€10,600 Main Event
€10,600 Main Event
Day 1a completed

Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Samir Hadad CA 178,100
Talal Shakerchi gb 159,500
JC Alvarado mx 145,000
Tom Middleton gb 124,000
Timo Eckert 116,900 116,900
Simon Deadman gb 115,000
Nick Maimone us 114,800
Mark Teltscher gb 114,000
Hassan Fares fr 113,500 113,500
Gil Morgensztern br 110,700
Andres Herrera 109,700 109,700
Marc Daubach gb 107,600 107,600
Sotirios Koutoupas gr 102,300
Dylan Honeyman au 102,000 102,000
Maximos Pertsinidis GR 101,000
Pascal Vos nl 100,900 100,900
Elio Fox us 99,700
Bryan Paris us 97,000 50,000
Denis Pisarev ru 95,800
Will Molson ca 93,000 93,000
Oliver Bosch AT 92,800 92,800
Antonio Buonanno it 91,400 -8,600
Agshin Rasulov 89,500 89,500
Micah Raskin us 88,200
Jonathan Karamalikis au 87,400

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Samir Hadad Leads Day 1a Field at the EPT Grand Final

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Samir Hadad
Samir Hadad

The final main event of Season 10 of European Poker Tour kicked off in some style under the open roof of the poker room here in Monte Carlo. Last year had seen Steve O'Dwyer win the €1,224,000 first prize beating arguably the toughest final table in poker history so this year's event has a lot to live up to.

For Day 1a, there were 214 entries, nearly twice as many as the first start day last year. After eight 75-minute levels and a long, gruelling day, it was Samir Hadad who finished as the chip leader, taking his first step on to what he hopes will be a path to poker immortality, finishing the day with 178,100. Talal Shakerchi was second in chips with 159,500, when Pokernews asked how he’d accumulated his chips. “Loads of different hands.” he explained, “Three or four people were all in against me for between fifteen and forty thousand. Lost a load, won a load, lots of swings. It was fun. I’ll definitely be back tomorrow.” Reminded that Day 2 of the Main Event would be Monday he immediately wanted to know if the €5,000 tournament tomorrow was a one-day turbo. If so he will most likely be playing that.

Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand Grospellier, Alex Kravchenko, Marcel Luske and George Danzer managed to both make it through to day 2 with 72,700, 41,800, 37,700 and 26,400 respectively. They'll be joined by Team Online's Marc-Andre Ladoucer (38,400).

Despite the ongoing €100,000 Super High Roller, a lot of eyes were on Victoria Coren Mitchell, the Team PokerStars Pro having become the first ever two-time EPT champion just a few days ago in Sanremo. There was not going to be any repeat performance as Coren Mitchell busted out to former PCA runner-up Chris Oliver with queens against aces. The wait for a triple EPT champion goes on...

Other Team Pros to bust were Jonathan Duhamel, who was short from early on, Vanessa Selbst, Team SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo and Jake Cody. The Englishman, playing his first EPT since becoming a father, ran queens into tens on the turn of a ten-high board. This time last year, it had been Dan Smith who had been leading at the end of Day 1A but the American was one of the first casualties of the day. He was a victim of what looked to be a tough-looking table featuring Haralabos Voulgaris, Mike Watson and Bryn Kenney. Other casualties included the WSOPE Main Event winner Adrian Mateos Diaz, Erik Seidel, Martin Jacobson, Max Silver, Maria Ho, Ami Barer as well as PokerStars Team Online's Isaac Haxton. Paul Newey, Patrik Antonius and Ping San Chan, both of whom had played the Super High Roller event, also took a shot at the main event today but came up short.

Despite the mass numbers of big names that busted, there are still others in the hunt. JC Alvarado has 145,000 while EPT Barcelona champion Tom Middleton will be back on Monday with 124,000. Other players still in include Mark Teltscher, Jonathan Karamalikis, Sorel Mizzi, Antonio Esfandiari, Dominik Nitsche, Mike McDonald and Stephen Chidwick.

Day 1b will start at 12 p.m. tomorrow when an even bigger field is expected for this, the final event of Season 10. Tune into Pokernews from noon local time as this tournament continues. The Live Reporting Team will bring you all the updates from the first riffle to the last river.

Until tomorrow, enjoy this episode of WAG Diaries with Calvin Anderson and his girlfriend Kami.

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A Few End of Day Chip Counts

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Samir Hadad CA 178,100 178,100
Talal Shakerchi gb 159,500 27,500
JC Alvarado mx 145,000 51,000
Tom Middleton gb 124,000 89,000
Timo Eckhert 116,000
Simon Deadman gb 115,000 65,000
Nick Maimone us 114,800
Mark Teltscher gb 114,000 14,000
Gil Morgensztern br 110,700 110,700
Sotirios Koutoupas gr 102,300 72,300
Maximos Pertsinidis GR 101,000 101,000
Elio Fox us 99,700 99,700
Denis Pisarev ru 95,800 95,800
Olivier Bosch 92,800 92,800
Micah Raskin us 88,200 88,200
Jonathan Karamalikis au 87,400 25,400
Yann Dion ca 78,500 49,500
Bertrand Grospellier fr 72,700 22,700
Rhys Jones gb 70,100 15,100
Sorel Mizzi ca 70,000 -35,000
Dominik Nitsche de 57,800 13,400
Antonio Esfandiari us 57,800 -7,200
Jeffrey Hakim lb 54,500 -1,500
Mike McDonald ca 50,700 32,200
Marcel Luske nl 41,800 13,800

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End of the Road for Selbst

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst

It's all over for Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst. After losing a big pot to Bryan Paris, she raised/called off with pocket nines against Tim Reilly's pocket jacks. A nine-less board later and she was on her way.

Tim Reilly us 80,000 5,000
Vanessa Selbst us Busted

MacPhee Busts

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Kevin MacPhee
Kevin MacPhee

Kevin MacPhee moved all in for 6,475 and was flat called by Jonathan Odogwu. Sotirios Koutoupas then raised it to 15,300. Odogwu went in the tank for a bit too long and the clock was called on him.

With five seconds remaining Odogwu open folded {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs} and the two remaining players tabled their hands.

MacPhee had {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} and Koutoupas had {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}.

The cards ran out {k-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{2-Spades}{4-Hearts}{6-Clubs} and MacPhee was out of the main event.

Kevin MacPhee us Busted

Tags: Jonathan OdogwuKevin MacPheeSotirios Koutoupas

Hello? Esfandiai Hates the Call

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Jordan Westmorland opened the betting for 1,200 and got called by Nick Maimone, Antonio Esfandiari on the button and both blinds.

The flop was {6-Clubs}{8-Spades}{k-Hearts}. Everybody checked and they saw a turn card {3-Spades}. The blinds checked and Westmorland went for a bet of 3,500. Maimone called and so did Esfandiari.

The river card was the {a-Spades} and Westmorland now bet 8,000 leaving 12,000 behind. Maimone folded pretty quickly but Esfandiari mulled it over before making the call.

“Nuts” Westmorland gleefully said turning over {k-Spades}{9-Spades} flush against the baby {7-Spades}{5-Spades} of Esfandiari.

“I knew you had it and I still called like an idiot,” a frustrated Esfandiari said. To make matters worse Westmorlands phone just went and he answered it saying, “Hello? I just won a big pot off Antonio.”

Antonio Esfandiari us 65,000 -17,000
Jordan Westmorland us 30,000

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariNick Maimoneordan Westmorland

Christoph 'Tight-Man1' Vogelsang: Poker's Reluctant Superstar

[user153638] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Christoph 'Tight-Man1' Vogelsang. Photo courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.
Christoph 'Tight-Man1' Vogelsang. Photo courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.

He made his live debut in a Super High Roller event and is already now a fixture at the biggest games in the world, but Christoph Vogelsang remains perhaps the most grounded player on the tour. PokerStars Blog meets the man known online as "Tight-Man1" and talks nosebleed cash action and the One Drop — as well as faith, family and charity. Read all about it by clicking here.

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Voulgaris Pushes Teltscher Out

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Haralabos Voulgaris raised to 1,200 preflop before Mark Teltscher made it 3,200 from the big blind. Voulgaris called and the pair saw a {K-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{4-Spades} flop.

Teltscher bet 3,800 and Voulgaris called to see the {9-Diamonds} on the turn. Teltscher now checked and Voulgaris bet 6,500.

"Nice hand," said Teltscher, tapping the table. He then mucked his cards.

Mark Teltscher gb 100,000 10,000
Haralabos Voulgaris ca 65,000 5,000