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PokerStars European Poker Tour Tallinn -- Day 1A

German Leads The Way at End of Play; Mixed Results for Team PokerStars Debutants


Photo courtesy of Neil Stoddart and PokerStars: Ali TekintamgacAfter the dust settled at the end of day 1A of the PokerStars European Poker Tour’s first stop of season 7, there were 89 survivors from an original battle field of 181. Sitting on top of the chip leader board after the first starting day in Tallinn, Estonia is German Ali Tekintamgac [pictured left] with 203,200 in chips.

Also on the upper planes of the chip leader board is EPT serial casher and Team PokerStars Pro player Luca Pagano. The Italian has made six EPT final tables and has 14 cashes on the Tour in total.

The Netherlands’ Steven van Zadelhoff has pushed his way towards the upper planes also, as has Team PokerStars Pro member, and European circuit regular, Arnaud Mattern.

Here are the top ten in chips from day 1A:

Ali Tekintamgac (Germany) 203,200
Matvey Linov (Russia) PokerStars player 193,400
Artem Litvinov (Russia) 134,500
Mauro Palazzo (Italy) 134,300
Luca Pagano (Italy) Team PokerStars Pro 124,900
Kaveh Payman (Canada) PokerStars player 119,200
Steven van Zadelhoff (Netherlands) 111,700
Mikhail Alexandrov (Russia) PokerStars player 106,000
Jussi Jaatinen (Finland) 105,200
Arnaud Mattern (France) Team PokerStars Pro 103,600

Other notables who made it through to day 2 on Friday are Canadian Scott Montgomery (74,700), Friend of PokerStars and legendary EPT qualifier Pierre Neuville (69,000), and Team PokerStars Pro players Ivan Demidov (80,100), Michael Keiner (58,800), and Ville Wahlbeck (68,800) who was making his debut as one of the Team Pro’s latest additions.

Wahlbeck had less than 5,000 in chips at dinner break but succeeded in making a comeback by end of play. Fortune, however, was not on the side of PokerStars’ other debutant, Vanessa Selbst as she went out after a torrent of hands that didn’t go her way.

Others who won’t be reappearing on Friday are Annette Obrestad, Sorel Mizzi, Benjamin Spindler, James Mitchell, and Praz Bansi.

A whole new field sits down today for day 1B of the €4,250 buy-in main event so check back to for all the action with the PokerStars blog feed and our daily recaps.

Photograph courtesy of Neil Stoddart and PokerStars.