PokerStars EPT Berlin underway

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Apr 18, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

One of the most provocative stops on the European Poker Tour over the past few years has been the EPT Berlin. The EPT Berlin got off to an inauspicious start in 2010 when the final stages tournament was the scene for an event usually reserved for movie plots: A brazen daylight robbery. The robbery aside, the EPT Berlin has quickly built-up a reputation as one of the hottest spots on the tour, typically commanding some of the largest fields and prize-pools on the EPT tour, and the 2012 running was no different on that front.

Day 1a of the EPT Berlin saw 243 entrants take to the tables and when the smoke cleared and the chips were bagged-and-tagged, it was 2011 EPT Snowfest winner and PKR Poker pro Vladimir “Beyne” Geshkenbein who sat atop the leader-board, the only player in the Day 1a field to break the 200,000 chip-mark.

Day 1b saw a much larger field, with 502 total entrants anteing-up the €5,000 buy-in. The huge Day 1b turnout swelled the prize-pool to an impressive €3,725,000, with €825,000 waiting to be claimed by the winner of the event. In all 112 players will make the money in the tournament. The 745 entrants was nearly equal to last year’s 773, but a far cry from the 945 entrants at the inaugural EPT Berlin in 2010.

The chip-leader at the end of Day 1b Cengiz Ulusu, who finished the day with 242,800 chips; Geshkenbein was pushed down to third place on the overall leader-board, as Calvin Anderson also eclipsed the 200,000 chip-mark, edging out the young Russian for second place by a few thousand chips.

Here is a look at the Top 10 chip-counts heading into Day 2 of the PokerStars EPT Berlin:

1. Cengiz Ulusu – 242,800

2. Calvin Anderson – 205,100

3. Vladimir Geshkenbein – 201,600

4. Jens Weigel – 199,600

5. Mario Puccini – 198,900

6. Davidi Kitai – 197,700

7. Joao Ribeiro – 196,600

8. Cesar Garcia Domínguez – 184,400

9. Marc Wright – 182,600

10. Brahim Oubella – 176,700

Some notable names still in the running for the EPT Berlin title include Belgian all-time money winner David Kitai, former EPT champ Kevin MacPhee, online sensation Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, PKR pro and Triple Crown Winner Jake Cody, and Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.

Day 2 will kick off with 329 players remaining in the hunt. The players will find themselves in Level xx with the blinds at xx when play resumes at Noon local time.

Past winners of the EPT Berlin Main Event include Kevin MacPhee and Ben Wilinofsky; stay tuned to see which poker pro will add their name to that list, or if an amateur will steal the spotlight.

Here is a look at the top prizes the field is competing for:

1st place — €825,000

2nd place — €500,000

3rd place — €290,000

4th place — €220,000

5th place — €172,000

6th place — €133,000

7th place — €97,000

8th place — €72,000

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