We didn't come across the hand until things had played out, but we do know that Italy's Mustapha Kanit held the on a board. Lefrancois looked a bit disgusted, chucked his cards to the muck, and then made a hasty exit from the tournament floor.
Level 1 is coming to a close, and both Gerard Santamaria and Britt Petersen have hit the rail. We missed the former's exit, but we stumbled upon the latter's.
The action escaped us, but Petersen was snapping a photo for evidence of her demise. The board read and she had the laid out in front of her. Unfortunately for her, EPT9 Barcelona champ Mikalai Pobal held the . We're not positive, but it would appear the money went in on the action flop.
Somar Al-Darwich, a German PokerStars player tangled in an early hand with Ryan Spittles from the UK. They were heads up on the flop and Spittles had position on the button. Al-Darwich checked and on a flop of Spittles bet 600 and got called. The on the turn went check, 1,800 from Spittles and again a call. River card and now Al-Darwich took the initiative, betting 2,700. Spittles acknowledged the good bet and folded.
Always nice to get quads an even nicer to get paid. Table 54 was three-handed at the time and Julian Thomas bet the river of a board and EPT10 London 4th place finisher Ludovic Geilich looked him up, Thomas showed and Geilich mucked. Thomas up to 36,000, Geilich down to 24,000.
When we walked passed table 19 we saw Ludovic Lacay facing a river bet. We didn;t think about it to much, it's still early in the tournament after all. When we returned a couple of minutes later, Lacay was still thinking about it. With | | on board the small blind had bet out 3,700. Lacay had trouble dissecting the motives of his opponent and eventually handed over the chips to the dealer, looking like he already knew he wasn't going to get them back. And he wasn't as his opponent turned over and Lacay mucked.
Now that we're an hour in to the day the tables are starting to fill up. One of the most interesting is table four. In the nine seat is Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano, to his direct right is Chris Moorman. It's already been a profitable trip for the Brit as he finished 12th in the 1,315-runner Eureka Poker Tour Main Event, good for €12,550. If they look to their right they'll see two-time bracelet winner Roger Hairabedian in the five seat.
Elsewhere Martin Hruby and his unmissable red hair are a few seats along from fellow Team Pro Eugene Katchalov. Other latercomers include Liv Boeree and Dag Palovic. And Daniel Negreanu's first world problems are over as he's currently getting a massage.
It can’t fill any player with delight to see the fearsome Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier sit down at your table, but if he does the least you want is to have position on him. That is the situation Scottish Pro and circuit grinder David Vamplew faces today. Directly to Grospellier’s left, Vamplew called a raise of 250 and when the blinds folded they saw a heads-up flop of . Grospellier checked and a bet of 550 from Vamplew won the pot. Vasili Firsau is also at the table sat to Grospellier’s right.
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