The €1,800+200 partypoker WPT National Cyprus Main Event continued Saturday with a total of 63 entries competing on the second Day 1 flight. When it was all over Season 11 EPT Prague finalist Miltiadis Kyriakides bagged up the most chips among the 34 survivors with 159,600. The Greek had been running hot most of the day and dominated his table without much resistance.
Chino Rheem fired two bullets and busted on both of them, the second one after only a few minutes when picking the worst possible time to move all in and running into Ara Melkistian's set of aces. It was the second flopped set in a row that was fully paid off for the Lebanese and he finished in second place on Day 1b with 132,200 in chips.
Amir Ali Etemad Saeid had a roller coaster day after cruising early on, losing half his stack before doubling up in the penultimate hand of the day. On Day 1a, the Iranian ran kings into queens and aces to bust, but he closed Day 1b with 111,400 in chips.
Other big stacks include Alper Kostem (100,400), Jan Bendik (92,800), Andreas Christoforou (86,100) and Atanas Kavrakov (68,800). Bendik benefited from an early setup when he flopped the nut straight and his opponent flopped the weaker straight and added a flush draw on the turn as well. 2013 PCA Main Event champion Dimitar Danchev needed two bullets today but got through with an average stack of 57,600.
With 41 players advancing from Day 1a and 34 from Day 1b, a total of 75 participants will return to the tables at 13:00 local time (12:00 CET) on Sunday. Late registration as well as the single re-entry is available until the end of the third level on Day 2 and the blinds begin at 500-1,000 with a 100 ante. The event boasts a guaranteed prize pool of €300,000 and that amount is almost reached with 149 entries in total, the payout shall be published in the second break of the upcoming Day 2.
As always, the PokerNews live reporting team will provide all key hands on the way to crown yet another WPT National champion Monday on the sunny island of Cyprus.