Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
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:
|2||Tomas Gulas||Czech Republic||204,700|
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.
The first of four starting days in the Main Event has concluded. All chip counts and an extensive recap will follow shortly.
The tournament director has paused the clock with ten minutes remaining. The players will play five more hands before Day 1a has concluded.
Three players saw the 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.
The on the turn even improved Araujo to a full house and he could stack the chips after the on the river.
It was a three-bet pot between Marcin Horecki and Josef Gulas, with Gulas sitting in position. The dealer fanned out and Gulas continued his aggression with a bet of 7,400. Horecki wasn't going anywhere yet and check-called.
On the 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.
The innocuous deuce of spades turned out to be the money card for Gulas and he secured the knockout after the on the river. With the big scalp, Gulas is now one of the chipleaders.
Daniel Ulvrell's tournament life was hanging by a thread when he ran into Petros Pantzaris' . Luckily for Ulvrell, a queen popped up on the flop to keep his chances in the PokerStars Festival Main Event alive.
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 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 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 and raked in another sizable pot to put him over the 200k mark.