2017 partypoker LIVE German Poker Championship

Main Event
Day: 1a
Event Info

2017 partypoker LIVE German Poker Championship

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
2,500,000 / 5,000,000

Main Event

Day 1a Completed

partypoker Ambassador Boris Becker Well Placed at End of German Poker Championship Day 1a

Level 8 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Boris Becker - 2nd In Chips End Day 1a
Boris Becker - 2nd In Chips End Day 1a

It is advantage Friedrich Raz at the German Poker Championship as he bagged up 3,180,000 chips on Day 1a, but tennis legend and partypoker ambassador Boris Becker is close behind with 2,839,000 after eight levels of intense poker at King's Casino.

After numerous online feeder satellites and Phase 1s, the live Day 1a finally got underway for the €1,000,000 Gtd German Poker Championship Main Event in Rozvadov with 38 players who earned their seat that way, eventually joined by another 26 who bought in directly or decided to fire another bullet to make a total of 64 entries.

In the end it was a good day all round for Team partypoker. Becker arrived late into the fifth level having made a glamorous entrance, arriving by helicopter and being followed by his own camera crew. Becker played his usual solid game but it was a spectacular hand late in the penultimate level of the day that propelled him to the top of the leaderboard. Becker flopped a set of sixes against the ace-high flush draw of his opponent Peter Zolnai. All the chips went in the middle in one of the biggest pots of the tournament and when the turn and river bricked out Becker had the lead.

Canadian partypoker pro Kristen Bicknell perhaps has mixed feelings about the day. Bicknell was in the Day 2 High Roller but busted short of the money and immediately entered the Main Event. In one of her very first hands though she defended from the big blind holding {9-Spades}{8-Spades} and with a final board reading {j-Spades}{7-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{8-Diamonds} she led river then called a shove from Benjamin Schroder who held the {a-Spades}{q-Spades} superior flush. Bicknell got straight back in the saddle with the allowed single re-buy, indeed the same horse as she was allocated the exact same seat. Her persistence was rewarded though and she eventually finished on 1,449,000.

partypoker pro Natalia Breviglieri from the U.K. bought in directly at the start of the second level of the day, fashionably late you might say, and was seated at the same table as Raul Cuc. Both Breviglieri and Cuc final tabled the Millions event here back in June. Breviglieri started strong but eventually fell away a little to finish on 958,000. She pronounced herself happy enough with the result though, surviving on a single bullet despite being down to as low as 250,000 at one point.

There seemed to be a large percentage of extremely tough poker players in the field including a number who entered after busting the High Roller. Some of those names you will see returning for Day 2 include Martin Staszko (2,658,000), Vojtech Ruzicka (1,545,000), Kenny Hallaert (1,048,000), Jeff Lisandro (1,236,000) and Elena Litvinyuk (1,858,000).

Some of the players who failed to make it through on this opening Day 1 include Milan Sasek, Peter Zolnai, Vojtich Kratochvil, Raul Cuc and local celebrity and businessman 'chiKKita banAAna.' They can fire a couple more bullets tomorrow if they so wish.

Of the 64 entries, 36 made it through to Day 2 which starts on Saturday, August 12 at 3 p.m. Before that though there is a Day 1b on Friday at 12 p.m. and a Turbo Day 1c on the 12th again at 12 p.m.

The PokerNews live reporting team will bring you all the action from the felt as the partypoker German Poker Championship continues, so be sure not to miss a moment.

Tags: Boris BeckerchiKKita banAAnaElena LitvinyukFriedrich RazKenny HallaertKristen BicknellMartin StaszkoNatalia BreviglieriVojtech Ruzicka

End of Day Notables and Big Stacks

Level 8 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante

Stay tuned for a recap of the day's play with a full chip count of the survivors to follow.

Player Chips Progress
Friedrich Raz ch
Friedrich Raz
3,180,000 680,000
Boris Becker de
Boris Becker
2,839,000 339,000
Martin Staszko cz
Martin Staszko
2,658,000 1,258,000
Petr Targa cz
Petr Targa
2,381,000 1,381,000
Benjamin Schroder de
Benjamin Schroder
2,145,000 -55,000
Horst Riedlingen de
Horst Riedlingen
Martin Lenoch de
Martin Lenoch
Elena Litvinyuk ru
Elena Litvinyuk
1,858,000 258,000
eMKey sk
Artur Rudziankov cz
Artur Rudziankov
1,746,000 646,000
Laurent Manderlier be
Laurent Manderlier
1,720,000 720,000
Vojtech Ruzicka cz
Vojtech Ruzicka
1,545,000 595,000
Michael Brandau de
Michael Brandau
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
1,449,000 449,000
The Talk de
The Talk
1,436,000 436,000
Erich Kollmann at
Erich Kollmann
Fabian Wahlers de
Fabian Wahlers
Jeff Lisandro au
Jeff Lisandro
1,236,000 336,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Ezequiel Lebed ar
Ezequiel Lebed
Martin Joseph Kus ca
Martin Joseph Kus
Philipp Zukernik ca
Philipp Zukernik
Lukas Klima cz
Lukas Klima
Wladimir Gerner de
Wladimir Gerner
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
1,048,000 48,000

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Last Three Hands

Level 8 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante

The Tournament Director has paused the clock and after a random draw has announced there will be three more hands before the remaining players bag up for the night.

The Talk Wants To Drink

Level 8 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
The Talk
The Talk

The last level of many tournaments is often called the “Beer level” as players are close to bagging up for the day and can afford to relax a little but after close to eight hours of intense concentration and competition.

While one or two are sipping a beer The Talk is suggesting a drinking game whereby players at his table must take a shot of vodka or show there cards

The other players were laughing along at this and fond it even funnier when he pointed to Elena Litvinyuk and said of the Russian player, “Except her, she will show AND drink!”

Tags: Elena LitvinyukThe Talk

Natalia Breviglieri Shoves River On Peter Zolnai

Level 8 : 8,000/16,000, 16,000 ante
Natalia Breviglieri
Natalia Breviglieri

Having seen the majority of his stack head the way of partypoker ambassador Boris Becker not that long ago, Peter Zolnai found himself in a tricky situation against partypoker pro Natalia Breviglieri just now.

The board on the river read {q-Clubs}{8-Spades}{k-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}.

Breviglieri moved all in and had Zolani covered so he had nothing else to do but squirm in his seat and try to fish for some information on whether his hand was good. His chat to Breviglieri initially met with no response but she relented and they chatted through some possible combinations that he could beat.

Breviglieri suggested that ace ten was in there and Zolani said that would indeed be a good bluff.

Zolani found the fold to keep his tournament alive and Breviglieri showed him the {10-Spades} to twist the knife a little bit.

Player Chips Progress
Natalia Breviglieri gb
Natalia Breviglieri
1,300,000 -100,000
Peter Zolnai sk
Peter Zolnai
220,000 -130,000

Tags: Natalia BreviglieriPeter Zolnai

Level: 8

Blinds: 8,000/16,000

Ante: 16,000

Boris Becker Game and Set, partypoker Ambassador Nets the Lead

Level 7 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante
Boris Becker
Boris Becker

partypoker Ambassador Boris Becker has just grabbed the chip lead in a dramatic hand.

The hand was related shortly after the action went down late in level seven.

Becker faced off against Peter Zolnai on a flop of {j-Spades}{4-Spades}{6-}.

Neither player was willing to back down and a series of raises saw Zolani shove and Becker make the call.

Becker had flopped a set with his {6-}{6-} while Zolnai held {a-Spades}{q-Spades} for the flush draw.

The turn and river bricked out. Zolnai was left with chips but it was Necker who was left the happy man having won the biggest pot of the tournament so far.

Player Chips Progress
Boris Becker de
Boris Becker
2,500,000 1,550,000
Peter Zolnai sk
Peter Zolnai
350,000 -1,850,000

Tags: Boris BeckerPeter Zolnai

Friedrich Raz Busts Raul Cuc

Level 7 : 6,000/12,000, 12,000 ante

Friedrich Raz had led out on the turn of a board reading {2-Spades}{2-Hearts}{10-Spades}{8-Hearts} and got some action from Raul Cuc.

The river was the {6-Clubs} and Cuc ended up getting all the chips in the middle.

Cuc showed two pair {8-Clubs}{10-Clubs} but the {q-Spades}{q-Clubs} of Raz had him beat and he was bust just before the final level of the night.

Player Chips Progress
Friedrich Raz ch
Friedrich Raz
Raul Cuc de
Raul Cuc

Tags: Raul CucFriedrich Raz