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All Hail the King: Dan Smith Leads after Day 1a of the EPT Grand Final Main Event

[user101598] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Dan Smith - Chip leader
Dan Smith - Chip leader

On Monday, the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final kicked off with Day 1a of the Main Event. Leading the remaining 53 players is Dan Smith. After "some bluffing and two full houses" after the dinner break, he bagged 136,500 chips, and biting at his heels are Pablo Fernandez, Freddy Deeb, Arlo Dotson, and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody.

Only 108 players turned up for the first of two flights here in the beautiful city of Monaco, which is 163 players short of last year. In order to reach the same number of players that played in the Season 8 EPT Grand Final, Day 1b will need to attract 557 players.

Among the few participants today was Season 9 EPT Player of the Year leader Jan Bendik. Bendik, who currently holds a near 1,000-point lead over Kent Lundmark (although the EPT Berlin points have yet to been calculated), got off to a nice start and busted both Alex Bilokur and Richard Milne. Bilokur moved all in on the turn with two pair, only to be snapped off by Bendik who held Broadway. The river was a brick, and the Season 8 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller winner was eliminated.

Bendik finished the night with 108,900 chips, and is looking to finish the season out strong and ship the POY award.

Cody finished Day 1a among the leaders. In the penultimate level of the evening, he won a very strange pot off of Swede Daniel Carlsson. After check-calling bets from Cody on the flop and the turn, Carlsson appeared to have check-raised Cody on the river. The bet was less than double Cody's, but enough to make it a raise, yet Carlsson opted to open up his hand, revealing a pair of jacks. Confused, Cody did the same, tabling a pair of aces, and the Brit picked up the pot.

Cody was one of the few players who crossed the six-figure threshold, and will return on Day 2 119,000 chips.

Another player who was in good form on Day 1a was Dotson. Dotson won a crucial hand against Micah Raskin and Marvin Rettenmaier, wherein he and Raskin called a three-bet from Rettenmaier. Both Dotson and Raskin called a bet from Rettenmaier on a four-high flop, and the turn brought an eight. Dotson and Rettenmaier checked to Raskin, who fired out a bet, and both Dotson and Rettenmaier called. A king completed the board, bringing a third spade, and Dotson led out for the first time. Rettenmaier quickly folded, but Raskin called. Dotson tabled queen-jack of spades for the second-nut flush, and Raskin mucked his hand.

Dotson ended the day on 127,100, later finishing off Rettenmaier and Raskin was eliminated as well.

Joining Rettenmaier and Raskin on the rail today were Alex Gomes, Mike McDonald, Kane Kalas, Griffin Benger, Sorel Mizzi, Erik Seidel, Gilbert Diaz, Team PokerStars SportStar Boris Becker and Team Poker Stars Pros Jonathan Duhamel and Vanessa Rousso.

Rousso was crippled in a very interesting hand. According to Pratyush Buddiga, Ignat Liviu opened to 1,200, Rousso three-bet to 3,200 out of the small blind, and Liviu four-bet to 8,000. Rousso called. Rousso then check-called on every street, including the river where Liviu moved all in for 22,375. Liviu showed two queens for a rivered set of queens, and, to her disappointment, Rousso was forced to show jack-six off suit for fourth pair.

Minutes later, at a new table, Rousso found her self all in with king-deuce of spades on a two-spade flop. She could not best her opponent’s top pair however, and she was eliminated.

Becker was eliminated with unknown action on the last hand of the evening.

Day 1b of the EPT Grand Final Main Event will begin on Tuesday at 12:00 CET. Be sure to follow PokerNews.com for all of the up-to-the-minute updates from the tournament floor, and if you’re playing in the event, don’t be afraid to contribute to the blog using the My Stack app, available for both iPhone and Android users.

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End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Dan Smith us 136,500 86,500
Pablo Fernandez es 135,900 900
Freddy Deeb us 133,900 28,900
Arlo Dotson 127,100 2,100
Jake Cody gb 119,000 -11,000
El Khazen Youssef 111,700 111,700
Paul Volpe us 110,800 35,800
Jan Bendik sk 108,900 33,900
Dmitrii Grinenko 108,100 13,100
Ignat Liviu ro 98,800 -11,200
Hendrik Latz 95,400 11,400
Joao Brito 90,700 15,700
Ole Schemion de 83,200 30,200
James Mitchell gb 81,000 29,000
Craig McCorkell gb 75,400 50,400
Ramin Hajiyev az 75,200 10,200
Emil Patel us 70,700 10,700
Barry Greenstein us 70,000 14,000
Christopher Frank de 64,100 9,100
Mike Watson ca 62,900 20,900
Ramey Shaio 59,700 59,700
Tatiana Barausova ru 57,700 9,200
Lauri Pesonen 56,500 56,500
Andreas Eiler de 55,900 55,900
Senh Ung 55,200 55,200

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Greenstein Doubles as Last Three Hands Are Announced

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Just as the tournament clock was paused with ten minutes remaining, (so each table could play three last hands) Barry Greenstein was bust raking in a pot to more than double up.

He was up against two players in a three-bet pot and the flop read {3-Clubs}{2-Spades}{7-Spades}. The agressor bet 5,600 and was called before the Team PokerStars Pro moved all in for 27,525. The aggressor was the only caller with {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}.

Greenstein opened {a-Clubs}{k-Spades} and got there as the board ran out {j-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}.

Barry Greenstein us 56,000 36,000

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Deeb Up, Pham Struggling

Happy_Freaked • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Thanh Hai Pham probably had a lot higher hopes for his last level of play here on Day 1a. First we witnessed Pham facing a 7,000-chip river bet on a {6-Spades}{6-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}. After taking for a while the Vietnamese player called and mucked when his opponent turned over {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}.

After turning away for second Pham was involved in another hand and this time he was up against Freddy Deeb. The flop read {6-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} when Pham bet 5,000 and Deeb made the call in position.

On the turn the {10-Clubs} hit and Pham bet 9,000, Deeb called once again. The river brought the {8-Clubs} and this time Pham checked. Deeb went into the tank for quite a while but eventually he bet 33,500 with just 12,000 left behind. Pham seemed sure about his decision but it took him a while before he released his chips into the pot. Deeb tabled {J-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} and Pham mucked after the dealer confirmed that his opponent had made a full house.

Freddy Deeb us 105,000 45,500
Thanh Hai Pham 14,000 -49,000

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Schemion Busts Another

Happy_Freaked • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Ole Schemion just knocked out another player and that means that the final few hours of the day have been very profitable for the young German.

Schemion's opponent ended up all in for this tournament life with {K-Spades}{Q-Spades} versus the German's {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}.

The board ran out {J-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} and Schemion added another couple thousand to his stack.

Ole Schemion de 53,000 23,000

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