Main Event
Main Event
Day 1a completed

Islamay Tops the Pack of EPT Sanremo

[user68268] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Day 1a of the 2012 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event has come to a close with the first flight running through eight 75-minute levels of play. It was a long day on the felt, but one that was filled with plenty of action. Front and center for much of the chip exchanging was Erion Islamay. He finished on 162,300 and has assumed the position of early chip leader.

The first starting flight peaked at 320 players, which meant for quite the crowded tournament space at Casino Sanremo. Scattered in amongst the tables were plenty of top pros including those representing the host PokerStars. Jonathan Duhamel and Marcin Horecki were two of the Team PokerStars Pros in action on Day 1a, but both of them failed to advance.

Duhamel fell to Walid Bou-Habib after losing a flip for his tournament life in the last level of the night. Duhamel was all in preflop with the {A-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and up against the {7-Spades}{7-Hearts} for Bou-Habib. The flop, turn and river of {8-Spades}{6-Clubs}{2-Spades}{K-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} kept Bou-Habib's sevens in the lead, and Duhamel was eliminated.

Not only was the end of the night cruel to Duhamel, but also Scott Seiver. His elimination was a bit more brutal than Duhamel's as Seiver got his money in on the {K-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{10-Hearts} board with the {K-Spades}{K-Clubs} versus his opponent's {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs}. All Seiver needed to do was dodge an eight or a queen in order to stay alive, but the {8-Clubs} smacked on the river and that was it.

Other notables eliminated throughout Day 1a were Shannon Shorr, Dominik Nitsche, Ilan Boujenah, Arnaud Mattern, Joao Barbosa, Mohsin Charania and Anton Wigg.

On the other side of the coin, Michael Ferrell (146,600), Matt Salsberg (135,200), Mustapha Kanit (120,600), David Peters (111,400) and Lorenzo Sabato (109,500) were a few of the notables to bag up bunches of chips. They'll be back for Day 2 on Sunday along with Team PokerStars Pros Victor Ramdin, Jude Ainsworth, Ana Marquez and Jason Mercier.

Under 200 players remained at the end of the day, but they've all made it to Sunday's Day 2. Tomorrow, Day 1b will take place with the action kicking off at 2:00 PM local time. PokerNews will see you back here then.

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End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Erion Islamay 162,300 52,300
Michael Ferrell us 146,600 18,600
Matt Salsberg us 135,200 35,200
Alberto Musini 125,000 37,000
Inge Forsmo 123,700
Mustapha Kanit it 120,600 -27,400
David Vamplew gb 119,300 -700
Brandon Barnes 115,100
Ondrej Majercik 113,200
David Peters us 111,400 16,400
Radoslaw Jacek Morawiec 109,700
Morten Mortensen dk 107,500 21,500
Lorenzo Sabato 104,500 53,500
Adrian Piasecki 102,300
Marco Fantini 99,200 22,200
Kyle Cheong 98,300 62,300
Jeffrey Rossiter au 98,000 64,000
Ludovic Lacay fr 97,600 45,600
Viliyan Petleshkov bg 95,500
Jason Lavallee ca 95,100
Giuseppe Zarbo it 93,900 12,900
[Removed:2] 92,800 40,800
Andrea Furlanetto 92,800
Nadir Yusupov ru 92,100
Charly Maracchione 89,100 27,100

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Done for the Night

[user68268] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Play has ended for the night and the remaining bunch is now bagging and tagging their chips. A day's recap will be posted shortly.

Cheung's Out

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Park yu Cheung opened with a 1,400 raise and was called by Carlo Savinelli. Dan O'Brien then three-bet to 4,000 from the button and Cheung went all in for a total of 28,500. Savinelli got out of the way and O'Brien made the call.

Showdown:
Cheung: {A-Spades} {Q-Diamonds}
O'Brien: {A-Clubs} {K-Spades}

Cheung's tournament life was at stake and his chances were not good. The board went {6-Diamonds} {5-Hearts} {K-Clubs} {5-Clubs} {6-Clubs} pairing O'Brien's king and eliminating Cheung from the tournament.

Park yu Cheung hk Busted

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Last Three Hands

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Each table will play three more hands before this very long day comes to an end.

Frankenberger Busts Massa

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We didn't catch the exact amounts, but a raising war on a {4-Spades}{7-Spades}{9-Clubs} flop resulted in Yannick Massa being all in for his last 20,000 and at risk against Andy Frankenberger, who had most of his stack committed.

Showdown
Frankenberger: {J-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}
Massa: {A-Spades}{2-Spades}

"That's what I thought," Frankeberger said upon seeing his opponent's hand. Madda was looking for either a spade or to pair his ace, but it wasn't in the cards as the {J-Clubs} appeared on the turn followed by the {4-Diamonds} on the river.

Andy Frankenberger 61,000 16,000
Yannick Massa Busted

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Short-Stack Battle

Sometimes to survive in this game you have to win those flips, especially against stacks of a similar size to your own.

Jose Carlos Garcia opened to 1,200 from early position and was called in two spots before Tomasz Cybulski took his chance and shoved for 9,800. Garcia quickly moved all in and that was enough to get it heads up.

Cybulski: {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
Garcia: {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

The board ran {7-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{a-Spades} to save Cybulski on the river.

Tomasz Cybulski pl 22,000
Jose Carlos Garcia 7,000

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Czech-Over-Slovakia

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It was a disappointing end of Day 1a of the EPT Sanremo Main Event for the Slovakian player Michal Zaborsky who was eliminated in the late stages of the day. Zaborsky pushed his entire stack in before the flop only to be called by the Czech Ory Weihs.

Both players were asked to show their hands and Zaborsky flipped over {A-Spades} {9-Clubs}. Weihs showed {K-Hearts} {K-} and had Zaborsky dominated. The Slovakian needed the board to pair his ace to survive as Weihs had him covered.

The board ran out {4-Hearts} {4-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds} {Q-Spades} {Q-Diamonds} giving Weihs two pair and nothing for Zaborsky. The Slovakian abandoned the tournament room leaving all of his chips in Weihs' hands.

Michal Zaborsky Busted

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One for Marquez; Wheeler Gone

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Ana Marquez
Ana Marquez

Andrei Stoenescu opened for 1,200 from early position and cleared the field all the way around to Team PokerStars Pro Ana Marquez in the big blind. She opted to defend and the both players checked the {J-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} flop. When the {9-Diamonds} turned, Marquez check-called a bet of 1,350, and then she checked the {2-Clubs} river. Stoenescu obliged with a bet of 3,325, and that's when Marquez woke up with a check-raise to what sounded like 8,500. Whatever the amount, it was enough to take down the pot as Stoenescu snap-folded.

Meanwhile, Jason Wheeler has been eliminated from the tournament.

Ana Marquez es 21,000 6,000
Jason Wheeler us Busted

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