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EPTLive updates from day 1B, level 1 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young.

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1.18pm: Hero call from online sensation
We heard Shaun Deeb had doubled up to over 60,000 so we got him to fill us in on some on the details. There was an early position raise to 250 that got two callers before Deeb three-bet to 1,225 from the button. Two out of the three players who had put 250 in called before the flop came T-9-2. It was checked to Deeb who continued his aggression with a 2,125 bet which was enough to get rid of one player before the other put in a raise to 6,625. Deeb called as he did when faced with a 8,000 bet on the 9 turn and with just 14,000 behind Deeb called a 13,000 bet on the A river. It turned out to be a great call as his opponent had pocket fives to his pocket Jacks.

1.10pm: All-in Minieri survives on the river
Dario Minieri was all-in for his tournament life… still in level one here in Kyiv. The board showed 10346, and he faced a 3,500 bet from PokerStars qualifier Lennart Vahemets one seat to his left.

“I am all in,” said the Italian, pushing his remaining 18,000 into the middle. That sent Vahemets, from Estonia, into the tank, but after a couple of minutes of agonised dwelling, he announced: “I call.”

“You call?” asked Minieri, somewhat surprised. “Yes.” On their backs:

Minieri: AQ for the overpair and flush draw.
Vahemets: JJ for the made top pair.

An ace, queen or diamond would be enough for Minieri, and the Q duly fell on the river to send the pot his way. He moves up to 38,000, leaving Yemehet nursing a still reasonable 21,000.

1.00pm: No slaying this Dragan just yet
EPT5 Prague final tablist Francesco Cirianni limped in from the button to see the small blind complete and Dragan Galic check his option from the big blind. The flop came J10K before Galic check called Ciranni’s 150 bet but the small blind player moved out of their way. The Q turn was checked through before Galic led out for 550 on the 5 river. Ciprianni called but mucked upon seeing Galic’s A5 for the nut straight.

12.50pm: Second Pair Second Best
The flop was out reading Q78 and PokerStars qualifier Stuart Rutter bet 350 in the pot and was called by an opponent out of the blinds. They both checked the 5 turn before Rutter bet 500 on the 5 river after his opponent checked to him. The call was made with KQ and it was good for the pot as Rutter could only muster A8.

12.35pm: Early leader!
We already have one elimination. Details of the vanquished and the victor to follow, but it appears a set-over-set situation has sent one packing his bags, and the other stacking a substantial chip lead with more than 60,000.

12.20pm: Dario does what Dario does
After just a few minutes of play, we have already seen evidence of Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri’s aggression. You’ll know by now that the diminutive Italian raises for fun, and does so more often than not.

Sure enough, as we passed by just now, he already has a tall stack of black (100) and green (25) chips – evidence of his winning lots of small pots in the early skirmishes.


Dario Minieri

Also on Minieri’s table is UK PokerStars qualifier Darren Mould. He’s keeping things ticking along in the early stages. Raising to 300 from under the gun with A-K he got one call, and checked down the board which showed a pair of twos and a pair of jacks.

No point in playing super aggressive at this stage – unless your name is Dario, of course.

Level 2 updates can be found here.

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