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2023 PokerStars EPT Paris

€10,300 EPT Paris High Roller
Jours 2
Event Info

2023 PokerStars EPT Paris

Main Gagnante
Event Info
Prize Pool
Info Niveau
150,000 / 300,000
Info Joueurs - Jour 2
Joueurs Survivants

€10,300 EPT Paris High Roller

Jour 2 terminé

Bubble Bursts in Last Level of the Day; Goel Leads Pack of 44 Heading into Day 3

Niveau 20 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Apoorva Goel
Apoorva Goel

After 10 levels of play, Day 2 of the €10,300 High Roller at PokerStars European Poker Tour Paris concluded, with Apoorva Goel topping the end of day chip counts. They ended the day with a stack of 1,410,000.

Closest to him are Christian Pedersen and Rui Ferreira, who bagged 1,120,000 & 1,060,000 respectively.

From Day 1, 173 players advanced to Day 2. However, as late registration was open until the start of today's session, 40 more players opted to hop into the fray.

These extra entries brought the Day 2 field to 213 players, taking the total number of entries to 431. This generated a whopping €4,137,600 prize pool, with €810,500 designated for the eventual champion.

Day 2 Top Ten Chip Stacks

PlacePlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Apoorva GoelIndia1,410,00094
2Christian PedersenDenmark1,120,00075
3Rui FerreriaPortugal1,060,00071
4David MiscikowskiUnited States1,050,00070
5Aleksandr ShevliakovRussia1,030,00069
6Eros CalderoneItaly990,00066
7Jun ObaraJapan885,00059
8Chevan TinHong Kong780,00052
9Martin StausholmDenmark777,00052
10Mauricio Ferreira PaisGermany690,00046

Bubble Play That Will Be Remembered for a Long Time

Aleksandar Tomovic
Aleksandar Tomovic

The big story of the day was that the money bubble burst. However, it was a long wait as the players made the money in the final level of the day.

Bubble play lasted nearly three hours, with several double-ups taking place. But in the end, Aleksandar Tomovic was the last player to leave the tournament room empty-handed.

Tomovic was forced all in from the small blind and got three callers looking to end the bubble trouble.

Action checked to Rui Ferreira on the flop of {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}, and he bet 10,000. Only Tom-Aksel Bedell and Roman Hrabec called. All three players then checked on the {10-Clubs} turn, and Hrabec checked again on the {8-Clubs} river. Bedell bet 42,000, and Ferreira folded, leading Hrabec to use a time bank before check-raising to 225,000.

Hrabec's raise sent the Norwegian into the tank, and he exhausted through three time banks — a fitting end to the lengthy bubble — as spectators made their way to the table. Eventually, he folded, and Tomovic waited patiently as hands played out on other tables. Finally, the cards were on their backs.

Tomovic showed {j-Spades}{7-Diamonds} for just jack-high, while Hrabec held {q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} for a pair of queens to finally burst the bubble as the room erupted in applause.

Other Day 2 Highlights

As mentioned, the returning players from Day 1 were joined by many fresh faces who opted to take advantage of late registration.

Notable names who joined the festivities at the last minute included Julien Martini, Nick Petrangelo and Erik Seidel. However, all three of them missed out on the money.

Sam Grafton
Sam Grafton

Multiple players were also representing PokerStars. The likes of Sam Grafton, Rafael Moraes, Parker Talbot, and Ramon Colillas were in attendance, but like the names above, they fell short of seeing a return on their investment.

Bubble play brought some spectacular hands, with Pieter Aerts turning a set of kings to crack aces to survive. The United Kingdom's Conor Beresford had a bit better luck with pocket aces and doubled through Jenya Gavrilovich.

Vlada Stojanovic
Vlada Stojanovic

Vlada Stojanovic also made quad aces to breach the one million mark and left Marton Czuczor short. But as mentioned, it was Tomovic's elimination that resulted in celebration for the 63 final players, as they all secured the €17,100 min-cash.

However, when all was said and done on Day 2, only 44 players remained, and they return for Day 3, which kicks off on Sunday, February 25, at 12:30 p.m. local time. Those players have all locked up a minimum payday of €18,800, and to find the seat draw for Day 3, head over to the PokerStars Live app.

As always, be sure to keep locked in with PokerNews to discover this thrilling event's conclusion.

Tags: Aleksandar TomovicApoorva GoelConor BeresfordErik SeidelJenya GavrilovichJulien MartiniMarton CzuczorNick PetrangeloParker TalbotPieter AertsRafael MoraesRamon ColillasRoman HrabecRui FerreiraSam GraftonTom-Aksel BedellVlada Stojanovic

Sitbon Out As Day 2 Reaches Conclusion

Niveau 20 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Julien Sitbon
Julien Sitbon

Eros Calderone limped under the gun. Action folded around to Julien Sitbon, who raised to 115,000, leaving just 3,000 behind. Calderone pushed all in and Calderone called for his remaining chips. Cards were turned on their backs.

Julien Sitbon: {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}
Eros Calderone: {7-Hearts}{7-Spades}

The board ran out {3-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}. Sitbon paired his aces but Calderone hit a set of sevens on the flop and improved to a full house by the river. Calderone is in the top five chip leaders. Sitbon, meanwhile, was eliminated in 47th place for €18,800.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Eros Calderone it
Eros Calderone
880,000 190,000
Julien Sitbon fr
Julien Sitbon
Simeon Spasov bg
Simeon Spasov
Tetsuma Ishizu jp
Tetsuma Ishizu

Tags: Eros CalderoneJulien Sitbon

Finck Finds a Double

Niveau 20 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

After having his aces cracked by Pieter Aerts pocket kings, Jerome Finck was one of the short stacks. He collected a few more chips to bring his stack to 138,000.

He then jammed his stack into the middle from middle position and was called by Stephen Song.

Jerome Finck: {k-Spades}{10-Spades}
Stephen Song: {a-}{q-}

Finck paired up on the {k-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{8-Clubs} flop and improved to two pair following the {9-Spades} turn and {10-Hearts} river to claim the pot.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Jerome Finck fr
Jerome Finck
304,000 224,000
Stephen Song us
Stephen Song
150,000 -410,000

Tags: Jerome FinckPieter AertsStephen Song

Jacobson Takes from Bedell

Niveau 20 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

In a heads-up pot between the blinds, Martin Jacobson led out for 22,000 on the flop of {4-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{a-Spades} and Tom-Aksel Bedell called.

Jacobson bet 30,000 on the {2-Hearts} turn and Bedell again called. The {4-Spades} river completed the board an Jacobson sized up to 95,000. Bedell patted the table in defeat and folded.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
360,000 -120,000
Tom-Aksel Bedell no
Tom-Aksel Bedell
280,000 -110,000

Tags: Martin JacobsonTom-Aksel Bedell

Ferreira Takes Down Three Bet Pot

Niveau 20 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

Rui Ferreira raised to 25,000 from the button and Tetsuma Ishizu reraised to 62,000. Neves called.

The flop came {3-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{9-Spades}. Ishizu checked and Ferreira led out for 25,000. Ishizu didn't fancy his chances on that flop and folded his hand. Ferreira chipped up to over one million.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Rui Ferreira pt
Rui Ferreira
1,100,000 120,000
Tetsuma Ishizu jp
Tetsuma Ishizu
170,000 -130,000

Tags: Rui FerreiraTetsuma Ishizu

Czuczor Calls Stojanovic's Shove and Doubles Up

Niveau 20 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Marton Czuczor
Marton Czuczor

Vlada Stojanovic shoved from the button on the shorter stacks blinds. Marton Czuczor called in the big blind for 80,000 and players flipped their cards.

Marton Czuczor: {k-Spades}{7-Clubs}
Vlada Stojanovic: {6-Hearts}{8-Hearts}

The board came {a-Clubs}{6-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Spades}{k-Clubs}. Stojanovic hit a pair of sixes on the flop and it looked like he was all set to eliminate Czuczor until the river came the {k-Clubs}. Czuczor paired up with his kings and doubled up.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Vlada Stojanovic rs
Vlada Stojanovic
850,000 -200,000
Marton Czuczor hu
Marton Czuczor
190,000 115,000

Tags: Marton CzuczorVlada Stojanovic

Wakil Among First to Bust in the Money

Niveau 20 : Blinds 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Jamil Wakil
Jamil Wakil

Petar Kalev opened to 25,000 from the cutoff. Jamil Wakil, who had been ground down to just 6,000 due to bubble play, called for his tournament life. Igor Picone defended his big blind to create a side pot.

The {8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{2-Hearts} flop checked through to the {q-Diamonds} turn. Picone, with 75,000, bet 25,000. Kalev jammed and was called.

Jamil Wakil: {10-Diamonds}{6-Spades}
Igor Picone: {q-Spades}{j-Hearts}
Petar Kalev: {q-Hearts}{j-Spades}

Wakil was drawing dead and Picone and Kalev would share the pot. As the dealer put down the inconsequential river card.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Petar Kalev bg
Petar Kalev
250,000 60,000
Igor Picone be
Igor Picone
100,000 -220,000
Jamil Wakil ca
Jamil Wakil

Tags: Igor PiconeJamil WakilPetar Kalev