Dia 1a Terminado
Dia 1a Terminado
Plenty of European legends have added their names to the lists of PokerStars European Poker Tour winners, but one man who hasn't is old-time online crusher Johnny Lodden. The Norwegian PokerStars Team Pro has come close a couple of times with top-four finishes at EPT Grand Final in 2013 and 2015, and he's building toward another possible run after bagging a big stack on Day 1a of EPT Prague Main Event.
After eight long levels of play on Day 1a, Lodden bagged 132,700 to place among the top stacks at day's end. Lodden had two starting stacks before the first break even arrived and scarcely looked back en route to his strong finish.
Though Lodden has heaps heading to Thursday's Day 2, he isn't quite at the top of the board. The man to catch is Dane Henrik Hecklen, who finished with 221,800. Hecklen has made his bacon in recent years in some of the bigger field, lower buy-in events that accompany PokerStars EPT events. He won an Estrellas €2,200 High Roller in 2014 for €293,000 and has over $1 million in total cashes.
Others to bag big included Thomas Muehloecker (151,000), Tony Dunst (129,500) and Pascal Lefrancois (114,900). Anthony Zinno, Daniel Dvoress, Sergio Aido, Juha Helppi, and €50,000 Super High Roller runner-up Charlie Carrel were also among the 117 survivors. Overall, 246 players entered the first flight of the final EPT Main Event, and plenty more will assuredly join them for Wednesday's Day 1b.
Some of the players who busted out on Day 1a and are therefore out of the running to take the final EPT crown include Justin Bonomo, Rainer Kempe, Sam Greenwood, Davidi Kitai, Isaac Haxton, Steve O'Dwyer, Kenny Hallaert, Vojtech Ruzicka, and PokerStars Team Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.
O'Dwyer couldn't get much going and busted just before bagging time when he his flopped set of eights was not good enough against the turned set of jacks of Romain Lewis. ElkY also busted with eights, putting his last 15 big blinds in and having an opponent pick up nines behind him. The famed Frenchman has had a tough couple of days as he bubbled the €50,000 Super High Roller on Monday night.
Day 1b gets underway at noon Wednesday and should see a big crowd fill the Hilton Hotel Prague. Come back to PokerNews for more live coverage.
|David Sierra Merino||99,200||-40,800|
It is unclear when the stacks went in, but Romain Lewis just sent Steve O'Dwyer to the rail when the latter was at risk for his last 20,700 with . Lewis was ahead preflop with but O'Dwyer improved to a set on the flop. The turn gave the lead back to Lewis, and the river was a blank.
O'Dwyer was covered and joined the rail just shy of making Day 2.
|Romain Lewis||Winamax Team Pro||60,000||37,000|
Konstantin Uspenskiy just called a raise by the player in under the gun to see a heads-up flop of and his opponent bet, Uspenskiy raised and then called the shove for his last 24,500 with for the nut flush draw. The under-the-gun player had and the on the turn secured the double up with a flush, making the river meaningless.
Soon after at the same table, David Lopez Llacer shoved the river and Clayde Tjauw Foe eventually called off with his remaining few chips. Llacer showed for trips queens and Tjauw Foe mucked .
|David Lopez Llacer||60,000|
|Clyde Tjauw Foe||Eliminado|
We found Adrian Mateos contemplating whether to call off his last 8,600 from the big blind on a completed board of . His opponent in middle position had put him to the test for his remaining chips, and Mateos tanked a few minutes before folding.
"Show?" the Spanish star asked hopefully.
"Sorry, sir," his opponent replied, mucking.
In the cutoff, Martin Kabrhel raised to 2,000 and Tony Dunst three-bet to 6,000 from one seat over, Kabrhel called. The flop came and Kabrhel check-called a first continuation bet of 4,500 before doing so again on the turn for 8,500.
Kabrhel then checked for a third time on the river and Dunst moved all in. Kabrhel asked for a count and the shove was for 29,600 in total. "Too much. Why don't you speak to me? You don't like me?" Kabrhel asked while Dunst didn't say a word.
Several minutes passed and the clock was called. The one minute of consideration ran down until the very last second and Kabrhel then called. Dunst rolled over for trips aces and Kabrhel mucked, but since it was an all in showdown the was exposed.
After a Sergey Lebedev open from the cutoff for 2,000 and a small blind call, [Removed:17] squeezed it to 7,700 in the big blind. Lebedev folded but the small blind called, and flopped. The small blind check-called 6,500. On the turn, Yan fired 14,000 when checked to. That was enough to get a fold, and Yan dragged another pot and seems to be rolling since buying in late as he nears three starting stacks.
Mario Adinolfi witnessed his chip stack soar to 241,500 and was the chip leader at dinner break. He now holds a stack that is barely above the average.
Miltiadis Kyriakides was the latest to grab some chips from the once chip leader. Adinolfi opened the action to 1,600 before Kyriakides three-bet to 14,400. Adinolfi called leading to a flop of .
Adinolfi checked the flop before calling a small bet from Kyriakides of 5,500. The same pattern took place when the appeared on the turn with the only difference being Kyriakides' bet was slightly larger for 8,000.
Adinolfi checked once again when the completed the board on the river. Kyriakides this time declared himself all in for his remaining stack of around 20,000. Adinolfi called before mucking his hand after Kyriakides turned over for top set. After the hand, Kyriakides owned 95,000 chips while Adinolfi was down to 65,000.
Kyriakides is no stranger to compiling chips during an EPT Main Event in Prague. Among his many cashes for almost $1.2 million according to The Hendon Mob is an eighth place finish in the EPT 11 Prague Main Event for €92,610.
After a middle player limped, Dario Sammartino put his last 6,900 in from the hijack. Uri Reichenstein called on the button, the small blind shoved for about 10,000 total, and the limper mucked. Reichenstein called to put two players at risk.
Sammartino looked poised to bust after the flop, which left the limper lamenting a folded queen, but the turn was just the ticket for the young Italian. A river sealed his triple.