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Day 1a Completed

Kamaras Leads After Big Day 1a €1,100 PokerStars Festival Main Event Rozvadov

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Peter Kamaras
Peter Kamaras

Day 1a of the €1,100 PokerStars Festival Main Event Rozvadov is done! It was a big success for King's Casino where no less than 183 players took their seat on the first of four starting days. 66 of them made their way to the second day, with Peter Kamaras claiming a massive overall chip lead of 270,600.

King's Casino ran many qualifiers for the Main Event and it paid dividends. With 183 players a new Day 1a record for the PokerStars Festival was set, surpassing London's 169 entrants. With so many players already showing up for Day 1a, the €500,000 guarantee set by PokerStars and King's Casino will surely be shattered as the week progresses.

The top five after Day 1a is as follows:

#PlayerCountryChip Count
1Peter KamarasHungary270,600
2Tomas GulasCzech Republic204,700
3Benjamin BenoitFrance177,300
4Michael RohdeGermany171,000
5Alexander RommeGermany169,100

The day started off with Patrick Börnicke in the spotlights, who doubled up his stack during the first ten minutes of the day with a straight against top set. Börnicke held the chip lead for the first half of the day, but a late slump set him back to 123,400.

Börnicke outlasted a slew of well-known players like Petr Jelinek, EPT7 Vienna winner Michael Eiler, WSOP bracelet winner Jörg Peisert, 2015 November Niner Pierre Neuville, three-time MCOP winner Sander van Wesemael and Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki. All these players will get another shot on Saturday night in the Day 1d turbo, only accessible to players who busted on the first three starting days.

While the first half of the day belonged to Börnicke, in the second half of the day it was all about Peter Kamaras and Tomas Gulas. Kamaras started off slow, dropped to one-third of his starting stack, then went on a massive tear that ended up with the end-of-day chip lead. Kamaras might look like the quintessential poker enthusiast, but he's certainly no slouch when it comes to the green felt. With multiple €50k+ cashes at the IPT and Estrellas Poker Tour, Kamaras is quite the dangerous opponent as he showed in a hand against Karel Mokry.

The only one who surpassed the 200k mark as well was Tomas Gulas. Gulas eliminated Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki during the latter stages of the day. Horecki held four-deuce on a flop with a four and got it in on the turn when a deuce appeared. Gulas held pocket deuces and spiked the money card to send Horecki packing. Gulas ended the day with 204,700 in chips. Benjamin Benoit rounded out the top three with 177,300. Other notables to survive included Usman Siddique (165,200), Paul Gresel (109,200), Antonina Anapolska (66,700) and former HSV-striker and Bosnian soccer international Sergej Barbarez (64,900).

Day 1b will start tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time and will feature ten levels of 45 minutes each. On Sunday, all the surviving players from the starting days will return for Day 2. Follow PokerNews as we bring you all the action of this exciting Main Event directly as it happens.

Tags: Antonina AnapolskaJorg PeisertJosef GulasMarcin HoreckiMichael EilerPaul GreselPeter KamarasPierre NeuvilleSander van WesemaelSergej Barbarez

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Peter Kamaras hu
Peter Kamaras
hu 270,600 50,600
Josef Gulas cz
Josef Gulas
cz 204,700 -300
Benjamin Benoit FR
Benjamin Benoit
FR 177,300 177,300
Michael Rohde de
Michael Rohde
de 171,000 171,000
Alexander Romme de
Alexander Romme
de 169,100 104,100
Eugen Strobel de
Eugen Strobel
de 165,600 25,600
Michal Lubas pl
Michal Lubas
pl 152,400 152,400
David Novak cz
David Novak
cz 144,100 99,100
Iulian Axinte RO
Iulian Axinte
RO 137,800 137,800
Karel Mokry cz
Karel Mokry
cz 135,500 65,500
Ivan Kruljac HR
Ivan Kruljac
HR 128,000 128,000
Patrick Bornicke DE
Patrick Bornicke
DE 123,400 -21,600
Konstantin Lobach ru
Konstantin Lobach
ru 122,200 122,200
Steve Toisul lu
Steve Toisul
lu 119,200 -15,800
[Removed:266] RU
RU 117,400 117,400
Michal Snasel CZ
Michal Snasel
CZ 110,600 20,600
Paul Gresel nl
Paul Gresel
nl 109,200 24,200
Denny Muller DE
Denny Muller
DE 108,100 38,100
Hakan Boztepe DE
Hakan Boztepe
DE 103,200 103,200
Piotr Sadowski PL
Piotr Sadowski
PL 102,800 102,800
Nikolai Lagoda RU
Nikolai Lagoda
RU 100,600 15,600
Petros Pantzaris CY
Petros Pantzaris
CY 89,900 19,900
Ivan Sebeledi SK
Ivan Sebeledi
SK 89,700 89,700
Dariusz Fistek PL
Dariusz Fistek
PL 89,500 -25,500
Guido Vey DE
Guido Vey
DE 86,100 86,100

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Day 1a Concluded

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The first of four starting days in the Main Event has concluded. All chip counts and an extensive recap will follow shortly.

Clock Paused

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The tournament director has paused the clock with ten minutes remaining. The players will play five more hands before Day 1a has concluded.

Araujo Doubles Through Anapolska

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Antonina Anapolska
Antonina Anapolska

Three players saw the {Q-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} flop appear, including Gonzalo Araujo and Antonina Anapolska. Araujo open-shoved his stack of 29,300, around a pot-sized bet, and Anapolska reshoved all in to get the third player out.

Gonzalo Araujo: {Q-Spades}{9-Hearts}
Antonina Anapolska: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}

The {9-Spades} on the turn even improved Araujo to a full house and he could stack the chips after the {2-Diamonds} on the river.

Gonzalo Araujo AR
Gonzalo Araujo
AR 85,000 -5,000
Antonina Anapolska UA
Antonina Anapolska
UA 68,000 3,000

Tags: Antonina AnapolskaGonzalo Araujo

Marcin Horecki Eliminated

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Marcin Horecki and Josef Gulas
Marcin Horecki and Josef Gulas

It was a three-bet pot between Marcin Horecki and Josef Gulas, with Gulas sitting in position. The dealer fanned out {9-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and Gulas continued his aggression with a bet of 7,400. Horecki wasn't going anywhere yet and check-called.

On the {2-Spades} turn, Horecki elected to lead out with a bet of around 18,000. Gulas didn't need much time before shoving all in, which was effectively 32,000 more for Horecki. The Pole snap-called it off, but found himself in dire straits upon showdown.

Marcin Horecki: {4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
Josef Gulas: {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}

The innocuous deuce of spades turned out to be the money card for Gulas and he secured the knockout after the {6-Diamonds} on the river. With the big scalp, Gulas is now one of the chipleaders.

Josef Gulas cz
Josef Gulas
cz 205,000 165,000
Marcin Horecki pl
Marcin Horecki
pl Busted

Tags: Josef GulasMarcin Horecki


Karamas Sees Through Mokry; Extends Lead

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Peter Kamaras
Peter Kamaras

Chipleader Peter Kamaras is starting to distance himself from the rest from the pack. The Hungarian, spotting quite the majestic beard, has come to play as Karel Mokry just found out.

It was Mokry who raised to 2,000 from under the gun. Peter Kamaras called from the hijack and the big blind defended. On the {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop, Mokry continued his preflop aggression with a bet of 3,200. Kamaras made it 7,800 to go, the big blind folded, Mokry three-bet to 12,200 and Kamaras called.

The turn brought the {8-Spades} and Mokry checked. Kamaras bet 18,500, but before the chips were even in the middle Mokry had already folded.

"Show one!", Kamaras' left-hand neighbor begged and the Hungarian complied. Stone-faced, Kamaras showed only the {7-Hearts} and raked in another sizable pot to put him over the 200k mark.

Peter Kamaras hu
Peter Kamaras
hu 220,000 40,000

Tags: Peter Kamaras