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hohensyburg.jpgDay 1b of the EPT Dortmund event was a day of joy for some and heartbreak for others, as 83 out of the 217 players who started the day lived to fight another day, that day being Day 2 when the fields from Day 1a and Day 1b combine into one. Day 1b had 198 participants, for a total player field of 415 at the European Poker Tour’s Dortmund event. Only 70 players survived Day 1a, leaving 153 players to fight it out on Day 2.

Daniel Negreanu, one of the most popular and well-known poker players in the world competed on Day 1b, although the spectators had to wait for his arrival as Daniel was late getting to the poker tables on Day 1b. Nevertheless, Daniel was able to put together a solid performance and ended the day among the chip leaders holding 59,900 in chips, putting Daniel in eighth place overall at EPT Dortmund.

The day was filled with battles between high profile players. Arnaud Mattern, who won the European Poker Tour’s even in Prague, was eliminated by nineteen-year oldAnnette Obrestad, the winner of the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. Obrestad had raised preflop with [4s][6s], but Mattern had rereaised her by going all-in. Obrestad decided to make the call ad was up against [Ac][3h]. The flop was [9c][7s][3d], giving Mattern a pair of threes and Obrestad a gutshot straight draw. The turn card was [5c], giving Obrestad her straight and sending Mattern to the rail.

The day also ended with a bang when Andreas Hoivold, who was the reigning champion of the EPT Dortmund event, was eliminated on the final hand of the day. Hoivold took his pocket kings up against Nicolas Levi’s [Ad][Qd]. The flop came [Ah][As][3c], giving Levi three aces. The turn then came down as the [Ac], further improving Levi’s hand to quad aces. The hand would bring Levi up to 56,100 in chips, for a fine finish to the day.

Annette Obrestad also finished in good position, holding 50,200 in chips. Other big names to finish the day with life left in their chip stacks were Norwegian Thor Hansen, who finished with 34,000 in chips, and the suit-wearing, song-singing “Flying Dutchman”, Marcel Luske, who would end the day with 27,600 chips. Bertrand Grospellier, winner of the 2008 EPT Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure, Ram Vaswani, member of the Hendon Mob, and Roland de Wolfe were among the more famous names eliminated on Day 1b.

The chip leader of Day 1b was Tyler Friederich, who ended with 70,900 chips. This put him in third place overall inthe tournament, behind Claudio Rinaldi of Switzerland who held 71,300 chips, and Chabot Cyrille of France who was the overall chip leader with 111,100 chips.

The EPT Dortmund event will continue on Day 2 with 153 players fighting to become champion at the beautiful Casino Hohensyburg, named after the nearby Castle Hohensyburg, overlooking the Ruhr River in Dortmund, Germany.

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