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Lithuania's Nikita Staroverov On Top of Day 1c of the 2016 Winamax SISMIX Main Event

Nikita Staroverov
  • Lithuania's Nikita Staroverov on top of Day 1c of the 2016 Winamax SISMIX Main Event.

A total of 428 entries were tallied during the third and final starting flight of the 2016 Winamax SISMIX Main Event, a 6,000 MAD (€550) buy-in. Just 97 players, or less than one-quarter of the starting field, advanced to Day 2 and they will join the other survivors from Wednesday's Day 1a and Thursday's Day 1b to play on Saturday, May 28 when the combined field gets ready for two more days of action.

With 179 entrants and 38 survivors on Day 1a, and 294 entrants and 60 survivors on Day 1b, the remaining field is 195 players. Additionally, the tournament set a new Winamax SISMIX Main Event record with 901 entries, beating last year's total of 872 by 29.

While payouts are still being finalized, the tournament director believes 113 places will be paid with each player in the money being awarded at least double their buy-in.

At the end of Day 1c, Lithuania's Nikita Staroverov finished with 247,300 in chips, which was good enough for the lead. Staroverov will head into Day 2 in third place just behind the Day 1a chip leader Cheng-Wei Yin from Belgium with 307,500 chips and the second-place finisher on Day 1a, Salem Sahed from France with 272,900.

Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts

1Nikita Staroverov247,300
2Mohamed El Berrak243,200
3Hafid Kinany Alaoui213,100
4Adrien Florian Delmas203,700
5Mouad Nokra202,400
6Farid Azarkan198,000
7Lukas Parednis196,000
8Jeremy Hoareau190,300
10Pierrick Burban183,000

Also ending the day on a high note were France's Mohamed El Berrak in second place with 243,200 and local Moroccan Hafid Kinany Alaoui with 215,900.

Three Team Winamax players to survive the final opening flight to make Day 2 were Alexandre Luneau (141,700), Pierre Calamusa (101,000), and Gaëlle Baumann (86,000).

Play will resume Saturday at 12 p.m. local time starting in Level 13 with blinds at 1,000/2,000 and an ante of 300. The tournament director will decide then whether play will end after Level 22 or Level 24. Additionally, there will be a two-and-a-half-hour break for the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid at 7:45 p.m. local time.

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