Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
The first out of two starting days at the bwin.be World Poker Tour National Brussels Main Event saw 144 players fork out the €1,200 entry fee. After the completion of 12 45-minute levels, 52 participants would bag up chips and Mike Gerry from Belgium was leading the field with 210,900.
Other big stacks included Youssef Hammas (184,000), Kamel Djemai and Tonny van Eck with 172,000 each, Anthony Rodrigues (152,000), Erwann Pecheux (151,200), and Bert Geens (143,800).
Two former World Series of Poker bracelet winners took part on Day 1a, however both Barny Boatman and Jörg Peisert would not bag up chips. They both have the option to return Friday at 2 p.m. CET for Day 1b, as a single reentry on the next day is allowed.
With almost two-thirds of the field being sent to the rail, quite a few familiar faces on the international poker circuit will have to reenter if they want to continue the quest in this one. Guillaume Darcourt, Giacomo Fundaro, and Govert Metaal all busted early. The aforementioned Boatman fell in the penultimate level of the day and Jonas Lauck also ran out of chips as well, both handing over their stacks to Thomas Lust. Tobias Peters fell victim to the creativity of Omar Lakhdari and Pecheux won two flips in a row against the ace-kings of Pierre Neuville and Martin Mulsow.
The €170 satellite maxed out its capacity with 100 runners and awarded 12 tickets with €600 to the 13th-place finisher. Furthermore, the Grand Casino Brussels Viage has already confirmed 162 registered players for the second starting flight, which may require an additional wait list to get everyone seated. It is highly recommended to show up as early as possible in order to secure a seat, and the venue opens at 12 p.m. local time.
All players that participated on Day 1a can do so again on the second flight as well, should they bag up a second set of chips, the bigger stack will be carried over to Day 2 on Saturday. Staff at the casino expect 250 or more entries for Day 1b and even the tournament area downstairs may have to be used in order to provide a seat for everyone. Make sure to tune back into the PokerNews Live Reporting section for more coverage from this event.
The clocks have been stopped and three more hands will be played.
It was yet another that faced the opposition of Erwann Pecheux and Martin Mulsow had said hand for more than 40,000 chips. Pecheux looked him up with in the big blind after four-bet shoving himself and would not see any upset after all community cards had been burned and turned. "Ah well, guess I gotta come back tomorrow then," Mulsow sighed.
This time Adam Owen would be sent to the rail after running with pocket kings into the top pair and top kicker of Michel Leibgorin as well as the set of sixes of Christian van der Haegen. The Belgian would bust Owen and take a huge chunk off the stack of Leibgorin.
Miroslav Alilovic had a bet of 35,000 in front of him and Bert Geens moved all in for 101,300, getting the Frenchman out of the way.
One table over, Pierre Neuville four-bet to 15,000 with very little behind and eventually got it in preflop with . The pocket fives of Erwann Pecheux held up and the PMU pro scored the knockout.
The full action is unknown but Jörg Peisert was all in and at risk with only to see Mohamed Mamouni look him up with the superior stack and . The board ran out and just like that Peisert was gone.
Omar Lakhdari limped without seeing his cards and two other players limped before Tobias Peters raised. Lakhdari now shoved, still apparently without having seen his cards.
Peters called all in for 24,000 with and was shown the monster hand by Lakhdari, who indeed got there on a board of .