$5,300 MPP Main Event
$5,300 MPP Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Vitchenko Leads and Rezaei Toward the Top After Day 1a of the $5,300 Main Event

jeffmcmillan • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Daniel Rezaei
Daniel Rezaei

Day 1a of the $5,300 Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party Main Event has reached the end of the day after eight one-hour levels of play here at the pristine Merit Royal Diamond Hotel on the northern shores of North Cyprus.

The day attracted a total of 132 entries, 114 of which were unique entries and 18 were reentries. Well over half of those entries remained at the end of the day as the deep structure allowed 71 players to find a bag.

Leading the surviving players was Denis Vitchenko who bagged an impressive 538,500, most of which he accumulated in the middle part of the day and then again at the end.

Top 10 Day 1a Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Denis VitchenkoRussia538,500269
2Daniel RezaeiAustria516,500258
3Mehdi ChaouiFrance498,500249
4Alexandre VuilleumierSwitzerland495,500248
5Chakib M'hiriTunisia395,500198
6Charbel IbrahimLebanon391,000195
7Eduard BargsegyanRussia373,000186
8Luca StenavatoItaly348,500174
9Giovanni GiuduceItaly346,500173
10Ondrej DrozdCzech Republic325,500163

Daniel Rezaei of Austria was next as he bagged 516,500. He was spotted at the very end of the last level with a huge stack as the majority of his wealth came in the final few hands of the night. Rezaei is certainly a player to keep an eye on moving forward as he has amassed $1.6 million in career earnings thus far.

Mehdi Chaoui was another player to bag a big stack with 498,500 and Alexandre Vuilleumier was right on his tail with 495,500.

Well-known Brazilian high roller regular Pedro Garagnani was one of the players to make an appearance today and he was able to advance to Day 2 with a healthy stack of 272,000. Andrea Ricci (207,000} and Ryan Yu (118,500) were also among the group to bag their stacks at the end of the day.

Another player to advance to Day 2 was none other than Espen Jorstad, who has made his presence here in North Cyprus felt already. The Norweigan will have to make a move on Day 2 as he bagged slightly under starting stack with 95,000.

The 71 players who advanced to Day 2 will return to action Thursday September 1 at 12 p.m. where they will join up with the survivors of Days 1b and 1c, which will take place over the next two days.

PokerNews will continue coverage of the Main Event tomorrow at 12 p.m. local time for Day 1b.

Tags: Alexandre VuilleumierAndrea RicciDaniel RezaeiEspen JorstadMehdi ChaouiPedro GaragnaniRyan Yu

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

jeffmcmillan • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Denis Vitchenko ru
Denis Vitchenko
ru 538,500 18,500
Daniel Rezaei at
Daniel Rezaei
at 516,500 301,500
Mehdi Chaoui ma
Mehdi Chaoui
ma 498,500 498,500
Alexandre Vuilleumier ch
Alexandre Vuilleumier
ch 495,500 45,500
Chakib M'hiri tn
Chakib M'hiri
tn 395,500 -14,500
Charbel Ibrahim LB
Charbel Ibrahim
LB 391,000 -74,000
Eduard Bargsegyan RU
Eduard Bargsegyan
RU 373,000 373,000
Luca Stenavato IT
Luca Stenavato
IT 348,500 73,500
Giovanni Giudice it
Giovanni Giudice
it 346,500 -18,500
Ondrej Drozd cz
Ondrej Drozd
cz 325,500 200,500
Juan Jose Membreno Orellana PA
Juan Jose Membreno Orellana
PA 304,500 304,500
Pedro Garagnani br
Pedro Garagnani
br 295,000 70,000
Soren Vohrs at
Soren Vohrs
at 291,000 -19,000
Simon Higgins gb
Simon Higgins
gb 284,000 -31,000
Garik Tamasian ru
Garik Tamasian
ru 272,000 12,000
Yuriy Zakharov ru
Yuriy Zakharov
ru 270,000 10,000
Joseph Haddad ae
Joseph Haddad
ae 259,000 234,000
Nikita Kuznetcov ru
Nikita Kuznetcov
ru 258,500 258,500
Siarhei Chudapal by
Siarhei Chudapal
by 250,000 20,000
Nikita Kuznetsov ru
Nikita Kuznetsov
ru 238,500 -16,500
Bahram Chobineh ir
Bahram Chobineh
ir 238,000 68,000
Fausto Tantillo it
Fausto Tantillo
it 222,500 2,500
Alexander Tkatschew at
Alexander Tkatschew
at 220,000 220,000
Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
ru 209,500 154,500
Andrea Ricci it
Andrea Ricci
it 207,000 7,000

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Play Concludes

dsalituro • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Day 1a has finished for the night and players are bagging up their chips.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's action.

Vitchenko Contending for Chip Lead After Busting Volkhonskiy

dsalituro • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Denis Vitchenko had a raise to 60,000 in front of him from the big blind before Vadim Volkhonskiy moved all in for 159,000 in the cutoff. Vitchenko called.

Vadim Volkhonskiy: {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}
Denis Vitchenko: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}

With the massive pot at stake, the board ran out {5-Spades}{a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}. Both players finished with two pair, aces and fives, but Vitchenko's king kicker played to send Volkhonskiy to the rail.

Denis Vitchenko ru
Denis Vitchenko
ru 520,000 200,000
Vadim Volkhonskiy ru
Vadim Volkhonskiy
ru Busted

Tags: Denis VitchenkoVadim Volkhonskiy

Vuilleumier Spikes the River to Bust O'Dwyer

dsalituro • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Steve O'Dwyer
Steve O'Dwyer

Steve O'Dwyer was one of the last to jump into Day 1a, but he won't be making it through the day after losing a massive pot to Alexandre Vuilleumier.

O'Dwyer three-bet to 17,000 from the button and Vuilleumier called in early position. The flop came {7-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{3-Hearts} and O'Dwyer bet another 14,000.

Vuilleumier called as the {2-Clubs} fell on the turn. He checked and O'Dwyer continued for 48,000. Vuilleumier then shoved all in and O'Dwyer quickly called for around 150,000.

O'Dwyer had {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} for top pair, while Vuilleumier showed {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs} for straight and flush draws. The {a-Diamonds} on the river improved O'Dwyer to two pair, but it completed Vuilleumier's straight as O'Dwyer made a quick walk to the exit near the end of the night.

Alexandre Vuilleumier ch
Alexandre Vuilleumier
ch 450,000 165,000
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
ie Busted

Tags: Alexandre VuilleumierSteve O'Dwyer

Three More Hands

jeffmcmillan • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Three more hands will be played before the players who survive to bag and tag for Day 2.

Jorstad Shoves on the Big Stack

jeffmcmillan • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Espen Jørstad
Espen Jørstad

There was a pot of about 30,000 in it on the river on a board of {8-Hearts}{a-Spades}{9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}. From the small blind, Charbel Ibrahim casually tossed out a 25,000 chip for a bet to that amount and stared down Espen Jorstad on his right on the button.

Jorstad thought for about 30 seconds before he jammed all in for 67,100. Ibrahim considered it for only a few seconds before he showed the {a-Clubs} and folded.

Charbel Ibrahim LB
Charbel Ibrahim
LB 465,000 -35,000
Espen Jorstad no
Espen Jorstad
no 128,500 41,500

Tags: Charbel IbrahimEspen Jorstad

Petakovic Fires Every Street in Six-Way Pot

dsalituro • Level 8: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

Six players went to the flop on a board of {10-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{7-Spades} as action checked around to Milos Petakovic on the button. He bet 9,000 and got three folds before Pedro Garagnani called in the hijack. Maxim Lykov gave it some thought from the cutoff before joining the rest of the table in the muck.

The turn came the {10-Clubs} and Petakovic fired out another 18,000. Garagnani again called as the {5-Diamonds} fell on the river.

Garagnani checked and Petakovic counted out his stack for a few minutes before throwing in two green 25,000 chips for a bet of 50,000. Garagnani quickly mucked.

Pedro Garagnani br
Pedro Garagnani
br 225,000 -170,000
Milos Petakovic rs
Milos Petakovic
rs 150,000 29,000
Maxim Lykov ru
Maxim Lykov
ru 65,000 -20,000

Tags: Maxim LykovMilos PetakovicPedro Garagnani