2017 World Series of Poker Europe

Event #11: €10,350 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT
Day: 1a
Event Info

2017 World Series of Poker Europe

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
250,000 / 500,000

Event #11: €10,350 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT

Day 1a Completed

Ryan Riess Seeking to Continue Strong Year After Bagging Big

Level 6 : 300/600, 100 ante
Ryan Riess
Ryan Riess

The World Series of Poker Europe Main Event got under way after a couple of weeks of preliminary events, and Day 1a pulled in a strong turnout that saw a number of top players advance with big stacks.

One player to keep an eye on going forward is undoubtedly Ryan Riess.

The 2013 WSOP Main Event champ followed up his big win with a lackluster 2014 and then a couple of slightly stronger years, and he's back to "Riess the Beast" status here in 2017. Riess has pocketed over $1.4 million in prize money already this year, highlighted by a WPT title in Florida and a third-place finish in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship at this summer's WSOP.

Riess arrived in Rozvadov for WSOP Europe and made an immediate impact, stepping up to the plate for the €25,000 High Roller. Unfazed by the elite competition, Riess navigated to a fourth-place finish just two nights ago for €230,071.

In the Main Event, Riess continued his hot streak by bagging 150,400 from his 50,000 starting stack. It's far too early to look this far ahead, but Riess has a chance to join Phil Hellmuth as the only players to win both the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP Europe Main Event.

Overall registration numbers were strong with about 230 firing the €10,000. With most previous WSOPE Main Events sitting between 300 and 400 entries, this has the makings for one of the biggest fields in the history of the event, although reentries are allowed this time around.

Of those who did make it through to Monday's Day 2, Markus Durnegger holds the unofficial chip lead with 246,200. Former November Niner Pierre Neuville (239,000), Piotr Franczak (169,800), Markus Ross (157,400) and Sam Grafton (147,000) also bagged big.

Defending champ Kevin MacPhee also found a bag. MacPhee got a big stack early on when he got in a big confrontation with John Duthie, who was playing as aggressively as anyone in the room. MacPhee flopped a set of tens and got in a raise on the flop against Duthie's top pair, and the rest of the money went in on the turn when MacPhee added a flush draw, which he missed.

Others making it through included Davidi Kitai, David Peters, Niall Farrell, Adrian Mateos and Sergio Aido.

Some who fell were Kristen Bicknell, Dario Sammartino and Maria Ho.

Those players and more will have another shot with Sunday's 1b, which features another noon start and more coverage here on PokerNews/

Tags: Ryan Riess

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 6 : 300/600, 100 ante
Player Chips Progress
Markus Dürnegger at
Markus Dürnegger
246,200 200
Day 1A Chip Leader
Pierre Neuville be
Pierre Neuville
239,000 87,000
Laszlo Bujtas hu
Laszlo Bujtas
216,500 -8,500
Asi Moshe il
Asi Moshe
203,600 59,600
WSOP 4X Winner
Gilbert Diaz fr
Gilbert Diaz
188,900 188,900
Razvan-Andrei Dumea ro
Razvan-Andrei Dumea
170,700 170,700
Piotr Franczak pl
Piotr Franczak
169,800 11,400
Dejan Pustoslemšek si
Dejan Pustoslemšek
162,100 162,100
Markus Ross de
Markus Ross
157,400 157,400
Jan-Peter Jachtmann de
Jan-Peter Jachtmann
154,100 100,100
WSOP 1X Winner
Ryan Riess us
Ryan Riess
150,400 -5,600
Main Event Champion
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Jaroslaw Sikora pl
Jaroslaw Sikora
147,700 61,700
Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
147,000 18,000
Matthew Davenport gb
Matthew Davenport
146,100 146,100
Vlad Darie ro
Vlad Darie
135,000 8,600
WPT 1X Winner
Paulo Brito br
Paulo Brito
131,300 131,300
Jon Kalmar gb
Jon Kalmar
130,200 3,200
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
127,700 -9,800
Winamax Team Pro
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Roman Herold de
Roman Herold
126,100 126,100
Roland Israelashvili us
Roland Israelashvili
124,900 34,900
Chun Ho Law hk
Chun Ho Law
122,500 122,500
Andrei Boghean ro
Andrei Boghean
119,000 119,000
[Removed:297] at
116,900 116,900
[Removed:153] se
116,600 116,600
Pedro Oliveira pt
Pedro Oliveira
115,800 50,800

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Hakim Crippled After Tough Beat

Level 6 : 300/600, 100 ante
Jeffrey Hakim
Jeffrey Hakim

Jeff Hakim was deep in the tank when we got to his table. He had bet 10,500 from the button and Jon Kalmar was all in with {q-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{2-Clubs} on the board. It was 56,400 and Hakim thought for a couple of minutes before an agitated player demanded a clock. Hakim disputed the clock call, saying he had only been thinking two minutes and it was a huge pot. Eventually, Dan Shak succeeded in calming the player down and he rescinded the clock call.

Moments later, Hakim called.

Hakim: {a-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Kalmar: {k-Spades}{q-Clubs}

Kalmar moved to exit but the dealer burned and turned a {7-Clubs} to give him a flush. Hakim could only shake his head.

Player Chips Progress
Jon Kalmar gb
Jon Kalmar
127,000 127,000
Jeff Hakim lb
Jeff Hakim
9,400 -25,000

Tags: Jeff HakimJon Kalmar

Franczak Folds to Darie's Barrels

Level 6 : 300/600, 100 ante

Piotr Franczak and Vlad Darie played a big pot with the latter on the button and the former in the big blind. The flop came {4-Spades}{9-Spades}{10-Hearts} and Franczak check-called 7,300. Franczak checked the {j-Diamonds} turn and Darie bet 19,000 after a long tank. That won him the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Piotr Franczak pl
Piotr Franczak
158,400 92,900
Vlad Darie ro
Vlad Darie
126,400 25,400
WPT 1X Winner

Tags: Vlad DariePiotr Franczak

Bicknell Doubles Up

Level 6 : 300/600, 100 ante

Simon Wiggins raised to 2,200 from the under-the-gun position and action folded to Kristen Bicknell in the big blind who only had 2,800 in total left (including her big blind). She shoved and Wiggins called.

Kristen Bicknell: {K-Spades}{9-Diamonds}
Simon Wiggins: {8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}

The board ran out {2-Spades}{A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{K-Hearts} - Bicknell hit her set of kings and doubled up. Her table got broken up immediately and she's now seated at the same table as Ryan Riess, Paul Newey, Pierre Neuville and Steven van Zadelhoff.

Player Chips Progress
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
6,600 -4,800
WSOP 4X Winner

Tags: Kristen BicknellPaul NeweyPierre NeuvilleRyan RiessSteven van Zadelhoff

MacPhee Gets Paid

Level 6 : 300/600, 100 ante

Kevin MacPhee opened in the hijack for 3,500 and Michael Bailey defended big blind. After unknown action on a {6-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{j-Spades} flop, Bailey check-called 3,500 on the {4-Diamonds} turn. He checked the {7-Hearts} river and MacPhee bet 9,400. Bailey called again and nodded and mucked when MacPhee turned over {a-Hearts}{4-Spades}.

Player Chips Progress
Kevin MacPhee us
Kevin MacPhee
79,200 17,000
Defending Champion
WSOP 2X Winner
EPT 1X Winner

Tags: Kevin MacPheeMichael Bailey

Dietrich Barrels Away a Chunk

Level 6 : 300/600, 100 ante

A player on the button opened and then called a reraise to 5,500 from Moritz Dietrich, defending his big blind aggressively. The flop came {4-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and Dietrich bet 3,200. The player on the button called. Dietrich fired again for 5,000 on the {2-Spades} turn and he folded almost immediately to an all-in shove.

Player Chips Progress
Moritz Dietrich de
Moritz Dietrich
21,600 -13,600

Tags: Moritz Dietrich