Main Event
Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Petr Setka Bags the Lead at the End of Day 1A (full)

ajlamers • Level 12: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Petr Setka
Petr Setka

Day 1A of the €1,650 Main Event at the King's Casino in Rozvadov has come to an end. Petr Setka, from the Czech Republic, bagged the chip lead as one of just two players over 200,000 chips.

Setka went about his business quietly throughout the day and emerged as the leader in the last level of play. He was on his second bullet of the day after losing a devastating pot earlier on with {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} against his opponent's {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}.

There were a total of 198 entries to take to the felt today, in what was an action-packed day inside the Poker Arena. After a long 12 levels of play, only 72 players survived to advance to Day 2 on Sunday. Ben Bensimhon (169,200) held the chip lead for the majority of the day, also on his second bullet after being eliminated in the early stages. However, he ran a triple barrel bluff in the last few hands of the night that didn't pan out for him.

There were many notables fortunate to find a bag at the end of the day, including Phil Hellmuth (35,500) who only entered with a couple of hours remaining in the evening. Other notables to advance to Day 2 include Piotr Zawadzki (201,600), Laszlo Toth (186,100), Catalin Pop (165,500), Brandon Cantu (141,500), Fabrice Soulier (117,100), Daniele Primerano (52,000), Vitaly Lunkin (51,100), and Markus Kuhnen (47,000).

A few of those that were eliminated throughout the course of the day were Jeff Lisandro, Erez Hamerov, and Tom Holke.

A full list of those moving on to Day 2 will be posted when it becomes available. The action will resume on Saturday at 2:00 PM with Day 1B of the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Rozvadov.

Petr Setka cz
Petr Setka
cz 219,400
Piotr Zawadzki PL
Piotr Zawadzki
PL 201,600 85,200
Lászlo Toth HU
Lászlo Toth
HU 186,100 186,100
Ben Bensimhon GB
Ben Bensimhon
GB 169,200 -32,300
Catalin Pop RO
Catalin Pop
RO 165,500 38,000
Jaroslaw Sikora pl
Jaroslaw Sikora
pl 147,000 100,600
Francisco Morgado Lopes PT
Francisco Morgado Lopes
PT 145,000 145,000
Zbyněk Kores fr
Zbyněk Kores
fr 143,600 143,600
Brandon Cantu us
Brandon Cantu
us 141,500 76,500
Michal Mrakes cz
Michal Mrakes
cz 140,000 140,000
Michal Stipsky CZ
Michal Stipsky
CZ 138,500 138,500
Guido Garnies DE
Guido Garnies
DE 126,100 126,100
Adriano Scagnetti it
Adriano Scagnetti
it 126,100 -2,900
Anatoly Chen ru
Anatoly Chen
ru 125,300 125,300
Fabian Gumz de
Fabian Gumz
de 124,500 71,200
Oliver Wulf DE
Oliver Wulf
DE 117,800 117,800
Fabrice Soulier fr
Fabrice Soulier
fr 117,100 63,600
Martin Kabrhel cz
Martin Kabrhel
cz 115,100 115,100
Hossein Ensan de
Hossein Ensan
de 115,000 30,800
Viacheslav Belyaev ru
Viacheslav Belyaev
ru 114,300 114,300
Sergei Petrushevskii ru
Sergei Petrushevskii
ru 107,400 57,400
Krzysztof Dulowski pl
Krzysztof Dulowski
pl 104,800 104,800
Mateusz Dziewonski pl
Mateusz Dziewonski
pl 104,400 104,400
Majid Ejlal Noubarian ir
Majid Ejlal Noubarian
ir 104,100 72,100
Muhamet Perati it
Muhamet Perati
it 103,600 103,600

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Tags: Ben BensimhonBrandon CantuCatalin PopDaniele PrimeranoFabrice SoulierJeffrey LisandroMarkus KuhnenPhil HellmuthTom HolkeVitaly Lunkin

Last Hands of the Day

ajlamers • Level 12: 600-1,200, 200 ante

The tournament director has paused the clock and there will be six more hands left in the day. At the conclusion of the six hands, the remaining players will bag and tag to return on Sunday for Day 2.

Primerano Holds with Aces

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There was a raise to 2,600 and a call from early position. A player in middle position made a three-bet to 7,800 and Daniele Primerano flatted from the small blind. Both players in early position also made the call to go four-ways to the flop.

The dealer fanned the flop of {q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} and the action was checked around to the player in middle position who continued for 11,000. Primerano instantly put the last of his 17,400 stack in the middle and was called by the player in middle position.

Primerano tabled {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds} and was up against the {k-Hearts}{k-Spades} of his opponent. The turn was the {2-Hearts} and the river landed the {7-Diamonds}, securing a big pot for Primerano after struggling through the last few levels.

Daniele Primerano it
Daniele Primerano
it 67,000 12,200

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Bensimhon Keeps Rolling, Cracks 200k

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Ben Bensi
Ben Bensi

Maxim Lykov raised to 2,000 from under the gun and was called by a player in the cutoff, the small blind, and Ben Bensimhon in the big blind. The flop came {k-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{7-Spades} and the action was checked to Lykov who continued for 3,200. Bensimhon was the only player to make the call and the {9-Clubs} rolled off on the turn.

Both players checked to the {5-Spades} on the river and Bensimhon fired an even 10,000. As Lykov was thinking, Bensimhon blurted out, "You have two tens, or jacks." Lykov immediately called and Bensimhon turned over {k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. Lykov sent his cards to the muck and another pot was shipped to Bensimhon.

Ben Bensimhon GB
Ben Bensimhon
GB 201,500 36,500
Maxim Lykov ru
Maxim Lykov
ru 37,300 -51,300

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Hellmuth Wins the Race

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There was a raise to 2,000 from early position and a three-bet to 6,100 from middle position. The hijack called and Phil Hellmuth ripped his short stack of 19,400 into the middle from the big blind. The initial raiser folded along with the player in middle position. However, the hijack instantly called and the cards were tabled.

Hellmuth: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Opponent: {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}

The flop came {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and Hellmuth quickly took the lead with a pair of aces. The turn was the {k-Spades} improving his hand to two pair and the {2-Clubs} on the river solidified the win for Hellmuth.

Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 48,100 48,100

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The Man, The Myth, The Legend

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Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Just moments after being a special guest in the WSOP Circuit ring ceremony, Phil Hellmuth made his appearance right on "Hellmuth Time" in the Main Event. Hellmuth, who considers himself the best player in the world, will be competing with some of the best players in Europe when the WSOP Europe gets underway next week.

He made the trek to Rozvadov a week early to find himself sitting among those competing for a WSOP Circuit ring. Unfortunately, he came up just short in the PLO High Roller event, finishing in 8th place yesterday.

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Lisandro Eliminated Late on Day 1A

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With around 6,000 in the middle and the board reading {5-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}, the action was checked to Jeff Lisandro in middle position. He fired 2,700, forcing the big blind to fold but Fabian Gumz check-raised to 7,100. Lisandro made the call and the {4-Clubs} hit the turn.

Gumz pushed all-in, having Lisandro covered and putting him to the test. Lisandro thought for a moment and then reached over to feel Gumz's pulse. "It feels like you're having a stroke," Lisandro said and then quickly called.

Gumz turned over {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} and was surprisingly ahead of Lisandro's {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}. The river landed the {6-Diamonds} and Gumz's ace-king high took down the pot, eliminating Lisandro on Day 1A.

Fabian Gumz de
Fabian Gumz
de 53,300
Jeff Lisandro au
Jeff Lisandro
au Busted

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