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Ian Simpson Leads After Day 1b of 2015 Unibet Open Antwerp Main Event

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Ian Simpson
Ian Simpson

The second starting day of the €1,100 Unibet Open Antwerp Main Event attracted a field of 196 entries in "De Shop" to create an overall field of 321 entries for the first-ever stop in Belgium's "Diamond City." After 10 levels of 60 minutes each, only 65 players bagged up chips and resulted in exactly 100 survivors for Saturday's Day 2. The top 36 spots will get paid at least €2,087, and all eyes will be set on the Unibet trophy and first-place payout of €71,260.

Ian Simpson, champion of the 2013 Irish Open, bagged up 292,800 in chips for the lead after Day 1b, and he was closely followed by Mateusz Moolhuizen with 274,900. Moolhuizen, the Dutchman, was one of only two former Unibet Open champions that advanced to the second day. The other was Quentin Lecomte, but the Frenchman will be looking for an immediate double up when play resumes on Saturday because ehe finished on just 19,500 in chips.

It seemed like it was meant to be for Simpson, as he was responsible for the first elimination of the day after flopping a set of fives against Amit Girdhari's ace-queen. The money went in on the turn, and Girdhari was eliminated.

Other notables and big stacks that advanced through the second starting day included David Janssen (202,400), Krisztian Arvai (157,400), Tobias Peters (147,600), Laurens de Smet (128,300), Jonas ten Cate (126,700), Johan Verhagen (121,700), Jessy Marillaud (108,800), Marcel "The Flying Dutchman" Luske (101,000), Johan Goslings (74,700), Micha Hoedemaker (68,800), Rolf Slotboom (64,500), Ruben Visser (63,600), Philip Meulyzer (51,000), Raoul Refos (40,600), and Pascal Vos (27,400).

Kevin "Civel" Vandersmissen's two pair on the flop ended up second best to the {8-Hearts}{4-Hearts} of Davy de Cooman, who rivered a straight to bust the Belgian. Then, 2015 Master Classics of Poker fourth-place finisher Kees van Brugge ran {A-}{K-} into the pocket aces of Verhagen.

Pierre Neuville, a member of the recent World Series of Poker November Niner, had his pocket aces cracked by Arvai's {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}. The Hungarian four-bet shoved into the short stack of Neuville and made a runner-runner flush.

Peter Harkes, one of the three former Unibet Open champions participating today, lost a flip over on the feature table with pocket sixes against the ace-king of Marc Dogge. Other notables that didn't make it included Raf de Wever, Paul Berende, Alina Volodina, Szymon Bujok, Dennis Lavrijsen, Anaras Alekberovas, Walter Buss, Niels van Leeuwen, Koen de Visscher, 2015 Cannes finalist Jussi Heikela, and Sam Grafton.

Day 1a chip leader Niko Koop remained as the overall leader and will headline the remaining 100 survivors on Saturday. Play will commence at 12 p.m. local time when action resumes in Level 11 at blinds 1,200/2,400 and a running ante of 300. The seat draw for Day 2 will be published in the morning and the paid places will be reached during Day2. All those that bust early can find some consolation in the Unibet players party next door.

That's all for now, but be sure to tune back into the PokerNews on Saturday for more live coverage.

Tags: Alina VolodinaAmit GirdhariAnaras AlekberovasDavid JanssenDavy de CoomanDennis LavrijsenIan SimpsonJessy MarillaudJohan GoslingsJohan VerhagenJonas ten CateJussi HeikelaKees van BruggeKoen De VisscherKrisztian ArvaiMarc DoggeMarcel LuskeMateusz MoolhuizenMicha HoedemakerNiels van LeeuwenNiko KoopPascal VosPaul BerendePeter HarkesPhilip MeulyzerPierre NeuvilleQuentin LecomteRaf de WeverRaoul RefosRolf SlotboomRuben VisserSam GraftonSzymon BujokTobias PetersWalter Buss

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Ian Simpson gb
Ian Simpson
gb 292,800 42,800
Mateusz Moolhuizen nl
Mateusz Moolhuizen
nl 274,900 19,900
David Janssen BE
David Janssen
BE 202,400 13,400
Pieter Ram BE
Pieter Ram
BE 199,500 64,500
Jasper van Vlasselaer BE
Jasper van Vlasselaer
BE 187,100 47,100
Carlo Mark NL
Carlo Mark
NL 178,400 15,400
Krisztian Arvai HU
Krisztian Arvai
HU 157,300 42,300
Robin Lacey IE
Robin Lacey
IE 151,500 151,500
Tobias Peters nl
Tobias Peters
nl 147,600 -2,400
Ramon Ligthart NL
Ramon Ligthart
NL 146,900 146,900
Marc Dogge NL
Marc Dogge
NL 144,800 5,600
Dennis Kleinleugemors nl
Dennis Kleinleugemors
nl 143,000 72,000
Laurens De Smet BE
Laurens De Smet
BE 128,300 98,300
Jonas ten Cate nl
Jonas ten Cate
nl 126,700 16,700
Johan Verhagen nl
Johan Verhagen
nl 121,700 11,700
Tim Verbon nl
Tim Verbon
nl 117,100 -11,900
Gordon Plomp nl
Gordon Plomp
nl 115,900 115,900
Rafal Kordys us
Rafal Kordys
us 115,400 115,400
Thomas Lust be
Thomas Lust
be 110,600 110,600
Cornelis de Jong nl
Cornelis de Jong
nl 110,100 58,100
Jessy Marillaud FR
Jessy Marillaud
FR 108,800 -36,200
Andrew Gillett GB
Andrew Gillett
GB 108,700 13,300
Paul Vergeer NL
Paul Vergeer
NL 104,900 13,900
Marcel Luske nl
Marcel Luske
nl 101,300 11,300
Kristoffer Arwin SE
Kristoffer Arwin
SE 99,000 99,000

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De Wever Last Casualty

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Raf de Wever got his short stack into the middle of the table in the last hand with {A-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and Bogdan Adrian Avram called with the superior {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}. The board ran out {7-Spades}{6-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and the kicker played a crucial role to reduce the field for Day 1b to 65 survivors as it stands right now.

Bogdan Adrian Avram RO
Bogdan Adrian Avram
RO 86,200 86,200
Raf de Wever BE
Raf de Wever
BE Busted

Tags: Bogdan Adrian AvramRaf de Wever

Four Hands to Go

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The clock has been stopped with 66 players remaining and four more hands will be played.

Moolhuizen Almost Unstoppable

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Karen Safaryan, Matyas Csiszar and Kristian Grundal Gormsen won't be bagging up chips. The latter shoved the {5-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades} turn after a small bet by Mateusz Moolhuizen and the Dutchman snap-called.

"Oh, you have it? Now I need four sixes to win," the Norwegian joked.

Grundal Gormsen: {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}
Moolhuizen: {Q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}

The {8-Spades} river was already meaningless and Grundal Gormsen hit the rail.

Mateusz Moolhuizen nl
Mateusz Moolhuizen
nl 255,000 45,000
Kristian Grundal Gormsen NO
Kristian Grundal Gormsen
NO Busted
Matyas Csiszar HU
Matyas Csiszar
HU Busted
Karen Safaryan
Karen Safaryan

Tags: Karen SafaryanKristian Grundal GormsenMateusz MoolhuizenMatyas Csiszar

Moolhuizen Flushes Merkelis

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Arnoldas Merkelis raised to 5,000 and Mateusz Moolhuizen called in the cutof seat. On the flop {5-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}, Merkelis continued for 6,000 and Moolhuizen called before doing the very same on the {2-Clubs} turn for 11,000.

The dealer burned and turned the {6-Hearts} river, which Merkelis checked. Moolhuizen pushed forward a big stack of T-5,000 chips to put his opponent all in and Merkelis called with {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts} only to see Moolhuizen turn over {J-Clubs}{10-Clubs} for a flush.

Mateusz Moolhuizen nl
Mateusz Moolhuizen
nl 210,000 50,000
Arnoldas Merkelis LT
Arnoldas Merkelis
LT Busted

Tags: Arnoldas MerkelisMateusz Moolhuizen

Callens, Kalinowski and Kinket Gone

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Ann-Roos Callens first had her pocket kings cracked after a four-bet pot and seven-high flop when her opponent with pocket queens found another queen on the turn. The remainder of the stack then vanished with {K-}{10-} versus {A-}{10-} on an ten-high board.

Aleksandar Kalinowski and Alexander Kinket have been sent to the rail as well.

Ann-Roos Callens BE
Ann-Roos Callens
BE Busted
Aleksandar Kalinowski
Aleksandar Kalinowski
Alexander Kinket NL
Alexander Kinket
NL Busted

Tags: Aleksandar KalinowskiAlexander KinketAnn-Roos Callens

Simpson Takes Lead from Verbon

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Over on the feature table, Ian Simpson and Tim Verbon got involved into a four-bet to 26,000 and Simpson called to see a flop of {6-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{9-Spades}. Both players checked and Verbon then continued for 25,000 on the {3-Hearts} turn, again Simpson called.

The {K-Diamonds} came on the river and that was the worst card for Verbon, who fired 50,000 with {K-Spades}{Q-Spades}. Simpson snap-called with {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs} and raked in the huge pot.

Ian Simpson gb
Ian Simpson
gb 250,000 92,800
Tim Verbon nl
Tim Verbon
nl 129,000 -133,000

Tags: Ian SimpsonTim Verbon