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2019 Merit Poker Classic

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Main Event
Main Event
Day 1c Completed

Morgenstern Grabs Day 1c Chip Lead; Gilboa, Hakim, Chouity, Filatov, Urbanovich, and Jouhkimainen Through Too

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

The third starting flight of the $5,300 Main Event here at the Merit Poker Classic has come to an end with 96 players out of 202 entries in total making it through to Day 2 tomorrow, Thursday, May 2. Claiming the Day 1c chip lead is Germany’s Anton Morgenstern with 604,600.

Morgenstern earned most of those chips when he called his opponent’s bluff and kept on building to finish at the top of the chip counts at the end of the day. Other notable players who bagged an above average stack include Dmitry Gromov (487,500), Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy (438,400), Saar Wilf (369,000), Uri Gilboa (350,400), Milad Oghabian (307,000), Jeff Hakim (292,000), Nicolas Chouity (287,500), Anton Wigg (212,000), and Paul Newey with 210,100.

The partypoker pros who played today have all made it through with Anatoly Filatov leading the group, bagging 353,000 in the end after having to reenter earlier in the day. Dzmitry Urbanovich tagged 205,200 which is still above average. Joni Jouhkimainen will take 134,000 with him to Day 2 which is still good for more than 50 big blinds.

Day 1d is set to start at 9:30 PM local time which will feature eight levels too but they will only last 30 minutes each. Day 1e starts before Day 2, at 10 AM which will have eight 20-minute levels. The seat draw for Day 2 is to follow and will be posted as soon as the PokerNews live reporting team receives them from the organization. Day 2 will start at 1:30 PM on Thursday, May 9 so make sure to return then for all the action from 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, ~19:0020296Play 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 MerzhvinskiyAnatoly FilatovAnton MorgensternAnton WiggDmitry GromovDzmitry UrbanovichJeff HakimJoni JouhkimainenMilad OghabianNicolas ChouityPaul NeweySaar WilfUri Gilboa

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 from the organization together with a seat draw. A recap of today is to follow.

Anton Morgenstern de 604,600 29,600
Naji Tanuri LB 563,100 563,100
Tarek Yassine LB 504,600 504,600
Karwan Hasan CY 491,400 491,400
Dmitry Gromov ru 487,500 -17,500
Michael Sklenicka cz 450,300 250,300
Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy ru 438,400 209,400
Charbel Salloum lb 431,600 431,600
Pavel Yakobson ru 421,600 421,600
Vladimir Lelgant RU 400,900 400,900
Mehmet Kolgu tr 388,400 388,400
Kemal Aslan 385,400 385,400
Andreas Christoforou cy 385,000 385,000
Mger Pogosyan 380,200 380,200
Vlad Darie ro 375,000 55,000
Saar Wilf il 369,000 145,000
Imad Saab CZ 364,600 364,600
Yigit Aksoy 356,500 356,500
Igor Ovcharenko ru 356,000 356,000
Anatoly Filatov ru 353,000 21,000
Uri Gilboa il 350,400 -29,600
Patrick El Kallas 342,800 342,800
John Six RO 341,300 341,300
Michel Atallah 324,500 324,500
Milad Oghabian ir 307,000 2,000

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Three More Hands

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

The tournament clock has been paused and three more hands need to be dealt before the remaining players can bag and tag their chips.

Filatov Takes One Out

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

The player in the early position raised to 5,000, Anatoly Filatov three-bet to 13,000 from the lojack. The player in hijack called and the initial raiser folded.

The flop came {6-Spades}{2-Spades}{a-Spades} on which they both checked to see the {3-Spades} land on the turn. Filatov now bet 20,000 and his opponent called.

The river completed the board with the {5-Spades} to bring the flush on the board. Filatov bet 135,000 which covered the 95,000 his opponent had left. After tanking for a minute, he decided to risk his tournament life which was the wrong decision as Filatov held {k-Spades}{k-Clubs} for the nut-flush while he himself mucked. The dealer revealed he held {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} for the lower flush.

Anatoly Filatov ru 332,000 72,000
Freek Scholten nl Busted
Oshri Lahmani il Busted

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Gilboa Shoves

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

The board read {q-Spades}{5-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Hearts} with 40,000 in the middle already.

Uri Gilboa had bet 20,000 from under the gun and his opponent in the middle position raised to 50,000. Gilboa responded with a shove, having his opponent covered which cause him to dive into the tank. After a while, the mid-position player opted to fold.

Gilboa showed he held {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} for the flopped two pair and turned full house.

"Good fold," Gilboa commented.

Uri Gilboa il 380,000 107,000

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Latest Chip Counts

poolshir • Level 7: 900-1,800, 1,800 ante
Georges Hanna lb 370,000 -88,000
Jeff Hakim lb 299,000 -1,000
Anatoly Filatov ru 260,000 164,000
Oshri Lahmani il 230,000 90,000
Kyriakos Papadopoulos gr 230,000 -40,000
Fady Kamar lb 209,000 49,000
Aristeidis Moschonas gr 175,000 25,000
Nicolas Chouity lb 170,000 -30,000
Garik Tamasyan am 109,000 -81,000
Toni Judet ro 86,000 39,000
Freek Scholten nl 30,000 -5,000
Martins Adeniya gb Busted
Shaul Meir il Busted
Aleksey Savenkov ru Busted
Natalia Panchenko ru Busted

Recent Chip Counts

poolshir • Level 7: 900-1,800, 1,800 ante
Anton Morgenstern de 570,000 120,000
Vlad Darie ro 320,000 -30,000
Milad Oghabian ir 305,000 67,100
Uri Gilboa il 273,000 63,000
Saar Wilf il 265,000 -26,000
Jack O'Neill gb 230,000 -104,000
Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy ru 229,000 9,000
Paul Newey gb 218,000 103,000
Christophe De Meulder be 205,000 22,000
Michael Sklenicka cz 200,000 20,000
Anton Wigg se 188,000 -4,000
Guillaume Diaz fr 188,000 58,000
Dragos Trofimov md 180,000 110,000
Martins Adeniya gb 135,000 35,000
Hossein Ensan de 120,000 16,000
Aleksandr Gofman ru 110,000 -110,000
Liviu Ignat ro 92,000 -10,000
Javier Fernandez es 78,300 23,300
Mihai Manole ro 49,000 5,000