Day 3 of the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event (buy-in €10,600) saw 123 players returning to the tables. After several 90-minute levels of play, the field was narrowed down from 123 to just 41 players, who will battle for a seat at the final table over the next two days.
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.
On November 20th, we wrote about a Danish web designer who was leading Sunday Million for about 3 hours until he lost his Internet connection and eventually finished in 281th place for $583 (click here to read the full story). Now we have another, even more sick, bad beat story to tell...
The action at PokerStars highest stakes hasn't calmed down even though Christmas is just a few days away. And last week we got to see Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Ilari Sahamies and other poker wonders battle it out on PokerStars nosebleed tables.
Blom made an amazing comeback on PokerStars 2 weeks ago and won an amazing $1,5 million in 2 days, which also made him one of the biggest winners this year. But Blom ran out of luck last week and lost $867,2126. A lot of money, but he's still about $500k plus this month and also one of the biggest winners.
The second starting day of the EPT Prague main event attracted amazing 488 players! Add the 234 players from Day 1a to that and you'll get a new EPT main event record! Out of the 722 participants, 437 players will return to the table in a few hours time and continue the struggle. The chip leader, just like Day 1a, comes from Russia. Andrey Saenko, PokerStars player, played outstanding poker during Day 1b and has accumulated 200,800 - about 20k more than Mads Wissing, from Denmark, in second place.
The finnish poker pro Ville Wahlbeck, 34, had a fantastic 2009 with over $1 million in winnings from different live tournaments. He ended up second (after Jeff Lisandro) in the WSOP ranking and he was voted the best live player of 2009 at Nordic Poker Awards. Ville Wahlbeck is one of the most successful poker players ever from Finland. Many compare him and his success with finnish poker giants such as Patrik Antonius and Juha Helppi.
Ville has now signed a sponsorship contract with PokerStars and will from now on represent them in different tournaments around the globe. Let's hope that Ville gets a warm welcome from the rest of the PokerStars Nordics (Peter Eastgate, Johnny Lodden, William Thorson, Mats Sundin and Sami Selio) and that his success at the poker tables will continue.
2 days ago, PokerStars held the Nordic Poker Awards at Park nightclub in Copenhagen to honor the top players of the year from Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. These were the categories and the nominees this year.
Best Live Tournament Player: Peter Eastgate (Denmark), Ville Wahlbeck (Finland), Dag Martin Mikkelsen (Norway), Kristoffer "Sumpas" Thorsson (Sweden).
Rookie of the Year: Mickey "Mement_Mori" Petersen (Denmark), Jens Kyllönen (Finland), Martin Gedvangen (Norway), Kristoffer "Sumpas" Thorsson (Sweden).