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

Mustafov and Chouity Among the Big Stacks After Day 1b

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Fahredin Mustafov
Fahredin Mustafov

Day 1b of the 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus $2,200 Warm Up has wrapped up after the completion of eight levels of 60 minutes each. The tournament screens showed a field of 254 unique players and 78 re-entries, and 176 players advanced with a familiar duo at the top of the leaderboard.

With now at least 453 entries, the event has already easily smashed the $500,000 guarantee and there are another two turbo heats to follow. On top of that, Day 2 will feature another four levels of late registration and re-entries to further boost the already impressive field size at the five-star Merit Crystal Cove Hotel Casino & Spa in Girne, North Cyprus.

Fahredin Mustafov ended Day 1b with a stack of 638,000 and the only other player hot on his heels, Nicolas Chouity, spent the final levels of the night on the same table and advanced with 590,500. Big stacks also belong to Mehmet Kolgu (469,000), Aleksandr Gofman (468,600), cash game player Sinan Unlu (462,900), and Marwan Salamoun (403,200).

The rise of Mustafov to the top of the leaderboard took place to the final two levels of the night when he knocked out an opponent with top pair on a straight and flush heavy board. However, the Bulgarian needed another elimination in the final hand of the night to secure the top spot ahead of Chouity.

International players such as Florian Duta, Mihai Niste, Fadhil Farag, Vitalijs Zavorotnijs, Remi Wyrzykiewicz and Tomas Jozonis all made the cut. Other notables were not as fortunate. The 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Main Event winner Stoyan Madanzhiev, Giorgiy Skhulukhiya, Marius-Alexandru Gicovanu, Boris Kolev, Dmitry Gromov, Ran Azor, Lukasz Szymon Grossmann and Dan Serban Borlan came up short of bagging and tagging chips for Day 2 just yet.

They will have another two chances on Day 1 or the early stages of Day 2 to run up a stack as the tournament is slated to recommence on Saturday, September 18, at 12.30 pm local time. Day 2 is scheduled to play down to the money, which may require ten or more full levels. The PokerNews team will be back then to provide as many key hands as possible during an exciting day of poker.

Tags: Aleksandr GofmanBoris KolevDan Serban BorlanDmitry GromovFahredin MustafovFlorian DutaGiorgiy SkhulukhiyaMarwan SalamounMihai NisteNicolas ChouityRan AzorRemi WyrzykiewiczStoyan MadanzhievTomas JozonisVitalijs Zavorotnijs

Assorted End-of-Day 1b Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 8: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Fahredin Mustafov bg
Fahredin Mustafov
bg 638,000 34,200
Nicolas Chouity lb
Nicolas Chouity
lb 590,500
Mehmet Kolgu tr
Mehmet Kolgu
tr 469,000 169,000
Aleksandr Gofman ru
Aleksandr Gofman
ru 468,600 28,600
Sinan Unlu TR
Sinan Unlu
TR 462,900 -37,100
Fredrico Senno LB
Fredrico Senno
LB 414,600 154,600
Elie Farah lb
Elie Farah
lb 413,000 413,000
Marwan Salamoun us
Marwan Salamoun
us 403,200 403,200
Arutiun Saakian am
Arutiun Saakian
am 400,000 30,000
Georges Hanna lb
Georges Hanna
lb 388,200 355,200
Tamer Abdelzaher eg
Tamer Abdelzaher
eg 386,000 -64,000
John Basta EG
John Basta
EG 381,200 -8,800
Ivan Sakharov ru
Ivan Sakharov
ru 380,000 90,000
Arturas Randis lt
Arturas Randis
lt 373,000 373,000
Silma Macalou fr
Silma Macalou
fr 360,000 -10,000
Nichan Khorchidian lb
Nichan Khorchidian
lb 360,000 360,000
Igor Tsymbal ru
Igor Tsymbal
ru 354,200 354,200
Georgios Tsouloftas cy
Georgios Tsouloftas
cy 345,500 125,500
Alfred Nader lb
Alfred Nader
lb 339,000 -41,000
Mustafa Agzikara TR
Mustafa Agzikara
TR 329,200 329,200
Florian Duta ro
Florian Duta
ro 322,100 62,100
Fadhil Farag ma
Fadhil Farag
ma 320,600 -19,400
Nuri Hadioglu tr
Nuri Hadioglu
tr 313,600 38,600
Kasparas Klezys lt
Kasparas Klezys
lt 310,200 40,200
Koray Korkmaz tr
Koray Korkmaz
tr 307,000 -103,000

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Turbo Heat 1c to Follow

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While the chip counts for the second of four starting days are currently being finalised, the dealers are getting ready for Day 1c as well. The first of two turbo Day 1 is set to kick off at 9.30 pm local time and all players will aim to make it through eight levels of 30 minutes each. PokerNews will be providing the final chip counts when they have been submitted and pick up the coverage on Day 2.

Day 1b Completed

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According to the screens, there are around 175 players out of 332 entries remaining and they will be back tomorrow for Day 2.

Selected chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Azor Eliminated in Final Hand

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Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy raised to 5,000 and Fahredin Mustafov called. Ran Azor got his last 10,000 in from the big blind and Merzhvinskiy reraised to 18,000.

Mustafov then pushed after checking for the stack of his opponent.

"What do you have?" Mustafov asked and Merzhvinskiy replied with "eights". "Pocket eights? Easy fold!" Mustafov concluded and Merzhvinskiy indeed let go.

Ran Azor: {7-Hearts}{2-Clubs}
Fahredin Mustafov: {a-Spades}{q-Hearts}

The board ran out {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} and Mustafov pulled ahead of Nicolas Chouity to likely claim the lead on Day 1b.

Fahredin Mustafov bg
Fahredin Mustafov
bg 603,800 23,800
Nicolas Chouity lb
Nicolas Chouity
lb 590,500 50,500
Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy ru
Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy
ru 183,000 38,000
Ran Azor il
Ran Azor
il Busted

Tags: Aleksandr MerzhvinskiyFahredin MustafovNicolas ChouityRan Azor

Three Hands To Go

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With 182 players out of 327 entries remaining, the clock has been stopped. All those with chips at their disposal will play another three hands before bagging and tagging for tonight.