€888 Main Event
€888 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Virlanuta Leads Last 17 After Day 1a; Niste and Dedusha Advance

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Stuart Sewell 2nd in chips on Day 1b
Stuart Sewell 2nd in chips on Day 1b

The first of four starting days of the 2019 888poker LIVE Bucharest €888 Main Event finished with 17 players out of 67 remaining and it is Marian Virlanuta that bagged up the chip lead in the ballroom of the five-star Intercontinental Bucharest Hotel.

Virlanuta raced to the top in the final level of the night and claimed 284,500, edging past Stuart Sewell (262,500) and Alexandru Constantin (239,500), and there is already a big gap between the trio atop and the remaining Day 1a survivors. Notables that made it through to Day 2 via the first starting day include Mihai Niste (127,500), Andrei Iordache (108,000), Vlad Tatu (102,500), Alexandru Gavrilut (102,000) and Artan Dedusha (92,500).

Artan Dedusha
Artan Dedusha

For Dedusha, it was a roller coaster day after he entered late and immediately found himself next to his best friend Kfir Ivgi as well as Carmen Zainescu. Dedusha got short, chipped up and hit a hot streak after the dinner break to become a contender for the chip lead. But a lost flip with ace-queen versus pocket tens cut his momentum short and the Brit finished in the middle of the pack.

Other notables were even less fortunate such as 888poker ambassador Ana Marquez, Raoul Iancovici, Defending champion Andrei Racolta, Ozgur Arda, Danut Chisu, Eusebiu Jalba, Andrea Nodea, Bogdan Berinde, Florin Pandilica and Aussie Poker Hall of Famer Jason Gray. Marquez was left short early on and failed to get there with ace-queen versus queens. Racolta lost a flip with pocket nines against the ace-queen of Mihai Niste. Fellow countryman Pandilica had two rough beats: First his queens were cracked by ace-queen as Stuart Sewell spiked an ace on the turn, then a flopped set of deuces could not hold up against a straight and flush draw.

All those that busted on Day 1a can re-enter in any of the remaining three starting days. In the meanwhile, one of the Side Events has already crowned a champion today. The €230 Opening Event, which drew a total of 300 entries and surpassed the guaranteed prize pool of €50,000, saw 47 players return for Day 2. Only the top 36 spots were ensured a portion of the €56,400 in prize money and the event ended with a deal, with five and three players remaining.

Among those to cash were Ramlal Basdeo (34th place - €410), Andrei Nodea (31st -€410), Mihai Banu (22nd - €550}, Or Amitai (18th - €650), and Lucian Bera (13th, €1,000). With the elimination of Canada's Manfred Sierke in 11th place for €1,120, a Romanian victory was secured. Sorin Radulescu was the chip leader heading into the nine-handed final table and took home the most money after the deals were cut.

Final Result €230 Opening Event

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in EUR)Prize (in USD)
1Sorin RadulescuRomania€8,270*$9,345
2Viorel GavrilaRomania€7,000*$7,910
3Bogdan SirbuRomania€7,000*$7,910
4Igor PirnauRomania€5,000*$5,650
5Narcis Gabriel NedelcuRomania€5,000*$5,650
6Florin RotilaRomania€2,580$2,915
7Nicolae PopaRomania€2,000$2,260
8Marius SoareRomania€1,550$1,752
9Ionut DecherRomania€1,300$1,469

*Denotes five-handed deal

Another three flights remain for players to join the action in the €888 Main Event and take home a portion of the €300,000 guarantee. Day 1b will kick off on Wednesday, March 6th, at 1 p.m. local time and the PokerNews team will be there to cover all the action until a champion is crowned.

Photos courtesy of Gema Cristobal / 888poker

Tags: 888pokerAlexandru ConstantinAna MarquezAndrei RacoltaArtan DedushaFlorin PandilicaJason GrayManfred SierkeMarian VirlanutaMihai NisteOzgur ArdaRamlal BasdeoSorin RadulescuStuart SewellVlad Tatu

End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

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Marian Virlanuta ro
Marian Virlanuta
ro 284,500 114,500
Stuart Sewell GB
Stuart Sewell
GB 262,500 42,500
Alexandru Constantin RO
Alexandru Constantin
RO 239,500 24,500
Stefan Aurelian Gheorghe RO
Stefan Aurelian Gheorghe
RO 146,500 11,500
Mihai Niste ro
Mihai Niste
ro 127,500 77,500
Gabriel Ploscaru RO
Gabriel Ploscaru
RO 122,500
Andrei Grigoras ro
Andrei Grigoras
ro 109,000 86,700
Andrei Iordache ro
Andrei Iordache
ro 108,000 -12,000
Vlad Tatu ro
Vlad Tatu
ro 102,500 8,500
Alexandru Gavrilut ro
Alexandru Gavrilut
ro 102,000 27,000
George Dimuleasa ro
George Dimuleasa
ro 98,500 -31,500
Artan Dedusha gb
Artan Dedusha
gb 92,500 -22,500
Ionut Bordianu RO
Ionut Bordianu
RO 55,000 30,000
Mugurel Stancu RO
Mugurel Stancu
RO 51,000 -12,000
Ana Maria Cosma RO
Ana Maria Cosma
RO 41,500 10,900
Petrica Lalu RO
Petrica Lalu
RO 36,000 -24,000
Adrian Calusaru RO
Adrian Calusaru
RO 26,500 -31,500

Last Three Hands

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The tournament clocks have been stopped and another three hands will be played. Helder Pinho won't be among those to bag and tag as he was eliminated, reducing the field to just 17 contenders on Day 1a.

Helder Ferreira PT
Helder Ferreira
PT Busted

Tags: Helder Pinho

Late Casualties

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Jason Gray
Jason Gray

Jason Gray had nursed a short stack for quite some time and eventually bowed out. The Aussie, who calls the UK his home these days, was joined on the rail by Andrei Nodea, Catalin Popa and Teodor Cap Bun.

In the meanwhile, Stuart Sewell has increased his stack and may very well be the chip leader when it comes to bagging and tagging.

Stuart Sewell GB
Stuart Sewell
GB 220,000 80,000
Andrei Nodea ro
Andrei Nodea
ro Busted
Jason Gray gb
Jason Gray
gb Busted
Catalin Popa RO
Catalin Popa
RO Busted
Teodor Cap Bun ro
Teodor Cap Bun
ro Busted

Tags: Andrei NodeaCatalin PopaJason GrayTeodor CapTeodor Cap BunStuart Sewell

Rough Beat for Pandilica

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Florin Pandilica had lost queens to ace-queen and when he was about to get right back into contention, he ended up second-best once more. It was a battle with Alexandru Constantin that saw Pandilica ran out of chips in dramatic fashion.

Pandilica opened to 4,200 on the button and Constantin called in the small blind. The flop came {q-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} and Constantin check-raised from 2,700 to 5,900, which Pandilica called. After the {7-Spades} turn, Constantin pushed all in and Pandilica called.

Florin Pandilica: {2-Spades}{2-Clubs}
Alexandru Constantin: {4-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}

The {8-Diamonds} river improved Constantin to a flush and Pandilica headed to the rail.

Alexandru Constantin RO
Alexandru Constantin
RO 190,000 -20,000
Florin Pandilica ro
Florin Pandilica
ro Busted

Tags: Alexandru ConstantinFlorin PandilicaPandilica Florin


The Chips Are Flying Again

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Denis Poteras was eliminated and Andre Marques Moreira followed to the rail. First he doubled Dumitru Pora blind-on-blind with {7-Spades}{6-Diamonds} versus {a-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} on a {k-Hearts}{8-Spades}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{k-Spades} board.

Then, Stefan Aurelian Gheorghe opened to 3,500 and called the jam by Artan Dedusha in the big blind for effectively 63,300.

Stefan Aurelian Gheorghe: {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}
Artan Dedusha: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

The {q-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{3-Diamonds} flop gave Dedusha top pair, but Gheorghe middle set, and the {6-Diamonds} turn settled things already. A meaningless {7-Clubs} came on the river and Dedusha took a big hit to his stack.

Dedusha then knocked out Marques Moreira to recover some of the losses before Pora also ran out of chips shortly after.

Stefan Aurelian Gheorghe RO
Stefan Aurelian Gheorghe
RO 135,000 90,000
Artan Dedusha gb
Artan Dedusha
gb 115,000 -75,000
Dumitru Pora ro
Dumitru Pora
ro Busted
Denis Poteras RO
Denis Poteras
RO Busted
Andre Marques Moreira PT
Andre Marques Moreira
PT Busted

Tags: Andre Marques MoreiraArtan DedushaDenis PoterasDumitru PoraStefan Aurelian Gheorghe