Day 1b Completed
Day 1b Completed
The participation on the second starting day of the 2015 partypoker World Poker Tour National Cyprus €2,000 Main Event was slightly lower than expected and the screens showed a total of 63 entries after nine 45-minute levels. Eleven of those would be generated through reentries, and Season 11 European Poker Tour Prague finalist Miltiadis Kyriakides bagged up the most chips among the 34 survivors with 159,60 in his stack. The Greek ran hot most of the day and dominated his table without much resistance.
Chino Rheem fired two bullets and busted on both of them, with the second one coming only a few minutes after picking the worst possible time to move all in. You see, he ran into Ara Melkistian's set of aces, and that was the end of the line for the former World Series of Poker November Niner and Epic Poker League champion. It was the second flopped set in a row that was fully paid off for Melkistian, and he finished in second place for Day 1b with 132,200 in chips.
Amir Ali Etemad Saeid had a roller-coaster day after cruising early on, then losing half his stack and doubling up on the penultimate hand of action. During yesterday's Day 1a, the Iranian ran kings into queens and aces to bust, and today's entry was rewarded with a finishing stack of 111,400 in chips.
Other big stacks include Alper Kostem (100,400), Jan Bendik (92,800), Andreas Christoforou (86,100), and Atanas Kavrakov (68,800). Bendik benefited from an early setup when he flopped the nut straight and his opponent flopped the weaker straight. Former PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion Dimitar Danchev needed two bullets on Day 1b, but he got through with an average stack of 57,600.
With 41 players advancing from Day 1a and 34 from Day 1b, a total of 75 participants are returning to the tables. Day 2 will see the cards in the air at 1 p.m.local time on Sunday, Jan. 25, and late registration as well as the single reentry option will available until the end of the third level on Day 2. The event boasts a guaranteed prize pool of €300,000 and that amount is almost reached with 149 entries in total, the prize pool and payouts should likely be published during the second break on Day 2.
As always, the PokerNews Live Reporting team will provide all key hands on the way to crown yet another WPT National champion next Monday on the sunny island of Cyprus.
|6||7||Ivan Luca Franco||57,500|
|7||4||Mehmet Sinan Ogan||39,600|
|7||7||Amir Ali Etemad Saeid||111,600|
|8||4||Ahmed Mehmed Ahmed||8,200|
|13||2||Marco Della Tommasina||47,400|
|14||7||Majid Ejlal Noubarian||61,900|
All final hands are now done and the chips are bagged up. Below are some assorted chip counts, the full list will be available within the hour.
With the board of already being complete, Ivan Luca Franco bet enough to put Ahmed Mehmed Ahmed all in and the Bulgarian tanked for minutes. Time was called and tournament director Christian Scalzi came over. Ten seconds before the end of the minute of consideration, the Bulgarian joked "Can I have 50 more seconds? Can I buy them?" but obviously his wish was not granted.
Ahmed folded with 2 seconds to go.
Right at the end of Day 1a, Amir Ali Etemad Saeid ran with kings into aces. This time he called a raise along with one other player and saw the flop of . The player to his left bet 5,600 and Etemad Saeid moved all in, which got called by the bettor with . That was no good against the of Etemad Saeid, who locked up the double with the turn already.
The meaningless river completed the hand and Etemad Saeid is up to six figures.
The level has been stopped with 12:43 remaining and the last five hands will be played before everyone gets to bag and tag their precious chips.
Alper Kostem min-raised to 1,600 with and got called by Ates Hikmet from one seat over. Kostem bet the flop and got raised before check-calling on the turn and the ]2h] river for big amounts. Hikmet had for the worse two pair and lost more than two third of his stack.
The next hand he was all in for 23,350 with and held up in a coin flip against the of Mehmet Sinan Ogan on a board of . Both had already battled on the final table of the LEI Main Event two days ago.