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European Poker Tour -- Berlin Day 1A

A Russian Leads the Charge on the First Day of Play in Germany

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George DanzerDay 1A at the “PokerStars”:PokerStars European Poker Tour Berlin €5,000 no-limit hold’em main event has ended in Germany. The first day of play attracted a large field of 389 players and 202 remain in contention at the end of the day. Many more are expected tomorrow so this should be one of the largest EPT events of season six.

The overnight chip leader is Kfiy Yuman, who ended play with 213,500. Other professionals that finished the day with strong stacks included Team PokerStars pro George Danzer, who held 132,400 (pictured right), Nasr El Nasr (109,900), and Juha Helppi (94,000). The list of survivors today also included Team PokerStars pro members Katja Thater, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Vicky Coren, Benjamin Kang, and Michael Keiner.

Check back at CardPlayer.com tomorrow for another summary of the action, and be sure to follow along with the action from the PokerStars blog feed daily during the event. Players that are expected to be in action tomorrow include defending EPT Germany champion and Team PokerStars pro Sandra Naujoks, and she will be joined by fellow team members William Thorson, Johnny Lodden, Julian Thew, Johannes Strassmann, Marcel Luske and Luca Pagano. Here is a look at the tournament statistics from EPT Berlin Day 1A:

Day 1A Top Chip Counts:

Kfiy Yuman – 213,500
Rachid Ben Cherif – 163,800
Carlos Oliviera – 158,000
Stefan Huber – 153,000
Ruslan Prydryk – 150,000
Grigory Torosyan – 142,700
Michael Huber – 142,300
Marko Neumann – 137,500
Andre Fielder – 137,400
George Danzer – 132,400

Notable Day 1A Eliminations:

Team PokerStars pros Arnaud Mattern, Thomas Bichon, Johannes Steindl, and Tom McEvoy, Ludovic Lacay, Praz Bansi, Marc Naalden, Alexia Portal, Jan Skampa, Dragan Galic, Maxim Lykov, and Anthony Lellouche

Hand of the Day:

Sam Chartier builds his Stack

Sam Chartier raised to 2,500 in late position and the big blind reraised to 7,000. Chartier reraised all in and the big blind made the call. Their cards:

Chartier: KHeart Suit KDiamond Suit
Big Blind: ADiamond Suit QSpade Suit

Board: 5Heart Suit 4Diamond Suit 4Club Suit 6Diamond Suit 3Heart Suit

Chartier won the hand to grow his stack to 94,000 and eliminated the big blind from the tournament.

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