The fifth of ten starting days of the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe Event #5 THE COLOSSUS attracted a field of 202 entries that each ponied up the buy-in of €550 at the King's Casino in Rozvadov and it took 17 levels of 30 minutes each and the start of the final level to reduce field to the last 11. Throughout the first five starting days, a total of 55 players have secured their seat for Day already.
A new overall chip leader at half time has been crowned in Torsten Böhringer with 446,000, while WSOP International Circuit ring winner Patrick Schuhl bagged up the second-most chips with 292,500. Fahir Han rounds up the top three with 271,500, while Event #2 €550 Pot-Limit Omaha Bracelet winner Andreas Klatt advanced to Day 2 on Wednesday, November 1st 2017 with a healthy stack of 165,000. Among the other notables that made it through were Jeff Cormier (150,000), Ronald Keijzer (90,000) and Gudmundur Sigurjonsson (79,000).
As usual, the payouts were reached and the top 31 spots earned a share of the initial prize pool. Among those to cash were Sam Grafton (31st, for €794), Michal Mrakes (25th, for €870), Jean-Noel Thorel (20th, for €870), Pedro Oliveira (17th, for €985) and Alexander Lakhov (15th, for €1,148).
Day 1e Payouts
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in EUR)|
|21||Jaromir Hanel||Czech Republic||870|
|25||Michal Mrakes||Czech Republic||870|
|26||Lukas Klima||Czech Republic||870|
|31||Sam Grafton||United Kingdom||794|
Among those to bust once, or even twice before the dinner break and end of registration period were such familiar names as MONSTER STACK champion Oleksandr Shcherbak, Petr Jelinek, Ivo Donev, Fabrice Soulier, Ivan Freitez and Roland Israelashvili. Phil Hellmuth and Roberto Romanello were part of the dozen hopefuls that jumped in at the very last minute and busted right after sitting down. Hellmuth's raise resulted in a shove by Romanello and Patrick Schuhl called from the big blind. Hellmuth beat him into the pot with pocket eights and Romanello flipped over pocket sevens, while Schuhl's ace-queen connected right away with the flop.
Marc MacDonnell ran with pocket queens into pocket aces soon after and the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year contenders Chris Ferguson and Ryan Hughes also failed to score further points in the title hunt. Barny Boatman busted twice without anything to show for and other notables such as Rex Clinkscales, Catalin Pop and Aneris Adomkevicius all busted before the money. The bubble burst when a short-stacked Thomas Pettersson ended up second best with king-queen versus ace-seven and Sam Grafton joined the rail moments later as first one in the money.
Torsten Böhringer jumped into the top spot when he rivered a flush against the turned straight of Pedro Oliveira and the German wouldn't surrender his lead anymore for the rest of the night. Patrick Schuhl's stack skyrocketed thanks to a big squeeze with a queen-high flush draw and Pietro Errante's nine-high flush draw and straight draw failed to improve, awarding the massive pot to Schuhl with just queen-high. Fahir Han had dropped back into the middle of the pack before doubling with aces versus tens and Errantze's eliminated a few minutes into the last level of the night concluded the action.
Day 1f is currently ongoing with 222 entries and four further starting days await until the remaining field combines for Day 2 with a separate prize pool up for grabs. Until then players can enter and re-enter once per starting day if they haven't bagged up chips yet, and the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide all the action.