There's a lot of action at Atlantis Casino Resort in The Bahamas at the moment. Not only was the final table of the Super High Roller ($100k buy-in) played yesterday, but also Day 1A of the Main Event kicked off with 320 participants. 150 survived the day with Maxim Lobzhanidze, from Italy, out in front (248,900). Also heading to Day 2 are Team PokerStars Pros Ville Wahlbeck, Luca Pagano, George Danzer and Joe Cada.
Day 1B starts tonight and, according to PokerStars, a gigantic field is expected to show up. Let's hope that they are right about that! We will be back with another brief update tomorrow.
With 74 players and 10 reloads, a total field size of 84 entries created a prize pool of €823,200, and the winner will get €288,000! At the end of day, 45 players remained with Brandon Barnes as the chip leader (211,700). Notables who also finished Day 1 with big stacks were Justin Bonomo (190k - on the left) & Luca Pagano (188k - on the right).
Here's a list of the 10 players who reloaded: Michael Tureniec, Joseph Cheong, McLean Karr, Joel Nordkvist, Eric Sfez, Steve O`Dwyer, Martin Jacobson, Jason Mercier, Martin Finger and Benjamin Spindler.
Top 10 Players at the end of Day 1 Brandon Barnes 211700 Pier Paola Ruscalla 199300 Justin Bonomo 190600 Kent Roed 188800 Luca Pagano 188600 Joseph Cheong 186200 Carlo Savinelli 175500 Igor Yaroshevskyy 165600 Joe Kuether 155300 Mikalai Pobal 150000
Play will resume at 3:00 Local time today and it's set to be a fantastic day of poker. We will be back with another update tomorrow morning!
The EPT Copenhagen Main Event is down to 72 players after 2 days of play. Day 1a and 1b chip leaders Steve O'Dwyer, from USA, and Mads Wissing, from Denmark, are among the players that will return today, however, neither of them are among the top players.
The new chip leader is the American poker pro Melanie Weisner who managed to accumulate 368,200 chips during Day 2. Weisner indeed had an amazing day at the poker tables and now she has a fantastic chance of taking home the biggest cash of her career.
As many predicted, Day 1b of the EPT Copenhagen Main Event attracted a much bigger player-field than Day 1a. In total, 215 players arrived at the SAS Radisson Hotel in Copenhagen yesterday and battled it out for seven levels of play.
The day ended with a local player in the lead, Mads Wissing, who managed to accumulate 127,575 chips. A few familiar poker players who also made it through Day 1b: Johnny Lodden, Anton Wigg, Luca Pagano, Juha Helppi, Arnaud Mattern and home town here Theo Jorgensen.
After 11-and-a-half-hours of play on the EPT Deauville Main Event final table, Vadzim Kursevich from Belarus was the last man standing after defeating Paul Guichard , from France, heads-up.
Guichard had a narrow lead to Kursevich when the final table began. However, when the heads-up began between the two, Kursevich had a massive 23 million to 3 million lead, and it didn't take many hands before it was over. For the win Kursevich received an amazing €875,000 while Guichard got €557,000.
Now you might wonder what happened to Luca Pagano? Well, he sat down at the final table quite short stacked and, unfortunately, it didn't take long before he found himself in trouble and finished 7th place for €110,000. This was his 7th EPT final table and 20th cash, but still not a single win. Well, it's probably just a matter of time before he will get his first EPT title. He really deserves it!
The European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event is now finally down to a last table with 8 players. Paul Guichard, from France, holds the narrow lead over Vadzim Kursevich from Belarus. Guichard, who's known as one of the best players on PokerStars.fr, began the last day before the final table with 1.7 million. About 6 hours later, he had turned that stack into amazing 5,955,000.
The hottest name on the final table is of course Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano. This is his 20th cash and his seventh EPT final table. Today he will bring 2,010,000 to the final table and is second to last in chips. But with his final table experience he's still one of the favorites to take down the tournament.
There are some amazing cash prizes on the final table today. The winner will get a stunning 875,000 Euro, while the second place finisher gets 557,000 (could easily be the first prize in any major tournament). All the remaining players are guaranteed to get away with at least 67,200 each.
Martins Adeniya started Day 2 with 115,000 chips and ended the day with amazing 512,00 and the chip lead. Most of the chips he accumulated during Day 2 came from a young, aggressive poker player that tried to bluff him in several pots. Adeniya figured out his young opponent's "strategy" quickly and managed to win some huge pots.
"I came into the day with 115,000," said Adeniya. "My stack swung around between 100,000 and 150,000 for a while, but then a young kid at my table tried to bluff me. I made a huge call on the river to get a full double-up to 250,000. I've just been building from there, picking up small pots."
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.
Many big names were sent packing during the first starting day of the EPT San Remo Main Event - Erick Lindgren, Chad Brown and many more. In the end of the day, 299 out of 585 players made it through to Day 2. Among these 299 players we, unfortunately, don't find many notable players at all in the top of the field. Far down in the field we can find a few notables however, Luca Pagano, Dario Minieri, as well as former winner Arnaud Mattern.
Day 1b of EPT San Remo kicks off in a few hours time. Lets hope that the second starting day will be more interesting to follow than Day 1a. In other words, we want to see more big names in the top of the field.
232 came to start in Day 1b of the EPT Copenhagen Main Event. 138 players made it through the day and will now join the other 113 players (from Day 1a) today when Day 2 of the tournament kicks off. Peter Eastgate, the 2008 WSOP CHAMP, played very well in Day 1b of the tournament as he managed to accumulate 128,300 chips (4th place). A few other notable players that played very well in Day 1b of the tournament were Sebastian Ruthenberg (130,000 - 3rd place), Juha Helppi (120,600 - 6th place), Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (113,700 - 14th place).
Further down in the field are Ramzi Jelassi, (Swedish poker pro - lots of great live tournament results), Luca Pagano (Italian PokerStars pro & probably the most successful EPT player ever?), and Tomas Brolin, the Swedish ex-football pro who has played in many EPT events in the past few years - without good results.
The 232 players who have made it to Day 2 will now fight for a piece from the total prize pool of 14,212 DKK (about €1,9 million dollars). The winner will get about €500,000.
429 players signed up for Day 1b of the EPT Deauville Main Event. The field included some really big names, just to mention a few of them, Peter Eastgate, Greg Raymer, Betrand "Elky" Grospellier, Freedy Deeb, Luca Pagano and Ludovic Lacay. All of the players above, except Greg Raymer, made it to Day 2 of tournament. Luca Pagano (picture) had the best possible start in Day 1b and has accumulated a stack of 185,000 chips. Luca will bring the second most chips to Day 2.
The chip leader from Day 1a, Robert Cezarescu, is still in the lead with 216,900 chips. However, Robert Cezarescu, will have to face a much stronger field in Day 2 of the tournament, as the most pros played Day 1b of the tournament. 405 players will return to the tables at noon today to play Day 2 of EPT Deauville. A total prize pool of €3,686,400 is up for grabs, and the winner will get €847,000.
European Poker Tour in Prague saw a huge field of players this time. Not less than 584 (219 Day 1a and 365 Day 1b) players entered the tournament and created a total prize pool of €2,842,100. After that Day1 a & b, Day 2, 3 & 4 had been played, it was finally time for the final table. These were the 8 players who were about to battle for the EPT Trophy and the first prize of €682,000.
Seat 1: Anthony Roux (2,839,000) Seat 2: Stefan Mattsson (3,553,000) Seat 3: Laurence Ryan (1,338,000) Seat 4: Gustav Ekerot (502,000) Seat 5: Sven Eichelbaum (658,000) Seat 6: Jan Skampa (3,985,000) Seat 7: Eyal Avitan (2,627,000) Seat 8: Luca Pagano (2,119,000)
EPT Prague attracted a huge starting field this time. Not less than 584 (219 Day 1a and 365 Day 1b) players entered the tournament and created a total prize pool of €2,842,100. 12 poker tables are now waiting for the remaining 95 players who have made it to Day 3 of the tournament. The one that will bring the most chips with him from Day 2 to Day 3 is the Frenchmen Yann Brosolo with 574,000 chips, closely followed by Rui Cao on second place with 522,500 chips and Team PokerStars PRO Pieter de Korver with 465,800 chips on third place.
Luca Pagano, the Italian Team PokerStars PRO, keeps on impressing as he's once again in the top of the field in an EPT event. Luca has accumulated 280,400 chips and is on 16th place at the moment, but he's definitely one of the hottest candidates to reach the final table.
The Swedes are doing well Many Swedish players have been doing very well in EPT Prague. Kristoffer Edberg, Gustav Ekerot, and Stefan Mattsson are the top 3 Swedes who all are in the top of the field with a good chance of reaching the final table. Most notable of these 3 players is Stefan "Matadoren" Mattsson who has had some fantastic results in EPT, WSOP, Aussie Millions and WPT.
A total of 203 players (Day 1a=88, Day 1b=115) entered the Main Event of EPT Warsaw this time. Of these 203 players, 148 made it to Day 2 of the tournament. In the lead is PokerStars qualifier Carter Phillips from North Carolina with 194,850 chips.
Phillips, seems to be on an EPT roll at the moment as he took home EPT Barcelona just a month ago. Luca Pagano, the Team PokerStars Pro from Italy, is still up among the leaders with 101,575 chips. It will very interesting to see if these 2 players will continue playing great poker and stay in the top till Day 3 of the tournament.
The seventh season of the very popular European Tour has now started. The first stop was meant to be in Moscow, Russia. But a few weeks ago a new law was introduced in Russia which makes it illegal to organize live poker events in any part of the country. Due to this new law, the first tournament was moved to Kyiv in Ukraine.
Day 1a of the main event (€5000 buy-in) has already been played. The tournament attracted 129 players who received a fantastic welcome ceremony featuring a four-man drumming troupe and more than 50 Ukrainian folk dancers. PokerStars pros that played Day 1a were Alex Kravchenko and Luca Pagano. Kravchenko is through to day 2 with 45,450 in chips. Pagano got knocked out in the early stages of the tournament. A total of 93 players are through to Day 2, these many players made it through to day 2 because of the brand new EPT main event structure which gives each player a 30,000 starting stack. Chip leader after Day 1a is Mihaylo Demidenko from Ukraine with 145,125 chips.
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