2016 PokerStars.com EPT Season 13 Malta

€25,750 High Roller
Dias: 1
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2016 PokerStars.com EPT Season 13 Malta

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12,000 / 24,000

€25,750 High Roller

Dia 1 Terminado

Patrick Leonard Gathers Massive Stack and Leads 27 Survivors

Nível 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante
Patrick Leonard
Patrick Leonard

The PokerStars EPT Malta €25,750 Super High Roller kicked off with just two tables in play, but that changed soon enough. The first players were actually not the usual suspects. In fact, the group that sat down mostly consisted of qualifiers and players buying and just about all of them didn't consider the high rollers their bread and butter.

The not so regular crowd attracted the high roller rounders, and before we knew it, the designated area of the tournament area was getting packed. In total 44 unique players showed up, 16 of them made use of the option to buy back in once after busting, making for 60 entries total. With registration open till the start of Day 2, that number might still grow a bit.

27 players survived the day with Patrick Leonard leading the way after 10 levels of play:

PlayerCountryChip Count
Patrick LeonardUnited Kingdom260,000
Oleksii KhorosheninUkraine256,000
Dario SammartinoItaly202,900
Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus195,500
Scott SeiverUnited States194,700
Andras NemethHungary168,500
[Removed:17]New Zealand146,700
Frederik JensenDenmark138,000
Ole SchemionGermany132,000
Max SilverUnited Kingdom131,500
Philipp GruissemGermany129,400
Adrian MateosSpain114,500
Ben HeathUnited Kingdom113,800
Davidi KitaiBelgium100,300
Morten MortensenDenmark86,900
Dan ShakUnited States83,300
Alexandros KoloniasGreece72,300
Sam GreenwoodCanada71,800
Ramin HajiyevAzerbaijan64,000
Steve O'DwyerIreland50,100
Martin FingerGermany45,500
Orpen KisacikogluTurkey44,400
Nick PetrangeloUnited States43,000
Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom41,900
Nariman YaghmaiIran40,200
Charlie CarrelUnited Kingdom36,900
Viacheslav BuldyginRussia36,900

Ali Reza Fatehi was the first to bust. He was already a bit short when he got it in with two-pair against the over pair of Martin Finger. Finger hit his set on the turn which left Fatehi drawing dead.

Scott Seiver skyrocketed his stack right after sitting down. He got aces and won a sizable pot, and on top of that he got the bonus of seeing two of his feared opponents get reseated to a different table. He got his 50,000-starting stack up to more than double that before some trouble set in. Seiver faced his neighbor Max Silver in a four-bet pot and moved all-in on a 5-high flop.

"Too gross!" said Silver, "Aces versus kings usually is." replied Seiver.

Silver wasn't so convinced it was aces versus kings. Partly because he had inside knowledge that at least one of the holding wasn't aces or kings, mostly because he didn't trust Seiver. In the end, Silver made the big call with pocket tens and his read was right; Seiver turned over nines. The tens held up and Silver catapulted his stack while Seiver's trickled down.

The hand that got the most attention from the players and the scarce railbirds watching the tournament, was one where Connor Drinan acted out of turn twice in the same hand. First, he checked blind on the flop while being in position, then he announced all in before the river while still not being first to act. Drinan was clearly messing around a bit the first time, but the second time was a bit more confusing.

Big blind [Removed:17], Drinan's opponent in the hand, wasn't sure what to think of it all at first, but in the end made the call for a ton of chips with second pair on an ace-high board. Drinan, it turned out, had not improved his bottom pair with flush draw and left the tournament area, granting Yan one of the bigger stacks in the room. Drinan bought back in but busted again soon after, missing with a double gutshot against the nut flush draw of Max Silver.

EPT Vienna champ Oleksii Khoroshenin qualified the night before and had an extremely successful day. He stayed under the radar for a bit before knocking out three opponents to grab the lead with only a couple of hands to go for the day. He busted Laszlo Bujtas with set over set, eliminated Juha Helppi with a set of jacks versus top pair and top kicker, and in one of the last hands of the day send Behzad Ahadpour home winning the race with eights versus queen-jack. Khoroshenin ended the day with 256,000 in chips.

Despite gathering a massive amount of chips, Khoroshenin is still trailing chip leader Patrick Leonard. The Brit eliminated Jean-Noel Thorel in a rather big pot with jacks against the check-raised bluff with ace-nine of the Frenchman. Leonard returns tomorrow with a massive 260,000 in chips, just slightly ahead of Khoroshenin.

The remaining 27 players return to Casino Portomaso on Saturday at 12:30 pm for Day 2 of the PokerStars EPT Malta €25,750 High Roller tournament. The first level on the schedule is Level 11 (1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante). The plan is to play down to 6 players remaining, who'll play for the big bucks at the live streamed final table on Sunday October 23rd.

Tags: Adrian MateosAlexandros KoloniasAli Reza FatehiAndras NemethBehzad AhadpourBen HeathCharlie CarrelConnor DrinanDan ShakDario SammartinoDavidi KitaiFrederik JensenJean-Noel ThorelJuha HelppiMartin FingerMax SilverMikita BadziakouskiMorten MortensenNick PetrangeloOle SchemionOleksii KhorosheninOrpen KisacikogluPatrick LeonardPhilipp GruissemPokerStarsRamin HajiyevSam GreenwoodScott SeiverStephen ChidwickSteve O'DwyerViacheslav Buldygin

End of Day Chip Counts (Completo)

Nível 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante

An extensive end of day recap to follow shortly.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Patrick Leonard gb
Patrick Leonard
260,000 90,000
Oleksii Khoroshenin ua
Oleksii Khoroshenin
256,000 -24,000
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
202,900 7,900
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
195,500 135,500
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
194,700 39,700
Andras Nemeth hu
Andras Nemeth
168,500 11,500
[Removed:17] NZ
146,700 -16,800
Frederik Jensen dk
Frederik Jensen
138,000 5,200
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
132,000 20,000
Max Silver gb
Max Silver
131,500 -33,500
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
129,400 -20,600
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
114,500 -5,500
Ben Heath gb
Ben Heath
113,800 -1,200
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
100,300 -39,700
Morten Mortensen dk
Morten Mortensen
86,900 19,200
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
83,300 33,300
Alexandros Kolonias gr
Alexandros Kolonias
72,300 -17,700
Sam Greenwood ca
Sam Greenwood
71,800 16,800
Ramin Hajiyev az
Ramin Hajiyev
64,000 -41,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
50,100 50,100
Martin Finger de
Martin Finger
45,500 -34,500
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
44,400 -6,600
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
43,000 -27,000
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
41,900 -44,100
Nariman Yaghmai ir
Nariman Yaghmai
40,200 7,200

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Newey's Plan Fails

Nível 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante
Paul Newey
Paul Newey

When the last four hands were announced, Paul Newey said to his table mates that he'd double up three times and fold the other hand. First, Martin Finger shoved from the cutoff with the {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} and Newey called all in for 11,100 in the small blind with {K-Clubs}{4-Clubs}. The board came {K-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{6-Spades} and Newey doubled.

He then folded the next hand and jammed the penultimate hand of the night, showing the {5-Hearts}{3-Hearts}. In the last hand of the day, Newey shoved and Ramin Hajiyev asked for a count in the small blind. It was 28,400 to go and Hajiyev then folded. Scott Seiver peeked at his cards and half the table was behind him when he tried to squeeze the second card.

"How much is it again?" Seiver asked and the dealer confirmed the amount. "I have a really good hand," Newey added and Seiver then quickly called after hearing those words.

Newey: {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts}
Seiver: {A-Clubs}{6-Spades}

Seiver burst out in laughter: "How are you doing this to me?" he joked. The board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and Seiver improved to a pair of aces to send Newey to the rail. The Brit will however most likely buy back in tomorrow before the start of day 2 to start with a fresh stack of 50,000.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
194,700 39,700
Paul Newey gb
Paul Newey

Tags: Scott SeiverMartin FingerPaul NeweyRamin Hajiyev

Kisacikoglu Finds a Double

Nível 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante

From early position, Orpen Kisacikoglu moved all in for 22,700 and Scott Seiver called in the cutoff.

Kisacikoglu: {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}
Seiver: {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}

The board ran out {Q-Hearts}{10-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{A-Clubs} and Kisacikoglu doubled towards the end of the night. "you got bad beat like six times today, you deserve it. I was hoping not against me," Seiver added while paying off his opponent.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu

Tags: Orpen KisacikogluScott Seiver

Behzad Ahadpour Eliminated

Nível 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante
Behzad Ahadpour
Behzad Ahadpour

Nick Petrangelo was first to act and raised. His neighbor Behzad Ahadpour called, leaving himself 9,000 behind. Action folded to Oleksii Khoroshenin on the button and the EPT Vienna champ squeezed to 12,500. Both blinds and Petrangelo released and Ahadpour moved in for a tiny bit more. Khoroshenin called.

Oleksii Khoroshenin: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
Behzad Ahadpour: {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}

Ahadpour asked for a ten after the {K-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop, but his request was not granted. The {2-Hearts} on the turn and {6-Clubs} on the river were blanks and ever so friendly Ahadpour made his exit with just 20 minutes to go for the day.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Oleksii Khoroshenin ua
Oleksii Khoroshenin
280,000 45,000
Behzad Ahadpour ir
Behzad Ahadpour

Tags: Behzad AhadpourNick PetrangeloOleksii Khoroshenin

Sylvain Loosli Eliminated

Nível 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante
Adrian Mateos Swinging Up And Down
Adrian Mateos Swinging Up And Down

The hand after dropping a lot of chips to Philipp Gruissem, Adrian Mateos opens to 3,500 from middle position. Sylvain Loosli shoves 31,700 from the button. When it's back on Mateos, he rolls with his eyes and tanks a bit before deciding to play another big pot.

Sylvain Loosli: {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}
Adrian Mateos: {Q-Spades}{J-Spades}

This the, the Spanish High Roller is able to win the coinflip on {Q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{2-Hearts}{9-Clubs}. Former November Niner Sylvain Loosli is sent packing as the day draws to a close.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
120,000 35,000
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli

Tags: Adrian MateosSylvain Loosli

Gruissem Doubles Through Mateos

Nível 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante

Philipp Gruissem and Adrian Mateos just goit all-in, creating a 150,000 pot. Gruissem was holding {A-}{K-} and he was up against the Spaniard's {10-}{10-}.

The flop brought a king and Gruissem took the lead. Mateos couldn't escape on the turn or river and was left with 85,000 chips.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Philipp Gruissem de
Philipp Gruissem
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos

Tags: Adrian MateosPhilipp Gruissem

Khoroshenin Busts Helppi

Nível 10 : 800-1,600, 200 ante

Oleksii Khoroshenin made it 3,600 to go and was called by Juha Helppi in the cutoff and Ole Schemion in the small blind. On the {Q-Spades}{J-Spades}{6-Diamonds} flop, Khoroshenin continued for 7,000 and just Helppi called.

The {5-Clubs} fell on the turn and Khoroshenin now bet 20,500. Helppi shoved for around 45,000 and received a quick call.

Helppi: {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}
Khoroshenin: {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}

No card in the deck could save Helppi, as he was already drawing dead, making the {7-Spades} on the river a formality. As a result, Khoroshenin has taken over the lead late on Day 1 with less than half an hour to play.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Oleksii Khoroshenin ua
Oleksii Khoroshenin
235,000 55,000
Juha Helppi fi
Juha Helppi

Tags: Juha HelppiOle SchemionOleksii Khoroshenin