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European Poker Tour -- Berlin Day 1A

Cristian Dragomir Leads after Day 1A and McLean Karr is Near the Top


Cristian Dragomir -- Photo Courtesy of PokerStarsDay 1A at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Berlin no-limit hold’em main event attracted a field of 315 players and by the end of the night just 151 remain. The overnight chip leader is Cristian Dragomir with 205,500. McLean Karr is also near the top of the chip counts with 145,800.

Karr is having a great week at the felt, he won the World Poker Tour Vienna high roller event a few days ago. Other notables who survived include Fabrice Soulier, Nasr El Nasr, Per Linde, Jon von Halle, Marc Inizan, Ana Marquez, and Team PokerStars pro Arnaud Mattern.

Day 1B will swell the size of the field considerably tomorrow and you can follow along with all of the action on the PokerStars blog feed. We will see if there is a large enough turnout tomorrow to match the total field of 946 players who participated in this event last year. Check back in tomorrow evening for another summary of the day here on Card Player. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from day 1A:

Day 1A Top Chip Counts:

1 Cristian Dragomir Romania 205,500
2 Mayu Roca Uribe Colombia 190,000
3 Maximilian Heinzelmann Germany 186,400
4 Vegard Haland Vestvik Norway 178,100
5 Martin Jacobson Sweden 177,000
6 Nedzib Suman Sweden 154,700
7 Antonio Buonanno Italy 153,100
8 Frank Broderdorf Germany 147,600
9 McLean Karr USA 145,800
10 Mathias Kuerschner Germany 140,500

Day 1A Notable Eliminations: Michael Keiner, Fabian Quoss, Anton Wigg, Chris Moorman, Anthony Lellouche, Juha Helppi, Fernando Brito, Joao Barbosa, William Thorson, Michael Tureniec, Benny Spindler, Ben Roberts, Ludovic Lacay, Alexia Portal, Guillaume de la Gorce

Hand of the Day:

Stani Finds a Boat

Jeff Sarwer opened the action on a 10Spade Suit 8Diamond Suit 7Club Suit flop with a 4,800 bet from middle position. Kevin Stani made the call from the big blind after initially checking and the turn fell 8Club Suit.

Stani checked again and Sarwer bet 8,500. Stani made the call and the river fell 10Diamond Suit. Both players checked and then they flipped over their cards:

Stani: AHeart Suit 8Heart Suit
Sarwer: JDiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit

Stani won the hand with a full house and Sarwer took another hit to end the day. He was the chip leader at one point of the day but fortune did not smile upon him in the late going on day 1A.