On a table that also features Anthony Spinella, Preben Stokkan opened to 250 from early position and Bradley Marsh in the small blind, as well as Vanessa Selbst in the big blind, came along. The flop fell and Marsh checked, Selbst bet 500 and Stokkan folded while Marsh called.
Both remaining players checked the turn before Marsh's bet of 1,800 on the river did the trick to force a reluctant fold from Selbst.
Alin Grasu was the initial raiser and picked up two callers in Marc MacDonnell in the small blind and Jose Vendrell Schwaiger in the big blind. On the three-way flop of , the action checked through. After the turn, MacDonnell checked and Schwaiger bet 350, which Grasu folded and MacDonnell called.
The river completed the board and MacDonnell check-called another bet worth 1,000 before mucking to the of Schwaiger.
It may have a new — and longer — name, but PokerStars' flagship European event is back.
It's time for PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® €5,300 Main Event to get going. Dating to the days when the event here was known as EPT Grand Final, this has always been a storied, prestigious tournament that brought out all of the best players from Europe, and often, the world.
Day 1a is set to get going with cards in the air at noon local time here in Monaco. The plan for Day 1a is to play through eight levels lasting 75 minutes apiece. There will be 20-minute breaks after every two levels, plus a 75-minute dinner break after Level 6. Players will start with stacks of 30,000 and blinds at 50/100, progressing to 400/800/100 by day's end. They cannot reenter if they are eliminated.
Day 1 Level Structure
PokerStars has already been hosting it's former European Poker Tour here in Monaco and below you can find a chart with all previous winners at Le Sporting. The buy-in for the Main Event was lowered to €5,300 last year, and Jan Bendik defeated Adrien Allain heads-up to claim the title. Bendik has already notched up a score during this PokerStars Championship as well after finishing 223rd in the € 1,100 PokerStars National Championship.
Pieter de Korver
The PokerStars Championship has already crowned Christian Harder, Kenny Smaron and Elliot Smith as champions in 2017. Stay tuned to PokerNews throughout the next few days to see who will be next.