2018 World Series of Poker Europe

Event #1: €550 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold'em
Day: 1e
Event Info

2018 World Series of Poker Europe

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
500,000 / 1,000,000

Event #1: €550 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold'em

Day 1e Completed

Merzhvinskiy Bags the Day 1E Chip Lead; Ferguson, Ramaty, Van 't Hoff, Hoekendijk, and Magalashvili Also Through

Level 18 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy
Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy

Day 1E of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Event #1: €550 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold'em is in the books here at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov. A total of 317 entries were collected of which 33 made it through to Day 2, with 48 players getting paid.

The chip leader honors go to Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy who was at the top of the counts for most of the day and finished the day with 543,000. Merzhvinskiy started the day by eliminating Roland Israelashvili and Greg Hawes in the first level when he hit his flush draw on the river. He also took a huge chunk out of Grzegorz Domanik’s stack who was leading the chip counts for an hour or so. Again, the river was in Merzhvinskiy’s favor as he managed to hit the straight to best Domanik.

Trailing him in the chip counts is Dutchman Jasper van ‘t Hoff with 494,000. Van ‘t Hoff needed a few bullets in the previous starting flights and was very happy at the end of the day to have finally made it through. Closing the podium in third place is Dror Ramaty. Ramaty had almost 600,000 at his high point but lost a few key hands towards the closing stages including a double-up for Michael Magalashvili who also bagged for 163,000 in the end.

Other notables players that managed to find a bag when the day closed include Carmelo Vasta (485,000), Luca Bartoli (330,000), bracelet winner Albert Hoekendijk (233,000), Jakob Miegel (200,000), six-times bracelet winner Chris Ferguson (167,000), Sander van Wesemael (148,000), and Boon Seng Ang with 146,000.

Rafael Dahan and Antoine Rodrigues Guerreiro shared a min-cash as the bubble burst with their eliminations after a bubble that lasted about an hour in total as players on all the tables started stalling with 50 players left. Once Jona Wilmsmann was eliminated by Francesco Amatulli the real bubble was on. Rodrigues Guerreiro was all-in for a small blind, Itzhak Bitton and Klaus Schiefer both checked through the whole board from the blinds. In the end, it was Schiefer who was victorious and responsible for Rodrigues Guerreiro’s elimination. On the other table, Dahan was eliminated by Jakub Senk so Dahan and Rodrigues Guerreiro could split the min-cash for €399,50 each.

Day 1E Payouts

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in EUR)
34Ondrej MarCzech Republic935
35Andre LommelThe Netherlands935
36Antonino KarmanHungary935
37Yves HallagueFrance851
38Giorgi MevlupishviliGeorgia851
39Roman SahinSwitzerland851
40Annina HostettlerSwitzerland851
41Aliaksei IvanovBelarus851
42Tomas SujetaLithuania851
43Adel KabbaniFrance851
44Frank RohrmuellerGermany851
45Florian GuertlerGermany851
46Dimitrios GkatzasGreece799
47Tomas BaladaCzech Republic799
48Antoine Rodrigues GuerreiroBelgium399.50
49Rafael DahanIsrael399.50

Action of the Day

The day started with over 60 players in their seats which was a sign that Day 1E was going to be busier than all the previous starting days. And players were coming and going at a furious pace. After the first break, the number of entries was already up to 250 and still growing. Evangelos Vougioklakis had a pretty tough day and was short in the sixth level of the day but managed to win two all-ins in a row, his roller coaster ride wasn’t done though as he was also all-in during and managed to triple up to around 50,000. He made it through to Day 2 but won’t be too happy as he only tagged 26,000 in chips.

Ferguson earned a big part of his stack when he eliminated both Marco Leimbach and Kurt Schuetzenmeier with pocket tens. His opponents held ace-king and ace-queen but couldn’t find any help on the board. Sandor Ambrus eliminated Fabio Gamba and Netanel Amedi in one hand with ace-queen. Ambrus lost a bunch of his chips but managed to find a double through Wilmsmann when he flopped top two pair, shoved, and got called by Wilmsmann who held ace-queen. Ambrus then lost most of it again when he doubled Nachal Lowenthal who managed to hit two pair on the river.

With the bubble taking this long, Level 18 was played entirely and Miegel managed to double-up in the very last hand on his table. Miegel managed to crack Loewenthal’s pocket aces by hitting trip kings on the turn to give Miegel a nice stack for Day 2.

2018 WSOPE €550 The COLOSSUS Schedule

DayDateStarting TimeLate RegEntriesSurvivorsFurther Information
1ATuesday October 9th18:00~23:4015412Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, top 24 spots paid
1BWednesday October 10th18:00~23:4016717Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, top 26 spots paid
1CThursday October 11th12:00~17:4012512Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, top 19 spots paid
1DThursday October 11th18:00~23:4016410Play concluded with 19:00 left in level 18, top 25 spots paid
1EFriday October 12th12:00~17:4031733Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, top 48 spots paid
1FFriday October 12th18:00~23:40405tbaPlay 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, the money will be reached
1GSaturday October 13th12:00~17:40tbatbaPlay 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, the money will be reached
1HSaturday October 13th18:00~23:40tbatbaPlay 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, the money will be reached
2Sunday October 14th15:00-tbatbaLevel duration increases to 40 minutes
3Monday October 15thtba-tba-Play Down to a champion

The event has attracted 1,331 (including the Day 1F players) entries with 84 players advancing to Day 2, Sunday, October 14 at 3 PM local time. The remaining players of Day 1F will be added to the 84 players plus the survivors of the last two flights tomorrow, Day 1G and Day 1H. The PokerNews live reporting team will be roaming the tournament area to bring you all the action as it happens.

Tags: Albert HoekendijkAleksandr MerzhvinskiyAntoine Rodrigues GuerreiroBoon Seng AngCarmelo VastaChris FergusonDror RamatyEvangelos VougioklakisFabio GambaFrancesco AmatulliGreg HawesItzhak BittonJakob MiegelJakub SenkJona WilmsmannKlaus SchieferKurt SchuetzenmeierLuca BartoliMarco LeimbachMichael MagalashviliNetanel AmediRafael DahanRoland IsraelashviliSander van WesemaelSandor Ambrus

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 18 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy ru
Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy
543,000 93,000
Day 1E Chip Leader
Jasper Van 't Hoff nl
Jasper Van 't Hoff
494,000 260,000
Dror Ramaty il
Dror Ramaty
488,000 88,000
Carmelo Vasta it
Carmelo Vasta
485,000 62,000
Enrico Grella it
Enrico Grella
398,000 88,000
Nachal Loewenthal il
Nachal Loewenthal
Luca Bartoli it
Luca Bartoli
330,000 244,000
Stefan Vogt de
Stefan Vogt
327,000 -55,000
Patrick de Waegenaere nl
Patrick de Waegenaere
310,000 83,000
Pavel Havranek cz
Pavel Havranek
301,000 301,000
Klaus Schiefer de
Klaus Schiefer
298,000 298,000
Oleg Pavlyuchuk lv
Oleg Pavlyuchuk
296,000 296,000
Itzhak Bitton il
Itzhak Bitton
270,000 -23,000
Sandor Ambrus de
Sandor Ambrus
262,000 169,000
Dominique Lamy fr
Dominique Lamy
235,000 235,000
Albert Hoekendijk nl
Albert Hoekendijk
233,000 103,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jakub Senk cz
Jakub Senk
216,000 63,500
Michael Forster de
Michael Forster
206,000 -78,000
Ricardas Vymeris lt
Ricardas Vymeris
201,000 34,000
Jakob Miegel de
Jakob Miegel
Chris Ferguson us
Chris Ferguson
167,000 66,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Michael Magalashvili il
Michael Magalashvili
163,000 6,000
Chandru Alt ch
Chandru Alt
150,000 55,000
Sander van Wesemael nl
Sander van Wesemael
148,000 33,000
Boon Seng Ang sg
Boon Seng Ang
146,000 -51,500

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Miegel Doubles in Last Hand

Level 18 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Jakob Miegel
Jakob Miegel

Sander van Wesemael raised to 16,000 from the button and Nachal Loewenthal shoved in the small blind. Jakob Miegel called in the big blind for his last 88,000 and Van Wesemael folded.

Jakob Miegel: {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}
Nachal Loewenthal: {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}

The flop came {8-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} to provide Miegel with a pair of kings.

The turn was the {k-Hearts} for Miegel to improve to trip kings, he now just needed to avoid an ace on the river which ended up being the {3-Hearts} for Miegel to be safe and make it through to Day 2.

Player Chips Progress
Nachal Loewenthal il
Nachal Loewenthal
345,000 -167,000
Jakob Miegel de
Jakob Miegel
200,000 55,000

Tags: Jakob MiegelNachal LoewenthalSander van Wesemael

Dahan and Rodrigues Guerreiro Split the Min-Cash

Level 18 : 4,000/8,000, 8,000 ante
Rafael Dahan
Rafael Dahan

During the first hand of hand-for-hand of the new level, two players busted for them to split a min-cash and for the bubble to be burst.

Rafael Dahan shoved his last 99,000 from the hijack and action folded to Jakub Senk in the small blind. After a lengthy tank, Senk also shoved. Frank Rohrmueller folded his big blind.

Rafael Dahan: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}
Jakub Senk: {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}

The board ran out {8-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{x-} for Senk to hold with the higher hole cards and eliminate Dahan.

Over on the other table, Antoine Rodrigues Guerreiro was all-in for his last 4,000 from mid-position, Itzhak Bitton completed his small blind and Klaus Schiefer checked his big blind.

They then proceeded by checking through the whole {a-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts} board but they had to wait for the other table for them to complete the action.

Antoine Rodrigues Guerreiro: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
Itzhak Bitton: {q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}
Klaus Schiefer: {K-Spades}{8-Spades}

Schiefer flopped a pair of kings to eliminate Rodrigues Guerreiro and win the 8,000 side-pot against Bitton.

As both players busted at the same time at separate tables, they will split the min-cash worth €799 in total, so €399.50 each.

Antoine Rodrigues Guerreiro
Antoine Rodrigues Guerreiro
Player Chips Progress
Antoine Rodrigues Guerreiro be
Antoine Rodrigues Guerreiro
Rafael Dahan il
Rafael Dahan

Tags: Antoine Rodrigues GuerreiroFrank RohrmuellerItzhak BittonJakub SenkKlaus SchieferRafael Dahan

Level: 18

Blinds: 4,000/8,000

Ante: 8,000

Rohrmueller Doubles on Bubble

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

Enrico Grella raised to 13,000 from early position and Frank Rohrmueller shoved for 41,000 in the hijack. Grella called.

Frank Rohrmueller: {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}
Enrico Grella: {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}

The board ran out {3-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{2-Clubs} for Rohrmueller to hit a king on the turn to double up.

Player Chips Progress
Enrico Grella it
Enrico Grella
310,000 100,000
Frank Rohrmueller de
Frank Rohrmueller
103,000 13,000

Tags: Enrico GrellaFrank Rohrmueller

Wilmsmann Eliminated Before the Bubble

Level 17 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

Jona Wilmsmann shoved for his last 12,000 from the cutoff and was called by Francesco Amatulli in the big blind

Jona Wilmsmann: {A-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Francesco Amatulli: {9-Clubs}{6-Spades}

The board ran out {5-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} for Amatulli to hit a pair of sixes on the river to eliminate Wilmsmann in 50th place.

Player Chips Progress
Francesco Amatulli it
Francesco Amatulli
100,000 32,000
Jona Wilmsmann de
Jona Wilmsmann

Tags: Francesco AmatulliJona Wilmsmann