Orpen Kisacikoglu Leads After Day 1b of the 888poker Live Barcelona
Day 1b of the 2018 888poker LIVE Barcelona Main Event at Casino Barcelona was a huge success with 214 entrants. That was 46 more than the 168 entrants Day 1a attracted. The field will continue to grow with the final opening flight kicking off today at 3 p.m. local time, and late registration and reentries are available until the start of Day 2. A total of 59 players bagged chips and will compete with the 43 Day 1a survivors and others on Day 2 and beyond.
Turkish high roller Orpen Kisacikoglu, who resides in the United Kingdom, ended Day 1b with the chip lead with 381,900 in chips. He's ahead of Day 1a chip leader Gianny Dominique Morano with 363,000 in chips. Kisacikoglu was running over players in the late stages of the day including eliminating two opponents in one hand when his pocket kings held against pocket queens and king-seven suited.
Also bagging over 300,000 in chips were Jhen Siang Jian with 333,500 and Joel Isla Gonzalo with 323,900.
While many players experienced coolers throughout the day, none left more jaws dropped than one involving Maryna Khatskevich. Khatskevich's day ended when she managed to get it all-in preflop with pocket aces against the pocket kings held by Ariel Puterman. The ace-king-queen of diamonds flop appeared to be a kind one for Khatskevich, giving both players a set.
However, the case king appeared on the turn to give Puterman quads. Khatskevich was unable to get the one out she needed to get better quads and hit the rail. Meanwhile, Puterman was unable to hold onto all the chips he won, but he still managed to bag a stack of 58,900 heading into Day 2.
The action resumes tomorrow at 3 p.m. CEST with Day 1c. All of the 888poker Ambassadors that are in Barcelona, outside of 2014 World Series of Poker champion Martin Jacobsen, who bagged on Day 1a, are expected to play in the field, with today being a day off for them with many enjoying cocktails and parties.
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