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€550 Main Event, €125,000 GTD
€550 Main Event, €125,000 GTD
Day 1a Completed

Vladimir Bednar Bags Day 1a Chip Lead of Pokercode Festival Bratislava Main Event

Jaxon • Level 11: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Vladimir Bednar
Vladimir Bednar

The inaugural Pokercode Festival is off to a hot start at Banco Casino Bratislava with the first of three opening flights of the €125,000 guaranteed Pokercode Bratislava €550 Main Event attracting 75 entries.

Slovakia's Vladimir Bednar bagged the Day 1a chip lead with a stack of 421,500, which will be good enough for 105 big blinds to start Day 2 on Saturday with two more opening flights set to take place on Friday, Sept. 10.

Bednar was cruising most of the day before his chip stack catapulted to over 400,000 near the end of the day when his aces held against the ace-nine suited held by Darren Chandler.

Also bagging top five chip stacks on Day 1a were Maksym Ronshyn, Fehim Hajdari, Konstantin Hammermueller, and Sebastian Schulze.

Pokercode Festival Bratislava Main Event Day 1a Top Ten Chip Counts

RankPlayerChipsDay 2 Big Blinds
1Vladimir Bednar421,500105
2Maksym Ronshyn305,50076
3Fehim Hajdari298,50075
4Konstantin Hammermueller273,50068
5Sebastian Schulze244,50061
6Kate Scisel228,50057
7Raffael Crose214,50054
8Vladimir Kostka204,00051
9Hannes Jeschka193,00048
10Christoph Rapf190,00048

Pokercode Co-Founder Kate Scisel Living the Dream

Matthias Eibinger and Kate Scisel
Matthias Eibinger and Kate Scisel

Kate Scisel is one of the co-founders of Pokercode along with Fedor Holz and Matthias Eibinger. While Holz and Eibinger were on the sidelines today, Scisel was in action from the start and was having a good time all day long at the same table as Ruurd Nauta.

Scisel didn't know anything about poker a few years ago but that all changed once Pokercode came to life as she shared with PokerNews during one of the breaks that she felt like she had to learn in order as part of involvement with Pokercode. Scisel's learning curve was apparent as she held her own throughout the day and bagged one of the largest stacks of the day.

This should come as little surprise as she has at her disposal not only the amazing resources at Pokercode but also direct access with the incredible talent behind the training site.

Scisel was involved in perhaps one of the most fun hands of the day against Nauta where she called off with queen-jack suited against her opponent's rockets during preflop action. Nauta genuinely wished Scisel good luck and to everyone's surprise, Scisel flopped a flush and never looked back.

"This is not something to be proud of," said Scisel. "But we are still friends."

Pokercode couldn't be any happier to meet many of their community along with many others that traveled from near and far to play at the inaugural Pokercode Festival.

Holz and Pokercode Head of Marketing Milko van Winden not only joined the Pokercode crew in welcome all the players they could one-on-one but also shared this short video.

Be sure to return to the PokerNews coverage tomorrow, Sept. 10 for Day 1b at 12 p.m. CEST.

Tags: Fedor HolzHannes JeschkaKate SciselMatthias EibingerRuurd NautaSebastian SchulzeVladimir Bednar

Final Day 1a Chip Counts

Jaxon • Level 11: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Vladimir Bednar sk
Vladimir Bednar
sk 421,500 21,500
Maksym Ronshyn ua
Maksym Ronshyn
ua 305,500 -24,500
Fehim Hajdari DK
Fehim Hajdari
DK 298,500 208,500
Konstantin Hammermueller AT
Konstantin Hammermueller
AT 273,500 -76,500
Sebastian Schulze DE
Sebastian Schulze
DE 244,500 194,500
Kate Scisel pl
Kate Scisel
pl 228,500 -21,500
Raffael Crose DE
Raffael Crose
DE 214,500 104,500
Vladimir Kostka SK
Vladimir Kostka
SK 204,000 -86,000
Hannes Jeschka fr
Hannes Jeschka
fr 193,000 193,000
Christoph Rapf AT
Christoph Rapf
AT 190,000
Peter Varga sk
Peter Varga
sk 185,500 162,500
Nikolaus Kaubek AT
Nikolaus Kaubek
AT 165,500 -134,500
Maximilian Silz de
Maximilian Silz
de 155,000 -115,000
Curtis Knight ca
Curtis Knight
ca 110,500 20,500
Ruurd Nauta nl
Ruurd Nauta
nl 108,500 8,500
Matthew Madanat AE
Matthew Madanat
AE 94,000 64,000
Andrej Horvath SK
Andrej Horvath
SK 83,500
Chiel van Eerdt NL
Chiel van Eerdt
NL 80,500 -9,500
Grzegorz Kozieja PL
Grzegorz Kozieja
PL 78,500 -51,500
Alexander Shelukhin ru
Alexander Shelukhin
ru 67,500 37,500
Vladimir Bartko SK
Vladimir Bartko
SK 48,000

Players Bagging Chips

Jaxon • Level 11: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

The final 21 players are bagging chips for the end of the day.

Five More Hands

Jaxon • Level 11: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

The tournament director has announced five more hands before surviving players bag their chips for Saturday's Day 2.

Scisel Eliminates Bajmoczi

Jaxon • Level 11: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Kate Scisel
Kate Scisel

Both Milan Bajmoczi from the small blind and Kate Scisel from the big blind called a standard button open by Raffael Crose.

Bajmoczi checked the {7-Spades}{9-Hearts}{2-Hearts} flop. Scisel bet 13,000 and Crose folded before Bajmoczi three-bet shoved for 59,000. Scicel called and was in good shape after the cards were turned over.

Milan Bajmoczi: {10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}
Kate Scisel: {9-Clubs}{3-Hearts}

Scisel's top pair held on the {7-Spades}{9-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{6-Clubs} board to eliminate Bajmoczi near the end of Day 1a.

Kate Scisel pl
Kate Scisel
pl 250,000 125,000
Milan Bajmoczi SK
Milan Bajmoczi
SK Busted

Van Eerdt Doubles Through Shelukhin

Jaxon • Level 11: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

Chiel van Eerdt jammed for 43,500 from early position and was called by Alexander Shelukhin from the small blind.

Chiel van Eerdt: {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}
Alexander Shelukhin: {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}

Van Eerdt improved to a set on the {10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} board to double through Shelkhin. Meanwhile, Vladimir Bednar continues to destroy the dreams of his opponents and padded his Day 1a chip lead near the end of the day by taking the final couple of blinds held by Thomas [Removed:292] to send him to the rail.

Vladimir Bednar sk
Vladimir Bednar
sk 400,000
Chiel van Eerdt NL
Chiel van Eerdt
NL 90,000 30,000
Alexander Shelukhin ru
Alexander Shelukhin
ru 30,000 -70,000
Thomas Kraft DE
Thomas Kraft
DE Busted

Holz Welcomes Players to Bratislava for the Inaugural Pokercode Festival

Jaxon • Level 11: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

Pokercode Founder Fedor Holz is in the house and will be playing the $5,000 High Roller on Saturday while mingling with the players the next couple of days during the Main Event.

Check out the latest video on the Pokercode YouTube channel where Holz and Pokercode Head of Marketing Milko van Winden welcome all the players to Bratislava for the Pokercode Festival at Banco Casino Bratislava.

Bednar Eliminates Chandler

Jaxon • Level 11: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

Darren Chandler jammed from late position over a limper for 63,000 and was called by Vladimir Bednar from one seat over.

Darren Chandler: {a-Spades}{9-Spades}
Vladimir Bednar: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}

Chandler got nowhere on the {2-Hearts}{k-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{q-Hearts} board and the Day 1a field was down to 24 players.

Vladimir Bednar sk
Vladimir Bednar
sk 400,000 40,000
Darren Chandler DE
Darren Chandler
DE Busted

Final Blind Level Begins

Jaxon • Level 11: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

The final blind level of Day 1a has just begun. Surviving players will bag chips into Saturday's Day 2 while those less fortunate will have more chances on tomorrow's Day 1b and the turbo Day 1c. If that doesn't work out, there is one more re-entry possible before the end of the first blind level of Day 2.