Event #5: THE COLOSSUS - €550 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #5: THE COLOSSUS - €550 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1j Completed

Event #5: THE COLOSSUS Attracts Over 4,000 Players, Ranzinger Tops Biggest Flight on Day 1j

KaleGozer • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Ismael Bojang Nearly Advanced in Two Tournaments
Ismael Bojang Nearly Advanced in Two Tournaments

After five days and ten starting flights, Day 1 of Event #5: THE COLOSSUS is finally in the books. A field of 4,115 hopefuls has been whittled down to just 258 in the process, with over half that number showing up today for the final two flights, creating two flights of over 1,000 runners. It was Germany's Sascha Ranzinger who bagged the overnight chip lead on Day 1j with 517,500, leading a field of 74 survivors and placing him in second place in the overall standings. Nebojsa Ankucic, who topped Day 1i with 525,500, will start Day 2 as the chipleader of THE COLOSSUS.

At 6 p.m. today, every space of the poker room in King's Casino in Rozvadov was filled to give as many players as possible a seat. Due to the massive success of this event, the casino was operating at maximum capacity, which left a substantial number of players on the rail at the start. With players going down at a rapid pace, every alternate was able to get a seat within the first six levels of play, and the €2,000,000 guarantee was met shortly after.

WSOPE The Colossus

Behind Ranzinger, Lukasz Grossmann found himself bagging a top stack with 451,500. A lot of players fell by the wayside on the final day and didn't make it through to Day 2. Georgios Zisimopoulos, Vojtech Ruzicka, Yehuda Cohen, Roberto Romanello and William Kassouf all came up short, with some of them firing off multiple bullets. Marc MacDonnell tried his luck several times as well today, buying in for no less than nine times over the course of the past days. It didn't work out for the Irish professional, who ended every one of his nine attempts at the rail.

One of the players that nearly made it to Day 2 was Ismael Bojang. Bojang opted to bring a tried-and-tested online strategy to the live felt: multi-tabling. The German ran back and forth between THE COLOSSUS and Event #7: €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo throughout the day. After advancing in the PLO-8 tourney, Bojang fell during the last hand of the night in THE COLOSSUS and saved himself a tough decision which event to focus on tomorrow.

All 74 remaining players will be lumped together with the 184 survivors from the nine earlier flights and return at 3 p.m. local time to contest for the coveted World Series of Poker bracelet. Each player has already secured an in the money finish; the total prize pool and payouts will be announced tomorrow before the start of Day 2. Blinds will resume in the level 2,500/5,000 with a running ante of 500, as the first flight stopped play at that level.

Keep following PokerNews throughout the week to see who will capture WSOP glory in one of the biggest events ever held on European soil.

Tags: Georgios ZisimopoulosIsmael BojangMarc MacDonnellNebojsa AnkucicRoberto RomanelloSascha RanzingerVojtech RuzickaWilliam KassoufYehuda Cohen

End-of-day Chip Counts (full)

poolshir • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Sascha Ranzinger DE
Sascha Ranzinger
DE 517,500
Lukasz Grossmann pl
Lukasz Grossmann
pl 451,500
Marco Magistro IT
Marco Magistro
IT 428,000 28,000
Hannes Neurauter DE
Hannes Neurauter
DE 330,000
Tibor Uveges HU
Tibor Uveges
HU 330,000
Tsani Minchev bg
Tsani Minchev
bg 320,000
Jakob Miegel de
Jakob Miegel
de 306,000
Jiri Horacek cz
Jiri Horacek
cz 295,500
Andrei Boghean ro
Andrei Boghean
ro 250,000 250,000
Kevin Holtz LU
Kevin Holtz
LU 249,000
Pascal Pflock de
Pascal Pflock
de 245,500
Jonathan Khalifa FR
Jonathan Khalifa
FR 241,000
Csaba Kuremszki HU
Csaba Kuremszki
HU 232,000
Dimitrios Gkatzas gr
Dimitrios Gkatzas
gr 218,000
Günter Fortkord DE
Günter Fortkord
DE 216,000
Karel Novotny cz
Karel Novotny
cz 205,000 55,000
Sebastian Hennig DE
Sebastian Hennig
DE 202,000
Renzo Avancini IT
Renzo Avancini
IT 200,600
Philipp Lutkemeier de
Philipp Lutkemeier
de 193,500
Tibor Borzak hu
Tibor Borzak
hu 191,500
Marcel Brunner ch
Marcel Brunner
ch 186,000 -29,000
Luis Dias Barros LU
Luis Dias Barros
LU 186,000
Attila Szadai HU
Attila Szadai
HU 184,500
David Geber HU
David Geber
HU 183,500
Remco Verbakel nl
Remco Verbakel
nl 181,500

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It's a Wrap

KaleGozer • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Day 1j is in the books, with Sascha Ranzinger ending the day as the overall chipleader with 517,500. A recap and all chip counts will follow.

Sascha Ranzinger DE
Sascha Ranzinger
DE 517,500 362,500

Multitabling Bojang Falls in Last Hand

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Ismael Bojang
Ismael Bojang

Ismael Bojang has been eliminated from play in the last hand of the night. Bojang was up with {A-}{Q-} against {Q-}{Q-} and failed to catch up. After advancing in Event #7: €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo earlier today, the German nearly missed out on multitabling glory.

With the elimination, Bojang saved himself from having to choose which tournament to focus on tomorrow.

Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
de Busted

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Three More Hands

KaleGozer • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

The clock has been paused by the tournament director and the field will play three more hands together.

Magistro Building

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Marco Magistro is currently sitting behind a massive pile of 400,000 after taking several big pots in quick succession. Magistro appears to be the chipleader as we head into the final level of the night.

Overall chipleader of THE COLOSSUS up until this point is Nebojsa Ankucic, who bagged 525,500 in the earlier flight today.

Marco Magistro IT
Marco Magistro
IT 400,000 140,000

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Down to 100

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The field of the final flight has been whittled down to the last 100 players. Forty minutes remain until chips are bagged and tagged for the night.

Szaszko Sends Dartevelle Home

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Bence Szaszko raised to 11,000 from under the gun and Marco Magistro called one seat over. Jonathan Dartevelle shoved 41,500 from middle position, Szaszko shoved as well and Magistro snap-mucked.

Bence Szaszko: {6-Clubs}{6-Spades}
Jonathan Dartevelle: {10-Spades}{8-Spades}

The board ran out {4-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}, giving Szazsko the winner with a set of sixes.

Marco Magistro IT
Marco Magistro
IT 260,000
Bence Szaszko hu
Bence Szaszko
hu 170,000
Jonathan Dartevelle FR
Jonathan Dartevelle
FR Busted

Tags: Bence Szaszko

Goenka Takes One Down

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A short-stacked played shoved around 20,000 all in from the hijack. Manish Goenka shoved all in behind him and the other players folded.

All-in player: {A-Spades}{3-Spades}
Manish Goenka: {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}

It was as easy as they come for Goenka on a {K-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{6-Spades} rundown, and he padded his stack with some extra chips.

Manish Goenka in
Manish Goenka
in 60,000 60,000

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