€500 Main Event
€500 Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Robert Leads Trio Atop on Day 1b; Potential Record on the Horizon for the Winamax Poker Open

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

The second starting day of the 2022 Winamax Poker Open €500 Main Event has concluded and it was a busy day at the tables in the Casino Gran Madrid in Torreledones, situated in the outskirts of the Spanish capital

After a strong start on Day 1a, another 533 entries emerged to increase the total attendance so far to 902 entries. Another two starting days remain and that puts the popular live poker tour on the verge of aiming for a new record.

That one thus far stands at 1,389 entries and was set back in 2019 when the French online poker and sports betting operator headed to Dublin.

Upon completion of level 20, the field was thinned down significantly and 83 survivors emerged. In a very close race for the top spot, Julien Robert claimed 768,000 to his name. That put him narrowly ahead of Jean-Charles Remaud (762,000) and Hayg Badem (748,000). Other notables such as Omar Del Pino (666,000), Victor Salinier (663,000), Alexandre Dana (635,000), and Franck Carpentier (630,000) follow not far behind.

Mikael "ShiShi" Busto from ClubPoker radio also made it through with a decent stack as well as he advanced with 574,000 in chips. Set to host a show this weekend, Busto may have to postpone the plans for the time being if he makes it all the way to the final day on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

None of the big stacks came close to topping Day 1a chip leader Pierre Calamusa, who remains the only contenders thus far with a seven-figure stack. Calamusa's fellow Winamax sponsored pros were all on board for Day 1b but none of them made it through. Mustapha Kanit, Davidi Kitai, Romain Lewis, Guillaume Diaz, François Pirault, Adrian Mateos and Gaelle Baumann all came up short. The same also applied for Alejandro Romero, who delivered the shuffle up and deal on home soil.

Once the live stream action started in level 13, Romain Lewis was on the main feature table while several other brand ambassadors were also moving over to the Mandalay Room as well. Diaz flirted with the lead and accumulated plenty of chips but it all came to a crashing end when Jean-Charles Remaud had the best of it on multiple occasions. Likewise, Lopes, known under his moniker of "Kool Shen" was sent to the rail as the last Winamax Pro when his move with a pair was ahead but didn't prevail in a clash with Mehdi Violleau.

Guillaume Diaz
Strong start but no happy end for Guillaume Diaz on Day 1b

The last two levels of the night certainly belonged to Julien Robert, however, who went on a rush from a middling stack to top spot in quick succession. He first knocked out Nicolas Millaud, then doubled through Aurelien Villesuzanne in a preflop contest before spiking a flush on the river to knock out Villesuzanne. Robert also won a large pot off fellow big stack Ionut-Gabriel Andrei to cement his status as one of the chip leaders.

With more than two thirds of the field filled gone featuring plenty of Winamax online qualifiers, Red Diamond status players and recreational poker enthusiasts from Spain and France, another busy day can be expected on Friday, May 13, 2022. Two chances remain for players to take a shot at the 2022 WPO Madrid €500 Main Event as Day 1c is scheduled for noon and the turbo heat 1d with 15-minute levels follows as of 9pm local time.

The entertainment program by Winamax contained the popular Beer Pong Open, which has become one of the most popular activities ever since the live poker tour existed. In the afternoon, the Team Winamax Master Class follows and will involve Adrian Mateos and Leo Margets as the hosts for a high-quality poker workshop. The day is then rounded up by the Friday the 13th party with two themes: luck (or the lack of it), and fear.

Beer Pong Open
Beer Pong Open

Tags: Adrian MateosAlejandro RomeroAlexandre DanaAurelien VillesuzanneDavidi KitaiFrançois PiraultGaelle BaumannGuillaume DiazHayg BademJean-Charles RemaudJulien RobertLeo MargetsMehdi ViolleauMustapha KanitNicolas MillaudOmar Del PinoPierre CalamusaRomain LewisVictor Salinier

End-of-Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Julien Robert fr
Julien Robert
fr 768,000 -82,000
Jean-Charles Remaud FR
Jean-Charles Remaud
FR 762,000 137,000
Hayg Badem fr
Hayg Badem
fr 748,000 178,000
Omar Del Pino es
Omar Del Pino
es 666,000 306,000
Victor Salinier fr
Victor Salinier
fr 663,000 -57,000
Javier Ortiz ES
Javier Ortiz
ES 646,000 646,000
Alexandre Dana fr
Alexandre Dana
fr 635,000 520,000
Franck Charpentier FR
Franck Charpentier
FR 630,000 313,000
Henry Dupont FR
Henry Dupont
FR 600,000 55,000
Simon Wiciak FR
Simon Wiciak
FR 600,000 600,000
Mikael Busto FR
Mikael Busto
FR 574,000 -36,000
Abilil Mohamadov ES
Abilil Mohamadov
ES 558,000 558,000
Giovanni Renna fr
Giovanni Renna
fr 537,000 -73,000
Pablo Herrera Medina ES
Pablo Herrera Medina
ES 527,000 107,000
Mathieu Courty FR
Mathieu Courty
FR 485,000 380,000
Inaki Aguirre ES
Inaki Aguirre
ES 481,000 481,000
Julien Da Silva fr
Julien Da Silva
fr 472,000 472,000
Nils Mallon DE
Nils Mallon
DE 450,000 450,000
Ionut-Gabriel Andrei RO
Ionut-Gabriel Andrei
RO 447,000 87,000
Nuno Andrade PT
Nuno Andrade
PT 440,000 200,000
Juan Ocampo ES
Juan Ocampo
ES 440,000 220,000
Luis Manuel Cabello ES
Luis Manuel Cabello
ES 418,000 -32,000
Erikas Laugzemys lt
Erikas Laugzemys
lt 416,000 416,000
Nicolas Merceron fr
Nicolas Merceron
fr 408,000 408,000
Aymeric Dole fr
Aymeric Dole
fr 396,000 396,000

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Day 1b Completed

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

After racing off the T-500 chips, all players bagged up their chips and they will return in two days at noon local time for Day 2. Assorted counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Robert Paces Into the Lead

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

On a completed board of {k-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}, Julien Robert faced the push by Valentine Devooght for 151,500 and tank-folded to forfeit a portion of his bigger stack.

However, he came back with a vengeance after that to win a very large pot without showdown against Ionut-Gabriel Andrei and then drag in another very healthy pot as he suddenly leaped to the top spot.

Julien Robert fr
Julien Robert
fr 850,000 230,000
Valentin Devooght FR
Valentin Devooght
FR 365,000 245,000
Ionut-Gabriel Andrei RO
Ionut-Gabriel Andrei
RO 360,000 -340,000

Tags: Ionut-Gabriel AndreiJulien Robert

Last Four Hands

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

The clock has been stopped and the final hands were drawn for the night. Only four of them are to be played and the T.500 chips will then be raced off before all those with chips at their disposal get to bag and tag the chips. Surrendering the stack is also possible but that would result in an automatic rentry on either Day 1c or 1d without having a seat locked up.

Last Casualties in the Main Room

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

The Day 1b field may have dipped just below 100 hopefuls as several players bowed out in the final level of the night. That included Yann Monnier and Emmanuel Da Silva, among others.

Eitan Michelland FR
Eitan Michelland
FR Busted
Sofiane Trigiune FR
Sofiane Trigiune
FR Busted
Yann Monnier FR
Yann Monnier
FR Busted
Francois Colly FR
Francois Colly
FR Busted
Ramion Torrecillas Reig ES
Ramion Torrecillas Reig
ES Busted
Emmanuel Da Silva FR
Emmanuel Da Silva
FR Busted
Pablo Manuel Garcia Garay ES
Pablo Manuel Garcia Garay
ES Busted

Tags: Emmanuel Da SilvaYann Monnier

Robert Continues the Heater; Busts Villesuzanne

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

The cards were already on their backs when Aurelien Villesuzanne had exposed the {q-Spades}{j-Clubs} for the flopped top two pair while Julien Robert turned over {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} for the top pair and flush draw on {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{6-Hearts}. It had gone in after a single-raised four-way pot in which Robert check-raised and snap-called the shove by Villesuzanne.

While the {a-Diamonds} turn was a blank, the {4-Hearts} river improved Robert to a flush.

Ionut-Gabriel Andrei can now also be found on the table and he asked how many chips the biggest stack in the room had. Once the local resident discovered that his big stack was not enough for the lead, he promised to get to work immediately.

Ionut-Gabriel Andrei RO
Ionut-Gabriel Andrei
RO 700,000 90,000
Julien Robert fr
Julien Robert
fr 620,000 270,000
Aurelien Villesuzanne FR
Aurelien Villesuzanne
FR Busted

Tags: Aurelien VillesuzanneIonut-Gabriel AndreiJulien Robert

Team Winamax On the Rail

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

It appears that the last Team Winamax sponsored player has been sent to the rail. Over in the Mandalay Room, he defended in a battle of the blinds against Mehdi Violleau and called a bet worth 12,500 on the {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop.

After the {8-Spades} turn, Violleau faced the shove for 130,000 by Lopes and made the call to unlock the following showdown.

Bruno Lopes: {5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}
Mehdi Violleau: {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}

The {a-Clubs} river completed the flush for Violleau and it was a violent end for Team Winamax on Day 1b.

Giovanni Renna fr
Giovanni Renna
fr 610,000 270,000
Mehdi Violleau fr
Mehdi Violleau
fr 346,000 346,000
Nuno Andrade PT
Nuno Andrade
PT 240,000 80,000
Julien Duveau fr
Julien Duveau
fr 120,000 120,000
Bruno Lopes fr
Bruno Lopes
Winamax Sponsored Pro
fr Busted