• May 5, 2021

2016 EPT Dublin Main Event Day 1a

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(pokernews.com) – The first of two starting days for the 2016 PokerStars European Poker Tour Dublin Main Event saw 147 players pony up the buy-in of €5,300. Eight 75-minute levels later, only 79 of them bagged up chips with Gilles Bernies in the lead on 189,600.
The 27-year-old German had three deep runs at the end of 2015 with a 38th-place finish in the World Series of Poker Europe “Oktoberfest” event and first- and second-place finishes during festivals atHolland Casino of Breda in the Netherlands. Coming into this event, Bernies had $74,990 in live tournament earnings.
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Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

Rank Player Prize
1 Gilles Bernies 189,600
2 Mike McDonald 162,400
3 Ian Hunter 139,400
4 Artem Litvinov 138,900
5 Victor Ilyukhin 131,400
6 Adrian Mateos 128,800
7 Anthony Zinno 124,800
8 Fabrice Soulier 123,400
9 Kamran Aliyev 114,200
10 Jean-Noel Thorel 110,000

Bernies won a big pot off Adrian Mateos after he made the nut flush with the ace-queen of hearts before then flopping two pair against Paul-Francois Tedeschi with five-seven suited to take another chunk of chips.
Mike McDonald jumped onto the overnight podium just before the end of play by flopping a full house with pocket queens in a three-way all-in situation. The hand involved Artem Litvinov, who bagged up 138,900, and Daniel Shapiro, who was eliminated. and the win by “Timex” allowed him to soar all the way up to 162,400 in chips.
Other big stacks and notables included Anthony Zinno (124,800), former EPT Vienna High Rollerchampion Fabrice Soulier (123,400), Kamran Aliyev (114,200), EPT regular Jean-Noel Thorel(110,000), Walid Bou Habib (87,700), Nick Petrangelo (81,600), Sam Greenwood (57,600), Charlie Carrel (49,900), and 2015 November Niner Pierre Neuville (27,400).
Two members of Team PokerStars ProJason Mercier (83,200) and Luca Pagano (70,000), were also among those to advance, along with former EPT champions Kevin MacPhee (59,000), Sebastian Pauli (28,600), and Aaron Gustavson (23,800).
Among those that failed to bag up chips were Dario SammartinoMohsin CharaniaRyan Riess,Ian SimpsonRainer KempeRicardo ManquantRocco PalumboJason WheelerGeorgios SotiropoulosJared JaffeeMartin StaszkoJoao VieiraMax SilverBalazs BotondDavidi Kitai, and reigning PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion Mike Watson. Sammartino, Charania, and Simpson all fell victim to the hot early run of Litvinov.
Day 1b will take place on Monday at 12 p.m. local time with the second starting flight. A much bigger field is expected, and the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to provide updates.
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Steve Carr

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