MILLIONS North Cyprus $2,200 Warm-Up
MILLIONS North Cyprus $2,200 Warm-Up
Day 1a Completed

Atsiz Leads After Day 1a; Dichev and Mojaverian Among the Big Stacks

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Muharrem Atsiz
Muharrem Atsiz

The 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus has commenced at the five-star Merit Crystal Cove Hotel Casino & Spa in Girne. After a break of one and a half years, the popular live poker festival is off to a decent start with 121 entries for Day 1a of the $2,200 Warm Up, putting the tournament on track to easily crush the $500,000 guarantee with three starting days to come.

The tournament featured 92 unique players and 29 re-entries, and 52 hopefuls survived after eight levels of 60 minutes each. Only two of them have accumulated more than half a million in chips and those are Muharrem Atsiz (604,500) and Yasen Dichev (549,400). Other notables with big stacks are Tony Aziz (486,600), Omid Mojaverian (471,300), Piotr Sowinski (384,600), and Ravil Khamatgareev (290,300).

Among those who entered and failed to bag and tag chips for the night were the 2020 WSOP Online Main Event winner Stoyan Madanzhiev, Paul Newey, Selahaddin Bedir, Marwan Salamoun, Sergio Fernandez Bernal, Zorlu Er, Alexander Lakhov, Anatoly Korochenskiy, and Ran Azor.

Madanzhiev was caught bluffing with just a pair of sixes on the first bullet and the second attempt saw his top two pair with ace-king go down in flames against a rivered flush for the vast majority of his stack. Another player that was certainly involved in a lot of action was Lithuania's Mantas Nanartavicius. He was among the very early chip leaders and then went on a rollercoaster ride throughout the day, eventually ending it with 326,200. One of the setbacks included the double up of Sowinski, who hero-called correctly with the second pair in a large pot.

Stefan Fabian seemed destined to battle for the overnight chip lead but suffered a big blow in the final level of the night when he was caught bluffing with a busted flush draw. Omid Mojaverian called with just the top pair and was good to end the night in the top 10.

Ultimately, more than half of the field was eliminated throughout the day and all those that didn't make it have another three chances to advance. One regular and two turbo heats remain for the upcoming two days and the late registration also remains open for another four levels on Day 2, which takes place on Saturday, September 18.

The PokerNews team will provide updates for this tournament from start-to-finish and also pick up the action in the $5,300 Main Event as well.

Tags: Anatoly KorochenskiyMantas NanartaviciusMuharrem AtsizOmid MojaverianPiotr SowinskiSergio Fernandez BernalStefan FabianStoyan MadanzhievYasen Dichev

End-of-Day 1a Counts (full)

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Muharrem Atsiz TR
Muharrem Atsiz
TR 604,500 4,500
Yasen Dichev bg
Yasen Dichev
bg 549,400 19,400
Tony Aziz LB
Tony Aziz
LB 486,600 486,600
Omid Mojaverian ir
Omid Mojaverian
ir 471,300 -3,700
Recep Aydemir tr
Recep Aydemir
tr 445,200 45,200
Ebrahim Ehghaghi
Ebrahim Ehghaghi
419,000 419,000
Jim Sue Pan nl
Jim Sue Pan
nl 386,300 101,300
Piotr Sowinski pl
Piotr Sowinski
pl 384,600 -65,400
Yunus Nurullayev TR
Yunus Nurullayev
TR 377,200 87,200
Sergey Serafimov ru
Sergey Serafimov
ru 345,400 345,400
Mantas Nanartavicius LT
Mantas Nanartavicius
LT 326,200 66,200
Nikola Minkov bg
Nikola Minkov
bg 313,900 313,900
Mohammadreza Amini IR
Mohammadreza Amini
IR 300,700 130,700
Denis Vitchenko RU
Denis Vitchenko
RU 291,000 81,000
Ravil Khamatgareev ru
Ravil Khamatgareev
ru 290,300 50,300
Aleksandr Kinzhalov ru
Aleksandr Kinzhalov
ru 281,800 -78,200
Fabian Bernhauser at
Fabian Bernhauser
at 279,000 279,000
Musa Barindik tr
Musa Barindik
tr 267,400 22,400
Alessio Isaia it
Alessio Isaia
it 256,500 46,500
Wael Sarkis lb
Wael Sarkis
lb 256,000 -24,000
Kush Kataria in
Kush Kataria
in 246,700 -23,300
Makarios Avramidis gr
Makarios Avramidis
gr 243,000 178,000
Mario Mosboeck at
Mario Mosboeck
at 224,000 14,000
Stefan Fabian ro
Stefan Fabian
ro 220,300 -24,700
Andreas Christoforou cy
Andreas Christoforou
cy 218,000 23,000

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Day 1a Completed

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It appears that the first of four starting days attracted 92 unique entries and 29 re-entries, of which 51 players advanced to Day 2 in two days from now. Assorted chip counts and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Four More Hands on Day 1a

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The clock has been stopped with ten minutes remaining and all those still in contention will play another four hands.

The Same Procedure Works Once More

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On a three-way flop of {a-Hearts}{5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}, Job Greben and one further player invested 5,000 each. Muharrem Atsiz check-raised to 225,000 out of the blinds and raked in the pot without resistance.

"Show one card," Mario Mosboeck demanded. Atsiz double-checked his cards, shook his head and sent them into the muck.

Muharrem Atsiz TR
Muharrem Atsiz
TR 600,000 70,000
Job Greben nl
Job Greben
nl 90,000 90,000

Tags: Job GrebenMuharrem Atsiz

Aydemir Busts Hanna

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On a completed board of {10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}, Georges Hanna got his chips in against Recep Aydemir. The latter revealed {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} for nines full and Hanna mucked the {10-Spades} before departing the tournament area.

Aydemir's late charge for a big stack has propelled the Turkish player in the current top five as it seems.

Recep Aydemir tr
Recep Aydemir
tr 400,000 175,000
Georges Hanna lb
Georges Hanna
lb Busted

Tags: Georges HannaRecep Aydemir