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Day 1a Concludes; Voth Leads the Field

[user196676] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Ronny Voth On Top
Ronny Voth On Top

On Sunday, the first of two starting flights for the Season 9 European Poker Tour Berlin Main Event took place. A grand total of 347 runners came out to participate and after eight levels of action on the felt roughly 179 remained. Ronny Voth was the man sitting on the largest stack in the room with 196,100. Following closely on Voth's heels are Mike Kunze (188,000) and Thomas Richter (176,100).

While those players were the ones to accumulate the most chips during the opening levels, many others were able to navigate their way through the stacked field. Marc-Andre Ladouceur (98,000), Marcin Horecki (89,400), Barny Boatman (72,700), Scott Seiver (70,100), Matthias De Meulder (58,200), Fabrice Soulier (48,200), Zimnan Ziyard (33,500), Max Lykov (32,700), and Liv Boeree (18,100) are just a small sample size of the players who will be bringing stacks back for action on Day 2.

Building a stack to bring to Day 2 is the first step to adding the coveted title of EPT Main Event champion to one's résumé. Unfortunately, that dream was dashed for several notable players. The likes of Justin Bonomo, AP Phahurat, Konstantin Puchkov, Steve O'Dwyer, Jeffrey Rossiter, Rupert Elder, and Season 9 EPT London Main Event champion Ruben Visser all fell before the final hand of the day was dealt.

High-roller wizard Dan Smith was also in attendance for Day 1a. While Smith built a sizable stack early and seemed poised to continue his success throughout the day, he ran into a few hands that led to the ultimate destruction of his stack. First, at 150/300/25, we found Smith involved in a three-way pot where the board read {10-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{6-Hearts}{k-Clubs}. With well over 19,000 already in the middle, Smith pondered for about one full minute before moving out a bet of 12,800. Pietro Paolo Sibione flat called and the third player got out of the way. The {9-Clubs} completed the board and Smith went into the tank for about two minutes before the clock was called. However, Smith tapped the table before the floor staff arrived at the table and Sibione checked right back.

Smith showed {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} but was saddened to find Sibione show {A-Clubs}{A-Spades} for a better pocket pair. Smith found his final hand later in the level when he tangled with Dominik Nitsche. The board read {5-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{9-Spades}{3-Hearts} when we arrived at the table and Smith moved in his last 28,000. Nitsche called only to find out that he was just slightly ahead.

Smith: {J-Spades}{10-Spades}
Nitsche: {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

Despite not having a made hand, the PokerNews Odds Calculator tells us that Smith still had a 47.73% chance to double up. Fortune did not smile on Smith, however, as the {8-Diamonds} on the river bricked out and sealed his fate. Nitsche, on the other hand, continued to build his stack throughout the day and will return for Day 2 with a stack of 137,500.

The second and final starting flight of players will return to the Grand Hyatt Berlin on Monday at 12:00 CET. These players will also play eight levels before both fields combine for Day 2 action. Be sure to stay tuned to our coverage as we bring you the latest from the felt here on PokerNews.

Tags: Dan SmithDominik NitscheRonny Voth

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Happy_Freaked • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Ronny Voth de 196,100 22,100
Mike Kunze 188,000 83,000
Thomas Richter DE 176,100 56,100
Sebastian Trisch de 173,500 78,500
Giuseppe Vassallo de 169,300 4,300
Yakov Onuchin RU 168,600 168,600
Pal Koppegodt NO 165,200 65,200
Artur Rudziankov cz 162,500 62,500
Marc Witt DE 155,800
Theodoros Aidonopoulos gr 143,100 47,100
Jeremy Stahli 139,200
Jan Bendik sk 138,000
Dominik Nitsche de 137,900 7,900
Sotirios Koutoupas gr 128,100 128,100
Florian Schleps AT 118,600
Marcus Tretter 115,100 100
Kyosti Isberg fi 112,200 47,200
Moritz Kranich de 111,500 -3,500
Boris Graupner 107,400 -17,600
Jose Carlos Garcia 106,800 -43,200
Aku Joentausta fi 105,500 -41,500
Bart Lybaert be 102,400
Mihai Manole ro 101,600
Alexey Zakharov ru 101,200 -3,800
Anaras Alekberovas lt 99,000 99,000

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Evisserated

[user101598] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

EPT9 London Main Event winner Ruben Visser has been eliminated from the EPT Berlin Main Event.

According to Aku Joentausta, Visser opened in late position, and Joentausta three-bet shoved for effectively 15,000 or so. Visser called with {a-}{5-} suited, which trailed Joentausta's {a-}{j-}.

Joentausta's hand held, and the Dutchman was eliminated.

Ruben Visser nl Busted

Tags: Aku JoentaustaRuben Visser

Haigh Cracks Kings

Happy_Freaked • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

In a six-way pot where all players had invested 1,500 chips the flop read {4-Spades}{J-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}. Alex Bilokur bet 2,500 after both blinds had checked and Martijn Ardon called. Robert Haigh made the call as well after which the other players folded.

On the turn the {5-Spades} hit and Bilokur checked to Ardon who moved all in for 19,350. Haigh called all in for 11.850 and Bilokur turned over his {K-}{q-} as he folded. Ardon showed {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds} and Haigh had {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}. On the river the {9-Spades} hit and Ardon was left behind with very little chips.

Robert Haigh de 40,200
Martijn Ardon 7,500

Tags: Alex BilokurMartijn Ardon

Ladouceur Wins a Small One

[user101598] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Marc-Andre Ladouceur opened to 1,200 in the cutoff, Dominik Nitsche called on the button, and a player in the big blind defended. The dealer fanned {10-Spades}{a-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}, the player in the big blind checked, and Ladouceur continued for 1,700. Only Nitsche called.

The turn was the suicide king ({k-Hearts}), Ladouceur checked, and Nitsche fired 3,300. Ladouceur tanked for a bit, then made the call.

The {9-Hearts} completed the board, and Ladouceur knuckled again. Nitsche unhappily checked behind. Ladouceur showed {a-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} for a pair of aces, and Nitsche flashed two eights before mucking.

Dominik Nitsche de 125,000 -5,000
Marc-Andre Ladouceur ca 48,500 36,500

Tags: Dominik NitscheMarc-Andre Ladouceur

Horecki's Kings Hold

[user101598] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Marcin Horecki
Marcin Horecki

After a series of bets and raises, Ronni Meyer was all in and at risk preflop against Marcin Horecki.

Meyer: {3-Spades}{3-Hearts}
Horecki: {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}

Meyer was far behind, but the {4-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{5-Hearts} flop gave him a heart flush draw. He added three more outs to make a straight when the {6-Spades} turned, but Horecki held when the {a-Spades} bricked on the river.

Meyer hit the rail, while Horecki now has 85,000 chips.

Marcin Horecki pl 85,000 50,100

Tags: Marcin Horecki