Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
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.
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.
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 and all players quickly checked. On the 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 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.
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.
The clock has been paused with ten minutes remaining. The brush announced that five more hands will be played until it's a wrap.
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 . Emir Alijagic held and the short-stacked player . The board ran out and the Bosnian scored the knockout.
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 and Slajer held just . The board ran out . Slajer paired his eight to send Sikharulidze to the rail.
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)