€500 Main Event
€500 Main Event
Day 1cd Completed

2022 Winamax Poker Open Madrid €500 Main Event Sets New Record Attendance

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Jose Manuel Gonzalez topped the gargantuan Day 1c
Jose Manuel Gonzalez topped the gargantuan Day 1c

When the cards went in the air for Day 1c of the 2022 Winamax Poker Open Madrid €500 Main Event, all signs pointed towards an incredibly busy day at the Casino Gran Madrid in Torrelodones. Once the final chips were bagged in the turbo heat 1c, the six-handed competition set a new record for the French online poker and sports betting operator.

Not only did the marquee event of the stop on the outskirts of the Spanish capital obliterate the previous record for the biggest Winamax Poker Open Main Event from back in 2019 (1,389 entries), it also surpassed the largest SISMIX edition (2,036 entries) that took place in the same year as well.

Day 1c drew a gargantuan field of 958 entries and 189 players advanced whereas the final turbo flight gathered another 322 entries with 64 survivors upon completion of 22 levels of 15 minutes each.

FlightEntriesSurvivors% Qualified
Day 1a3695815.72%
Day 1b5338315.57%
Day 1c95818919.73%
Day 1d3226419.88%

The final two flights saw the biggest fields advance with nearly 20 percent and just under 400 players out of a record setting field of 2,182 entries will return for Day 2. It won't be too far off the money bubble as the top 312 spots get paid at least €1,000 with a payday of €130,000 reserved for the eventual champion.

Two new chip millionaires were crowned and local player Jose Manuel Gonzalez toppled Winamax Pro Pierre Calamusa by the smallest of margins after he bagged up 1,025,000 in chips. The Spaniard celebrated his biggest victory on the live poker circuit not long ago after he cut a heads-up deal with and then defeated Pedro Marques in €2,200 Eureka High Roller as part of the rescheduled 2021 EPT Prague festival.

The only other player with a seven-figure stack on Day 1c was Vital Villarrubia (1,006,000) while Alberto Ortiz Such (740,000) completed the podium for the last flight with a 30-minute level duration. Also in the top ten reside Xabier Bolinaga (739,000) and Argentina's Nacho Barbero, the latter of which made the trip to Spain alongside Winamax Sponsored Pro Mustapha Kanit and advanced with a very healthy stack of 665,000.

For Kanit and several other Winamax sponsored players, there was no happy ending on Day 1c. Only Adrian Mateos (68,000) made it through after hosting a MasterClass at the venue in the afternoon. Besides the aforementioned Triple Crown champion from Belgium, other team members including Guillaume Diaz, Gaelle Baumann, Francois Pirault, and Bruno Lopes all came short. Besides plenty of Winamax Red Diamond and WIP players, online streamer Kristyna Milikova was also among those to bow out in the late stages as well.

Throughout the entire day, there was a steady stream of new entries and a split dinner break was required to accommodate the large number of poker enthusiasts from near and far. Three different rooms were used to handle the six-max action and it was also broadcasted on the Winamax Twitch channel in the second half of an incredibly busy day in Madrid.

And while the remaining contenders in Day 1c went to grab a bite or attend the Winamax Player's Party for an hour, the last chance saloon kicked off with the turbo heat. It was yet another decent turnout with 322 entries, which was just shy of the attendance of the first heat.

Bruno Lopes
Bruno \"Kool Shen\" Lopes

Joaquim Marques ran the hottest and parlayed his starting stack of 50,000 into 673,000, while Winamax Sponsored Pro Bruno "Kool Shen" Lopes finished in second place with 639,000. Inaki Gonzalez (453,000), Jose Valls (356,000), and David Lebron (321,000) were some of the notable bigger stacks at the end of the night while Francois Pirault used the last chance to bag and tag 137,000 in chips.

Tournament Room at Casino Gran Madrid
Tournament Room at Casino Gran Madrid

The penultimate tournament day of the marquee event on the schedule is slated to recommence at noon local time on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Returning blinds will be 3,000-7,000 with a big blind ante of 7,000 and the level duration on Day 2 will increase to 35 minutes each. The money bubble will burst and the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide updates from what shapes up to be a very exciting day of short-handed live poker action.

Tags: Adrian MateosBruno LopesDavid LebronFrancois PiraultGaelle BaumannGuillaume DiazInaki GonzalezJoaquim MarquesJose Manuel GonzalezJose VallsKristyna MilikovaMustapha KanitNacho BarberoPedro MarquesPierre CalamusaRomain PocardVital Villarrubia

End-of-Day 1d Counts

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Joaquim Marques PT
Joaquim Marques
PT 673,000
Bruno Lopes fr
Bruno Lopes
Winamax Sponsored Pro
fr 639,000 639,000
Angel Alonso ES
Angel Alonso
ES 635,000 635,000
Mathieu Pontin
Mathieu Pontin
593,000 593,000
Pierre Erbland fr
Pierre Erbland
fr 458,000 458,000
Inaki Gonzalez
Inaki Gonzalez
453,000 453,000
Norberto Lopez Rodriguez es
Norberto Lopez Rodriguez
es 446,000 446,000
Roberto Gioffre
Roberto Gioffre
441,000 441,000
Francisco Garrido
Francisco Garrido
415,000 415,000
Jose Luis Hernandez Marin
Jose Luis Hernandez Marin
408,000 408,000
Guillaume Tricoire FR
Guillaume Tricoire
FR 396,000 396,000
Hugo Delmaire
Hugo Delmaire
370,000 370,000
Jose Valls ES
Jose Valls
ES 356,000 356,000
David Lebron es
David Lebron
es 321,000 321,000
Ben Khaled Sayfedine FR
Ben Khaled Sayfedine
FR 321,000 321,000
Samuel Jaraiz
Samuel Jaraiz
302,000 302,000
Jose Miguel Salvo
Jose Miguel Salvo
287,000 287,000
Angel Rodriguez
Angel Rodriguez
283,000 283,000
Charles Grigoriu
Charles Grigoriu
281,000 281,000
Fabien Marcos Robin
Fabien Marcos Robin
275,000 275,000
Juan Carlos Ganan
Juan Carlos Ganan
271,000 271,000
Jose Ruiz Pons ES
Jose Ruiz Pons
ES 266,000 266,000
Eloy Garcia
Eloy Garcia
255,000 255,000
Cristian Espinera
Cristian Espinera
254,000 254,000
Francois Gozzelino fr
Francois Gozzelino
fr 253,000 253,000

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End-of-Day 1c Counts (full)

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Jose Manuel Gonzalez es
Jose Manuel Gonzalez
es 1,025,000 -5,000
Vital Villarrubia ES
Vital Villarrubia
ES 1,006,000 386,000
Alberto Ortiz Such es
Alberto Ortiz Such
es 740,000 740,000
Xabier Bolinaga ES
Xabier Bolinaga
ES 739,000 739,000
Hugo Saint-Paul FR
Hugo Saint-Paul
FR 720,000 720,000
Benjamin Regalado FR
Benjamin Regalado
FR 684,000 684,000
Mantas Zobiela LT
Mantas Zobiela
LT 681,000 41,000
Nacho Barbero AR
Nacho Barbero
AR 665,000 315,000
Stefan Baczynski FR
Stefan Baczynski
FR 662,000 662,000
Timothee Marlin FR
Timothee Marlin
FR 660,000 660,000
Jose Alberto Gonzalez Cosano
Jose Alberto Gonzalez Cosano
602,000 602,000
Dany Yan FR
Dany Yan
FR 534,000 534,000
David Op de Beeck NL
David Op de Beeck
NL 495,000 495,000
Artur Zamora ES
Artur Zamora
ES 495,000 495,000
Saul Gomez
Saul Gomez
480,000 480,000
Isabel Zapateria ES
Isabel Zapateria
ES 460,000 -90,000
Hector Nunez Arguello ES
Hector Nunez Arguello
ES 459,000 64,000
Julien Pappalardo FR
Julien Pappalardo
FR 439,000 439,000
Romeu Sequeira
Romeu Sequeira
438,000 438,000
Pierre Munos
Pierre Munos
433,000 433,000
Malo Latinois fr
Malo Latinois
fr 430,000 430,000
Sergio Lopez Rodriguez ES
Sergio Lopez Rodriguez
ES 407,000 407,000
Adelin Condrache
Adelin Condrache
397,000 397,000
Juan Pablo Dufan
Juan Pablo Dufan
391,000 391,000
Kevin Moy FR
Kevin Moy
FR 391,000 391,000

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Day 1c Completed

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Fewer than 200 players out of 958 entries bagged and tagged their chips. Assorted counts and a recap of today's action are to follow with more news to come later on as the turbo heat 1d is still underway and open for registration and re-entry.

Gonzalez Loses Some to Zobiela

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

Mantas Zobiela raised the button and called a three-bet by Jose Manuel Gonzalez as they headed to the {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} flop. Gonzalez bet 20,000 and Zobiela called before the {10-Clubs} turn produced another bet worth 100,000 by Gonzalez and a call by Zobiela.

They checked the {9-Clubs} on the river and Gonzalez tabled the {k-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for kings and eights, which Zobiela had beat with {k-Spades}{10-Clubs} for the superior two pair.

Jose Manuel Gonzalez es
Jose Manuel Gonzalez
es 1,030,000 -70,000
Mantas Zobiela LT
Mantas Zobiela
LT 640,000 640,000

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Last Five Hands Drawn

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The final level saw the field shrink to just over 200 players and they will now complete another five hands before racing off the T-500 chips and bag whatever they have at their disposal.

Gonzalez Builds Stack

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

Jose Carlos Gonzalez, not to be confused with the current chip leader, defended the big blind against a raise to 13,500 and opted to check-call the {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} flop for 10,000. As the {4-Diamonds} turn went check, check, the {3-Clubs} followed on the river. Gonzalez now bet 30,000 into his short-stacked opponent and that won the pot without resistance.

Jose Carlos Gonzalez ES
Jose Carlos Gonzalez
ES 250,000 250,000

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