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Rytas Staniukynas Leads After Day 1a of the 2015 PokerNews Cup Event

Jaxon • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Rytas Staniukynas

A total of 98 entrants ponied up the €250 buy-in to the PokerNews Cup Main Event with 19 players surviving until the end of the day. Many more are expected on hand during the three remaining opening days taking place on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21 to compete for a share of at least €200,000 guaranteed prize pool .

Currently it is Lithuania's Rytas Staniukynas leading the way ending the day with 446,000 chips. Fellow Lithuanian Tomas Steponkus sits in second place after the action on Day 1A with 339,500 chips.

The day started off in a unique fashion with yesterday's PokerNews Cup Opening Event winner Timothy Weltner being the first player to bust out of the tournament. He was among the 12 players to re-enter today's event and now is sitting in decent shape with 102,500 chips.

Among the exits today were some familiar faces including "Homer Simpson", who was part of the five-way deal in yesterday's event and Australia's Lewis Murray who cashed yesterday after finishing in 17th place. While the Aussie poker player shared with us that he was using poker to help finance his travels around Europe, he appeared to be leaving Rozvadov to head to Prague.

"It's going to be Friday night, and Prague is calling," stated Murray.

Also surviving today are Russian film director Nikolay Karman with 70,000 chips and his wife and Russian film producer Anna Yamshchikova with 90,000 chips. Additionally Germany's Elena Litvinyuk will head to day two with a healthy third-place chip stack of 284,000 chips, while charismatic "Janja" busted out of the tournament just before the day ended.

The PokerNews Cup Main Event continues its play tomorrow, Nov. 20 at 17:00 CET. Also on the schedule tomorrow is a €35 buy-in Main Event Mega Satellite awarding at least eight guaranteed seats at 13:00 CET along with the €100 buy-in PokerNews Pot Limit Omaha 1 X Rebuy or AO side event with a €10,000 Euro guarantee at 16:00 CET.

Tags: Anna YamshchikovaElena LitvinyukHomer SimpsonJanjaLewis MurrayNikolay KarmanPokerNews CupRytas StaniukynasTimothy WeltnerTomas Steponkus