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Day 1b Completed

Mrakes Tops Massive Day 1b €1,100 PokerStars Festival Main Event Rozvadov

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Michal Mrakes
Michal Mrakes

Another massive day in Rozvadov is done! Day 1b of the €1,100 PokerStars Festival Main Event Rozvadov is in the books and once again, players from around the world found their way to the small municipal in the Czech Republic. A record-setting number of 255 players showed up on the second of four starting days, bumping the total number of entrants already up to 438. It's a major success for both PokerStars and King's Casino, proving again that the new incarnation of the PokerStars live festivals is a big hit among European players.

110 out of 255 players survived Day 1b, which became the day of Michal Mrakes. Mrakes grabbed the chip lead after a massive setup with a flopped set over set over set. The Czech professional, who already amassed over $400,000 in lifetime winnings, never looked back after that. Mrakas kept the top spot on the leaderboard throughout the day and finished with 264,100 in chips, way ahead of fellow Czechs Jan Stariat (210,500) and Ondrej Vlasanek (206,500).

The top five after Day 1b is as follows:

#PlayerCountryChip Count
1Michal MrakasCzech Republic264,100
2Jan StariatCzech Republic210,500
3Ondrej VlasanekCzech Republic206,500
4Roman GadzhievRussia168,700
5Marian FlesarSlovakia141,700

Like yesterday, the players showed up in droves to take their shot at the guaranteed €500,000 prize pool (which, by the way, will be absolutely shattered). The first notable to drop was Martin Kabrhel. The volatile Czech quickly dipped below the starting stack and went out shortly after when he lost ace-king against pocket nines.

[Removed:197] got flushed out on the river after flopping trips and headed out early as well. The likes of Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Tomas Jozonis, Sandro Pitzanti and Slaven Popov also failed to advance to the second day. 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.

Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Eugene Katchalov both decided to enter today after playing a gruelling heads-up match into the early hours. Even with little sleep, both stars advanced with Troyanovskiy bagging 48,900 and Katchalov 106,700. Other notables to advance to Day 2 are Cheng-Wei Yin (133,000), Andreas Eiler (119,600), Ioana Silvana (117,300), Ismail Kalkan (94,000), Marek Fritz (83,200) and Jonas Lauck (17,100). All these players will be back on Sunday at noon for Day 2 of the Main Event.

Day 1c will start tomorrow at 2 p.m. local time and will feature ten levels of 45 minutes each. It will be followed directly by Day 1d, which starts at 10 p.m. local time. Day 1d will be a turbo tournament with 20-minute levels and will only feature players who busted on one of the three regular starting days.

On Sunday, all the surviving players from the starting days will return for Day 2. The final day is scheduled on Monday, where we will crown a new PokerStars Festival Main Event winner. Keep following PokerNews for start-to-finish coverage of this exciting Main Event!

Michal Mrakes On His Way To One Million Dollars

Tags: Andreas EilerBertrand GrospellierCheng-Wei YinEugene KatchalovJonas LauckMartin KabrhelMichal MrakesSandro PitzantiSlaven PopovTomas JozonisVladimir Troyanovskiy

End-of-the-Day Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Michal Mrakes cz
Michal Mrakes
cz 264,100 69,100
Jan Stariat CZ
Jan Stariat
CZ 210,500 142,500
Ondrej Vlasanek CZ
Ondrej Vlasanek
CZ 206,500 46,500
Roman Gadzhiev ru
Roman Gadzhiev
ru 168,700 53,700
Marian Flesar sk
Marian Flesar
sk 141,700 -18,300
Tomasz Wrobel DE
Tomasz Wrobel
DE 136,300 136,300
Cheng-Wei Yin be
Cheng-Wei Yin
be 133,000 -7,000
Oscar Anjou SE
Oscar Anjou
SE 132,700 57,700
Mirco Peters DE
Mirco Peters
DE 131,800 11,800
Mario Jakopec HR
Mario Jakopec
HR 123,600 13,600
Andreas Eiler de
Andreas Eiler
de 119,600 19,600
Patrick Wagner us
Patrick Wagner
us 117,900 117,900
Ioana Silvana RO
Ioana Silvana
RO 117,300 57,300
Kai Kresovic de
Kai Kresovic
de 116,900 116,900
Alexandru-Cristian Alman IT
Alexandru-Cristian Alman
IT 114,200 114,200
Eugene Katchalov ua
Eugene Katchalov
ua 106,700 61,700
Viktor Stark DE
Viktor Stark
DE 101,700 101,700
Anestis Anagnostidis DE
Anestis Anagnostidis
DE 101,300 101,300
Karel Chaloupka cz
Karel Chaloupka
cz 97,700 97,700
Konstiantyn Tupalo UA
Konstiantyn Tupalo
UA 95,000 95,000
Ismail Kalkan de
Ismail Kalkan
de 94,000 94,000
Robert Hana CZ
Robert Hana
CZ 92,800 -22,200
Dinesh Alt ch
Dinesh Alt
ch 91,900 91,900
Arnost Kopecky CZ
Arnost Kopecky
CZ 90,900 15,900
Kurtulus Albayrak FR
Kurtulus Albayrak
FR 90,700 10,700

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Day 1b Done

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Day 1b is in the books. Michal Mrakas has finished the day as the overall chipleader with 264,100. An extensive recap and all chip counts will follow.

Clock Stopped

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Like yesterday, the clock got stopped with ten minutes remaining. The field will play four more hands together until chips are bagged for the night.

Cheng-Wei Yin Takes One Down

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Cheng-Wei Yin raised with {K-Clubs}{J-Clubs} to 2,500 and got three callers. On the {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} flop, Yin continued with a bet of 3,500 and only the button stuck around. Both players proceeded to check the {8-Spades} on the turn.

Yin put out a value bet of 4,000 on the {6-Clubs} river. His opponent gave it some thought, then shoved all in for 36,000. After glossing it over for thirty seconds, Yin didn't believe it and slid in a call.

His opponent showed {Q-}{J-} for a pair of queens, turned into a bluff, and he was eliminated.

Cheng-Wei Yin be
Cheng-Wei Yin
be 140,000 55,000

Tags: Cheng-Wei Yin

The Trapper Becomes the Trappee

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

After a raise to 2,200 and a call, a short stacked David Dill looked down at {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades} in the small blind. Dill opted for a small reraise to 5,000 and got both players along for the ride.

On the {6-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} flop, Dill bet 8,000 and got a call from Sonke Jahn. Dill put his remaining 12,000 in on the {7-Spades} turn and Jahn snapped him off with {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}.

The {4-Hearts} on the river ended Dill's run and he left the table in frustration.

Sonke Jahn us
Sonke Jahn
us 140,000
David Dill US
David Dill
US Busted

Tags: David DillSonke Jahn

Cruel One-Outer Crushes Pitzanti

KaleGozer • Level 10: 600-1,200, 200 ante

Usually, Sandro Pitzanti is all smiles. This time though, the sympathetic Dutchman came over with a shocked and bewildered look on his face.

According to Pitzanti, he just suffered one of his most brutal beats of his poker career. From the big blind, Pitzanti defended against a raise with the optional {4-}{2-}. Pitzanti flopped a monster on {4-}{4-}{3-} and check-called a bet. On the {3-} turn, Pitzanti check-raised all in and his opponent called with {K-}{K-}.

It was a pot for over 80,000, but the river brought the dreaded {K-} to send Pitzanti packing. To make things even worse, one of Pitzanti's table mates claimed to have folded a king as well.

"Man, I'm gonna cool off for a bit", Pitzanti told PokerNews before leaving the tournament area.

Sandro Pitzanti nl
Sandro Pitzanti
nl Busted

Tags: Sandro Pitzanti