Vladimir Geshkenbein, from Russia, is the new EPT Snowfest champion! After beating Kevin Vandersmissen, who started the final table in a huge lead, heads-up he received the first place prize of €390,000 and a seat in the Champion of Champion event.
The 2011 EPT Snowfest in Hinterglemm, Austria, has now come to an end. It has been a great tournament with lots of action from start to finish. The European Poker Tour will now take a break for 1 week before returning in Berlin.
Today, the final table of the EPT Snowfest Main Event in Hinterglemm, Austria, will be played. All the finalists are guaranteed at least €35,000 each, but of course everyone will do everything in their power to lay hands on the first prize of €390,000.
Chip leader is the Belgian Kevin Vandersrmissen with 4,512,000 chips. It will be interesting to see whether or not anyone can stop him with so many chips. Well, of course anything is possible on a final table and especially when so much money is up for grabs. Now, let's hope for a very thrilling final table!
Day 3 of the EPT Snowfest Main Event is now concluded. 24 of 81 players made it through the day and they will return to play day 4 in a few hours. The one who will return with the biggest stack is Giacomo Maisto from Italy. Maisto managed to overtake former leaders such as Vladimir Geshkenbein (889k) and Philp Meulyzer (762k) and now he has 1,548,000 chips.
Team PokerStars pro Alex Kravchenko, from Russia, is the last big name in the felt. However, this doesn't mean that the rest of the tournament will be boring to watch/follow. All the remaining players have been playing extremely well so far, and since they are only hours away from the final table where some serious cash is up for grabs, we can expect them to play even better from now on.
Another day of the EPT Snowfest Main Event, which is being played in Hinterglemm, Austria, is now in the books. 268 players returned to play Day 2 of the tournament and chip leader was Vladimir Geshkenbein, from Russia, a former APPT High Roller Winner, followed by Philip Meulyzer, from Belgium, with 188,100 and the Swede Michael Tureniec, EPT Copenhagen champ, with 158,000.
It's high time to take a look at the EPT Snowfest Main Event, which started 2 days ago in Hinterglemm, Austria. Day 1a and 1b have already been played and 268 of 468 players are now waiting for Day 2 to start.
Ever wondered how tough it is to win an EPT Main Event title? Well, for example, 14 former champions were in the Day 1b field - four of them ended up at the same table - Kevin MacPhee, Liv Boeree, Kevin Stani and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (who arrived a few hours late). All but ElkY made it to Day 2 of the tournament.
Allan Bække dominated the last few days of the EPT snowiest main event. He reached the final table as big chip leader and continued playing his very best poker. Everything was going his way and there was no doubt that he would make it far. Anyhow, when the table was down to 3 players, Allan Bække, Russell Carson and Johannes Strassmann (German PokerStars Pro), his poker skills were really put to the test.
It seemed like it would take forever before any player got knocked out. Well, it took 3 hours of play before Johannes Strassmann was sent packing and left Bække and Russell Carson to play heads-up poker. Even though Bække had dominated throughout the tournament and at the final table, Russell had no plans what so ever to give him an easy win. It was a quite even game at first, but then Bække switched to his second gear and finally managed to win the heads-up after nearly 2 hours. For the win he received nothing less than €445,000.
It took about seven hours of play for 24 players to become 8 in Day 4 of the EPT Snowfest Main Event. PokerStars Pro Richard Toth was one of the first players who were sent packing. However, his teammate Johannes Strassmann made it to the final table with a 2,034,000 stack (4th place).
Allan Baekke (picture), the chip leader as Day 4 started, continued playing good, if not even better, in day 4 of the tournament. He now has a stack of 4,868,000 chips and is the big favorite to take home the tournament.
The third day of the EPT Snowfest Main Event is now in the books. Alfio Battisti went out on the bubble when he went all in before the flop with A[d]A[h] and got called by Evegeniy Zaytsev's 3[d]3[s]. The board ran out J[s]A[s]2[s] 10[s] 5[s]. He's probably still thinking "Why me, ohh poker gods, why me?!". After that everyone was guaranteed at least €5k+ the action really started and at the end of a long, intensive day of poker 24 players still had chips left.
259 players in total made it from Day 1a & b to Day 2 of EPT Snowfest in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. David Wintersberg, the big chip leader from Day 1, had to give way for Team PokerStars Pros Johannes Strassmann (1st place -747,000 chips - right on picture) and Richard Toth (2nd place - 584,500 chips - left on picture) during Day 2 as both of them played amazing poker from beginning to end.
Day 3 of the tournament is now about to start. 86 players have made it this far (most of them PokerStars Pros and online qualifiers) and 80 of them are guaranteed to get at least €5000+. However, I doubt that anyone of the remaining players are happy with such small amounts after making it this far in an EPT tournament.
Lots of notables busted in Day 1b of the EPT Snowfest Main Event. Just to mention a few of them, Team PokerStars Sports Star Boris Becker, Team PokerStars Pros ElkY, Dario Minieri, Jan Heitmann and Pieter de Korver. 130 players survived Day 1b and they will now join the other 129 players who made it through Day 1a of the tournament. In other words, 259 players will play Day 2 of the tournament.
Most of the players in the top of the field are from Day 1a of the tournament. Most notable players in the top of the field are Team PokerStars Pros Johannes Strassmann (Germany), Alex Kravchenko (Russia) and Vadim Markushevski (Belarus).
119 players survived Day 1a of EPT Snowfest in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria. Most notable players in the top of the field among these 119 players are Daniel Negreanu, Alex Kravchenko and Arnaud. Many swedish poker players have been doing great so far. Not less than 8 swedes have made it to Day 2 of the tournament - many of them with decent stacks. In the lead is David Wintersberger with a 290k stack and on second place is Bernhard Perner with 257,500 chips.
Day 1b is about to start now. Lets hope that all tables will be filled up today so that there will be a nice and big prize pool up for grabs.
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