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2014 PokerStars.net EPT Vienna

€10,300 High Roller
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Event Info

2014 PokerStars.net EPT Vienna

Resultado Final
Mão Vencedora
Event Info
Prize Pool
Informações sobre o nível
30,000 / 60,000

EPT Vienna High Roller Set to Kick Off

Hofburg Palace Tournament Room
Hofburg Palace Tournament Room

EPT Vienna Season 10 sponsored by PokerStars.net continues today with the first day of the €10,000 buy-in High Roller. With big fields already in attendance here at the Hofburg Palace for the Eureka and Main Event tournaments we are certainly expecting a high number of entrants.

Dominik Panka won the last EPT High Roller at Deauville back in January, defeating Albert Daher heads up and winning €272,000. Both players are expected to make an appearance today to resume hostilities.

This is a three-day event with entry and single rebuys open until the start of play tomorrow so numbers will grow throughout the day with confirmation of the prize pool coming shortly after start of play on the second day.

Players begin with a starting stack of 50,000 chips with blinds starting at 100 / 200 /25. Tables are eight handed with antes kicking in right at the first level. The slightly flatter structure means there is a lot of room to play but pots are worth fighting for right from the start. That means we are guaranteed action throughout the day, and if a player happens to get unlucky early on then another €10,000+ €300 will buy you right back into the game.

Some of the players we are expecting to see today include PokerStars Team Pros Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Eugene Katchalov; as well as Full Tilt Poker Professionals Viktor Blom and Gus Hansen. We also expect appearances from rising Spanish star Sergio Aido, German wunderkind Ole Schemion, Ireland’s Steve O’Dwyer, and Kevin McPhee from the US.

Action begins shortly at 1 p.m. local time so stay tuned as the PokerNews live reporting team keeps you up to date throughout the day with all the action, chips counts and stories from the tables as the High Rollers battle it out for the chance of a big payday and the glory of being crowned 2014 EPT High Roller Champion.

Walid Bou Habib Wins EPT Vienna €2,000 Turbo for €107,700

Nível 1 : 100/200, 25 ante
Walid Bou Habib
Walid Bou Habib

Last night, EPT9 Deauville runner-up Walid Bou Habib won the EPT Vienna €2,000 Turbo event. The 43-year-old Lebanese engineer, who is a serial online qualifier on PokerStars, cut a deal with British pro Tom Hall in heads-up play to take the title and €107,700 first prize.

The tournament attracted 319 runners and created a prize pool of €618,860. That was spread out among the top 47 players with some notables cashing including Steve O’Dwyer (47th - €3,530), Andrew Chen (34th - €3,960), Anton Wigg (19th - €6,370), Todd Terry (14th - €8,230), and Jason Wheeler (12th - €9,160).

Habib, who lives in Beirut and is part of a close-knit group of Lebanese players who compete on the EPT, is the current #4 tournament player in his country with more than $1.2 million in live tournament winnings.

As well as his Deauville second place for €475,000, he also went deep at the PCA in 2011 and the EPT4 Grand Final, and has a further nine cashes on the tour. However, last night’s victory is by far his biggest tournament win.

Here's a look at the final table results:

1Walid Bou HabibLebanon€107,700
2Tom HallUK€89,510
3Vasili FirsauBelarus€57,430
4Ami BarerCanada€46,470
5Nick Abou RiskCanada€36,630
6Andreas BerggrenSweden€27,970
7Mark BuckleyIreland€20,540
8Ole SchemionGermany€15,100

Tags: Walid Bou Habib

Don't Forget to Use the MyStack App to Update Your Chip Count

Nível 1 : 100/200, 25 ante

The PokerNews MyStack App is available for players here in the EPT10 Vienna €10,000 High Roller, allowing players to directly update their chip count on the PokerNews Live Reporting page for their friends and family to see.

You can download the app for iPhone or Android now to get started. Then, create a new PokerNews account or update your current one to start updating your status immediately. Your followers can see all the live action that you're involved in.

Be forewarned, however, any abuse of the app will result in account suspension or termination.

Tags: MyStack

PokerNews Podcast Episode #208: EPT Vienna feat. Gus Hansen

Nível 6 : 300/600, 75 ante
Gus Hansen
Gus Hansen

Kristy Arnett is in Austria for EPT Vienna, where she is joined by 2013 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Chad Holloway and PokerNews live reporter Remko Rinkema. The trio breaks down all of the latest news, and then Remko chats with Gus Hansen about Vienna and getting back to his winning ways.

You can subscribe to all three of the podcasts produced by PokerNews on iTunes here, or you can access the RSS feed here.

Tags: Chad HollowayGus HansenKristy ArnettPokerNews Podcast

"I'm So Confused"

Nível 7 : 400/800, 100 ante
Jason Lavallee
Jason Lavallee

Back in October, Jason Lavallee won the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour London High Roller for £357,700. Lavallee is in today's field looking to become the first player to ever win two EPT high roller titles, but he just faced a set back in a hand against David Kaufmann.

It began when Kaufmann opened under the gun only to have Lavallee three-bet to 4,400. Kaufmann made the call and the both players checked the {q-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{j-Spades} flop. When the {7-Spades} turned. Lavallee led out for 5,400, Kaufmann called, and the {5-Spades} completed the board on the river.

Lavallee slowed down with a check, and Kaufmann took his time before betting 8,400.

"I'm so confused," Lavallee admitted as he contemplated what to do for nearly two minutes. The bet constituted a good portion of his stack, but he decided to see it. Once the chips hit the felt, Kaufmann tabled the {a-Spades}{q-Clubs} for the nuts. Lavallee stared at the cards for a moment and then sent his own to the muck unseen.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
David Kaufmann de
David Kaufmann
55,000 18,700
Jason Lavallee ca
Jason Lavallee
13,300 -25,700

Tags: Jason LavalleeDavid Kaufmann

Cates is in a Rush

Nível 8 : 500/1,000, 100 ante
Daniel Cates
Daniel Cates

As we arrived the turn was already on the board ({J-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}) and Jonathan Duhamel had bet 25,000 from the small blind. Action was on Daniel Cates who was talking to himself.

"You can have ace-ten, or king-nine" is what we heard, but a lot of other words were coming from his mouth which we couldn't really hear well, let alone place into context.

Cates was really pondering, and with a stack of 63,600 in front of him he clearly had a tough decision. The player in seat one asked the dealer to call for time. The brush came over and Cates asked him a question even before the brush had told him that he would have one minute left to act on his hand.

"Am I allowed to ask you how many hours till the money?" asked Cates to the brush. The brush on duty didn't really seem to understand the question, or at least thought he had misheard Cates. "Am I allowed to ask you how many hours till the money?" Cates repeated.

The brush assured Cates that he could. "But first I'm going to tell you that you have one minute to act on your hand" the brush continued.

While the brush stared at the clock Cates then asked the actual question again: "How long do you think it will take before we're in the money?" The brush, probably not faced by that question on a daily basis, stumbled a little bit and eventually answered, "We'll probably be in the money somewhere tomorrow afternoon."

As soon as the brush answered, Cates splashed all of his chips in. Duhamel reluctantly called, not happy with the situation. The Canadian PokerStars Team Pro remarked that the brush shouldn't give that kind of information in the middle of the hand, but it wouldn't change what followed.

Duhamel turned over {K-Spades}{10-Spades} and Cates smashed his {J-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} on the table. Cates seemed very excited and awaited the river before really celebrating. Nobody was celebrating with him though, and Duhamel's face only got grumpier as the {8-Spades} hit the felt to ensure Cates' double up.

"That really was a big deciding factor," Cates commented on the somewhat unusual question, "if I was going to have to sit here for another $%^!@# lifetime..."

Duhamel still has a playable stack with about 57,000. Meanwhile Cates might be in for some more hours of play as he now has just under 140,000.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Daniel Cates us
Daniel Cates
139,000 99,000
Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel

Tags: Daniel CatesJonathan Duhamel


Nível 10 : 800/1,600, 200 ante
Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel

With around 14,000 in the pot and a board reading {q-Clubs}{5-Spades}{5-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, Jonathan Duhamel bet 7,700 from the hijack, the cutoff folded, and Daniel "Jungleman" Cates called from the button. When the {7-Hearts} completed the board on the river, Duhamel checked and Cates fired out 21,000, leaving himself roughly the same amount behind.

The Team PokerStars Pro wasted little time in calling, and Cates confidently rolled over the {q-Spades}{7-Spades} for two pair. Duhamel then tabled the {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for a bigger two pair, and Cates was none too pleased.

"What the F***?!?" Cates exclaimed as he threw his hands up in the air. He then began to talk to no one in particular.

"I just never in my life thought I was beat there."

Well, he was, and now he's down to just 20,700.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel
125,000 42,000
Daniel Cates us
Daniel Cates
20,700 -26,300

Tags: Jonathan DuhamelDaniel Cates

Kurganov Falls in Penultimate Hand; Andreev Takes Chip Lead

Nível 10 : 800/1,600, 200 ante
Igor Kurganov
Igor Kurganov

There were just two hands left to be played at a table in the middle of the room, and boy did the fireworks fly.

It began when Igor Kurganov opened for 3,200 and was met by a three-bet from Andrey Andreev in the big blind. Kurganov made the call and the two saw a flop of {4-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts}. Andreev showed he wasn't messing around when he quickly slid out a tower of blue T5,000 chips, which constituted a bet of approximately 65,000. Kurganov, who had about 140,000 total, tanked for a solid five minutes before announcing that he was all in. Andreev snap-called and Kurganov was caught.

Kurganov: {a-Spades}{5-Spades}
Andreev: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}

Kurganov stood up and watched as the dealer burned and turned the {5-Hearts}. He could now catch either a deuce or another five to win the massive pot, but neither materialized as the {9-Clubs} blanked on the river. With that, a new chip leader emerged.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Andrey Andreev ru
Andrey Andreev
338,400 136,400
Igor Kurganov ru
Igor Kurganov

Tags: Andrey AndreevIgor Kurganov

EPT10 Vienna is on Pace to Be Biggest High Roller of the Year

Nível 10 : 800/1,600, 200 ante
Andrey Andreev
Andrey Andreev

It was a full day of action at the Hofburg Palace on Thursday. The European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event played down from 50 players to the final 17, while the €10,000 High Roller kicked off with 136 players that accounted for 35 reentries, bringing the total field thus far up to 171 entries.

The EPT10 Vienna High Roller has already surpassed the 115 entries from the Deauville High Roller and EPT London’s 157 entries, and since registration is open until the start of Day 2, there is still a great chance it could pass EPT Prague’s 176 entries and even EPT Barcelona’s 180 entries.

After ten levels of play in the latter event, just 80 players remained with Russia’s Andrey Andreev and his stack of 338,400 leading the way.

The chip lead was actually determined in the penultimate hand of the night in a wild hand with Igor Kurganov, which you can read by clicking here.

While Andreev finished strong, Max Altergott was never able to get off the ground. He busted in the second level, exercised his single reentry option, and then busted again a short time later. Likewise, Yann Dion, Andrey Volkov, Juha Helppi, Fedor Holz, Jack Salter, Steve O’Dwyer, and Thomas Muhlocker are all among the players who no longer have a reentry option.

That said, not everyone missed on their second try. Some player who busted, reentered, and survived the day included Team PokerStars Pros Jonathan Duhamel (111,700), Eugene Katchalov (69,800), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (55,000), and Team Online’s Marc-Andre Ladouceur (35,700).

They'll be joined by some players who made it through on one bullet including Theo Jorgensen (298,700), Alexander Dovzhenko (242,000), Surinder Sunar (235,700), Ami Barer (187,000), Sam Trickett (134,000), and Alex Kravchenko (114,700).

Among those to fall on Day 1 who still have the opportunity to reenter are Daniel “Jungleman” Cates, Maxim Lykov, Joni Jouhkimainen, Sotirios Koutoupas, Walid Bou Habib, Sergio Aido, and Kimmo Kurko.

Day 2 is set to kick off at Noon local time. We expect to see a lot of reentries, plus some new faces could potentially show up (i.e. Gus Hansen, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, etc.), so be sure to join us then as we bring you all the high-rolling action from Vienna, Austria. In the meantime, check out Kristy Arnett’s latest video where she takes a look back at some poker players’ first tweets.

Tags: Andrey Andreev