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Schwartz, Anderson Crush Day 1b at EPT Grand Final
A big turnout and non-stop action was the name of the game on Day 1b of the EPT Grand Final in Monaco today with two prominent American players making their way to the top of the chip counts.
Noah Schwartz, a South Florida native who's racked up huge scores both at home and on the road, won a huge flip early and sits just off the chip lead at 204,600, trailing only leader Victor Sbrissa at 224,800.
Calvin Anderson, another elite online grinder who's moved on to crush the live game these days, has another big stack going in Europe again.
Anderson bagged 198,100 to end the day, leaving him in third overall. Not surprisingly Anderson, who finished 10th in the recent EPT Berlin main event, was pleased:
"I am really happy about the day. In the beginning I was at one of the toughest tables with Selbst, O’Dwyer and Trickett who are all really good players. I was down to about 8k after some bad calls but won a key pot against Sam Trickett and then doubled up to 40k with KK against AA, where I hit a K on the flop.
"When our table was broken down I had around 90k and the new table was quite soft with a lot of local players. I played around 90% of the hands and won most of those I was involved in."
He's also pretty satisfied with his recent results on the European circuit, despite his near miss in Berlin:
"It's going really well for me and my circle at the moment with coming 10th in Berlin and Griffin Benger winning the highroller. We talk a lot of strategy and that helps us a lot."
The Top 10 in Chips:
- 1. Victor Sbrissa 224,800
- 2. Noah Schwartz 204,600
- 3. Calvin Anderson 198,100
- 4. Oleksii Kovalchuk 145,000
- 5. Andrew Lichtenberger 137,800
- 6. Danilo Donnini 137,800
- 7. Victor Ramdin 134,400
- 8. Marcin Horecki 134,100
- 9. Igor Kurganov 127,900
- 10. Ekrem Sanioglu 126,200
420+ Runners, Plenty of Big Names
A disappointing Day 1a attendance-wise faded into the background today with a strong turnout of 423, upping the overall total to 533.
Among them were some of the biggest names in the game including Phil Ivey, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen and Daniel Negreanu, who spent the day entertaining everyone on the live stream.
Negreanu was the most fortunate tourney-wise, surviving to see Day 2 with 88,600 while the rest moved on to the bustling cash games.
A small sample of other notables to build a stack for Day 2 were Oleksii Kovalchuk (145,000), Andrew Lichtenberger (137,800), Victor Ramdin (134,400), JC Alvarado (90,000) and Steve O'Dwyer (73,500).
Annette Obrestad (56,800), Elio Fox (54,000), reigning EPT Grand Final champ Mohsin Charania (51,000) and Jason Mercier (48,200) also advanced.
They'll all join Day 1a leaders Dan Smith (136,500), Freddy Deeb (133,900), Jake Cody (119,000) and Paul Volpe (110,800) among the 252 to hit Day 2.
Action starts up again at noon local time tomorrow; follow the live updates on the PokerStars blog and watch the live streaming feature table right here.