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€1,700 Main Event



€1,700 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Nagygyörgy Tops Day 1a at King's Resort; Former Champions Ricci and Karaarslan Advance to Day 2

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante
Tibor Nagygyörgy
Tibor Nagygyörgy

The 2022 WSOP International Circuit has returned once more to Europe's biggest poker arena at the King's Resort in Rozvadov. In its second edition of the current year, the series once more culminates in the €1,700 Main Event, which comes with a €1,000,000 guarantee. The flagship tournament has wrapped up the first starting day, which attracted 195 unique players and 66 re-entries for a field of 261 entries on Day 1a.

Upon completion of nine levels of 60 minutes each, several players flirted with half a million in chips. Ultimately, it was Hungary's Tibor Nagygyörgy who topped the leaderboard with a stack of 479,100. Onur Gur (428,700) and Benyamin Glot (423,900) are separated by a few big blinds only whereas Mehmet Altinok also advanced with a very healthy 404,100 as well.

Another two familiar names can be found in the overnight top ten in Josef Gulas (277,300) and Andrea Ricci (272,200) while former football striker Sergej Barbarez (245,800) just missed out on the same feat by one position. Ricci was the winner of the penultimate WSOPC €1,700 Main Event at King's Resort in 2021 and will be joined on Day 1b by the defending champion Feyzullah Karaarslan (110,000).

2022 WSOPC King's Spring Edition €1,700 Main Event Day 1a Top 10

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds Day 2
1Tibor NagygyörgyHungary479,100240
2Onur GurTurkey428,700214
3Benyamin GlotIsrael423,900212
4Mehmet AltinokGermany404,100202
5Jaroslaw KonsekGermany324,800162
6Dorian MelchersFrance283,300142
7Josef GulasCzech Republic277,300139
8Andrea RicciItaly272,200136
9Cecil MoagiGermany270,400135
10Ercan HasanTurkey263,700132
Andrea Ricci and Narcis Nedelcu
Andrea Ricci and Narcis Nedelcu

All those that didn't make it through the first starting day have another chance to build a stack for Day 2. The second starting flight is scheduled to get underway on Saturday, April 16, at 2pm local time. Among others, it is expected to see familiar names such as Pierre Neuville, Albert Hoekendijk, Raoul Refos, Symeon Alexandridis, Silviu Baltateanu, Sebastian Langrock, and Claudio Di Giacomo back in action. They all jumped into Day 1a but were gone by the time the remaining hopefuls bagged and tagged their chips.

Ricci built his momentum early on and was always near the top ten of the leaderboard. One of the biggest pots the Italian claimed came in a three-way four-bet pot in which he flopped a full house with pocket tens and extracted value. Nagygyörgy joined the big stacks when he ousted Dorian Melchers with two pair. He then also scored a double knockout at the end of the penultimate level to cement his status at the top of the leaderboard.

Roman Cieslik was among the dozens of notable casualties on Day 1a when his pocket queens were cracked by the ten-nine suited of Symeon Alexandridis. The latter was part of a four-way deal in the rescheduled 2021 EPT Prague €5,300 Main Event at the King's Casino in Prague a few weeks ago and joined Cieslik on the rail. Both are expected to give it another shot on Day 1b, too.

The schedule will be the same with nine levels of 60 minutes and a break every two levels. A bumper field is expected for the final flight but the overall attendance won't be locked in stone just yet after Day 1b. The late registration period remains open for the first two levels on Day 2, in which all players can re-enter twice.

Besides their share of the seven-figure cash prize pool, the top 12 finishers will also receive an entry to the 2022 WSOP Europe €10,350 Main Event as well. The year-long promotion of the King's Resort was first introduced for the last edition and resulted in a record field back then.

Stay tuned for the conclusion of this WSOP Circuit Main Event in the Czech Republic right here on PokerNews, as the live reporting team will be on the floor from start to finish.

Tags: Albert HoekendijkAndrea RicciBenyamin GlotClaudio Di GiacomoDorian MelchersFeyzullah KaraarslanJosef GulasOnur GurPierre NeuvilleRoman CieslikSebastian LangrockSergej BarbarezSilviu BaltateanuSymeon AlexandridisTibor Nagygyörgy

End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante
Tibor Nagygyörgy HU
Tibor Nagygyörgy
HU 479,100 29,100
Onur Gur TR
Onur Gur
TR 428,700 88,700
Benyamin Glot IL
Benyamin Glot
IL 423,900 213,900
Mehmet Altinok DE
Mehmet Altinok
DE 404,100 164,100
Jaroslaw Konsek DE
Jaroslaw Konsek
DE 324,800 14,800
Dorian Melchers fr
Dorian Melchers
fr 283,300 113,300
Josef Gulas cz
Josef Gulas
cz 277,300 -7,700
Andrea Ricci it
Andrea Ricci
it 272,200 -7,800
Cecil Moagi de
Cecil Moagi
de 270,400 160,400
Ercan Hasan tr
Ercan Hasan
tr 263,700 -36,300
Sergej Barbarez de
Sergej Barbarez
de 245,800 75,800
Volkan Alkan de
Volkan Alkan
de 243,800 13,800
Marek Sulc cz
Marek Sulc
cz 224,700 9,700
Jaroslav Peter cz
Jaroslav Peter
cz 223,600 93,600
Willem Foppen NL
Willem Foppen
NL 222,900 71,900
Stanislav Koleno sk
Stanislav Koleno
sk 222,000 67,000
Michal Mrakes cz
Michal Mrakes
cz 220,500 10,500
Ioannis Chaitas gr
Ioannis Chaitas
gr 209,900 49,900
Anil Ataoglu de
Anil Ataoglu
de 203,700 23,700
Nicolas Maillaud fr
Nicolas Maillaud
fr 195,900
Aylar Lie no
Aylar Lie
no 193,000 -12,000
Ondrej Drozd cz
Ondrej Drozd
cz 192,100 12,100
Mario Colavita it
Mario Colavita
it 189,700 4,700
Clement Cure fr
Clement Cure
fr 187,800 141,800
Ilija Savevski mk
Ilija Savevski
mk 176,700 26,700

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Day 1a Completed

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

Around 87 players have bagged and tagged their chips for the night to advance to Day 2. Assorted chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Very Late Double for Kabrhel

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

Martin Kabrhel in the hijack and Alexander Dovzhenko in the small blind tangled in a pot which potentially put the third and final entry of the former at jeopardy. However, the {j-Clubs}{3-Clubs} of Kabrhel were enough for the double on the {q-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{j-Spades} board as he made trips. Dovzhenko had missed a straight draw with {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts} to lose a quarter of his stack in the final hands of the night.

Alexander Dovzhenko ua
Alexander Dovzhenko
ua 124,000 -1,000
Martin Kabrhel cz
Martin Kabrhel
cz 115,000 65,000

Tags: Alexander DovzhenkoMartin Kabrhel

Clock Paused

ChrisBean • Level 9: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

The Tournament director has announced last three hands of the night.

Alkan Busts Ghashayar

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

Iman Ghashayar was all-in blind for 24,300 from under the gun before any cards were even dealt. His action stood and Volkan Alkan called in the cutoff, all other players folded.

Iman Ghashayar: {10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
Volkan Alkan: {k-Spades}{9-Spades}

The {k-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop gave Alkan top pair while Ghashayar had four outs left to a straight or needed running cards. Nothing changed on the {2-Hearts} turn and the {q-Spades} river was another blank.

Volkan Alkan de
Volkan Alkan
de 230,000 80,000
Iman Ghashayar nl
Iman Ghashayar
nl Busted

Tags: Iman GhashayarVolkan Alkan

Late Night Casualties

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante

Thomas Freundorfer was spotted on his way out of the tournament area after his king-jack had flopped top pair only to run smack dab into a set of sixes. As the end of the night is nearing, only 93 players remain with several other notables on the rail.

Raoul Refos nl
Raoul Refos
nl Busted
Traian Savu RO
Traian Savu
RO Busted
Michal Schuh cz
Michal Schuh
cz Busted
Mario Llapi al
Mario Llapi
al Busted
Aguinaldo Parmisciano PT
Aguinaldo Parmisciano
PT Busted
Thomas Freundorfer DE
Thomas Freundorfer
DE Busted
Mark Ruvinov IL
Mark Ruvinov
IL Busted
Petru Tarlev es
Petru Tarlev
es Busted
Oleh Shkapenko UA
Oleh Shkapenko
UA Busted
Albert Hoekendijk nl
Albert Hoekendijk
nl Busted

Tags: Thomas Freundorfer