2019 Merit Poker Classic

Sponsored by: partypoker
Main Event
Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Papazian Takes Day 1b Chip Lead; Romero, Margolin, Hallaert, Riess All Make Day 2

poolshir • Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Alexandru Papazian
Alexandru Papazian

After eight levels of 60 minutes each, Day 1b of the $5,300 Main Event at the Merit Poker Classic has come to an end. As expected, the second of five starting flights was busier than the first with 161 entries (132 uniques with 29 reentries) coming in throughout the day and 80 of them making it through to Day 2 which will take place on Thursday, May 9. At the top of the chip counts at the end of the day is Romania’s Alexandru Papazian with 727,900 in chips.

Following Papazian on the podium are [Removed:61] (617,700) and Aleksandr Chernikov (510,400). Other notable players to make it through include James Romero (406,700), Duff Charette (384,300), Timur Margolin (364,500), Kenny Hallaert (323,900), Uri Reichenstein (285,000), Ryan Riess (240,000), Vladimir Troyanovskiy (217,000), and many more.

The partypoker team members were represented by Dzmitry Urbanovich, Josip Simunic, Ludovic Geilich, and Kristen Bicknell. Urbanovich was the only one to not make it through out of the four players but will have enough chances to make it through as there are three more starting flights and the registration and reentry period will remain open for the first four levels of Day 2 till approximately 5:30 PM local time on Thursday May 9.

The PokerNews live reporting team will on the floor to bring you all the Day 1c action from the first bet until the final chip has been bagged here in the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino.

2019 Merit Poker Classic $5,300 Main Event Schedule

DayDateStarting TimeLate RegEntriesSurvivorsFurther Information
1aMonday May 6th12:00Thursday May 9, ~19:009343Play 8 Levels of 60 minutes
1bTuesday May 7th12:00Thursday May 9, ~19:0016180Play 8 Levels of 60 minutes
1cWednesday May 8th12:00Thursday May 9, ~19:00--Play 8 Levels of 60 minutes
1dWednesday May 8th21:30Thursday May 9, ~19:00--Play 8 Levels of 30 minutes
1eThursday May 9th10:00Thursday May 9, ~19:00--Play 8 Levels of 20 minutes
2Thursday May 9th13:30Thursday May 9, ~19:00--Play 6 Levels of 75 minutes
3Friday May 10th12:00Closed--TBD
4Saturday May 11th12:00Closed--TBD
5Sunday May 12th12:00Closed--Play down to a winner

Tags: Aleksandr ChernikovAlexandru PapazianDuff CharetteDzmitry UrbanovichJames RomeroJosip SimunicKenny HallaertKristen BicknellLudovic GeilichMatthias De MeulderRyan RiessTimur MargolinUri ReichensteinVladimir Troyanovskiy

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

poolshir • Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

The full chip counts will be posted as soon as PokerNews receives them. A recap of today is to follow.

Alexandru Papazian ro 727,900 207,900
[Removed:61] US 617,700 617,700
Aleksandr Chernikov ru 510,400 10,400
Oliver Ruesing de 491,000 -33,000
Bassel Alanaz LB 416,500 416,500
James Romero us 406,700 190,700
Bas de Laat nl 388,800 -1,200
Duff Charette ca 384,300 134,300
Niko Koop de 371,300 19,300
Edgard Raffoul lb 365,600 365,600
Timur Margolin il 364,500 22,500
Levan Karamanishvili sk 349,700 -198,300
Kenny Hallaert be 323,900 158,900
Hadi Khordbin ir 299,200 299,200
Uri Reichenstein il 285,000 20,000
Ulan Dzholdoshbekov RU 284,300 284,300
Kristen Bicknell ca 267,400 167,400
Joep Raemaekers nl 261,800 168,800
Elvin Sarkarov az 259,700 259,700
Julian Menhardt at 258,400 258,400
Bartlomiej Machon pl 251,000 71,000
Pavel Plesuv md 250,300 150,300
Ben Farrell gb 248,000 133,500
Ryan Riess us 240,000 -3,000
Nariman Yaghmai ir 234,100 234,100

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Four More Hands

poolshir • Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante

The tournament clock has been stopped and four more hands need to be played before the players can bag their chips for Day 2.

Some Chip Counts

poolshir • Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Alexandru Papazian ro 520,000 141,000
Aleksandr Chernikov ru 500,000 80,000
Timur Margolin il 342,000 82,000
Duff Charette ca 250,000 102,000
Ryan Riess us 243,000 48,000
Fahredin Mustafov bg 212,000 -103,500
Bartlomiej Machon pl 180,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru 180,000 70,000
Abdelhakim Zoufri nl 135,000 94,000
Daniel Prior at 111,000 31,000
Vojtech Ruzicka cz 110,000 13,000
Krasimir Yankov bg 75,000
Maria Lampropulos ar 57,000 -83,000

partypoker Pros Clash

poolshir • Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Josip Simunic
Josip Simunic

partypoker Team Online Josip Simunic raised to 5,000 from the cutoff and was called by fellow partypoker team member Ludovic Geilich, in the big blind.

They both checked through the {j-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} flop to the {9-Diamonds} on the turn. Geilich now bet 19,500 and Simunic called.

The river completed the board with the {3-Spades} and now Geilich shoved. Simunic tanked, going through the options, but opted to fold in the end.

Josip Simunic at 170,000 -70,000
Ludovic Geilich gb 154,700 154,700

Tags: Josip SimunicLudovic Geilich


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