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Cheng-Wei Yin Leads the Pack After Day 1a of the 2016 Winamax SISMIX Main Event

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  • Cheng-Wei Yin led the pack after Day 1a of the 2016 Winamax SISMIX Main Event.

Day 1b of the 2016 Winamax SISMIX Main Event is currently underway. To skip to the current day's coverage, click here, or continue reading below for the Day 1a recap.

A total of 179 entries, which included 26 reentries, were tallied in the first starting flight of the 2016 Winamax SISMIX Main Event, a 6,000 MAD (€550) buy-in. Just 38 players, or less than one-quarter of the starting field, advanced to Day 2 and they will join the other survivors from the other two opening days to play on May 28 when the combined field gets ready for two more days of action.

At the end of Day 1a, the Belgium's Cheng-Wei Yin had the lead on the French-dominated field, ending the day with 307,500. Yin was easily ahead of the field since the dinner break and never let up with his stack bouncing between 260,000 and 370,000 chips most of the time.

Also ending the day on a good note were two French players, Salem Sahed in second place with 272,900 and Sofiene Belaid with 215,900.

Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

1Cheng-Wei Yin307,500
2Salem Sahed272,900
3Sofiene Belaid215,900
4Arthur Conan181,800
5Martin Lindner164,500
6Said El Yousfi120,000
7Lucas Di Nicolantonio117,900
8Maxime Chilaud101,800
9Guy Cussonneaux97,700
10François Hardel97,700

The day started off slowly with no players busting in the opening level. However, this did not dictate the action for the rest of the day. After Hugues Mazouaud became the first casualty in the tournament, eliminations seemingly were occurring at a fast and furious rate due to the aggressive nature of six-max play.

Team Winamax pro Davidi Kitai was eliminated twice today and plans to rejoin the field on Thursday for Day 1b. His first foray into the Main Event lasted just three hands, with the second hand doing the most damage after his {Q-}{Q-} was unable to improve against an opponent's {A-}{A-}.

Another Winamax pro who did better than Kitai was Florian Decamps. He seemed pleased to be right near the Day 1a average of 94,210 chips, finishing with 93,500.

Play will resume on Thursday, May 26 at 12 p.m. local time. The field is expected to be bigger and include many of the players that were unable to survive today's action, and you can find all of the coverage right here on

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