2020 WSOP Main Event - GGPoker
2020 WSOP Main Event - GGPoker
Day 1a Completed

Menhardt Leads 62 Survivors on Day 1a; Stokkan and Levinskas Among Big Stacks

zedmaster84 • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante
Julian Menhardt
Julian Menhardt

The first starting day of the 2020 World Series of Poker $10,000 Freezeout Main Event on GGPoker has wrapped up and 62 players out of a field of 246 unique entries booked their seats for Day 2. With another two international starting days to follow on Saturday, December 5th, and Sunday, December 6th, 2020, the current prize pool of $2.4 million is certain to increase significantly.

Leading the Day 1a survivors after a close race in the final level is Julian "VWgunther" Menhardt, who ended up as the only player above half a million in chips after knocking out Ami Barer and virtually bagged up 534,490. His nearest followers are Paul "AsiaStylez" Esau (475,075) and Dirk Gerritse (457,197) with Preben Stokkan right behind on 446,677.

The overnight top ten also include notables such as Ilya Anatsky (407,356), Michal "ml22322" Lubas (397,579), Sosia "Aunty_Ninja" Jiang (390,312), and Lauryinas Levinskas (389,628), Norway's Espen "COVFEFE-19" Jorstad also secured a big stack for Day 2 and advanced with 361,792.

The Top 10 After Day 1a at a Glance

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds Day 2
1Julian "VWgunther" MenhardtAustria534,490107
2Paul "AsiaStylez" EsauGermany472,07594
3Dirk GerritseNetherlands457,19791
4Preben StokkanNorway446,67789
6Ilya AnatskyBelarus407,35681
7Michal "ml22322" LubasPoland397,57980
8Sosia "Aunty_Ninja" JiangNew Zealand390,31278
9Laurynas LevinskasLithuania389,62878
10WhatIfPIOswrongUnited Kingdom386,05077
Preben Stokkan
Preben Stokkan fourth in chips after Day 1a

Some familiar faces of the international poker circuit that advanced to Day 2 in the first of three flights are Alexandros Theologis (252,653), Brunno Botteon (247,359), Anatoly Filatov (232,102), online casino games streamer Jari "Jarttu84" Lahtinen (224,730), 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events MILLIONAIRE MAKER champion Daniel Dvoress (200,905), Aliaksei Boika (197,556 and Yuri Dzivielevski (184,326) to name all but a few in a star-studded field.

Throughout the 16 levels of 30 minutes each, big names such as Ognyan "fizoka" Dimov, Ole Schemion, Fabrizio "UknowWhoIam" Gonzalez, Fedor Holz, Wiktor Malinowski, Patrik "Magicpsilo" Antonius, Steven van Zadelhoff, Rui Ferreira, Kristen Bicknell, Christian Rudolph, Julien Martini, and Fabian Quoss all ran out of chips and won't have another chance to re-enter as the event is held in a Freezeout format.

The Action of the Day

There was a steady stream of new entries in the first hours and the field quickly grew to more than 150 players. While no elimination took place in the first level of the day, that all changed in the second level when Austria's "juco" won a three-way all-in with aces versus two kings. It was a sign of things to come, as the pots kept growing and the casualties emerged more frequently from thereon.

Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Timor "Avocado Love" Margolin lost a flip and was soon joined on the rail by Boris Kolev, who flopped a set of fours only for Jari "Jarttu84" Lahtinen to table a turned set of aces when the chips went in. Daniyar Aubakirov ran an ill-timed bluff with flopped top pair and was unable to get Endrit Geci off a straight to become the next high-profile elimination.

GGPoker ambassador Fedor Holz was aiming to add a third WSOP bracelet to his collection but the retired prodigy and businessman came up second-best with a rivered full house. "RandyLew!" - not to be confused with poker pro and $10,300 Super MILLION$ final table commentator Randy Lew - had the best of it but also fell in the late stages of the day.

Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz was among the notable Day 1a casualties

Japanese TV star Gakuto Oshiro, known under his alias "GACKT", was also among the participants for Day 1a and remained above the average throughout the first half. However, Oshiro eventually lost a flip and bowed out in level 10. By then, Russian poker pro Anatoly Filatov went on a hot streak and knocked out several opponents. Filatov peaked at far more than half a million in chips but a late slide brought his stack down to 232,102 after the final hand was dealt.

New faces emerged near the top of the leaderboard including Sosia "Aunty_Ninja" Jiang, who knocked out Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt, "davidrao" and Rodrigo "PAPAI_PIG" Caprioli to end Day 1a with a top 10 stack. In the final level of the night, Rainer Kempe then succumbed to a short stack grind and 2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events BIG50 winner Huahuan "F7588" Feng also hit the rail.

Once the dust for Day 1a had settled, just over one-quarter of the field was left and all survivors are now on an extended break until Monday, December 7th, 2020 when Day 2 recommences at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Until then, another two starting days will take place with plenty of satellites available on GGPoker and the PokerNews live reporting team will continue to provide all the action from start to finish.

Tags: Anatoly FilatovBoris KolevDaniel DvoressDirk GerritseFedor HolzGACKTIlya AnatskyJulian MenhardtKristen BicknellLaurynas LevinskasPreben StokkanRainer KempeSosia JiangYuri Dzivielevski

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

poolshir • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante
Julian "VWgunther" Menhardt at
Julian "VWgunther" Menhardt
at 534,490 239,938
Paul "AsiaStylez" Esau DE
Paul "AsiaStylez" Esau
DE 472,075 -18,800
Dirk Gerritse nl
Dirk Gerritse
nl 457,197 58,099
Preben Stokkan no
Preben Stokkan
no 446,677 108,560
sunnyzyang1982 CN
CN 441,981 3,450
Ilya Anatsky by
Ilya Anatsky
by 407,356 76,161
Michal "ml22322" Lubas pl
Michal "ml22322" Lubas
pl 397,579
Sosia "Aunty_Ninja" Jiang nz
Sosia "Aunty_Ninja" Jiang
nz 390,312 -69,899
Laurynas Levinskas lt
Laurynas Levinskas
lt 389,628 -21,600
WhatIfPIOswrong gb
gb 386,050 11,673
juco AT
AT 380,632 -800
jackpot737 MX
MX 376,461 1,571
Espen "COVFEFE-19" Jorstad
Espen "COVFEFE-19" Jorstad
361,792 27,428
cccccf cn
cn 339,805 196,770
majestre DE
DE 335,664 20,075
Laszlo Molnar hu
Laszlo Molnar
hu 321,304 -41,400
Camille "Cam Godin" Godin CA
Camille "Cam Godin" Godin
CA 320,895 90,138
Julien "GiuseppeL" Perouse fr
Julien "GiuseppeL" Perouse
fr 303,374 -60,748
BorisLeBlade TW
TW 294,501 27,334
Peiyuan "fish3098" Sun CN
Peiyuan "fish3098" Sun
CN 289,262 18,400
Evaldas "Man14c" Aniulis lt
Evaldas "Man14c" Aniulis
lt 285,483 33,200
Zhiao "KingChips" He CN
Zhiao "KingChips" He
CN 284,765 -145,379
Shahar "levinson95" Levi il
Shahar "levinson95" Levi
il 271,850 40,662
Alexandros Theologis gr
Alexandros Theologis
gr 252,653 2,876
Brunno Botteon br
Brunno Botteon
br 247,359 -46,000

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Play Ended

poolshir • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante

Ami Barer busted in the final hand of the night but as the table and replayer closed immediately, the details of the hand are unfortunately unknown.

The full chip counts and a recap are to follow.

Ami Barer ca
Ami Barer
ca Busted

Lubas Busts Novak

zedmaster84 • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante
Novak eliminated by Lubas
Novak eliminated by Lubas

In a battle of the blinds, Andrii "Brahman33" Novak got the remainder of his short stack in aganst Michal "ml22322" Lubas.

Novak found a flush draw and gutshot on the {q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} flop to gain equity with his {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}, while Lubas was ahead with the {k-Spades}{q-Spades} for the top pair. Nothing changed on the {2-Hearts} turn and the {5-Hearts} river was another blank to eliminate Novak just shy of reaching Day 2.

Michal "ml22322" Lubas pl
Michal "ml22322" Lubas
pl 397,579 103,179
Andrii "Brahman33" Novak ua
Andrii "Brahman33" Novak
ua Busted

Play Resumes

poolshir • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante

Play has resumed with just over four minutes left on Day 1A.

Last Break of the Day

poolshir • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante

The 64 remaining players have been sent for a 5-minute break before finishing the last 4 minutes of Level 16 and making it through to Day 2.

Bernabeu Felted by Conan

zedmaster84 • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante
Bernabeu eliminated by Conan
Bernabeu eliminated by Conan

Samuel "vivaegipto" Bernabeu limped in from the small blind and faced a raise to 12,000 by Arthur "meiiYunqi" Conan in the big blind. The Spaniard opted for a shove worth 63,314 and Conan made the call.

Samuel "vivaegipto" Bernabeu: {k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}
Arthur "meiiYunqi" Conan: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}

Bernabeu's recent short stack grind was done and dusted on the {10-Spades}{7-Spades}{4-Hearts}{6-Hearts} turn which made the {2-Hearts} river a formality.

Arthur "meiiYunqi" Conan fr
Arthur "meiiYunqi" Conan
fr 250,865 87,734
Samuel "vivaegipto" Bernabeu es
Samuel "vivaegipto" Bernabeu
es Busted

Two Eliminations for Perouse

poolshir • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante
Perouse vs RandyLew! vs Yang
Perouse vs RandyLew! vs Yang

Yukun "Alita666" Yang raised to 10,000 from the middle position and was called by Julien "GiuseppeL" Perouse on the button. "jackpot737" three-bet to 40,000 from the small blind fir "RandyLew!" to call in the big blind for the 14,986 they had left. Yang opted to four-bet shove for 88,985 for Perouse to five-bet shove for more to get "jackpot737" out of the way.

"RandyLew!": {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}
Yukun "Alita666" Yang: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}
Julien "GiuseppeL" Perouse: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}

The board ran out {5-Hearts}{9-Spades}{j-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} for Perouse to knock both opponents out with the aces.

jackpot737 MX
MX 374,890 -13,236
Julien "GiuseppeL" Perouse fr
Julien "GiuseppeL" Perouse
fr 364,122 200,379
Camille "Cam Godin" Godin CA
Camille "Cam Godin" Godin
CA 230,757 132,364
Sergei "Graf Tekkel" Koliakov ru
Sergei "Graf Tekkel" Koliakov
ru 124,512 21,346
George Wolff us
George Wolff
us 111,061 21,041
Lucky one SI
Lucky one
SI 100,258 -33,320
Shai "Rndr 1" Goldberg IL
Shai "Rndr 1" Goldberg
IL 45,851 -61,226
RandyLew! CA
CA Busted
Yukun "Alita666" Yang CN
Yukun "Alita666" Yang
CN Busted

Gao Eliminated by Botteon

zedmaster84 • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 400 ante
Gao eliminated by Botteon
Gao eliminated by Botteon

Brunno Botteon boosted his stack without showdown and then four-bet jammed over a raise by Ioannis Angelou-Konstas and a cold-call followed by a three-bet jam of Kai "3bngws" Gao. Angelou-Konstas and "lyn22336688" sent their cards into the muck and the following showdown occurred.

Kai "3bngws" Gao: {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Brunno Botteon: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}

Botteon flopped superior two pair on {k-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{8-Clubs}, then remained in the lead on the {5-Hearts} turn and {5-Spades} river.

Brunno Botteon br
Brunno Botteon
br 293,359 179,839
Kai "3bngws" Gao CN
Kai "3bngws" Gao
CN Busted