The first of four starting days of the €250 buy-in PokerNews Cup Main Event at the King's Casino Rozvadov is in the books. Last year's edition of this very event at Europe's biggest card room, Day 1a drew 98 entries. Yesterday a total of 156 players entered, eclipsing last year's numbers to be well underway of meeting the guaranteed prize pool of €200,000.
After 14 levels of 30 minutes each, the field of 156 entries has been whittled down all the way to 27 survivors. Germany's Ronny Voth leads with a massive stack of 391,000. Voth became a big stack after the elimination of Quincy Chun and on top knocked out Karl-Heinz Oppermann at the end to jump into the top spot.
Alexander Rettenbacher registered late and scooped a big pot with a set of queens in a three-way all in early on. Another set in the last level of the night, this times with tens, saw the Austrian bag up 365,500. Lithuania's Ričardas Vymeris completes the overnight podium with 301,500.
The top 3 is followed by Israel's Constantine Gorinson (289,500). Three players bagged up 279,500: Benas Kuzmickas and Matas Čikinas from Lithuania as well as Richard Schaaser. Other big stacks and notables include Daniel Turrisi (190,500), Lukáš Svoboda (157,500), King's regular Zarathustra (128,000) and Marek Blasko (90,000).
Among those to join the rail were Aleksei Ivanov, Hüseyin Arkun, Thomas Zurek, Scott Hanna, Sebastian Langrock and Serok Kilic. They can all reenter the competition again in any of the three remaining starting days.
Day 1b kicks off tomorrow at 5 p.m. local time and there's also a €40 Turbo Satellite two hours prior with at least 10 seats up for grabs. Two other Side Events are scheduled for Friday: The €110 Pot-Limit Omaha with a single rebuy or add-on gets underway at 7 p.m. local time. Furthermore, the €100 Ticket & Cash Event starts at 8 p.m. local time. It offers a guaranteed prize pool of €10,000 in cash, as well as 15 Main Event tickets as every player in the money will receive an entry.
The festival at King's Casino continues until coming Monday, August 15th, and the PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to cover all the action until a Main Event champion is crowned!