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European Poker Tour -- Warsaw Day 1A

Day 1A Attracts 88 Players in Poland and 64 Remain at the Final Bell


Carter PhillipsDay 1A of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Warsaw main event began today in Poland. The first flight for this event attracted 88 players, and by the end of the night, 64 remained. Notable players who were lost along the way during the early going were Angel Guillen and J.C. Alvarado. At the end of seven levels of poker, the 2009 EPT Barcelona winner Carter Phillips (pictured right) was the chip leader with 194,850, and he was followed by Team PokerStars pro Luca Pagano, who held 101,575. Check back tomorrow for a report about day 1B from this event, when the total prize pool and payout structure will be decided. Here is a look at the tournament statistics for day 1A from EPT Warsaw:

Day 1A Notable Chip Counts:

Carter Phillips: 194,850
Luca Pagano: 101,575
Anonymous: 85,525
Peter Hedlund: 42,000
Voitto Rintala: 35,000
Peter Eastgate: 32,500
Arnaud Mattern: 20,000
Mikhail Tulchinsky: 13,000
Alexander Kravchenko: 12,000
Marcin Horecki: 12,000

Hand of the Day

Carter Phillips Takes the Chip Lead

With blinds at 200-400 with a 50 ante, one player limped into a pot preflop in front of Carter Phillips, and Phillips raised to 1,600. The flop was dealt 8-2-2, and Phillips bet 2,200. His opponent raised to 7,500, and Phillips made the call. The turn brought a jack, and Phillips checked. His opponent bet 20,000, and Phillips made the call. The river brought a 5, and Phillips checked his option once again. His opponent moved all in, and Phillips made the call with pocket aces. His opponent mucked and was eliminated from the event. Phillips won the huge hand and grew his stack to 124,000, which was good for the chip lead.