EPT Copenhagen 2011 Day 1b Recap

Domantas Klimciauskas On Tuesday, the second start day (Day 1b) of the 2011 European Poker Tour Copenhagen got underway. Even though it was snowing in Copenhagen, 235 players came and signed up for the EPT Copenhagen Main Event, pushing the total field to 449 players. The increase in registrations will result in around €496,270 going to the eventual winner.

The EPT Copenhagen has a reputation for being one of the toughest EPT’s, and this year’s tournament has not been any different. Among the better-known poker pros taking part on Day 1b of the event were Jake Cody (Player of the Year/Rookie of the Year at the European Poker Awards), Juha Helppi, both Thorson brothers, and Team PokerStars Pros including Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Vadim Markushevski, Florian Langmann, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Toni Judet, John Duthie and JP Kelly.

Isildur1 started the day well after his pocket tens cracked his opponent’s aces after making a straight, with the pot giving him an above average stack. However, during the halfway point of the day, Blom’s stack was crippled when he got it all-in with Kh-Th on a 9h-4d-3h flop against Ramzi Jelassi’s aces. Those aces weren’t to be cracked, and Blom was resigned to the rail. This key pot gave Jelassi’s stack a hefty boost and he ended up finishing the day with 169,200 in chips, and third place overall on the leaderboard.

Some other notable players to get eliminated on Day 1b included EPT Prague champion Roberto Romanello, William Thorson, Sebastian Ruthenberg, and EPT Vilamoura winner Toby Lewis.

However, the big news of the day is that Domantas Klimciauskas of Lithuania is the overall chip leader, leading into Day 2. He is the only player in the tournament with more then 200,000 chips. Prior to this event, Klimciauskas’s best live tournament result was fifth place in a €2,000 EPT Prague side event.

Michael Aron, a PokerStars qualifier from the United States, finished with the second biggest stack with 191,000 chips, and Ramzi Jelassi is currently in third place on the leaderboard.

On Day 1a, another online qualifier from the United States finished at the top of the leaderboard. Mark Hirleman, from Arizona, closed the first day with more then 160,000 chips.

On Wednesday, the action will return to the felt of Casino Copenhagen, where the remaining players from Day 1a and Day 1b will meet and continue to play it out in an attempt to earn a spot at the final table of EPT Copenhagen.