Play is now just wrapping up on Day 1 of the first ever WPT event in Africa, hosted by ChiliPoker.com. Guillaume de la Gorce looks to be the chip leader as the number of the players has dropped to around the 150 mark.
It was a hectic day today as we lost such luminaries as ElkY, Huck Seed and Antonio Esfandiari fairly early on in the tournament but it looks to be French pros who are in charge at the close. Ludovic Lacay, Remy Biechel, Tristan Clemencon and Nicolas Levi all finished the day fairly well.
Other players among the leading pack include former WSOP Main Event finalist Scott Montgomery and talented Irishman Rory Rees-Brennan who both look to be over the 100,000 mark.
Play will restart tomorrow from 2pm local time. See you then!
As players continue to drop at a steady pace and the stack sizes become more urgent, three-bets are quickly becoming the norm.
With the action folded around to the blinds, Alain Roy raised to 3,500. In the big blind, Annette Obrestad took a long pause before three-betting all in for 24,300. After an eternal soak in the tank, Roy opted to save his remaining 14,000 chips for a better spot, earning Annette the pot and an increase to 29,600.
At the adjacent table, Stephan Bazin opened to 4,600 from middle position. Next door, Ludovic Lacay stuck in a three-bet to 15,000. Bazin would spend the next five solid minutes debating his play and trying to make small talk with Lacay. He eventually called, and he would commit his final 11,700 chips on a flop of . Lacay shrugged and quickly called, turning over . Bazin would need his to get lucky in order to stay alive. The turn and river would come brick-brick, though, sending the Team Partouche Pro to the rail.
Lacay has vaulted up to 82,000 courtesy of that knockout pot.
Arnaud Mattern has been knocked out, it was the third time he pushed against the player to his right's raise. The latter snapping this time with and catching a king while fading Mattern's which flopped a flush draw.