Martins Adeniya Leads EPT Snowfest Day 1A

Martins AdeniyaDay 1a of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Snowfest saw 180 players fork out the €3,500 to buy in for the event. The tournament field was smaller then last year, perhaps because some players preferred to take to the Austrian slopes.

Team PokerStars Pro Arnaud Mattern was one of the first players to get eliminated during the first day. He saw his stack reduced to 13,000 after losing a few big pots early on, before Mattern moved all in with A-K and looked good for a double up against his opponent’s A-Q, but a queen on the turn sent the French poker pro out of the tournament.

Another Team PokerStars Pro John Duthie accumulated a big stack during the early stages of play, much of it in a hand where he played 6-2 offsuit. But just two hands later he saw his stack dwindled down to nothing.

It was a day of highs and lows in the tournament. Some other players who failed to survive the end of the day were Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick, John O’Shea and Marcin Horecki.

So far this year at the EPT events British players have dominated, and EPT Snowfest seems to be turning out nice again for the Brits. On Day 1a only a handful of Brits took to the felt which included 2009 WSOP Main Event finalist James Akenhead and Irish Open champion James Mitchell. Both players were knocked out just after the dinner break, however, fellow Brit Martins Adeniya seemed to be enjoying a good run of fortune for all of them. “I’ve just flopped the nuts a few times and got paid,” he said, after amassing a big stack just a couple of levels into the day. By the end of the day he had managed to build up stack to an impressive 182,500 in chips, enough to become the chip leader heading into Day 2 of the tournament.

Other players sitting at the top of the leaderboard at EPT Snowfest include high stakes heads-up cash game pro Wim Bos with 130,200, Josh Prager with 91,200 and Dominik Nitsche with 92,000. Also with decent chip stacks with some level of comfort are Team PokerStars Pros Alex Kravchenko, Michael Keiner, as well as EPT Berlin runner-up Ilari Tahkokallio.

Tomorrow the second start day starts all over again at 2 p.m. local time which will see players like Liv Boeree, Kevin MacPhee, Lex Veldhuis, George Danzer and Jan Heitmann among other poker pros confirmed to take a shot at this event.