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2023 PokerStars EPT Paris

€3,000 EPT Mystery Bounty
Jours 1
Event Info

2023 PokerStars EPT Paris

Main Gagnante
Event Info
Prize Pool
Info Niveau
400,000 / 800,000
Info Joueurs - Jour 1
Joueurs Survivants

€3,000 EPT Mystery Bounty

Jour 1 terminé

Gabriel Shohet Bags the Chip Lead on Day 1 of the €3,000 EPT Mystery Bounty

Niveau 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Gabriel Shohet
Gabriel Shohet

On a shortened opening day in the €3,000 EPT Mystery Bounty at the 2023 PokerStars European Poker Tour Paris, there was no shortage of action nor any shortage of players throughout 10 levels of poker. There were over 700 entries recorded on Day 1 with just 329 players advancing to Day 2.

There will be more to come before the action resumes tomorrow with late registration staying open until 12:30 p.m. local time. Take note, that the cards will not go in the air until 1 p.m. and the bounty portion of the tournament will then commence.

A surprise chip leader emerged after 10 levels today with Gabriel Shohet accumulating 266,000 chips. Shohet, the owner of Black Sheep Coffee in multiple cities across Europe, has landed himself in the poker spotlight at EPT Paris. The business owner and recreational poker player landed himself 12 knockouts on the opening day but those will not become important until Day 2 begins. Shohet has also been refining his poker skill thanks to his mentor and 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson's training course 'Prepare Perform'.

Shohet was not afraid to put his chips to work throughout the day, sending them into the middle on multiple occasions and most of the time forcing his opponents to fold. However, when the cards were face up, Shohet got the best of his opponents including the very last hand of the night. As all of the other tables were bagging their chips, Shohet raise-called off a shove of around 15 big blinds with ace-jack but found himself up against ace-king. However, an ace and a jack on the flop gave Shohet the best hand and solidified his position at the top of the leaderboard.

Top 10 Chip Counts on Day 1 of the EPT Mystery Bounty

RankPlayerCountryChip Count
1Gabriel ShohetUnited Kingdom265,500
2Vahid SadeghpourfardSwitzerland222,500
3Jonas HagstromSweden210,500
4Daniel HerediHungary195,000
5Julian SalvesenNorway192,500
6Lex VeldhuisNetherlands192,500
7Ian BradleyUnited Kingdom182,000
8Oleksii KoievUkraine177,500
9Roelof PeppingNetherlands176,000
10Walter RipperBrazil176,000

Some of the other notable big stacks advancing to Day 2 include none other than PokerStars ambassador Lex Veldhuis who finished the day with 192,500 chips. Veldhuis was forced to use his second bullet but made no mistake running up one of the larger stacks in the field. He will be joined by Nick Marchington (136,000), Sonny Franco (127,500), Jack Corrigan (115,500), and Byron Kaverman (106,000) who have all put themselves in a great position to collect some bounties tomorrow.

There were also multiple players who failed to advance to the bounty portion of the tournament including Jacobson who fired both of his shots today. Mauricio Salazar Sanchez, Jamil Wakil, Will Kassouf, Jonathan Jaffe, and Thomas Muehloecker all exited the tournament throughout the day.

Martin Jacobson
Martin Jacobson

As mentioned earlier, the cards will go back in the air at 1 p.m. local time with the blinds resuming on level 11 at 1,000/1,500 and a 1,500 big blind ante. For those players looking to still register, a starting stack will be worth 30,000 chips, good enough for 20 big blinds. The levels will continue to be 40 minutes in length with a 15-minute break after every three levels.

The bounties will start being accumulated from the start but the prizes will not be able to be drawn until the first break of the day. Just like other EPT Mystery Bounty events, the top prize for this event will likely be €100,000 but that is still to be determined based on the prize pool.

Make sure to stay tuned as the PokerNews live reporting team will have all that information and more along with more live updates when Day 2 gets underway.

Tags: Byron KavermanGabriel ShohetJack CorriganJamil WakilJonathan JaffeLex VeldhuisMartin JacobsonMauricio Salazar SanchezNick MarchingtonPokerStarsSonny FrancoThomas MuehloeckerWill Kassouf

Day 1 Complete

Niveau 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

The last hands have played out and all tables are bagging and tagging.

Stay tuned for a recap of Day 1 and all chip counts.

Sandev Bluffing with the Best Hand

Niveau 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

Georgi Sandev was in middle position and bet 20,000 chips in a pot of around the same size, with the completed board being {9-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. Chakib Mhiri thought about for a while and eventually made the call from the cutoff.

Sandev revealed the {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and the surprised Mhiri mucked his hand.

''Were you bluffing?'', Mhiri asked, to which Sandev replied: ''I was not value betting!''

Joueur Jetons Progression
Georgi Sandev bg
Georgi Sandev
Chakib Mhiri tn
Chakib Mhiri
81,000 -8,000

Tags: Chakib MhiriGeorgi Sandev

Bottom Pair is Good for Salazar Sanchez

Niveau 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Mauricio Salazar Sanchez
Mauricio Salazar Sanchez

Andrija Robovic raised to 2,500 on the button and Mauricio Salazar Sanchez called in the big blind. The flop came {a-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{3-Spades} and Salazar Sanchez check-called a bet of 2,200 from Robovic.

The turn brought the {8-Spades} which slowed the action as both players checked to the {9-Clubs} on the river. Two more checks and Salazar Sanchez turned over {j-Hearts}{3-Hearts} for bottom pair to win the pot.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Mauricio Salazar Sanchez co
Mauricio Salazar Sanchez
54,000 24,000
Andrija Robovic rs
Andrija Robovic
29,000 -41,000

Tags: Andrija RobovicMauricio Salazar Sanchez

Quads for Capucho

Niveau 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Nuno Capucho
Nuno Capucho

Nuno Capucho opened to 2,500 from early position before Aram Ali made it 6,500 from the hijack. Capucho called.

The {q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{6-Clubs} flop checked through to the {7-Clubs} clubs river. Capucho bet 4,900 and was called.

On the {9-Spades} river, Capucho bet 17,500, leaving just 800 behind. After some decision time, Ali called.

Capucho had the {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} for quads and took the pot.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Aram Ali de
Aram Ali
70,000 70,000
Nuno Capucho pt
Nuno Capucho
59,000 59,000

Shohet Comes Out Swinging

Niveau 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

Owner of Black Sheep Coffee, Gabriel Shohet, raised it up in middle position and Oliver Bithell defended from the big blind. The flop fell {4-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Diamonds} and Shohet continued with a bet of 3,700. Bithell check-raised to 11,000 and Shohet just called.

The turn brought the {10-Diamonds} and Bithell fired out a bet of 17,500. Shohet wasted little time before announcing all in and Bithell's cards instantly went to the muck. Shohet raked in another pot and is now one of the chip leaders as Day 1 draws to an end.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Gabriel Shohet gb
Gabriel Shohet
213,500 37,500
Day 1A Chip Leader
Oliver Bithell gb
Oliver Bithell

Tags: Gabriel ShohetOliver Bithell

Kassouf Exits in Final Level

Niveau 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

William Kassouf was all-in for about 22,000 chips from middle position and Jelle Moene had called from the small blind.

William Kassouf: {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}
Jelle Moene: {k-Spades}{q-Spades}

As the flop fell {8-Spades}{4-Spades}{9-Spades}, Kassouf keenly stated: ''He just flops a flush''. As the {q-Hearts} rolled off on the turn, no river cards could save Kassouf's tournament life, and he took his leave while the dealer put out the meaningless {5-Spades} to complete the board.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Jelle Moene nl
Jelle Moene
156,000 156,000
William Kassouf
William Kassouf

Le Goff Stands Up and Wins

Niveau 10 : Blinds 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

Mihails Morozovs had raised from early position to 2,500 when Steve Savio made it 6,500 to go from the cutoff. Next to act was Damien Le Goff on the button, who announced an all-in for 20,600. It folded back to Savio, who called relatively quickly after getting a count.

Damien Le Goff: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Steve Savio: {j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}

When Le Goff saw Savio's hand, he stood up in disbelief, put on his coat and was ready to go home. The whole table, including Savio, had a good laugh about the situation. As the two traded some words in French the board ran out {6-Spades}{3-Hearts}{8-Spades}{10-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}, prompting Le Goff to sit back down quickly to collect his new chips.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Damien Le Goff fr
Damien Le Goff
46,700 46,700
Steve Savio fr
Steve Savio
31,500 31,500

Tags: Damien Le GoffSteve Savio