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EPT Deauville High Roller Day 1: Vladimir Troyanovski Leads a Star-Studded Field

YorkshirePud • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Vladimir Troyanovski
Vladimir Troyanovski

Thursday marked the start of the €10,300 PokerStars.fr European Poker Tour High Roller, a tournament that some regard as the festival’s flagship event. For their €10,300, players received 50,000 tournament chips, a superb blind structure that increased every 60 minutes and the chance to pit their wits against some of the best poker players in the business.

By the time play came to an end there were 83 unique entries and a total of 14 reloads in the pot, and with registration open until the end of the first level of Day 2, which will be at around 13:00CET, there could well be a €1,000,000 prize pool created. Fifty-one players survived Day 1.

The man who is in the best position to win the lion’s share of this huge prize pool is Vladimir Troyanovski who managed to turn his starting stack into 266,200.

Some of the other big stacks include Kevin Vandersmissen (262,000) and JC Alvarado (246,700). Team PokerStars Pros Vicky Coren (52,900) and Eugene Katchalov (90,800) also managed to navigate their way through to Day 2.

Although players were permitted to make one reload of their stack if they lost their initial stack, we will not be seeing a whole host of big names on Day 2. The likes of Roberto Romanello, PCA champion Dimitar Danchev, Dominik Nitsche and Kent Lundmark all used a single bullet and decided not to reload. Michael Tureniec, Steve O’Dwyer and Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier each busted out, reloaded and busted out again – an expensive day’s poker for that talented trio.

As mentioned, Day 2 starts at 12:00CET and the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on the tournament floor bringing you all of the action from this stellar event. Until then it is goodnight from Deauville!

End of Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

YorkshirePud • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Vladimir Troyanovski ru 266,200 142,300
Kevin Vandersmissen be 262,000 247,800
JC Alvarado mx 246,700 106,700
Jean Noel Thorel 176,500 -26,500
Steven Silverman us 175,100 30,800
Marvin Rettenmaier de 168,700 13,500
Timothy Adams ca 166,900 18,800
Adrian Mateos es 161,800 60,800
Kevin MacPhee us 158,100 66,700
Mikhail Korotkikh ru 154,300 -15,700
Joni Jouhkimainen fi 135,300
Gleb Tremzin ru 132,200 16,200
Tibor Nagygyorgy hu 130,200 27,100
Roman Korenev ru 126,400 53,300
Ekrem Sanioglu fr 123,400 -1,600
Ramin Hajiyev az 116,000 22,600
Alexandre Reard fr 114,400 74,200
Max Heinzelmann 112,500 62,500
Davidi Kitai be 106,100 -53,900
Ghassan El Hoss 103,400 -16,600
Philippe Ktorza fr 96,300
Eugene Katchalov ua 90,800 -59,200
Jason Koon us 83,100 600
Anton Wigg se 81,500 1,500
Ben Warrington 78,200 -21,300

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Sanioglu Comes Unstuck from Tricky Situation

• Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Mikhail Korotkikh was calling for Ekrem Sanioglu to have a penalty after he got lucky to double up with {a-Spades}{10-Hearts} versus {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}.

The board ran {4-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{10-Clubs} causing him to bang the table and shout. Hilariously the floor man explained through dance the difference between Korotkikh's reaction earlier and Sanioglu's reaction at the time. Korotkikh and others around laughed and Sanioglu escaped punishment.

Ekrem Sanioglu fr 125,000 67,000

Tags: Ekrem SaniogluMikhail Korotkikh

Berenede in Push-or-Fold Mode

YorkshirePud • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Paul Berende has ust been joking with Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren that he now has 600 points more than starting stack, part of that stack has come from first shoving on Kevin Vandersmissen and more recently Benjamin Pollak.

Pollak was under the gun and he raised to 3,500. The action passed all the way around to Berende in the small blind, who asked how many chips Pollak had behind. Armed with this information Berende moved all in and after Coren folded her big blind, Pollak let his hand go.

Paul Berende nl 50,600 3,600
Benjamin Pollak fr 42,000 -14,000

Tags: Benjamin PollakKevin VandersmissenPaul BerendeVicky Coren

Chris McClung = Man Made Yo-Yo

• Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Chris McClung
Chris McClung

Some players have to stay in the action as grinding just isn't for them. Chris MClung is one of those players. This tournament has been no different for him as his stack has been swinging violently.

He was down to his last 33,100 but a double up courtesy of Davidi Kitai has bucked his recent trend.

Kitai opened to 4,000 off the button and made a considered call when the Canadian shoved from the small blind.

McClung: {k-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Kitai: {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}

The board ran {8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} to make McClung a flush. Kitai is cruising and could afford the hit.

Davidi Kitai be 160,000 45,000
Chris McClung ca 70,000 15,500

Tags: Chris McClungDavidi Kitai

Wigg's Button Raise Shows Extreme Strength

YorkshirePud • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Anton Wigg is a seasoned professional who knows how to take advantage of a situation when one arrives. Once just arrived and guess what? He took advantage of it.

A short-stacked Ben Warrington opened to 3,200 under the gun and when the action passed around to Andras Nemeth on the button Nemeth asked to see how many chips Warrington had. When he counted them he flat-called.

Wigg was next to act and he remained stoic for the count of 30 before reaching for raising chips and three-betting to 9,800. Both blinds folded, Warrington looked pained to let his hand go and Nemeth quickly relinquished his hand.

Tags: Andras NemethAnton WiggBen Warrington

Adams Still in Contention after Making a Big Fold

YorkshirePud • Level 10: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Timothy Adams had a superb 2012. He won a World Series of Poker bracelet, reached the final table of WPT Paris and the final table of the WSOPE Main Event to name but three of his excellent results. Fast forward to today and Adams is still in contention for a deep run in the EPT Deauville High Roller thanks to a big fold in a hand against JC Alvarado.

The board read {7-Hearts}{8-Spades}{7-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} and Alvarado had moved all-in for 146,000 chips, with around two-thirds of that amount in the pot. Adams tanked for close to five minutes before finally letting his hand go.

Sometimes its the chips you do not lose that are more important than those you win in this game.

Tags: JC AlvaradoTimothy Adams