€500 Main Event
€500 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Calamusa Tops Day 1a of the 2022 Winamax Poker Open Madrid €500 Main Event

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Pierre Calamusa
Pierre Calamusa

After an action-packed first starting day, the return of the Winamax Poker Open (WPO) has been a thorough success. Some 369 entries were recorded in the 2022 WPO Madrid €550 Main Event in the first-ever stop at the Casino Gran Madrid in Torrelodones.

This surpassed the 360 entries of the previous edition in 2019 and was just shy of the 373 entries from back in 2017 to put things into perspective. If the first WPO Main Event were to set a new record for the live poker circuit, they need to attract at least 1,390 total entries and that seems certainly doable after a strong turnout on Day 1a.

When 20 levels of 30 minutes each had wrapped up, there was only one player who had turned a starting stack of 50,000 into a seven-figure amount. None other than Winamax Pro Pierre Calamusa topped the leaderboard with a stack of 1,023,000. Second in chips is Sebastian Penekes with 876,000 while Dennis Berglin was able to break into the French domination in the top ten and bagged up 669,000.

Other big stacks in the first of four starting days include Alexis Bouvier (651,000), Christian Ly (628,000), Hugues Mazerolle (557,000), Raffael Zarbo (522,000), Julien Ehrhardt (490,000), and Nicolas Vayssieres (334,000) to name several familiar faces of the European online and live poker scene.

While several Winamax sponsored players took to the felt today, only the Top Shark competition winner Loic "Winda" Debregeas joined Calamusa in securing a seat for Day 2 already. Debregeas ended the night with 161,000 in chips, which puts him in the middle of the pack. Other ambassadors such as Gaelle Baumann, Alejandro Romero, Guillaume Diaz, and Adrian Mateos were among the more than 300 casualties.

Padel Tournament
No luck in poker but second in the Padel Tournament - Adrian Mateos

They were joined on the rail by Nicolas Maillaud, Julien Duveau, Alexis Gillot, Nuno Andrade, Cedric Danneker, Yann Lormel, and Romain Lefebvre all departed as well. In a field dominated by aspiring recreationals and poker pros from Spain and France, the online poker streamers "VinzHS", "PyroSC" and "CarbonRH" as well as known Spanish regular "Tsunamy" all failed to advance, too.

Calamusa started his journey via late registration after the first break and quickly ran up a stack before he commenced with his usual aggressive style to cement his spot near the top of the leaderboard. Seven years ago in 2015, he came out on top of a 959 entry strong field to earn the WPO Main Event title only a few weeks after he signed up as an ambassador for the online poker and sports betting giant.

Another known figure that could be found near the top throughout the day was Julien Ehrhardt, who can usually be found on the online poker tables. The Frenchman is a Red Diamond on Winamax and all high volume players with this status are invited to take part in the Winamax live poker events. Among his victims in the fast-paced six-handed actions was Antoine Whitehead, who lost a flip with ace-king versus jacks just prior to the dinner break.

Alexis Bouvier, Raffael Zarbo, and Dennis Berglin held onto bigger stacks that they started building in the opening stages while Alvaro Navarro had a plane to catch the following day but jammed numerous times to bag a top ten stack and postpone his travel plans for now.

All those who failed to make it through or focused on the usual fun side activities provided by Winamax such as the Padel Tournament in the morning and the Blind Test in the evening are expected to give it another shot at Casino Gran Madrid in the outskirts of the Spanish metropole.

Blind Test Winners
Blind Test Winners

Day 1b will kick off on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at noon local time and it will be the second flight with a duration of 30 minutes each. The PokerNews team will be back then to provide all the action from the tables.

Tags: Adrian MateosAlejandro RomeroAlexis BouvierAlvaro NavarroChristian LyDennis BerglinGaelle BaumannGuillaume DiazHugues MazerolleJulien EhrhardtNicolas VayssieresPierre CalamusaRaffael ZarboRomain LefebvreSebastian PenekesTsunamy

End-of-Day 1a Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
Winamax Sponsored Pro
fr 1,023,000 -17,000
Sebastian Penekes FR
Sebastian Penekes
FR 876,000 876,000
Dennis Berglin se
Dennis Berglin
se 669,000 -6,000
Alexis Bouvier fr
Alexis Bouvier
fr 651,000
Christian Ly fr
Christian Ly
fr 628,000 -12,000
Alvaro Navarro es
Alvaro Navarro
es 625,000 625,000
Hugues Mazerolle fr
Hugues Mazerolle
fr 557,000 387,000
Jose Maria Martin Rivero ES
Jose Maria Martin Rivero
ES 550,000 497,000
Alejandro Ganivet Mateo ES
Alejandro Ganivet Mateo
ES 531,000 531,000
Raffael Zarbo fr
Raffael Zarbo
fr 522,000 172,000
Julien Ehrhardt FR
Julien Ehrhardt
FR 490,000 -20,000
Daniel Henriques pt
Daniel Henriques
pt 458,000
Titas Gancierius LT
Titas Gancierius
LT 437,000 177,000
Pedro Dominguez ES
Pedro Dominguez
ES 435,000 387,000
Benoit Maire FR
Benoit Maire
FR 395,000 395,000
Jose Ramon Martel Medina ES
Jose Ramon Martel Medina
ES 384,000 384,000
Alan Mehamed fr
Alan Mehamed
fr 376,000 376,000
Lois Le Boisselier FR
Lois Le Boisselier
FR 375,000 375,000
Marius Rusu ro
Marius Rusu
ro 361,000 196,000
Remi Parpillon FR
Remi Parpillon
FR 358,000 -232,000
Abdel Attey Said FR
Abdel Attey Said
FR 357,000 357,000
Gytis Juskevicius lt
Gytis Juskevicius
lt 338,000 153,000
Nicolas Vayssieres fr
Nicolas Vayssieres
fr 334,000 334,000
Baptiste Abadie FR
Baptiste Abadie
FR 329,000 204,000
Sylvain Pujol FR
Sylvain Pujol
FR 320,000 60,000

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Day 1a Completed

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

After 20 levels and the final five hands, Day 1a has come to a conclusion. Only 58 players appear to have bagged up chips and assorted counts as well as a recap of today's action are to follow.

Sanchez Pena Eliminated in Final Hand

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

After losing a bigger pot to Alexis Bouvier in which Daniel Henriques flopped inferior two pair with ace-deuce against the {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} of Bouvier, the Portuguese recovered some chips in the last hand of the night.

Victor Sanchez Pena open-shoved for 68,500 in the very last hand from under the gun and Henriques called from one seat over. Christopher Migano Leal tanked in the big blind and eventually folded.

Victor Sanchez Pena: {a-Clubs}{8-Hearts}
Daniel Henriques: {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}

The dominated ace found no help on the {6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{6-Spades}{j-Clubs} runout and the Spaniard departed the tournament area a few moments earlier than all other contenders.

Alexis Bouvier fr
Alexis Bouvier
fr 651,000 221,000
Daniel Henriques pt
Daniel Henriques
pt 458,000 18,000
Christopher Minano Leal ES
Christopher Minano Leal
ES 255,000 -65,000
Victor Sanchez Pena ES
Victor Sanchez Pena
ES Busted

Tags: Alexis BouvierChristopher Migano LealDaniel HenriquesVictor Sanchez Pena

Baumann Out; Debregeas Up

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

Gaelle Baumann has been eliminated in the Mandalay Room in which fellow Winamax ambassador Loic Debregeas won a preflop all-in contest against a slightly shorter stacked opponent. The {a-Spades}{k-Spades} of "Winda" prevailed versus {a-Clubs}{4-Clubs} as the dominated pair found no help.

Loic Debregeas fr
Loic Debregeas
Winamax Top Shark Winner
fr 180,000 67,000
Gaelle Baumann fr
Gaelle Baumann
Winamax Team Pro
fr Busted

Tags: Gaelle BaumannLoic Debregeas

Final Five Hands Announced

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

The clocks have been stopped and the last hands of the night were drawn.

Just before that, Julien Ehrhardt knocked out one of the late re-entries when his {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} prevailed on a board of {9-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}.

Once the last final hands are completed on all tables, the T-500 chips will be raced off and all survivors bag and tag their chips. Those unhappy with their stack sizes can also surrender and try again on another starting day.

Julien Ehrhardt FR
Julien Ehrhardt
FR 510,000 35,000

Tags: Julien Ehrhardt

Calamusa Above a Million

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

In a battle of the blinds, the completed board showed {q-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Spades}{3-Diamonds}. Tomas De Oliveira Cortes checked in the small blind and then called a bet worth 65,000 by Pierre Calamusa to get shown the {10-Spades}{10-Hearts} for tens and treys. That won the pot as De Oliveira Cortes mucked his cards.

Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
Winamax Sponsored Pro
fr 1,040,000 130,000
Tomas De Oliveira Cortes PT
Tomas De Oliveira Cortes
PT 265,000 -75,000

Tags: Pierre CalamusaTomas De Oliveira Cortes

Molina Galan Eliminated by Berglin

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

Fewer than 70 players remain with most tables situated in the main tournament area. The latest two players to depart were Nicolas Merceron and Alexandre Molina Galan with the latter bowing out in a battle of the blinds.

Molina Galan pushed from the small blind for what appeared to be around 75,000 and was called by Dennis Berglin in the big blind.

Alexandre Molina Galan: {q-Clubs}{9-Hearts}
Dennis Berglin: {a-Spades}{4-Hearts}

The {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{j-Spades} flop kept Molina Galan with some outs but the {a-Clubs} turn all but sealed his fate as the case jack would have brought a miracle split. That wasn't the case as the {2-Spades} river ended his run in the last level of the night.

Dennis Berglin se
Dennis Berglin
se 675,000 80,000
Nicolas Merceron fr
Nicolas Merceron
fr Busted
Alexandre Molina Galan ES
Alexandre Molina Galan
ES Busted

Tags: Alexandre Molina GalanDennis BerglinNicolas Merceron

Suarez Brea Adds Chips; Calamusa Leads the Pack

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante

Pierre Calamusa added even more chips as he pulled ahead of the pack in the final level of the night.

The very same table then featured the battle between Pedro Suarez Brea and Tomas De Oliveira Cortes with the former leading the {k-Spades}{j-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} river for 35,000. De Oliveira Cortes went into the tank, shrugged and sent his cards into the muck.

Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
Winamax Sponsored Pro
fr 910,000 215,000
Tomas De Oliveira Cortes PT
Tomas De Oliveira Cortes
PT 340,000 340,000
Pedro Suarez Brea ES
Pedro Suarez Brea
ES 175,000 110,000

Tags: Pedro Suarez BreaPierre CalamusaTomas De Oliveira Cortes