Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Daniel Negreanu was amongst those dominating the action as Day 1B of the PokerStars EPT Grand Final came to a conclusion yesterday.
Following on from an initial opening day that saw Dan Smith finish top of the 53 survivors with 136,500 chips, it was Victor Sbrissa who ended yesterday’s session with the largest stack. Despite the likes of JC Alvarado and Annette Obrestad enjoying profitable starts to the day – indeed, Annette found herself on the right side of an aces versus kings cooler against Philippe Ktorza – it was Sbrissa who raked in a table-topping 224,800 chips at the close of play. Throughout the session 423 pros took the felt, including Andrew Lichtenberger (137,800), Igor Kurganov (127,900), Daniel Negreanu (88,600) and Jason Mercier (48,200). However, while a number of famous faces survived, many more hit the rail as the field was cut to just 215 runners. As yet the prizepool hasn’t been announced but already the organisers know that this year’s field is smaller than last year’s 665 entrants. However, the field has still managed to break the 500 player mark and with more action to come later in the week, including the possibility of a €1 million buy-in cash game, this year’s festival will certainly still be hailed as a success.
The sixth annual edition of Grosvenor Casinos’ Goliath tournament series may have begun last week but players are being advised that there is still time to qualify for seats into its prestigious £120 buy-in main event.
Land-based and online gaming products innovator Scientific Games Corporation is set to run its second annual Shuffle Master Classic event next month offering one lucky poker player the chance to walk away with $100,000 in cash.
Land-based casino operator Estoril Sol has been awarded the first online gaming license for Portugal and has teamed up with platform provider Gaming1 to launch the new EstorilSolCasinos.pt domain.
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