerStars Pro 30200 Marcelo Bonanata Uruguay 30000 David Sands USA 17000
I agree with adohole, pokerstars doesn't encourage high stakes poker like full tilt poker does for example. I think it has something to do with the fact that on nosebleed stakes like 300/600 or 500/1000 you can bust your roll really fast if you don't strictly apply bankroll management. Now back to this EPT, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Tom "durrrr" Dwan are definately the biggest favourites for taking down the cool prize. On the tournament there is also a player that i don't really like, he is actually the current chip leader. I don't really dig him nor the style of his play. I would really like if this EPT would be televised, i'm sure durrrr can't play without major bluffs, same for isildur1. If you ask me they are both way over the level of the other players registered. Can't wait to see who will win this competition and the big prize!
Nice tournement, Blom is doing well again. to Gsarca: Why diden't you go? If they are playing that close, go over, enjoy the ambience and watch some great poker. You can still go tomorrow and watch the best part! Gl all
yep its a nice line up indeed! @ macubaas to say that isildur and dwan are way above the rest i think is bumming them up a bit to say the least. They are fantastic cash game players but none of them to my knowledge have won any big tourneys and that field is full of big tourney winners so to say they are miles above the rest seems a bit much tbh. Im not really bothered who wins really but elky would prob be a fav with his record and chip stack at the moment but it can all change quickly as everyone knows
Unfortunately both Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Tom "durrrr" Dwan are out of competition already. It seems durrrr didn't accomodated to well from the trip from United Stetes to Madrid, Spain. Viktor also was out after day 2 of the competition. As you all know both are awesome players, but their are cash games players, not tournament players like Negreanu, Brunson, etc. Here is the list of players that are still in the book for the first prize: Galen Hall USA 798000 Benny Spindler Germany 710000 Juha Helppi Finland 707000 David Sands USA 207000 ElkY France Team PokerStars Pro 165000 Vanessa Rousso USA Team PokerStars Pro 146000 Alex Repik Russia 141000 Peter Jetten Canada 63000
Okay mobsters, the game is over! Here are the results.
Final results (buy-in €25,5K, 58 players):
1 ElkY, Team PokerStars Pro, France, €525,000 2 Benny Spindler, Germany, €316,000 3 Juha Helppi, Finland, €185,000 4 David Sands, USA, €135,000 5 Vanessa Rousso, Team PokerStars Pro, USA, €100,000 6 Alex Repik, Russia, €72,000 7 Galen Hall, USA, €57,500 8 Peter Jetten, Canada ,€45,000
In my opinion Vanessa played very good and it proved that she really know the game. I also got to congratulate the winner although i really didn't appreciate him, not as a player and not even as person. Never meet him in person but i saw a lot of interviews and i was left with a really bad impression. Too bad neither Viktor Isildur1 Blom or Tom durrrr Dwan didn't hit the final table, that should have been interesting to watch.
not surprised only 58 players registered with such a high buyin. blom and dwan didnot make the final table but they are ringgame players and their crazy aggressive style dnt help them in these tournaments
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