Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
Day 2 of the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final Main Event continued today as the surviving 347 players from the two starting flights returned for six more 75-minute levels of play. Actually, it’d be more than that as half a dozen players took advantage of late registration. When the final second ticked off the clock, just 123 would remain with Vladimir Troyanovskiy and his stack of 450,500 leading the way.
Once registration closed at the start of the day, the official numbers were released. The final EPT Main Event of Season 10 attracted 650 players, which was a nice increase over Season 9’s 531. That created a prize pool of €6.5 million. That will be distributed to the top 95 players with a hefty €1,240,000 reserved for the winner.
The day was characterized by eliminations, which included that of the defending champ Steve O’Dwyer. According to him, he had shoved his last ten big blinds in with king-nine suited. He had five opponents to overcome, but that proved too big a mission to accomplish as the player on the button woke up with pocket aces. With O'Dwyer out, Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden became the last finalist standing from last year’s final table, which is considered one of the most stacked in history.
Of course O’Dwyer wasn’t the only notable to fall. Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker was felled within the first few minutes, while his fellow Team Pro, the short-stacked Liv Boeree, followed him out the door a short time later after she failed to win a race. Likewise, Full Tilt Poker Professional Viktor "Isildur1" Blom hit the rail after running into pocket aces, while the other Professional, late registrant Gus Hansen, exited holding deuce-four.
Team PokerStars Pros who also bowed out of the tournament on Day 2 were Juan Manuel Pastor, Nacho Barbero, Humberto Brenes, Alex Kravchenko, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Marcel Luske, Mickey Petersen, Eugene Katchalov, George Danzer, Barry Greenstein, Marc-Andre Ladouceur and Ivan Demidov. Notables such as Max Altergott, Annette Obrestad, Byron Kaverman, Sorel Mizzi, David Peters, Timothy Adams, Mike “Timex” McDonald, Antonio Esfandiari, and Phil Ivey joined them on the rail.
Ivey had hit a heater earlier in the day to chip up to 240,000, and it looked like he was primed to make a deep run. Unfortunately a cooler in Level 13 (1,000/2,000/300) put an end to those hopes. It began when Italy’s Marcello Marigliano opened under the gun and received two callers. Ivey then called from the cutoff, the big blind came along, and five players took a flop of with two diamonds.
Action checked to Ivey and he promptly bet 15,000. The big blind called, and then Marigliano check-raised to 33,000. Two folds put action back on Ivey and he moved all in for roughly 160,000. The big blind folded and Marigliano made the call.
Ivey tabled for a flopped straight, but it was no good as Marigliano had flopped an even bigger straight with . Neither the turn nor river provided Ivey with a king to chop, and just like that the man was gone.
While many fell, an accomplished list of notables managed to make it through to Day 3 including Steven Silverman (369,900), Talal Shakerchi (365,800), Nick Maimone (358,800), Day 1b chip leader Hendrik Latz (278,400), Philipp Gruissem (268,000), Dani Stern (256,100), Sam Trickett (237,000), Ole Schemion (233,600), and Scott Clements (229,700). Likewise, members of Team PokerStars that punched their ticket were Johnny Lodden (326,500), Ville Wahlbeck (265,100), Angel Guillen (175,400), David Williams (145,900), and Andre Akkari (82,100).
At Noon local time on Tuesday, the surviving players will return to the Salles des Etoiles room at Le Sporting to play five 90-minute levels. During that time the money bubble will burst. The PokerNews Live Reporting will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to join us then.
In the meantime, find out how players take advantage of their breaks here in Monte Carlo:
|2||3||Narendra Banwari||United States||200.300|
|4||4||David Williams||United States||145.900|
|5||5||Terence Michael Reardon||USA||125.800|
|8||4||Antonio Lafosse Fernandez||Peru||46.000|
|8||5||Matias Alberto Ruzzi||Argentina||105.300|
|10||3||Adam Joseph Reynolds||UK||194.600|
|10||6||Mariel De Macedo||Brazil||117.600|
|11||8||Mohamad El Siblani||Lebanon||178.800|
|15||3||Sebastian Von Toperczer||Germany||418.000|
|Sebastian von Toperczer||418,000||306,400|
|Johnny Lodden||partypoker Sponsored pro||326,500||192,500|
|Philipp Gruissem||partypoker pro||268,000||153,000|
|Sam Trickett||partypoker pro||237,000||-5,600|
|Mohamad El Siblani||Busted|
|Fam Zarrin Ashkan||Busted|
With 12 minutes left for the day, the clock has been paused. They're playing a few more hands before the bagging and tagging process commences. We're headed out to catch any late action and to compile a list of chip counts.
Stay tuned for those as well as a full recap of the Day 2 action.
We missed the precise action before the flop, but Ole Schemion confirmed our assumption that one of the players had opened under the gun plus one, Andrea Benelli had called on the button and Steven Silverman had done the same from the big blind.
Silverman checked to the initial raiser who checked behind. Benelli bet out 8,000 and Silverman check-raised to 25,000. The initial raiser folded but Benelli made the call.
The fell on the turn and Silverman bet out 36,000. Benelli didn't need much time and called.
The completed the board and Silverman announced all in. Silverman had about 120,000 to push to the middle, a tiny bit more than Benelli who had about 114,500 to play for at this time.
Benelli took his time and at least three minutes past before Jason Duval was tired of it and called for the clock. Instead of the regular one minute, Benelli got at least two minutes from the floor. Benelli used a lot of that time to make his decision, but it was his tournament life at stake of course. Eventually he tossed in a couple of chips to indicate the call.
Silverman showed and Benelli his hand was shown by the dealer; . The Italian player was thus eliminated with just a couple of minutes left in the last level the day. Silverman in the meantime is nearing 400,000.
Rono Lo had bet 12,000 on the turn of a board before Paul Testud moved all in for 50,000. Lo thought for several minutes before finally calling with with gasps coming from the other players. He was right though because Testud turned over for no pair, no draw and the on the river gave Lo a full house.
As in previous years, Russian, American and French players have dominated entries to the Season 10 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final. Although there are slightly more Russians here, there isn’t much in it: there were 69 players from Russia in the Main Event, 65 from the States and 64 from France – together accounting for 34% of the field. However there are another 20 players hailing from Belarus and Ukraine which explains why every other player seems to be speaking Russian!
There are also considerably more nationalities represented than last year – 68 compared to 56, with an influx of new players from Asia (China, Hong Kong and Malaysia) having a big impact on the whole event. As the PokerStars Blog reveals, several Asian players were here specially to compete in the €100k Super High Roller but they brought a large entourage of friends with them who have been getting involved in tournaments and cash games all over the place.
Jose Noronha from Portugal was all in for 1,500, less than one big blind. Dario Sammartino in the big blind got it heads up by sticking in a raise and he got his showdown with versus the of Noronha. Final board of and Noronha trips gave him 8,800.
On the next hand Noronha started putting all his chips over the line, but it was a string bet and was ruled a call. Conor Shelly in the big blind did him a favour by raising and Noronha moved all in with his against the of Shelly.
Noronha pointed at his cards saying, “Very dangerous.” The cards ran out flopping him a flush and doubling up again.
Noronha was under-the-gun next hand and clearly announced, “All in.” No callers and he showed . As we left the table he still had his jacket slung over hos shoulder ready to go, but you never know.
The European Poker Tour Season 10 Player of the Year race is nearing an end, and as you know players have been accumulating points in all events throughout Season 10, regardless of the buy-in level. In addition, all of the Festival Events (Estrellas, UKIPT, Eureka, FPS, IPT) that combine with an EPT tour stop have been eligible for Player of the Year points. The winner of this season’s award will walk away with €50,000 in Main Event buy-ins, good for any PokerStars or Full Tilt sponsored event.
The Global Poker Index (GPI) points formula, which will be used to determine the EPT10 POY, is a bit complicated, but you can read about all the details here.
Here are the current top ten on the EPT10 POY Leaderboard. As you can see, Ole Schemion is running away with it and is a near lock to lay claim to the title, especially since he finished seventh in the Super High Roller here in Monte Carlo.
|1||Ole Schemion||1,173.48 pts|
|2||Thomas Muhloecker||872.67 pts|
|3||Vanessa Selbst||803.87 pts|
|4||Alex Bilokur||794.40 pts|
|5||Andrew Chen||685.49 pts|
|6||Olivier Busquet||647.08 pts|
|7||Adrian Mateos||644.24 pts|
|8||Mustapha Kunit||632.79 pts|
|9||Dominik Panka||608.60 pts|
|10||Jeff Rossiter||590.27 pts|
We'll be bringing you daily updates on the Player of the Year race, so be sure to keep an eye out for those.