Dia 1 Concluído
Dia 1 Concluído
Patrick Leonard Gathers Massive Stack and Leads 27 Survivors
The PokerStars EPT Malta €25,750 Super High Roller kicked off with just two tables in play, but that changed soon enough. The first players were actually not the usual suspects. In fact, the group that sat down mostly consisted of qualifiers and players buying and just about all of them didn't consider the high rollers their bread and butter.
The not so regular crowd attracted the high roller rounders, and before we knew it, the designated area of the tournament area was getting packed. In total 44 unique players showed up, 16 of them made use of the option to buy back in once after busting, making for 60 entries total. With registration open till the start of Day 2, that number might still grow a bit.
27 players survived the day with Patrick Leonard leading the way after 10 levels of play:
|Patrick Leonard||United Kingdom||260,000|
|Scott Seiver||United States||194,700|
|Max Silver||United Kingdom||131,500|
|Ben Heath||United Kingdom||113,800|
|Dan Shak||United States||83,300|
|Nick Petrangelo||United States||43,000|
|Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||41,900|
|Charlie Carrel||United Kingdom||36,900|
Ali Reza Fatehi was the first to bust. He was already a bit short when he got it in with two-pair against the over pair of Martin Finger. Finger hit his set on the turn which left Fatehi drawing dead.
Scott Seiver skyrocketed his stack right after sitting down. He got aces and won a sizable pot, and on top of that he got the bonus of seeing two of his feared opponents get reseated to a different table. He got his 50,000-starting stack up to more than double that before some trouble set in. Seiver faced his neighbor Max Silver in a four-bet pot and moved all-in on a 5-high flop.
"Too gross!" said Silver, "Aces versus kings usually is." replied Seiver.
Silver wasn't so convinced it was aces versus kings. Partly because he had inside knowledge that at least one of the holding wasn't aces or kings, mostly because he didn't trust Seiver. In the end, Silver made the big call with pocket tens and his read was right; Seiver turned over nines. The tens held up and Silver catapulted his stack while Seiver's trickled down.
The hand that got the most attention from the players and the scarce railbirds watching the tournament, was one where Connor Drinan acted out of turn twice in the same hand. First, he checked blind on the flop while being in position, then he announced all in before the river while still not being first to act. Drinan was clearly messing around a bit the first time, but the second time was a bit more confusing.
Big blind [Removed:17], Drinan's opponent in the hand, wasn't sure what to think of it all at first, but in the end made the call for a ton of chips with second pair on an ace-high board. Drinan, it turned out, had not improved his bottom pair with flush draw and left the tournament area, granting Yan one of the bigger stacks in the room. Drinan bought back in but busted again soon after, missing with a double gutshot against the nut flush draw of Max Silver.
EPT Vienna champ Oleksii Khoroshenin qualified the night before and had an extremely successful day. He stayed under the radar for a bit before knocking out three opponents to grab the lead with only a couple of hands to go for the day. He busted Laszlo Bujtas with set over set, eliminated Juha Helppi with a set of jacks versus top pair and top kicker, and in one of the last hands of the day send Behzad Ahadpour home winning the race with eights versus queen-jack. Khoroshenin ended the day with 256,000 in chips.
Despite gathering a massive amount of chips, Khoroshenin is still trailing chip leader Patrick Leonard. The Brit eliminated Jean-Noel Thorel in a rather big pot with jacks against the check-raised bluff with ace-nine of the Frenchman. Leonard returns tomorrow with a massive 260,000 in chips, just slightly ahead of Khoroshenin.
The remaining 27 players return to Casino Portomaso on Saturday at 12:30 pm for Day 2 of the PokerStars EPT Malta €25,750 High Roller tournament. The first level on the schedule is Level 11 (1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante). The plan is to play down to 6 players remaining, who'll play for the big bucks at the live streamed final table on Sunday October 23rd.
End of Day Chip Counts (Completo)
An extensive end of day recap to follow shortly.
Newey's Plan Fails
When the last four hands were announced, Paul Newey said to his table mates that he'd double up three times and fold the other hand. First, Martin Finger shoved from the cutoff with the and Newey called all in for 11,100 in the small blind with . The board came and Newey doubled.
He then folded the next hand and jammed the penultimate hand of the night, showing the . In the last hand of the day, Newey shoved and Ramin Hajiyev asked for a count in the small blind. It was 28,400 to go and Hajiyev then folded. Scott Seiver peeked at his cards and half the table was behind him when he tried to squeeze the second card.
"How much is it again?" Seiver asked and the dealer confirmed the amount. "I have a really good hand," Newey added and Seiver then quickly called after hearing those words.
Seiver burst out in laughter: "How are you doing this to me?" he joked. The board ran out and Seiver improved to a pair of aces to send Newey to the rail. The Brit will however most likely buy back in tomorrow before the start of day 2 to start with a fresh stack of 50,000.
Kisacikoglu Finds a Double
From early position, Orpen Kisacikoglu moved all in for 22,700 and Scott Seiver called in the cutoff.
The board ran out and Kisacikoglu doubled towards the end of the night. "you got bad beat like six times today, you deserve it. I was hoping not against me," Seiver added while paying off his opponent.
Behzad Ahadpour Eliminated
Nick Petrangelo was first to act and raised. His neighbor Behzad Ahadpour called, leaving himself 9,000 behind. Action folded to Oleksii Khoroshenin on the button and the EPT Vienna champ squeezed to 12,500. Both blinds and Petrangelo released and Ahadpour moved in for a tiny bit more. Khoroshenin called.
Ahadpour asked for a ten after the flop, but his request was not granted. The on the turn and on the river were blanks and ever so friendly Ahadpour made his exit with just 20 minutes to go for the day.
Four More Hands
The clock has been paused and they just announced that there are only four more hands to be played, before the completion of the day.
Sylvain Loosli Eliminated
The hand after dropping a lot of chips to Philipp Gruissem, Adrian Mateos opens to 3,500 from middle position. Sylvain Loosli shoves 31,700 from the button. When it's back on Mateos, he rolls with his eyes and tanks a bit before deciding to play another big pot.
This the, the Spanish High Roller is able to win the coinflip on . Former November Niner Sylvain Loosli is sent packing as the day draws to a close.
Gruissem Doubles Through Mateos
Philipp Gruissem and Adrian Mateos just goit all-in, creating a 150,000 pot. Gruissem was holding and he was up against the Spaniard's .
The flop brought a king and Gruissem took the lead. Mateos couldn't escape on the turn or river and was left with 85,000 chips.
Khoroshenin Busts Helppi
Oleksii Khoroshenin made it 3,600 to go and was called by Juha Helppi in the cutoff and Ole Schemion in the small blind. On the flop, Khoroshenin continued for 7,000 and just Helppi called.
The fell on the turn and Khoroshenin now bet 20,500. Helppi shoved for around 45,000 and received a quick call.
No card in the deck could save Helppi, as he was already drawing dead, making the on the river a formality. As a result, Khoroshenin has taken over the lead late on Day 1 with less than half an hour to play.