2022 888poker XL Winter Series WSOPC Rozvadov
Event #30: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em
Event #30: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1a Completed

James Romero Leads The Way In Event #30: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em

LiamGannon • Level 11: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
James Romero
James Romero

Flight 1a of Event #30: $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em wrapped up with 2,356 entrants coming out to play for 11 60-minute levels at The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. At the end of the day, it was high stakes pro James Romero bagging the most chips with 620,000.

Romero has amassed over $4,900,000 in lifetime earnings and has been a regular on the high-stakes tournament scene for years. He registered the tournament around the halfway point of the day and steadily built throughout the day. He is also a coach for PokerCoaching.com and he will be hunting for his first WSOP bracelet.

A few other bigger stacks included New York native Jeremy Shockett bagging 580,000 and Rafael Reis bagging 410,000.

The field was a star studded one, and many players amassed enough chips to make it to day two like; Joe Serock(360,000),Lily Kiletto(270,000), Chris Moorman(229,000), Bertrand Grospellier(64,000), and former WSOP Main Event Champions Qui Nguyen(220,000) and Martin Jacobson(155,000).

Not everyone can be as fortunate and day 1a saw lots of familiar faces depart early like Adrian Mateos, Sergio Aido, Jeff Platt, and three-time bracelet winnerBarry Greenstein. Maurice Hawkins was poised to have another deep run in a bracelet event, but during the last hands of the night, Hawkins’ top pair ten-kicker could not improve against top pair ace kicker. This tournament is a pure freezeout and does not allow any re-entry so unfortunately for these players, they will be unable to try again tomorrow.

Day 1b will start Saturday at 10 am and will play eleven 60-minute levels with blinds starting at 100-200 with a 200 big blind ante. The prize pool and total entrants will be finalized tomorrow. Both days will combine on Sunday, October 17th, and will play an additional three days to get to the winner.

Stay tuned to PokerNews.com to keep track of this event and more from the World Series Of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

Tags: Adrian MateosBarry GreensteinBertrand GrospellierChris MoormanJames RomeroJeff PlattJeremy ShockettJoe SerockLily KilettoMartin JacobsonMaurice HawkinsQui NguyenRafael ReisSergio Aido

Play Has Ended

LiamGannon • Level 11: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

Day 1a has ended. A recap is soon to follow.

Official End of Day Chip Counts (full)

benlysne • Level 11: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
James Romero us
James Romero
us 620,000 380,000
Jeremy Shockett US
Jeremy Shockett
US 576,500 576,500
Brendan Shiller us
Brendan Shiller
us 574,000 574,000
Greg Buonocore us
Greg Buonocore
us 534,000 534,000
Andros Ioakimides us
Andros Ioakimides
us 497,500 497,500
Jason Hewlett US
Jason Hewlett
US 485,500 485,500
Beriz Turnadzic US
Beriz Turnadzic
US 457,500 457,500
Jason Riesenberg us
Jason Riesenberg
us 433,000 333,000
James Cook US
James Cook
US 423,500 423,500
Tony Bracy us
Tony Bracy
us 415,000 415,000
JJ Liu tw
JJ Liu
tw 411,500 182,500
Bryan Brozman US
Bryan Brozman
US 411,500 61,500
Christian Roberts ve
Christian Roberts
ve 410,500 260,500
Ian Carpenter US
Ian Carpenter
US 409,000 409,000
Tristan Wade us
Tristan Wade
us 407,500 407,500
Andres Abad Ampudia US
Andres Abad Ampudia
US 391,000 391,000
Anthony Hugenberg us
Anthony Hugenberg
us 372,000 42,000
Asi Moshe il
Asi Moshe
il 355,000 135,000
Roongsak Griffeth us
Roongsak Griffeth
us 343,500 343,500
Matthew Gross US
Matthew Gross
US 343,500 343,500
Jared DeCastro US
Jared DeCastro
US 329,000 -31,000
Joe Serock us
Joe Serock
us 327,000 -38,000
Jacqueline Burkhart us
Jacqueline Burkhart
us 326,500 326,500
Larry Ormson us
Larry Ormson
us 321,000 321,000
Hye Park us
Hye Park
us 321,000 321,000

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Hawkins Building a Stack Again

Leo_Contreras • Level 11: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
Maurice Hawkins
Maurice Hawkins

Maurice Hawkins raised to 6,000 from the button and only the big blind called.

The flop was {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}, Hawkins made it 7,000 and the big blind quickly folded.

Hawkins turned to me and said "I was down to a few big blinds" and some guy at the table said, "I can't believe that guy called you with ace high!" talking to Hawkins.

Hawkins smiled and said "he doubled the wrong guy."

Maurice Hawkins us
Maurice Hawkins
us 120,000 88,000

Tags: Maurice Hawkins

Jacobson Versus Liu

LiamGannon • Level 11: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
Martin Jacobson
Martin Jacobson

In a pot with roughly 26,000 chips in the middle and a board reading {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{7-Spades}, Martin Jacobson bet 10,000 on the river in a pot versus JJ Liu.

Liu called and Jacobson showed {a-Spades}{4-Hearts} for queens and fours with an ace kicker which was good enough for the pot, as Liu mucked her hand.

JJ Liu tw
JJ Liu
tw 229,000 13,000
Martin Jacobson se
Martin Jacobson
se 160,000 97,000

Serock Eliminates a Player with a Full House

Leo_Contreras • Level 11: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
Joe Serock
Joe Serock

All the chips got in the middle pre-flop when the big blind went all-in for his remaining 41,000 and Joe Serock made the call.

Big Blind Player: {9-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Joe Serock: {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}

The board ran out {5-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, giving Serock a full house and eliminating a player.

Joe Serock us
Joe Serock
us 365,000 90,000

Tags: Joe Serock

Registration Closed

LiamGannon • Level 11: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

A total of 2,672 entrants played this flight. Players who did not play this flight will have a chance to enter tomorrow.

Smith Chipping Up

benlysne • Level 11: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante
Mark Smith
Mark Smith

The action picked up on a flop of {2-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{9-Spades}.

The small blind bet 6,000 and Mark "Pegasus" Smith raised from the big blind to 15,000 and got called.

The turn was the {6-Clubs}, the small blind fired out 25,000 and Smith called.

The river was the {q-Hearts}, both players check. Smith immediately flipped over the {9-Clubs}{10-Clubs} for a pair of nines and his opponent mucked.

Mark Smith us
Mark Smith
us 190,000