2015 EPT Grand Final Day 2: Sammartino Leads Super High Roller Final Table

Dario Sammartino EPT Grand Final Super High Roller

Season 11 of the European Poker Tour (EPT) comes to a close over the next week as players converge on Monaco for the 2015 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final. The annual gala brings together the best players for a massive, season-ending festival.

Day 2 of the €100,000 Super High Roller (SHR) started with 49 players — 44 who came through from Day 1, plus five that elected to take advantage of late registration before play started. That brought the total field size to 71 players, generating a prize pool of nearly €7 million, with a first place of €2,015,000. The 49 players slowly whittled down, heading toward the eight-handed final table before the end of play.

Italian player Dario Sammartino looks to have the best shot at the top prize going into Day 3 as the only player with more than four million chips. Day 1 chipleader Igor Kurganov is second in chips with 3,645,000. The entire final table seating and chip counts are below:

SeatPlayerChipsBig Blinds
1Dzmitry Urbanovich735,00018
2Thomas Muehloecker2,290,00057
3Erik Seidel2,170,00054
4Igor Kurganov3,645,00091
5Max Altergott2,215,00055
6Fedor Holz1,650,00041
7Dario Sammartino4,480,000112
8Scott Seiver70,00012

Scott Seiver was one of the 12 players to fire a second €100,000 in this tournament, so needed at least an eighth-place finish to make a profit. He had to be thrilled when immediately after the nine-handed table redraw, Vladimir Troyanovskiy five-bet shoved into Igor Kurganov. When Kurganov called and showed {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} to Troyanovskiy's {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} it looked like Troyanovskiy would get a huge double-up. Instead, the {8-Hearts}{2-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{4-Spades} board delivered a knockout blow to Troyanovskiy, and a profit to Seiver. Troyanovskiy could console himself with the ninth-place prize money of €199,620, but Piotr Franczak was not so lucky. In the previous hand, his {A-Spades}{A-Hearts} was cracked by Toryanovskiy's {3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} with a trey on the turn, sending Franczak to the rail on the bubble.

None of the Canadians in the field made it through to the final table. Mike McDonald was the top Canadian, finishing 17th, with Daniel Negreanu was right behind him in 18th. While you won't see any Canadians at the SHR final table on Saturday, there are sure to be a bunch in the Main Event which gets under way as well.

Action on the final table begins at 12:30 p.m. CET on Saturday and play won't stop until a Super High Roller Champion is crowned. Check back here with PokerNews Canada for a recap of all the action, as well as notable Canadian action from Day 1a of the Main Event.

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