Stojanovic Towers Above WPT Opponents in Vienna

Darko StojanovicDarko Stojanovic – a French-based poker player whose only previous live success came in a side event at last year´s Euro Finals of Poker – takes a commanding chip advantage into Day 2 of the WPT Vienna Main Event, more than 140 big blinds clear of his nearest rival.

Stojanovic´s massive lead is all the more remarkable as he was well under the radar until the final level of the day when he trebled his chip stack up to 320,000 chips in less than an hour.

The Usual Suspects Take the Early Honours

The early levels of Day 1B at the WPT Vienna started no differently from many other WPT Main Events. Arnaud Mattern, Vanessa Selbst and Steve O´Dwyer made lively starts while, later in the day, veterans of the World Poker Tour – notably Vincenzo Natale, Carsten Jeppe and Sam el Sayed – flip-flopped the lead between them. Indeed, as Level 7 drew to a close, the leaderboard gave no indication of the fireworks that were to follow.

Darko – The WPT Dark Horse

As Level 8 commenced (blinds 300/600 Ante 75) Darko Stojanovic joined the table of Andy Black, Raschke Tillmann and McLean Karr and started causing mayhem. Calling Ed Kim´s (A Q♠) four-bet jam of 29,000 with 7 8, Stojanovic hit two pair on the board of J♣ 7♠ 5♣ / 9 / 5 and became the first player to breach the 200,000 chip barrier.

Stojanovic´s next victim was Raschke Tillmann, who failed to connect with the board (A♣ 7♣ 6 / Q / 10) against the Frenchman´s audacious pre-flop bet with 7 5, and thereafter Stojanovic controlled the table by c-betting in every hand and forcing experienced players to roll over and lay down their cards.

As most poker players are aware, with such an aggressive player in your midst the best thing to do is wait until the very best hands come along before getting involved. McLean Karr (2♣ 3♣) thought he had done just that when flopping a straight on a board of A♣ 4 5♣, and after three rounds of betting got all his chips into the middle against Stojanovic (J♣ 4♣). Unfortunately for Karr, a river club gave Stojanovic a better flush and he was out in practically the last hand of the day.

The Catsuit Bet – Part 2

Readers of yesterday´s WPT Vienna report will be aware that a “first-man-out” side bet on the event was made between Team Bodog Poker‘s Tatjana Pasalic and McLean Karr where the loser would wear a catsuit to the first day of the WSOP Main Event in Vegas in June.

Karr was allowed off the hook after busting out prior to Pasalic on Tuesday, as the WPT Vienna Main Event was a re-entry tournament. However, as Pasalic did not re-enter after herself getting busted, the bet was revised so that Karr would win the bet only if he survived Day 1B. With his late elimination by Stojanovic, it looks as if we will be watching McLean Katt in Las Vegas!

Hand of the Day

It is not too unusual to see a “set over set” situation develop at some stage of a well attended major tournament – indeed Vincent Gomez eliminated Ana Marquez in this fashion in Level 6 – but “set over set over set” is fairly unique.

The players with their chips committed to the pot on a flop of A♠ J 9 were Sonny Anderson (pocket 9´s), Jordan Lewis (pocket Jacks) and Ferenc Gal (pocket Aces). The turn and river failed to provide any help for Anderson or Lewis – who will both have impressive bad beat tales to relate in the future – while Gal finished the day in nineteenth position with 114,600 chips.

Tournament Facts and Chip Counts

Including re-entries, a total of 396 players entered the WPT Vienna Main Event who created a prize pool of $1,583,527 of which the winner will receive $402,300. 179 players remain with an average chip stack of 66,368 and, when play resumes at the Montesino Casino in Vienna this afternoon, blinds will be 400/800 with an ante of 100 chips.

Place

Name

Chips

1

Darko Stojanovic

320,000

2

Carsten Jeppe

206,400

3

Jan-Peter Jachtmann

190,600

4

David Breitfuss

185,500

5

Sam El Sayed

182,700

6

Michael Eiler

178,700

7

Marc Gork

170,500

8

Christopher Sly

153,200

9

Tristan Wak

151,600

10

Jurgen Reicht

149,400