Season XII of the World Poker Tour continued on Sunday with the first of three starting days of bwin WPT Prague. The first flight attracted 40 players, and leading the 22 survivors is Vasili Firsau. Firsau bagged 167,700 chips, and trailing him are several notables, including Kara Scott (61,800), Micah Raskin (61,000), and Paul Tedeschi (41,200).
Firsau finished runner up in WPT Grand Prix de Paris earlier this year, earning $315,002.
WPT Prague Day 1a Top 10
Among the 18 players to exit on Day 1a was Simon Ravnsbaek. After battling back and forth with Yuliyan Kolev, the two took a flop of in a four-bet pot. Ravnsbaek continued for 2,400, Kolev called, and both players knuckled when the turned. A completed the board, the Dane fired out 6,300, and Kolev called. Ravnsbaek showed for a pair of kings, but it was no good against Kolev's .
A few hands later, Ravsbaek was all in with an open-ended straight draw, but was unable to improve and hit the rail.
Seth Berger, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Anaras Alekberovas also bowed out on Day 1a.
Berger exited when he called an all-in for his tournament life on a board of . His opponent, Joachim Klein, showed for a king-high straight, and Berger was eliminated.
Rettenmaier lost a big flop against Petr Jelinek, then found himself all in and at risk with against Saar Wilf and Tobias Garp, who both held . The flop produced a , and the one-time back-to-back WPT champion was eliminated.
Alekberovas was eliminated in the final hand of the day, getting his chips in the middle with on a flop of . Polish rapper Wojciech Lozowski had him at risk with a dominating , and held as the turn and river bricked , respectively.
Firsau rocketed into the chip lead during the last level of the evening, butting heads with fellow big stack Michael Polchlopek. Paul Tedeschi joined the duo for a flop of , and only Polchlopek called a bet from Firsau. The turn was the , Firsau checked, and Polchlopek moved all in for around 20,000. Firsau snap-called with , and Polchlopek was drawing very slim holding .
The completed the board. and Virsau emerged as the chip leader.
Bwin WPT Prague will continue on Monday with Day 1b at 12:00 local time. Be sure to check back to PokerNews for a recap of the day's events. To watch the WPT Prague live stream, please click here.
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