The 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event continued on Sunday with Day 1b action, and emerging as the overall chip leader was hometown favorite Ludovic Lacay. Lacay, who was denied his first bracelet by Noah Schwartz on Saturday, bagged 163,075 chips, telling PokerNews that he won a big pot with aces vs. kings near the end of the night.
“They were teasing me,” said Lacay. “Calling me ‘Poulidor.’”
Raymound Poulidor is a famous French cyclist known as “eternal second” because he finished runner-up in the Tour de France three times. Fellow Frenchman Nicolas Levi warned the table about teasing the recent second-place finisher, but the damage was already done. Lacay said that after the dinner break he put his headphones in and dominated the table.
Harwood won the most bizarre pot of the day, benefitting from a rather large mistake her neighbor made. According to WSOP.com, Harwood opened to 800 in middle position with the blinds at 150/300. A player on her immediate left three-bet, and accidently tossed out two T5,000 chips, making it 10,000 to go. Another player moved all in for a little more than 10,000, Harwood re-shipped, and the player who raised more than he intended to called. Harwood showed , the player who erred showed , and the third player opened up . The kings held up, and Harwood’s stack rocketed to over 90,000 chips.
Also surviving the day were 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (40,250), nine-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey (42,500), WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event winner Daniel Negreanu (15,300), 2013 WSOP Main Event chip leader JC Tran (32,700), 21-year old up-and-comer Ole Schemion (99,275), and WSOP.com qualifier Nick Rosen (24,600).
Ivey and Hellmuth ended the day at the same table, but for a level or two Ivey was seated with his good friends Negreanu and John Juanda. The three of them were a part of one of poker’s original crews, but Juanda, who won the 2008 WSOPE Main Event, was unable to survive the day.
Juanda flopped a set of tens, and begrudgingly called a shove from his opponent on the river. The player turned over for a rivered flush, and Juanda hit the rail.
The WSOP didn’t officially release a number of entrants for Day 1b – the number on the board remained at “0” for the entire day. When an official number of entrants is released, PokerNews will make the information available.
Day 2 will begin on Monday at noon local time.
PokerNews will be on hand for feature pieces and recaps of the other three events at the 2013 WSOP Europe in France.