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Day 1b completed

Trickett Emerges as Day 1b Chip Leader

[user153638] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Sam Trickett
Sam Trickett

On Saturday, the 2012 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event continued with Day 1b action as 477 players packed the Casino Sanremo for eight 75-minute levels of play. By the end of that time, approximately 270 remained with Sam Trickett finishing as the chip leader.

Trickett got his stack of 178,000 thanks in large part to picking up aces when another big stack held kings; what’s more, the Brit won a big pot himself a short time later with kings. Trickett’s big stack surpassed that of Day 1a chip leader Erion Islamay (162,300), which makes him the overall chip leader headed into Day 2.

Combined with Day 1a’s 320 runners, the huge Day 1b turnout brought the total field size up to 797 players—which represented 52 countries—and created a prize pool of €3,865,450. That will be distributed to the top 120 players with €800,000 going to the eventual winner.

The day got off to a quick start with the first elimination coming just 11 minutes into play. It happened when Andrii Nadieliaiev and Andrey Zaichenko each put in 4,750 preflop and saw a flop of {K-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{2-Hearts}. Zaichenko bet 5,000, Nadieliaiev called, and the dealer burned and turned the {2-Clubs}. Zaichenko bet again, this time 6,000, and again Nadieliaiev called. When the {4-Spades} peeled off on the river, Zaichenko moved all in for his last 14,300 and Nadieliaiev snap-called. Zaichenko revealed {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}, but it was no good against the {K-Spades}{K-Hearts} of Nadieliaiev. Interestingly, Day 1a's first elimination came from an aces-versus-kings hand, though those players got it all in preflop.

The Russian may have been the first, but he wasn’t the last. McLean Karr, Faraz Jaka, Davidi Kitai, Ben Hamnett, Antonio Esfandiari, John Duthie, Aku Joentausta, Tobias Reinkemeier, Toby Lewis, Ronny Kaiser, Jonthan Aguiar, Chance Kornuth and the defending champ, Andrey Pateychuk.

Likewise, Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Dario Minieri, Massimiliano Martinez, Richard Toth, Lex Veldhuis, Martin Staszko, Christophe De Meulder, Vanessa Rousso, Daniel Negreanu, Max Lykov, Alex Kravchenko, Martin Hruby and Sandra Naujoks all hit the rail throughout the day.

Some PokerStars Team Pros who will be returning on Day 2 are Chris Moneymaker, Pius Heinz, Andre Akkari, Angel Guillen, and Johnny Lodden, just to name a few. They’ll be joined by other recognizable names including Justin Bonomo, Chris Brammer, Shaun Deeb, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Isaac Haxton and Steve O’Dwyer. In addition, former EPT Sanremo champs Liv Boeree (Season 6) and Rupert Elder (Season 7) will both continue their quest for a second title.

Day 2 will commence at 1400 CET (0800 ET) and PokerNews will be right back on the floor providing all the live updates. Be sure to check back then for all the latest and greatest action from Sanremo.

Tags: Sam Trickett

Various End-of-Day Chip Counts

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Sam Trickett gb 178,000 6,000
Alex Roumeliotis 166,100 102,100
Justin Bonomo us 152,200 2,200
Stefano Giarrusso 148,900 8,900
Chris Brammer gb 147,700 11,700
Shkoyan Tolik 146,700 26,700
Artem Litvinov ru 140,900 -7,100
Kyle Julius us 138,600 30,600
Jonas Mackoff ca 128,500 12,500
Chris Moneymaker us 125,300 43,300
Andre Akkari br 123,000 16,000
Jose Barbero ar 116,000 46,000
Shaun Deeb us 113,600 -14,400
John Taramas gr 113,000
Alexander Ni 110,100
Roger Hairabedian fr 95,400 -4,600
Lucille Cailly fr 89,600 44,600
Rob Yong gb 86,100 26,100
Yevgeniy Timoshenko ua 82,900 13,900
Angel Guillen mx 82,400 21,400
JC Alvarado mx 77,700 31,700
Luca Moschitta it 76,300 21,300
Pius Heinz de 74,700 -35,300
Rupert Elder gb 69,500 -500
Isaac Haxton us 64,800 8,800

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Lezzi Wins Big

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With around 30,000 chips already in the pot and the board reading {8-Hearts} {4-Hearts} {5-Diamonds} Antony Lezzi shoved his stack of 32,675 and was called by Liwei Sun.

Showdown:
Lezzi: {9-Hearts} {6-Hearts}
Sun: {K-Clubs} {K-Spades}

Lezzi was drawing both to a straight and a flush while Sun needed his kings to stand. They did not. The {10-Hearts} on the turn completed Lezzi's flush and gave him a monster chip boost.

Antony Lezzi 95,000

Tags: Antony LezziLiwei Sun

Last Three Hands

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The clock has been paused and each table will play three more hands before play concludes for day 1b.

Prize Pool Information

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The prize pool information is officially in! This tournament earned a whopping 797 runners for a total prize pool of €3,865,450. The player to overcome the rest of the field and take home the championship will also take home a cash prize of €800,000. The top 120 players will make the money with a min-cash netting €8,000. For more information see the handy Payouts tab.

Final Table Payouts

PlacePayout
1€800,000
2€483,000
3€283,000
4€225,000
5€171,000
6€132,000
7€96,000
8€65,450

Mason Doubles; Details on Trickett's Rise

Sam Trickett informing Chris Sly about his progress.
Sam Trickett informing Chris Sly about his progress.

We ran into Chris Sly (Sam Trickett''s mate) and he briefly filled us in on a few of the details on how Trickett leapt into the chip lead.

He ran aces into kings and also won another healthy pot with kings himself. Apart from that Trickett has been winning a lot of hands without showdown.

Ashley Mason found a timely double up through Artem Litvinov.

Mason raised to 1,500 from under the gun and was called by the Russian in the blind blind. The flop came down {6-Spades}{4-Spades}{6-Clubs} and Litvinov check-raised Mason's 1,500 c-bet all in. Mason called off his 15,150 stack and the cards were on their backs.

Litvinov: {7-}{7-}
Mason: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}

The board ran out {4-Diamonds}{a-Spades} to save last year's WCOOP High-Roller champion.

Ashley Mason 35,000 18,000

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Nacho Shows It

[user72235] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante
Jose "Nacho" Barbero
Jose "Nacho" Barbero

Team PokerStars Pro and two-time NAPT champion Nacho Barbero raised to 1,200 before the flop in the cutoff seat and Michael Schwartz reraised to 3,100 on the button. Nacho called and the dealer opened the flop: {7-Hearts} {6-Hearts} {8-Spades}.

Nacho checked and Schwartz tossed in 4,200. Barbero fired back for 11,000 and Schwartz laid off his hand. "You wanna see?" Barbero asked the other players at the table. "Yes!", someone answered. Barbero raised his hand and threw {10-Clubs} {9-Clubs} into the middle of the table with a huge smile on his face.

Tags: Jose "Nacho" Barbero