One-hundred-fifty-five players were whittled down to just 41 after the second of three flights of this the 888Live Rozvadov €888 Main Event. Each player had their eyes on securing at least a small part of the €300,000 guaranteed prize pool which awaits a select few at the end of the tournament, but today was all about guaranteeing a place in Day 2 on Sunday.
With players allowed one re-entry per flight, and late registration open until the start of Day 2, the day started slowly, but reached a crescendo through mid morning as the excitement of qualifiers and pros mingling really started to catch on. Some players may have left before securing themselves a stack for Day 2, but they secured themselves a cap and a gift box for eliminating one of the Team 888 pros.
Sofia Lovgren, Kara Scott, Chris Moorman and Dominik Nitsche were all eliminated, with Moorman and Nitsche re-entering. Nitsche survived to bag 54,500 along with fellow Team 888 pro Natalie Hof (111,000).
Leading the way is Andrea Iocco with 266,200. The Italian had a quiet day and briefly tangled with High Roller Champion Jonas Kraft (111,400) on his way to bagging the chip lead. Jean-Philippe Schoonbrood (152,600) had 300,000 at one point late on and bagged up.
"He has my chips," he said, perhaps indicating how the pendulum swung Iocco's way late on Day 1.
Other large chip stacks around the room include Peter Marz (251,900), who boosted his stack calling Lazer Gjergji's all in on a nine-high board with just ace-king. Gjergji held only ace-queen and Marz's hand held up! Also above the 200,000 mark in chips are Miroslav Forman (216,800), Renee Xie (224,000) and Pavel Berka (202,500).
The final chance for players to join the Main Event action starts tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time. The starting stack is 30,000 and there will be 12 levels livestreamed on Twitch with David Tuchman and Parker ‘tonkaaaap’ Talbot. Be sure to stick around with PokerNews for full chip counts and continued live coverage from the 888Live Festival here in Rozvadov.
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