Poker’s best dominating PokerStars EPT Grand Final

Posted by Steve Ruddock on May 09, 2013 Posted in EPT News, Tournament News | No Comments »

ept_monte_carloYou’ll probably never see a stronger assemblage of players atop a leader-board than the Top Eight chip-leaders at the end of Day 2 at the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final Main Event. Out in front at the end of the day is Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden, who is joined by two other Team PokerStars Pro players in the Top 8, Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier. Joining the members of Team PokerStars Pro and rounding out the leader-board are other well-known names in tournament poker like Calvin Anderson, Noah Schwartz, Oleksii Kovalchuk, Steve O’Dwyer, and Freddy Deeb.

When play resumes on Thursday 105 players of the original starting field of 531 players remain, each one vying for the title, and the massive €1.2 million payday that will be awarded to the winner. But before anyone starts thinking about winning, or even making the final table, the money bubble will have to be burst, which should happen relatively early on Day 3 with just 25 players still needing to be eliminated before the money bubble is popped.

Here is a look at the Top 10 chip-counts heading into Day 3:

1. Johnny Lodden – 605,200

2. Calvin Anderson – 472,400

3. Noah Schwartz – 453,400

4. Oleksii Kovalchuk – 414,700

5. Steve O’Dwyer – 389,200

6. Freddy Deeb – 350,200

7. Daniel Negreanu – 340,100

8. Jason Mercier – 321,900

9. Goran Mandic – 310,000

10. David Yan – 296,900

On the way to the chip-lead Lodden was peripherally involved in a controversial hand where a player commented that he had seen Paul Volpe’s mucked cards, and judging by his comment when the flop was dealt, he in fact did see Volpe’s hand as the live reporting team reported:

Volpe tanked for a bit then folded. With his cards deep into the muck, Sbrissa said that he saw Volpe’s holdings. The floor was called over, and they told Sbrissa to just resume playing. He did, immediately folding.

While Mamouni was in the tank, Sbrissa had a few words with Volpe.

“I don’t even know why you’re mad at me,” Volpe shot at him.

Mamouni eventually called, and the flop fell – K4A with two hearts.

“Great flop for you,” Sbrissa said to Volpe loud, enough for all to hear.

Lodden led out for 15,500, and Mamouni folded.

“You don’t do that,” Lodden told Sbrissa sternly.

[Later Volpe confirmed that he had the A6 of hearts but had no clue how Sbrissa had seen his cards.

Here is a look at the final table payouts for the EPT Grand Final Main Event:

* 1st place: €1,224,000

* 2nd place: €842,000

* 3rd place: €467,000

* 4th place: €321,000

* 5th place: €251,000

* 6th place: €189,000

* 7th place: €137,000

* 8th place: €103,000

The tournament will be back in action at Noon local time on Thursday, and in addition to the players mentioned above, Alec Torelli, Paul Volpe, Andrew Lichtenberger, Jake Cody, Victor Ramdin, John Juanda, Chad Brown, Annette Obrestad, David Kitai, and Dan Smith are among the returning players.


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