2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT

Main Event
Dias: 1a
Event Info

2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT

Resultados Finais
Mão Vencedora
Event Info
Informações do Nível
100,000 / 200,000

Main Event

Dia 1a Começado

Welcome to Day 1a of the 2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT €5,300 Main Event

2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT
2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT

After a one year hiatus under the umbrella of the PokerStars Championship, the popular European Poker Tour returns to the Cote d'Azur for the 12th time and the flagship event of the 2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT festival is the €5,300 Main Event.

In its history, the biggest-ever prize in the history of the tour was awarded in Monaco when Pieter de Korver took home €2,300,000 back in 2009. Some of the biggest names in poker were competing year after year for the prestigious title at Le Sporting complex with Steve O'Dwyer and Adrian Mateos featuring in the winner's spotlight previously.

Defending champion of the EPT Main Event title in Monaco is Slovakia's Jan Bendik, while 2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo©Casino Main Event winner Raffaele Sorrentino will be back for another shot at a title after qualifying online for the event.

PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT Main Event history at a glance

YearBuy-InPlayersPrize PoolWinnerFirst-Place Prize
2005€10,000211€1,983,400Rob Hollink (Netherlands)€635,000
2006€10,000298€2,801,200Jeff Williams (USA)€900,000
2007€10,000706€6,636,400Gavin Griffin (USA)€1,825,010
2008€10,600842€8,420,000Glen Chorny (Canada)€2,020,000
2009€10,600935€9,350,000Pieter De Korver (Netherlands)€2,300,000
2010€10,600848€8,480,000Nicolas Chouity (Lebanon)€1,700,000
2012€10,600665€6,650,000Mohsin Charania (USA)€1,350,000
2013€10,600531€5,310,000Steve O'Dwyer (Ireland)€1,224,000
2014€10,600650€6,500,000Antonio Buonanno (Italy)€1,240,000
2015€10,600564€5,640,000Adrian Mateos (Spain)€1,082,000
2016€5,3001,098€5,325,300Jan Bendik (Slovakia)€961,800

There have been a few changes to the structure and nature of the EPT Main Event, as each Day 1 will now feature a total of 10 levels of 60 minutes each with a break every two levels and a 75-minute dinner break at the end of the sixth level. The tournament will feature the new and popular big blind ante format and 30-second shot clocks will be introduced at the start of Day 2.

The registration will close when the cards get back underway for Day 2 and the players can take advantage of a single re-entry option during the registration period, a maximum of two total entries are permitted. Action for Day 1a of the €5,300 Main Event kicks off at 12 p.m. noon local time and the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide all the action.

Tags: Adrian MateosJan BendikPieter de KorverRaffele SorrentinoSteve O'Dwyer

Nível: 1

Blinds: 100/100

Ante: 0

A High Roller Table

Nível 1 : 100/100, 0 ante

Sosia Jiang sat down on her table and immediately spotted some faces that can normally be found on the High Roller circuit including Juan Pardo, the winner of the opening €10,300 High Roller here in Monte-Carlo. Other Highrollers include Daniel Dvoress and Christopher Frank and there wasn't much post flop action just yet.

Dvoress raised to 300 and was called two ways including Pardo in the big blind. The flop came {8-Spades}{2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and a bet of 300 by Dvoress did the trick.

Pardo limped in the next hand and Frank raised to 400, forcing a fold, before Pardo claimed the blinds and antes with a button raise to 300 after.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Daniel Dvoress ca
Daniel Dvoress
30,500 500
Christopher Frank de
Christopher Frank
Sosia Jiang nz
Sosia Jiang
29,500 -500
Juan Pardo es
Juan Pardo

Tags: Sosia JiangDaniel DvoressChristopher FrankJuan Pardo

Sontheimer Forces Opponents Out

Nível 1 : 100/100, 0 ante

On the {a-Spades}{8-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{9-Spades} board three players were still in the hand, with 900 in the middle already. Steffen Sontheimer was first to act from the small blind and he bet 300. Harry Lodge was in the big blind and raised to 1,400. The button cold-called and Sontheimer also called.

The river was the {2-Clubs} and Sontheimer bet 5,100, which got two quick folds from his opponents.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Steffen Sontheimer de
Steffen Sontheimer
Harry Lodge gb
Harry Lodge
28,000 -2,000

Tags: Harry LodgeSteffen Sontheimer

Konopelko Sits Down and Builds Stack

Nível 1 : 100/100, 0 ante

Shortly after sitting down and taking a seat, Andrei Konopelko defended his big blind against a raise by Javier Fernandez Alonso and a call from Andre Haneberg on the button. The trio checked down the {10-Clubs}{8-Spades}{4-Diamonds} flop and Konopelko also checked the {3-Spades} turn. Fernandez Alonso bet 500 and was called two ways before the {J-Clubs} river was again checked down.

Konopelko turned over the {10-Spades}{8-Clubs} for two pair and that was good enough to win the pot.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Andrei Konopelko by
Andrei Konopelko
Andre Haneberg de
Andre Haneberg
Javier Fernandez es
Javier Fernandez

Tags: Andre HanebergAndrei KonopelkoJavier Fernandez Alonso

The Field is Growing

Nível 1 : 100/100, 0 ante
Tournament Room
Tournament Room

The screens currently show a total of 117 entries more than half way through the first level of the day and among those to take a seat soon after the cards went in the air was also Team PokerStars Pro Fatima Moreira De Melo. The Dutchwoman shares a table with EPT10 London runner-up Georgios Karakousis.

Several other notables on the European circuit are now in contention, while American poker pro Brian Altman faces some tough competition in Timothy Adams and Stephen Chidwick.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Stefan Jedlicka at
Stefan Jedlicka
30,000 30,000
Yehoram Houri fr
Yehoram Houri
30,000 30,000
Boris Kuzmanovic hr
Boris Kuzmanovic
30,000 30,000
Salvatore Camarda it
Salvatore Camarda
30,000 30,000
Pascal Hartmann de
Pascal Hartmann
30,000 30,000
Brian Altman us
Brian Altman
30,000 30,000
Mark Teltscher gb
Mark Teltscher
30,000 30,000
EPT 1X Winner
Markus Durnegger at
Markus Durnegger
30,000 30,000
Fatima Moreira de Melo nl
Fatima Moreira de Melo
30,000 30,000
Georgios Karakousis gr
Georgios Karakousis
30,000 30,000
Nick Petrangelo us
Nick Petrangelo
30,000 30,000

Tags: Brian AltmanFatima Moreira De MeloGeorgios KarakousisStephen ChidwickTimothy Adams