14 players paid the buy-in of €1,100 and entered the Fairways and Felts Challenge the other day. These 14 players were divided into teams on the Pinhal Golf Course and received poker chips accordingly to how well they did. After a hard day on the golf course all of them sat down at the poker table with the chips they had accumulated.
After 5 hours of poker Daniel Negreanu stood as the champion after defeating Pieter de Korver (also a PokerStars Pro) in heads up. For the win Daniel received the first place prize of 8,000 Euro. Not a lot of money for someone like Daniel Negreanu, but I'm still sure that he was really happy with the win since the Fairways and Felts Challenge was one of the main reason he came to play EPT Vilamoura.
It ended up being Martin Jacobsen (second last in chips when the final table begun but was big chip leader during Day 4 - 441,000) from Sweden and Toby Lewis (chip leader when the final table started - 3,322,000) from UK who were the last 2 men standing on the EPT Vilamoura Final table. Even though Lewis had a big chip lead when they started playing the heads-up, Jabobsen still managed to fight back and brought things back to square after some time. However, when both players had quite equal stacks, it all came to an end after this hand...
Ladies and gents, we're only one and a half hour away from the EPT Vilamoura Main Event final table. 384 players who entered the tournament about 5 days ago have became 8. Now these 8 players are about to battle for the first place prize of €467,835.
The swede Martin Jacobson, who had a big chip lead yesterday, has lost most of his chips and is now short stacked compared to 6 of the other finalists. Toby Lewis and Sam Trickett played fantastic poker during Day 4 of the tournament and and they will bring monster stacks with them to the final table today.
Here are the 8 finalists: Seat 1. Teddy Sheringham - 1,783,000 Seat 2. Toby Lewis - 3,322,000 Seat 3. Martin Jacobson - 441,000 Seat 4. Jason Lee - 1,167,000 Seat 5. Sergio Coutinho - 872,000 Seat 6. Sam Trickett - 3,318,000 Seat 7. Rob Hollink - 259,000 Seat 8. Frederick Jensen - 375,000
We are only a few moments away from Day 4 of the EPT Vilamoura Main Event. Martin Jacobson from Sweden has taken a massive lead (1,362,000 chips) and he will for sure be one of the players who sits at the final table tomorrow and battle for the first prize of almost 470,00 Euro. Most known of the 24 remaining players are Rob Hollink from Holland (5th place) and football profile Teddy Sheringham from UK (15th place).
The Main Event of EPT Vilamoura is about to start any minute now. 221 out of 384 players have survived Day 1 and made it to Day 2. Daniel Mineri, Sorel Mizzi (picture) and Antonio Esfandiari are, for example, big names that have been doing very well so far in the tournament. All of them are in the top of the remaining field of players. Chip leader, however, is Leonind Bilokur from Russia. Bilokur has accumulated 161,200 chips so far and played extremely well. But there is no time for him to sit back and relax yet since there are a few players who are very close behind him.
The 384 players who entered the tournament have created a prize pool of almost 1.9 million euro which means that the top prize pays almost half a million euro. Ladies and gentlemen, with so much money up for grabs and so many notables left it will for sure be very exciting to follow the rest of the tournament.
177 out of 322 players made it to Day 2 of EPT Vilamoura. Notable players that made it this far with decent stacks were the PokerStars PRO's Luca Pagano, JP Kelly, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Henrique Pinho. Unfortunately neither of them came to be among the 69 players who made it to Day 3 of the tournament. Jeff Sarwer, the chip leader as Day 2 started, keept the lead all day 2 and will bring 549,800 chips to Day 3 of the tournament.
Team PokerStars PRO's that made it to Day 3 of the tournament are Jude Ainsworth (230,600), Jan Heitmann (173,800), Johannes Strassmann (120,700), Nuno Coelho (28,900), and Alexander Kravchenko (27,100). 48 of the remaining 69 players will receive a piece of the total prizepool of €1,561,700. The winner will however receive nothing less than €404,793.
A total of 186 players came to start Day 1b of the tournament. The field included lots of big names. However, the most notable players were Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Luca Pagano, Peter Eastgate, Huck Seed, Vanessa Rousso, Sebastian Ruthenberg, and Sorel Mizzi. Unfortunately Mizzi, Eastgate, Ruthenberg and Huck Seed were all sent packing during the day.
Only 107 players survived Day 1b. They will join the other 76 players from Day 1a later today as Day 2 of the tournament starts. In the lead is Jeff Sarwer with 143,000 chips closely followed by Rob Yong (125,000) and Jim Collopy (122,400).
Most of the Team PokerStars Pro's that made it to Day 2 can be found in the middle of the field. Just to mention a few - Luca Pagano, JP Kelly, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Henrique Pinho.
Up for grabs is now a prizepool of €1,561,700. The winner will get €404,793 and the second place finisher €257,681.
The first Day of EPT Vilamoura has now been played. 136 players came to start and 76 of them made it all the way to Day 2 of the tournament. Among the players that will play Day 2 we find bracelet winner Marc Naalden and WPT Champion/EPT Champion Jason Mercier, just to mention 2 notable players. The one that will bring the most chips from Day 1a to Day 2 is Ljubomir Josipovic from Australia.
Day 1b of the tournament is being played at the moment and it includes a much more intersting starting field than Day 1a. Just to mention a few notable players: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Huck Seed, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Vanessa Rousso, and Peter Eastgate.
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