Dia 1b Terminado
Dia 1b Terminado
Day 1b of the 2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Prague €5,300 Main Event attracted 783 players, which along with Day 1a's 254 brings the total field up to 1,037 players. That number may very well go up even more as late registration is open until the start of Day 2, at which time the official numbers and prize pool will be determined.
After eight 75-minute levels of play on Day 1b, approximately 450 players bagged and tagged, but none more than Canada's Sam Chartier, who finished as the chip leader with an impressive 211,500. That's a good bit more than that of the Day 1a chip leader, Anton Astapau, who bagged 190,600 in chips.
Others who bagged big stacks on Day 1b include Luca Amoruso (168,800), Gleb Tremzin (168,700), Ivan Zhechev (159,900), and Gerald Karlic (158,500).
Of course not everyone was so fortune as hundreds of players hit the rail including Yann Dion, Ami Barer, Jason Wheeler, John Juanda, Alen Bilic, EPT Malta champ Jean Montury, and Team PokerStars Pros Marcin Horecki, Jake Cody and Luca Pagano.
Pagano fell in the penultimate level of the night when Dermot Blain opened for 1,200 from the cutoff and was met by a three-bet to 2,800 from the Italianon the button. Both blinds folded, Blain three-bet big, and Pagano opted to call off for roughly 17,000.
It was a flip, but Pagano was the one that needed to improve to stay alive. That proved easier said than done though as the board ran out a clean .
Last year, the USA's Stephen Graner defeated a record field of 1,107 players in the 2014 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Prague Main Event to capture a €969,000 first-place prize. Graner was in action today looking to defend his title, but any hope of that happening was cut short in Level 6 (200/400/50).
It happened when Jochum Weenink opened for 900 from middle position and Mustafa Biz, who was to his direct left, made the call. When action reached a short-stacked Graner in the cutoff, he three-bet to 3,000, leaving himself just 2,175 behind. Action folded back around to Weenink, who four-bet to 5,400, and then Biz came in with a five-bet to 12,500. Graner didn't seem thrilled, but called off nonetheless.
Weenink put in the additional chips to create a side pot, and the two active players saw a flop. Weenink checked, Biz bet 10,500, and Weenink got out of the way.
Graner had flopped top pair, but he was behind the pocket rockets. The turn left Graner drawing dead, and he wish the table luck before the river made his elimination official.
While one champ fell, another managed to make it through in EPT10 Prague champion Julian Track, who bagged 49,500. Others who advanced to Day 2 were EPT7 Prague champ Roberto Romanello (147,800), EPT12 Malta winner Niall Farrell (103,700), circuit grinder Ari Engel (62,900), EPT12 Prague Super High Roller champ Steve O'Dwyer (45,700), EPT first timer Nancy Birnbaum (39,700), and frequent PokerNews' reporter Marc Convey (19,500).
In addition, Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst (110,400), Johnny Lodden (66,000), Mickey Petersen (38,800), Matthias De Meulder (37,400), Ivan Demidov (36,900), Jamie Staples (31,200), Chris Moneymaker (28,200), George Danzer (27,600), Theo Jorgensen (22,200), Eugene Katchalov (15,400), and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (13,600).
On Saturday, the surviving players from the two starting flights will combine under one roof for Day 2 action, which will begin at Noon local time. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there to capture all the action, so be sure to check back then. In the meantime, check out our video interview with Birnbaum about playing in her first-ever EPT Main Event.
The tournament staff just announed the remaining field will play six more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. We're headed down to capture any last-minute action and to compile a list of chip counts. Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 1b action.
Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder raised to 1,200 and Yoni Eloy, to his direct left, three-bet to 3,000. Everyone folded back to the Belgian star and he sat staring at his now sole opponent.
"These are good cards," said De Meulder, tapping the back of the said cards.
"So are these!" quipped Eloy.
"I don't believe you!"
A few moments after the verbal exchange, De Meulder moved all-in for 16,350 and was called.
The door cards was the and De Meulder's face looked like his world had fallen apart. The dealer spread the flop to reveal the other two cards: and the , the latter gifting De Meulder the lead. A turn followed by a river won the pot for De Meulder who climbs above starting stack.
Sam Chartier has done well to stay under the radar for the majority of Day 1b, something of an achievement when you consider he's armed with a colossal stack of 165,000 chips.
A tiny percentage of those chips used to belong to fellow grinder Tamer Kamel who defended his big blind from a Charier hijack raise, but then check-folded to a 1,700 bet on a flop.
Chartier has more than $2.2 million in live tournament cashes, a sizeable chunk of those stemming from his EPT exploits. The Canadian won a $5,250 side event at the 2011 PCA, but the closest he's come to an EPT Main Event title is a fifth place finish in Barcelona during Season 5. Could that all be set to change? If Chartier continues as he's begun here, it very well may do.
Some of the players nursing short stacks are beginning to make moves as they attempt to go big or literally go home as Day 1b's end draws in.
Mounim Kaddouri did the former a short while ago, pushing his last 6,475 chips into the middle while holding .
"How much?" asked Rui Ferreira from a few seats across, before calling to put his tablemate at risk of elimination. He did so with the dominated .
A final board reading improved Kaddouri to a flush and spared him having to go into the cold Prague night at least for another 30-minutes or so of what is remaining of Day 1b.
Ari Engel raised under the gun and was met by a three-bet from Idris Ambraisse, who was to his direct left. One by one the rest of the field folded and Engel responded with a four-bet to 9,500, which Ambraisse called, leaving himself just 14,450 behind.
When the flop came down , Engel led out for 6,200 and snap-called when Ambraisse moved all in.
Ambraisse was in big trouble, but he found salvation as the dealer burned and turned the to give him trips. Engel was looking for one of the two remaining aces, but it wasn't in the cards as the blanked on the river.
At the tail end of Level 7, the penultimate level of the night, Chile's Sebastian Ruiz took his leave from the tournament.
Ruiz took a big hit when an opponent opened for 1,100 and Austria's Thomas Taubenschuss called from the small blind. Ruiz then three-bet jammed for roughly 16,000 from the big, the original raiser folded, and Taubenschuss called off for a bit less.
Ruiz was ahead, but he fell behind when the flop delivered Taubenschuss a pair of aces. The gave Ruiz an added straight draw, but he missed when the blanked on the river.
Ruiz was left with just 450, which he lost in the very next hand to bust.