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Day 1a Completed

Francisco Arce Claims Big Chip Lead After Day 1a Of 2016 WSOP Circuit €1,650 Main Event

KaleGozer • Level 12: 600-1,200, 100 ante
Francisco Arce
Francisco Arce

The first of two starting days of the 2016 WSOP Circuit €1,650 Main Event at King's Casino in Rozvadov attracted a field of 298 players. 33 players opted for a reentry after they busted, which brought the total number of entries to 331. After 12 levels of 45 minutes each, 146 players bagged up chips and advanced to Day 2 on Sunday.

After making a huge call against Alexander Lakhov in one of the final hands of the day, Francisco Arce bagged 317,800 in chips to claim the overall chiplead after Day 1a. Other notables to finish Day 1a with above-average stacks included Martin Slajer (204,900), Miroslav Forman (202,300), Matas Cimbolas (140,000), the aforementioned Lahkov (89,300), and Dominik Panka (38,000).

Players who failed to make Day 2 included Martin Staskzo, Tobias Peters, Bart Lybaert, Dan Murariu, Pierre Neuville, Johnny Hansen, Petr Jelinek, and Martin Kabrhel.

Day 1b will be open for players who bagged a stack after Day 1a as well, in case players like another shot in this tournament. After two starting days, they can carry over the bigger stack to increase their chances at taking home a portion of the €1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.

The second starting day gets underway at 2:00 p.m. local time on Saturday. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be back at the tables to cover a huge starting day.

Tags: Alexander LahkovBart LybaertDan MurariuDominik PankaFrancisco ArceMartin SlajerMatas CimbolasPierre NeuvilleTobias Peters

End-of-day Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 12: 600-1,200, 100 ante
Francisco Arce ES
Francisco Arce
ES 317,800
Dejan Divkovic ba
Dejan Divkovic
ba 219,400 157,400
Miroslav Forman cz
Miroslav Forman
cz 208,300 73,300
Martin Slajer CZ
Martin Slajer
CZ 204,900 44,900
Gerhard Brimmers de
Gerhard Brimmers
de 167,300 127,300
Eduard Scharf de
Eduard Scharf
de 147,000 147,000
Patrick Wagner us
Patrick Wagner
us 146,700 146,700
Ondrej Drozd cz
Ondrej Drozd
cz 146,100 76,100
Roel van Gestel BE
Roel van Gestel
BE 141,400 46,400
Andrei Stelu Tudose
Andrei Stelu Tudose
140,100 140,100
Matas Cimbolas lt
Matas Cimbolas
lt 140,000 20,000
Silviu Togui RO
Silviu Togui
RO 139,700 29,700
James Akenhead gb
James Akenhead
gb 138,300 -1,700
Vald-Alexandru Pleian
Vald-Alexandru Pleian
135,800 135,800
Julian Simon Thomas
Julian Simon Thomas
133,000 133,000
Tudor Popa ro
Tudor Popa
ro 131,200 41,200
Jan Bendik sk
Jan Bendik
sk 130,500 500
Oriol Fernandez ES
Oriol Fernandez
ES 129,000 -71,000
Michael Koran
Michael Koran
126,400 126,400
Emir Alijagic BA
Emir Alijagic
BA 118,200 18,200
Sandor Lodi HU
Sandor Lodi
HU 114,800 114,800
Renee Xie gb
Renee Xie
gb 112,500 112,500
David Sandford IE
David Sandford
IE 112,500 22,500
Benjamin Streber
Benjamin Streber
109,300 109,300
Lukasz Jerzy Golabek
Lukasz Jerzy Golabek
105,000 105,000

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It's A Wrap

KaleGozer • Level 12: 600-1,200, 100 ante

Play has concluded for Day 1a. Francisco Arce of Spain will end the day as the chipleader, after taking a gigantic pot off Alexander Lakhov during the last hands of the day. An extensive recap and all end-of-day chip counts will follow shortly.

Arce Takes Chiplead Off Lakhov In Final Hands

KaleGozer • Level 12: 600-1,200, 100 ante
Francisco Arce
Francisco Arce

In one of the last hands of the day, a gigantic pot between Alexander Lakhov and Francisco Arce saw the latter take the chiplead off the former.

A player raised to 2,500 from middle position and Arce called on the button. In the blinds, Lakhov put in a three-bet to 11,000 while saying "six". The dealer told Lakhov it was a raise to 6,000 due to the verbal announcement, but Lakhov claimed he was talking about the "six position" with another player.

The floor got called over and ruled the verbal announcement as binding. Getting a great price, both the player in middle position and Arce called the raise to see a flop.

The flop came {A-Spades}{K-Spades}{4-Clubs} and all players quickly checked. On the {7-Diamonds} turn, Lakhov checked, the player in middle position bet 12,500, Arce called, Lakhov check-raised to 35,000, and only Arce called the raise.

The river was the {J-Clubs} and Lakhov moved all in without hesitation. Arce, with a healthy stack of 120,000 behind, suddenly had a decision for his tournament life. The Spanish pro seized up his opponent, considered it for twenty seconds, then flicked in a call.

Alexander Lahkov: {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs}
Francisco Arce: {A-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}

Arce made a huge call with just a weak pair of aces and got rewarded, as Lakhov had turned his pocket queens into a bluff. With the gigantic pot, Arce will end the day as the chipleader.

Francisco Arce ES
Francisco Arce
ES 317,800 317,800
Alexander Lahkov RU
Alexander Lahkov
RU 89,300 -110,700

Tags: Alexander LahkovFrancisco Arce

Five More Hands

KaleGozer • Level 12: 600-1,200, 100 ante

The clock has been paused with ten minutes remaining. The brush announced that five more hands will be played until it's a wrap.

Emir Alijagic Busts One

KaleGozer • Level 12: 600-1,200, 100 ante

In the final stages of the day, Emir Alijagic busted a player to move up to the 100,000 mark. Thomas Zurek raised under the gun to 2,500. Behind him, a short-stacked player moved all in for 17,000. In middle position, Alijagic cold-called the shove.

Zurek thought for a while before open-folding {A-}{K-}. Emir Alijagic held {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades} and the short-stacked player {A-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. The board ran out {6-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} and the Bosnian scored the knockout.

Emir Alijagic BA
Emir Alijagic
BA 100,000 100,000

Tags: Emir Alijagic

Slajer Butchers Sikharulidze

KaleGozer • Level 12: 600-1,200, 100 ante

Over at table 85, Martin Slajer is on a tear and already ran his stack up to 160,000. Just moments ago, he busted another player from the tournament. Georgia's Giorgi Sikharulidze became the latest victim of Slajer.

After raising to 3,200 from early position, Slajer called the 10,600 shove from Sikharulidze. Sikharulidze had {A-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and Slajer held just {9-Hearts}{8-Clubs}. The board ran out {8-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{6-Spades}. Slajer paired his eight to send Sikharulidze to the rail.

Martin Slajer CZ
Martin Slajer
CZ 160,000 160,000
Giorgi Sikharulidze GE
Giorgi Sikharulidze
GE Busted

Tags: Martin Slajer


Great Day For Smintance-Januzewski

KaleGozer • Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Ilie Smintance-Januzewski Hits A Royal Flush
Ilie Smintance-Januzewski Hits A Royal Flush

Ilie Smintance-Januzewski is currently sitting on a very healthy stack of 165,000. Better than that, the Frenchman made a Royal Flush earlier this day.

As a reward for hitting the most fabled hand in poker, a very happy Smintance-Januzewski received a brand new iPhone 6s from 888 Poker.

(Photo courtesy of 888 Poker)

Ilie Smintance-Januzewski FR
Ilie Smintance-Januzewski
FR 165,000 165,000

Tags: Ilie Smintance-Januzewski