The first of two starting days of the World Series of Poker Circuit €1,650 Main Event at King's Casino in Rozvadov attracted a field of 251 entries, of which 16 players took advantage of the single reentry option per day and fired two bullets. After 12 levels of 45 minutes each, 95 players bagged up chips and advanced to Day 2 on Sunday.
European Poker Tour Vienna champion Michael Eiler bagged up 248,600 in chips and edged out 2015 WSOP bracelet winner Paul Michaelis for the chip lead. Michaelis also came close to a second bracelet at the WSOP Europe in Berlin a few weeks ago, but finished third in an event won by Makarios Avramidis.
Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
Other notables to finish Day 1a with above-average stacks included Vadim Markushevski (226,100), Aleksandr Nemcov (212,000), WSOP Circuit Rozvadov gold ring winner Miltiadis Kyriakides (134,600), and 2015 WSOP bracelet winner Vasili Firsau (130,800).
Hossein Ensan (126,600), Petr Jelinek (121,200), Andrew Leathem (82,800), Dejan Divkovic (77,900), Thomas Butzhammer (40,000), Anthony Ghamrawi (34,500), Lasse Frost (33,800), Michal Polchlopek (31,700), and WSOP Circuit Rozvadov ring winner Theodoros Aidonopoulos (31,500) will be among the shorter stacks for the penultimate tournament day.
Notables that didn't make it through on the first bullet included Ronny Voth, Erich Kollmann, Marcin Wydrowski, Surinder Sunar, Scott Hanna, and Claus Carlsen.
Everyone that failed to claim a stack thus far or are unhappy with their overnight count can play again on Day 1b and then carry over the bigger stack to increase their chances at taking home a portion of the €1 million guaranteed prize pool.
The second starting day gets underway at 14:00 local time on Saturday and the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be back at the tables then to cover an expected bumper field.