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CA$10,300 Main Event



CA$10,300 Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Givens Leads After Day 1B; Aido Among the Contenders

ajlamers • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Will Givens
Will Givens

It was another long day of poker at the Playground Poker Club for Day 1b of the CA$10,000 Main Event in the 2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America. After a hard-fought 10 levels, just 107 players survived to move on to Day 2 tomorrow. The remaining 258 players will gather in the same for the first time when the action resumes.

Leading the way among those survivors is American poker pro Will Givens. He will head into Day 2 with 6,285,000 chips, far and away the chip leader from Day 1b. Things got started in the right direction for Givens when he made aces up against Elliot Smith just before the dinner break. Givens nearly doubled his stack and he kept the momentum rolling into the latter stages of the day.

With over $2 million in career tournament winnings, Givens will be looking to add another trophy to his collection along with a nice payday. Some other big names near the top of the leaderboard at the end of the day include Canadians Jonathan Dwek (4,330,000) and Michael Farrow (4,315,000) along with Spanish high-roller Sergio Aido (4,195,000).

Aido is recently coming off a Super High Roller win at EPT Monte Carlo and is showing no signs of slowing down. This is Aido's second bullet for the tournament but he got things started right today when he jumped out to an early chip lead. Forced to move tables a couple of times, Aido eventually found himself on the same table as other notable names such as Sam Greenwood, Orpen Kisacikoglu, and Paul Michaelis. One of the largest pots of the day came when Aido and Michaelis both flopped a pair of aces but Aido's king-kicker eliminated Michaelis who had a queen-kicker.

Sergio Aido
Sergio Aido

After a larger than expected field turned out for Day 1a, today was a bit slower since 151 players had already booked their spot in Day 2. When late registration closed after four levels, there were a total of 217 entries for the day. That brought the total number of entries to 521 for this event, surpassing the CA$5,000,000 guaranteed prizepool.

The day turned out much better than the previous one for the partypoker team members in the field. Ludovic Geilich (3,855,000), Anatoly Filatov (2,900,000), Bertrand Grospellier (2,655,000), Kristen Bicknell (1,865,000), and Mike Sexton (1,200,000) all made it through the day unscathed. Joni Jouhkimainen, Philipp Gruissem, and Jeff Gross were among those that were eliminated.

A few other players to keep an eye on include Antonio Esfandiari who quietly went about his business to bag an impressive 3,255,000 chips. Esfandiari hasn't played much poker since last year's World Series of Poker but is looking to get back into the swing of things before the summer series. Ari Engel (3,235,000) is always dangerous when playing in his home country and Kisacikoglu also bagged over three million chips with 3,125,000.

The action will resume on Thursday at 12 p.m. EST with the blinds resuming at 15,000/30,000 and a 30,000 big blind ante. Another ten 60-minute levels are on the schedule and the players are not expected to reach the money until early on Day 3. Continue to follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team for all of the action throughout the entire event.

Tags: Anatoly FilatovAntonio EsfandiariAri EngelElliot SmithJeff GrossJonathan DwekJoni JouhkimainenKristen BicknellLudovic GeilichMichael FarrowMike SextonOrpen KisacikogluPaul MichaelisPhilipp GruissemSam GreenwoodSergio AidoWill Givens

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

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Will Givens us
Will Givens
us 6,285,000
Michal Wywrot ca
Michal Wywrot
ca 4,360,000 4,360,000
Jonathan Dwek ca
Jonathan Dwek
ca 4,330,000 -270,000
Michael Farrow ca
Michael Farrow
ca 4,315,000 995,000
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
es 4,195,000 245,000
Tyler Smillie CA
Tyler Smillie
CA 4,150,000 3,415,000
Tom Hall gb
Tom Hall
gb 4,015,000 2,165,000
Brandon Hall us
Brandon Hall
us 3,950,000 -950,000
Ludovic Geilich gb
Ludovic Geilich
gb 3,855,000 -265,000
Jason James ca
Jason James
ca 3,625,000 725,000
Diogo Veiga pt
Diogo Veiga
pt 3,280,000 -470,000
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
us 3,255,000 -215,000
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 3,235,000 835,000
Ruben Perceval ca
Ruben Perceval
ca 3,205,000 -120,000
Alexander Gambino us
Alexander Gambino
us 3,180,000 590,000
Richard Mullen ca
Richard Mullen
ca 3,175,000 3,175,000
Kevin Rabichow us
Kevin Rabichow
us 3,130,000 870,000
Carl Martel ca
Carl Martel
ca 3,130,000 3,130,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
tr 3,125,000 25,000
Bartlomiej Machon pl
Bartlomiej Machon
pl 3,120,000 500,000
Robert Greenberg CA
Robert Greenberg
CA 2,910,000 -40,000
Anatoly Filatov ru
Anatoly Filatov
ru 2,900,000 -250,000
Daniel Elkeslassy MA
Daniel Elkeslassy
MA 2,885,000 -15,000
Seyedrohollah Ettehadi CA
Seyedrohollah Ettehadi
CA 2,850,000 150,000
Aleks Dimitrov bg
Aleks Dimitrov
bg 2,820,000 -1,040,000

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Day 1B of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America Main Event Concludes with Will Givens Leading

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Will Givens
Will Givens

Day 1B of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America CA$10,300 Main Event has concluded with the 217-player field reduced to approximately 110 players.

Will Givens is the overall chip leader after amassing a 6,285,000 chip stack on the back of a late-level elimination of Ema Zajmovic.

Also among the leaders include Brandon Hall, Jonathan Dwek, Sergio Aido, and partypoker pro Ludovic Geilich who will all return for Day 2 on Thursday, May 23, at 12 p.m. (EDT) along with the remainder of the Day 1A and 1B survivors.

A full recap of the day, along with a full list of chip counts will be posted later tonight.

Tags: Will Givens

Keating Stays Alive

ajlamers • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Will Givens opened from early position and Anatoly Filatov called from the hijack. Alex Keating was the short stack in the small blind and shoved all in for his last 485,000. Givens called and Filatov quickly folded.

Keating: {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}
Givens: {a-Hearts}{j-Spades}

The flop came {6-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{4-Hearts} and Keating was still out front with his pair of queens. The {q-Clubs} on the turn gave Keating a set of queens and Givens was drawing dead to the {8-Spades} on the river.

Will Givens us
Will Givens
us 6,130,000 -520,000
Alex Keating us
Alex Keating
us 1,040,000 625,000

Tags: Will GivensAnatoly FilatovAlex Keating

Five More Hands

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

The Tournament Director has announced that there will be just five more hands remaining on Day 1B.

Aido Kicks Michaelis to the Rail

ajlamers • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Paul Michaelis
Paul Michaelis

Paul Michaelis raised it up in middle position and Sergio Aido stuck in a three-bet directly to his left. The action came back to Michaelis who called to see a flop of {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. With over 300,000 in the pot already, the two players quickly got the rest of the chips in the middle with Michaelis being at risk for around 1,000,000 chips.

Aido: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Michaelis: {a-Hearts}{q-Spades}

Both players flopped a pair of aces but Aido held the better kicker. The {9-Spades} on the turn nor the {10-Clubs} on the river was any help to Michaelis who found himself eliminated from the tournament.

Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
es 3,950,000 650,000
Paul Michaelis de
Paul Michaelis
de Busted

Tags: Sergio AidoPaul Michaelis

Flop Bet Win for Sexton

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Mike Sexton
Mike Sexton

Robert Greenberg opened to 50,000 in middle position before partypoker Chairman Mike Sexton three-bet the button to 165,000.

Harpreet Gill called from the big blind, as did Greenberg, before the dealer spread the {k-Spades}{j-Clubs}{9-Spades} flop.

Gill and Greenberg checked to Sexton, and he bet 200,000 and was greeted by two quick folds.

Robert Greenberg CA
Robert Greenberg
CA 2,950,000
Mike Sexton us
Mike Sexton
us 1,360,000 190,000
Harpreet Gill ca
Harpreet Gill
ca 515,000 -285,000

Tags: Harpreet GillMike SextonRobert Greenberg

Two Bets from Esfandiari

ajlamers • Level 10: 10,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Antonio Esfandiari bumped it up to 55,000 in the cutoff and was called by Mike Watson on the button and Bartlomiej Machon in the big blind. The flop came {a-Spades}{8-Spades}{5-Diamonds} and Machon checked to Esfandiari who bet 85,000. Watson called and Machon stepped aside.

The turn brought the {4-Hearts} and Esfandiari fired out another bet of 205,000. This time, Watson also let his cards go and Esfandiari took down the pot.

Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
us 3,470,000 570,000
Mike Watson ca
Mike Watson
ca 1,700,000 805,000

Tags: Mike WatsonBartlomiej MachonAntonio Esfandiari