Main Event



Main Event
Day 1c Completed

Large Field Gathers; Day 1c PokerStars Main Event Rozvadov Breaks Records

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Sven Weide Tops Day 1c
Sven Weide Tops Day 1c

Day 1c of the PokerStars Festival Main Event Rozvadov is in the books! No less than 475 poker enthusiasts gathered at King's Casino, bumping the total field up to 913 entrants. It's already the largest PokerStars event ever in "RozVegas", and with Day 1d putting the event over 1,000 runners it will also surpass the inaugural PokerStars Festival London Main Event total of 944.

Germany's Sven Weide (212,000) topped the 212 runners that survived, closely followed by Russia's Anton Lepshokov (193,200). Cenk Oguz from Belgium has one ante less and sits in third with 193,000. Hometown heroes Petr Targa (170,800), Lukas Zaskodny (147,900) and Martin Staszko (146,200) finished in the top 10.

The top 5 after Day 1c is as follows:

#PlayerCountryChip Count
1Sven WeideGermany212,000
2Anton LepshokovRussia193,200
3Cenk OguzBelgium193,000
4Martin KristellerGermany180,000
5Jan Timo JobmannGermany173,100

Players showed up in droves for the third of four starting days and 250 players took their seat directly at the start. It's a testament to the appeal that King's Casino has on poker players all around Europe, who are finding their way to the small Czech municipal more and more.

The winner and runner-up of the inaugural Festival in London, Rehman Kassam and Daniel Harwood, were among those to play today. Harwood's attempt at another big cash was cut short when he ran a set of fours into a turned straight and didn't fill up. Kassam survived the day with 117,000 in chips and still has a shot to go back to back.

A lot of well-known players entered Day 1c but failed to advance to the next day. Among them were Emrah Cakmak, Pierre Mothes Clyde Tjauw Foe, Raoul Refos, Kully Sidhu, Jerome Sgorrano, Walter Buss and Miroslav Forman. Although they were left empty-handed, they still have a shot in the Day 1d turbo if they do so desire. Updates of Day 1d can be found here.

Among those who survived were Team PokerStars Online aces Jaime Staples and Randy "nanonoko" Lew. Both popular streamers made their appearance in Rozvadov and survived the day, with Lew sitting at 120,900 and Staples bringing back 25,700. They will return on Day 2 and with no doubt be followed by many fans on Twitch as they progress through the tournament.

2011 WSOP runner-up and local hero Martin Staszko had a strong showing, ending at 146,200. Stazsko already cashed the €5,300 King's High Roller earlier this week and is looking to go two for two. Other notables to make it through were Jan-Peter Jachtmann (112,500), David Urban (72,300), Huseyin Arkun (71,000), Elena Litvinyuk (68,200), Martin Bartos (43,000), Quentin Lecomte (33,600) and EUREKA 6 Prague winner Hubert Matuszewski (16,900).

Day 2 will start tomorrow at noon and all Day 1 players will be back to continue the tournament. Levels will be bumped up to 60 minutes and there are a whopping 12 levels scheduled to be played. The blinds will start at 800 / 1,600 with an ante of 200. The final day is scheduled on Monday, where we will crown a new PokerStars Festival Main Event winner. Check PokerNews throughout the long Sunday for all live updates from the floor as the action in Rozvadov heats up!

The action packed King's Casino

Tags: Clyde Tjauw FoeDaniel HarwoodJaime StaplesJan-Peter JachtmannKully SidhuLukas ZaskodnyMartin KristellerMartin StaszkoRandy LewRaoul Refos

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

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Sven Weide DE
Sven Weide
DE 212,000 54,000
Anzor Lepshokov RU
Anzor Lepshokov
RU 193,200 193,200
Cenk Oguz be
Cenk Oguz
be 193,000 103,000
Martin Kristeller de
Martin Kristeller
de 180,000 -10,000
Jan Timo Jobmann DE
Jan Timo Jobmann
DE 173,100 173,100
Arünas Jocius lt
Arünas Jocius
lt 171,800 171,800
Petr Targa cz
Petr Targa
cz 170,800 45,800
Lukas Zaskodny cz
Lukas Zaskodny
cz 147,900 77,900
Martin Staszko cz
Martin Staszko
cz 146,200 54,200
Siamak Tooran de
Siamak Tooran
de 138,500 138,500
Matthias Lechner DE
Matthias Lechner
DE 135,700 135,700
Manuel Schnur DE
Manuel Schnur
DE 135,600 135,600
Artur Rudziankov cz
Artur Rudziankov
cz 135,200 135,200
Gheorghe Stefan-Aurelian RO
Gheorghe Stefan-Aurelian
RO 135,200
Henrik Müller DE
Henrik Müller
DE 134,300 134,300
Michael Langwald DE
Michael Langwald
DE 134,000 134,000
Martin Mečiar SK
Martin Mečiar
SK 131,100 131,100
Stefan Kehrer DE
Stefan Kehrer
DE 128,800 128,800
Radek Jantoš CZ
Radek Jantoš
CZ 127,700 127,700
Vladas Burneikis lt
Vladas Burneikis
lt 127,600 127,600
Marko Simic DE
Marko Simic
DE 125,700 -24,300
Daniel Garcia Llaves ES
Daniel Garcia Llaves
ES 124,100 124,100
Oren Rosen il
Oren Rosen
il 121,300 121,300
Randy Lew us
Randy Lew
us 120,900 67,900
Carl Harris GB
Carl Harris
GB 120,600 -19,400

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It's a Wrap

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Day 1c is done! The massive day has come to its conclusion, with Germany's Sven Weide as the presumable chipleader. An extensive recap and all chip counts will follow shortly.

Day 1d will commence at any second and PokerNews will continue coverage here.

Last Five Hands

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The clock has been paused, the last five hands of the day will be played together.


"ChiKKita BanAAna" at 80k

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Yehuda Cohen
Yehuda Cohen

Yehuda "ChiKKita BanAAna" Cohen, owner of the massage parlor next door, is sitting at 80,000. The popular local told PokerNews a beautiful story about how he achieved this stack, which unfortunately got lost in translation (perhaps there were a few holes in it as well).

No matter the reason, Cohen sits proudly at 80,000 and is looking to surpass his amazing feat from last November. Here in Rozvadov, "ChiKKita" banked an astonishing €144,551 for finishing second in the WSOP Circuit Event, by far his largest score to date.

Yehuda Cohen il
Yehuda Cohen
il 80,000 80,000

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Ivanov Wins Three-Way All in

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What started out as a typical friendly game limped pot, suddenly exploded into a three-way all in on a {3-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} flop. Milen Ivanov had flopped the wheel with {A-Diamonds}{2-Spades} but had a major sweat against {K-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} and {6-}{4-}.

The {7-Spades} on the turn and {10-Hearts} on the river kept Ivanov in front and he tripled up.

Milen Ivanov BG
Milen Ivanov
BG 90,000 90,000

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