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WSOP Circuit NLH Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Jedryczka Bags the Lead on Day 1a; Peters and Bichon Among Bigger Stacks

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante
Andrzej Jedryczka leads after Day 1a
Andrzej Jedryczka leads after Day 1a

The first of two starting days of the WSOP International Circuit €1,700 Main Event at the King's Resort in Rozvadov has concluded and the tournament is already more than halfway there to meet the €1 million guarantee. After the completion of nine 60-minute levels, a field of 354 entries emerged and 125 players advanced to Day 2 on Sunday, September 12.

It was a close race for the overnight lead as Andrzej Jedryczka (368,000) finished narrowly ahead of Karim Mzoughi (363,000), while Raul Gutierrez Talavera follows in third place (345,500). Other big stacks belong to Robert Ashelm (294,000), Marian Kubis (280,000), Thomas Hofmann (275,000), Aleksandar Tomovic (274,000), and Dominik Paus (272,000).

Well-known poker pros such as Tobias Peters (217,000), Thomas Bichon (216,500), and Michal Mrakes (211,500) all made the cut with above average stacks and can take the day off. The Day 1a field also featured three WSOP bracelet winners in Artur Rudenkov, Anatolii Zyrin, and Vangelis Kaimakamis but neither of them made it through. They were joined on the rail by the likes of Jaroslav Peter, Francesco Delfoco, Claudio Di Giacomo, Thomer Pidun, Alexander Dovzhenko and David Taborsky to name all but a new notables and King's regulars.

Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 1a

PositionPlayerCountryChip Count
1Andrzej JedryczkaPoland368,000
2Karim MzoughiFrance363,000
3Raul Gutierrez TalaveraSpain345,500
4Berend HooijerNetherlands329,000
5Shawn MoralesUnited Kingdom303,000
6Mihai StincaRomania296,000
7Robert AshelmGermany294,000
8Karol BoguszPoland294,000
9Marian KubisSlovakia280,000
10Sergio SommaItaly275,500

Europe's biggest poker arena was almost back to its former glory as hundreds of poker players jumped into the tournament action. The cash games were buzzing early on and the satellite for Day 1a of the €1,700 WSOP Circuit Main Event paid out 14 entries. Once the cards were in the air for the flagship tournament, the field size quickly surpassed 100 entries and went up consistently throughout the entire day.

888poker ambassador Vivian Saliba was among the participants but saw her hopes of making Day 2 vanish twice. Her first attempt ended with pocket aces going down in flames when Shawn Morales flopped a set of kings. Saliba re-entered but found no fortune then either. The same also applied for Dorel Eldabach, who only played a few minutes on the first bullet before coming up short for a second time.

Vivian Saliba
Vivian Saliba

The Belgian and Dutch poker community had a strong showing in the field and among those to come and go without anything to show for were Fabrice Somers, Danny Covyn, Paul van Oort, Sandro Pitzanti, and Danny van der Meer who all hit the rail. A small Swiss armada of regular visitors at King's saw Emil Bise, Friedrich Räz, and Daniel Studer all come up short.

WSOP bracelet winner Vangelis Kaimakamis put his hopes on a flopped flush draw but the overpair of Robert Ashelm held when two blanks followed on the turn and river. Artur Rudenkov also missed out on making it to Day 2 just yet when he jammed a short stack with undercards into a pair of queens during the last hands of the night.

All those that came up short on Day 1a have another chance on Day 1b, which takes place on Saturday, September 11. Two re-entries are allowed and the late registration will furthermore remain open for the first two levels and following break on Day 2 as well.

Tune back in right here on PokerNews to follow all the action from the host venue of the World Series of Poker Europe festival.

Tags: Anatolii ZyrinAndrzej JedryczkaArtur RudenkovClaudio Di GiacomoDavid TaborskyDominik PausFrancesco DelfocoMarian KubisMichal MrakesRobert AshelmThomas BichonTobias PetersVangelis Kaimakamis

End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 800-1,600, 1,600 ante
Andrzej Jedryczka PL
Andrzej Jedryczka
PL 368,000 78,000
Karim Mzoughi FR
Karim Mzoughi
FR 363,000 83,000
Raul Gutierrez Talavera ES
Raul Gutierrez Talavera
ES 345,500 275,500
Berend Hooijer NL
Berend Hooijer
NL 329,000
Shawn Morales gb
Shawn Morales
gb 303,000 203,000
Mihai Stinca RO
Mihai Stinca
RO 296,000 296,000
Robert Ashelm de
Robert Ashelm
de 294,000 4,000
Karol Bogusz PL
Karol Bogusz
PL 294,000 114,000
Marian Kubis sk
Marian Kubis
sk 280,000 38,000
Sergio Somma IT
Sergio Somma
IT 275,500 275,500
Thomas Hofmann ch
Thomas Hofmann
ch 275,000 25,000
Aleksandar Tomovic rs
Aleksandar Tomovic
rs 274,000 34,000
Stefan Mol NL
Stefan Mol
NL 272,500 42,500
Shay Rozenbaum il
Shay Rozenbaum
il 272,000 132,000
Dominik Paus DE
Dominik Paus
DE 272,000 62,000
Maksim Ivanov Dimov BG
Maksim Ivanov Dimov
BG 265,500 265,500
Alkividais Kleanthis Stamatis GR
Alkividais Kleanthis Stamatis
GR 248,500 248,500
Patrik Zidek CZ
Patrik Zidek
CZ 239,000 -11,000
Moncef Karoui tn
Moncef Karoui
tn 237,000 237,000
Asaf Ben Zvi IL
Asaf Ben Zvi
IL 234,000 11,000
Patrick Schuhl fr
Patrick Schuhl
fr 232,500 57,500
Andrea Ricci it
Andrea Ricci
it 225,000 143,000
Eric Lange US
Eric Lange
US 222,500 50,500
Tobias Peters nl
Tobias Peters
nl 217,000 7,000
Thomas Bichon fr
Thomas Bichon
fr 216,500 111,500

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Day 1a Completed

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

The final three hands and following chip race of the T-100 denominations has been completed and 125 players bagged their chips for the night. Assorted counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Late Exit for Rudenkov

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Down to just 13,000, Artur Rudenkov jammed and was called by Fausto Tantillo on the button.

"Thank you," Rudenkov said as he rolled over the {3-Spades}{2-Diamonds}. Tantillo had that crushed with {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades} and made a set on the {q-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{9-Spades} runout.

Fausto Tantillo it
Fausto Tantillo
it 80,000 55,000
Artur Rudenkov cz
Artur Rudenkov
cz Busted

Bensimhon Doubles Through Donev

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Eyal Bensimhon was playing for a big stack and that backfired in the final level of the night. He then got it in for 25,600 and Ivo Donev called.

Eyal Bensimhon: {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}
Ivo Donev: {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}

"Low cards only please," Donev demanded. His wish wasn't granted as Bensimhon got there on the {j-Hearts}{7-Spades}{5-Clubs}{a-Spades}{8-Diamonds} board.

Ivo Donev at
Ivo Donev
at 70,000 -50,000
Eyal Bensimhon il
Eyal Bensimhon
il 55,000 -95,000

Tags: Eyal BensimhonIvo Donev

Pidun Doubles and Busts After

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

Maureen Bloechlinger tangled with Thomer Pidun as they got it in preflop and it was Pidun who had the best of it.

Thomer Pidun: {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs}
Maureen Bloechlinger: {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}

The board ran out {q-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and Bloechlinger had to fork over 47,500.

Pidun didn't make it to Day 2, however, as he called it down in a big pot on the Kd7dQc3c2d] board with the {k-Clubs}{10-Clubs}. His opponent showed {k-Spades}{j-Spades} for the superior kicker and earned the knockout.

Maureen Bloechlinger ch
Maureen Bloechlinger
ch 31,000 -45,000
Thomer Pidun de
Thomer Pidun
de Busted

Tags: Maureen BloechlingerThomer Pidun

The Last Three Hands

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

The clock has been stopped with ten minutes remaining and 129 players in the mix. They will play another three hands before bagging and tagging.

Tjauw Foe More Than Doubles

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

Ricardas Vymers raised it up and Sami Karli three-bet to 10,600. Clyde Tjauw Foe then four-bet jammed for 25,800 and Vymeris went all-in over the top. Karli tanked for a long time and folded the {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts} face up.

Clyde Tjauw Foe: {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Ricardas Vymeris: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}

The {k-Spades}{9-Clubs}{5-Spades}{10-Spades}{10-Hearts} board kept Tjauw Foe in contention as he more than doubled.

Sami Karli DE
Sami Karli
DE 180,000 180,000
Ricardas Vymeris lt
Ricardas Vymeris
lt 100,000 -65,000
Clyde Tjauw Foe nl
Clyde Tjauw Foe
nl 75,000 45,000

Tags: Clyde Tjauw FoeRicardas Vymeris