Just a couple of weeks after the PokerStars sponsored European Poker Tour crowned the Copenhagen champion it headed to the venue of last season's Grand Final, the Casino Gran Madrid for the EPT Madrid Main Event. Yesterday a total of 125 players exchanged €5,300 for 30,000 tournament chips and the chance to become a coveted EPT champion, amongst them a whole host of British and Irish players all vying for the title.
The best placed of our men and women at the end of Day 1a is none other than Martins Adeniya who always seems to be there or there abouts during these major events. The high-stakes cash game specialist has an almost unnatural ability to accumulate chips whenever he players and yesterday was no different because by the close of play he had to bag up 95,000 chips; enough to place him in ninth spot.
Adeniya proved there is no such thing as friendship at the poker table as he built his stack by taking on his fellow Brits. His first victim was William "muzowned" Dorey who entered a preflop raising war that saw him call Dorey's four-bet. The flop came down and Adeniya check-called, which is exactly what he did when the landed on the turn. The river was the and when Dorey bet 9,750 Adeniya shoved for an additional 12,000 and Dorey called with but was crushed by the of Adeniya and he soared up the chip counts.
Later in the day he sent the EPT Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard to the rail meaning the latter will not become the first-ever double EPT champion. Keep an eye on Adeniya during Day 2 because he is well stacked and most certainly a threat in Madrid.
Other British and Irish players who made it through to Day 2 include but not limited to David Gent (81,400 chips), Ben Spraggons (73,800), Redmond Lee (63,200) , Barny Boatman (53,300), Chris Moorman (51,900), Dermot Blain (41,500) and James Akenhead (11,700).
The overall chip leader at the end of Day 1a is Sergiy Baranov of the Ukraine who managed to turn his 30,000 starting stack into a colossal 152,500. Hot on his heels are the likes of Anton Ionel (142,500), Efren Garcia Louzao (130,100) and Andries Swart (119,800).
Day 1b should attract an ever larger crowd including Ash Mason, adopted Irishman Steve O'Dwyer and former ET London winner David Vamplew all flying the flag for the British Isles.
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