Event #5: €1,100 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold'em
Event #5: €1,100 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1b Completed

Day 1B Ends with 56 Players, Magalashvili Among the Leaders Again

ajlamers • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Michael Magalashvili
Michael Magalashvili

Another day at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic has come to an end as Day 1B of Event #5: €1,100 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold'em has wrapped up. The second of three flights saw 204 players take to the felt with just 56 moving on to Day 2. A familiar is among the leaders and it's no surprise that Michael Magalashvili from Israel has heaps of chips.

So far at the 2018 WSOPE, it has been the year of Israel as they have been cleaning up on the poker tables. The first two events were won by players from Israel and Magalashvili made the final table in Event #3: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed. A successful Day 1B saw him throw 325,000 chips into the bag which was good enough for the second largest stack on the day. Magalashvili has made the King's Casino his home in the past couple of years with all of his tournament cashes coming in the same place.

The only player to run up a bigger stack than Magalashvili was Asher Assis who ran up a stack of 349,000. Assis was hovering around the 200,000 chip mark for the latter half of the day, but a double elimination in the last hand of the night saw his chip stack soar to the top. Daniel Smiljkovic rounds out the top three counts with an equally impressive 289,000 chips.

Some other familiar faces moving on to Day 2 include Timur Margolin (260,000), Anson Tsang (205,000), Fahredin Mustafov (184,000), Stoyan Obreshkov (154,000), Bertrand Grospellier (79,500), Anthony Zinno (73,500), and Maria Lampropulos (56,500). Margolin, Grospellier, and Zinno are the only players to join Day 1A participant, Chris Ferguson, as WSOP bracelet winners moving on to Day 2.

Bertrand Grospellier
Bertrand Grospellier

The day began at 3:00 PM with players filtering into the Poker Arena and the numbers were quickly escalating above the 100 mark. Even with only one entry per flight, it didn't stop the chips from flying early as Viacheslav Ivanov was eliminated after just four minutes. The number of entries continued to grow over the course of 12 levels until late registration finally closed with 204 total entries.

There were many players to hit the rail over the course of the day and will be forced to re-enter tomorrow on Day 1C if they wish to find a spot on Day 2. Jeff Madsen hit the exit before the first break for the second day in a row while Shaun Deeb took the opposite approach by registering in the 11th level of the day but was eliminated just three hands in. Some other notables to keep an eye out for tomorrow include Romain Lewis, Dutch Boyd, Rex Clinkscales, Allen Kessler, Asi Moshe, Cord Garcia, Manig Loeser, Martin Kabrhel and Viliyan Petleshkov.

The action will once again resume on Saturday at 3:00 PM local time and this will be the last starting flight of Event #5. Late registration will remain open until the beginning of level 13 which will be approximately 12:25 AM. The PokerNews live reporting team be on site to bring you all of the live updates from the tournament floor, so be sure not to miss any of the action.

2018 WSOPE Monster Stack Schedule

DayDateStarting TimeLate RegEntriesSurvivorsFurther Information
1AThursday, October 18th15:00~00:2514830Play 14 levels of 40 minutes
1BFriday, October 19th15:00~00:2520456Play 14 levels of 40 minutes
1CSaturday, October 20th15:00~00:25TBATBAPlay 14 levels of 40 minutes
2Sunday, October 21st14:00-TBATBALevel duration increases to 60 minutes
3Monday, October 22ndTBD-TBATBAPlay down to a champion

Tags: Allen KesslerAnson TsangAnthony ZinnoAsher AssisAsi MosheBertrand GrospellierChris FergusonCord GarciaDaniel SmiljkovicDutch BoydFahredin MustafovJeff MadsenManig LoeserMaria LampropulosMartin KabrhelMichael MagalashviliRex ClinkscalesRomain LewisShaun DeebStoyan ObreshkovTimur MargolinViacheslav IvanovViliyan Petleshkov

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

ajlamers • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Asher Assis il
Asher Assis
il 349,000 53,000
Michael Magalashvili il
Michael Magalashvili
il 325,000 63,000
Daniel Smiljkovic de
Daniel Smiljkovic
de 289,000 170,000
Markus Steger AT
Markus Steger
AT 261,500 133,500
Timur Margolin il
Timur Margolin
il 260,000 11,000
Danny Covyn be
Danny Covyn
be 250,000 64,000
Rafi Elharar il
Rafi Elharar
il 248,500 -33,000
Andrei Konopelko by
Andrei Konopelko
by 240,000 240,000
Petr Svoboda cz
Petr Svoboda
cz 233,000 -131,000
Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
bg 230,000 8,000
Matthias Gude DE
Matthias Gude
DE 220,000 220,000
Kalidou Sow fr
Kalidou Sow
fr 210,000 50,000
Anson Tsang hk
Anson Tsang
hk 205,000 10,000
Martin Mulsow de
Martin Mulsow
de 195,000 113,500
Robert Auer at
Robert Auer
at 194,000 69,000
Amnon Eisner il
Amnon Eisner
il 185,000 -75,000
Fahredin Mustafov bg
Fahredin Mustafov
bg 184,000 2,500
Salvatore Camarda it
Salvatore Camarda
it 176,500 104,500
Vladimir Shabalin ru
Vladimir Shabalin
ru 156,000 111,000
Stoyan Obreshkov bg
Stoyan Obreshkov
bg 154,000
Waldemar Kopyl de
Waldemar Kopyl
de 150,000 48,000
Alexander Viard FR
Alexander Viard
FR 146,000 146,000
Shai Dill IL
Shai Dill
IL 145,000 65,000
Nicolai Kett DE
Nicolai Kett
DE 144,000 78,500
Zhong Chen nl
Zhong Chen
nl 143,500 38,500

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Last Three Hands

ajlamers • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

The tournament director has paused the clock with ten minutes remaining and there will be three hands remaining at each table before the players bag and tag for the night.

Obreshkov Sends Kaneoya Home at the End of the Night

ajlamers • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

The action folded to Stoyan Obreshkov who raised it up from the hijack. Renato Kaneoya called on the button and the flop came {q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{5-Clubs}. Kaneoya found a flop to get the last of his 45,000 chips in the middle and Obreshkov called.

Stoyan Obreshkov: {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}
Renato Kaneoya: {a-Clubs}{2-Clubs}

Obreshkov was in the lead with his pair of tens but Kaneoya had a flush draw and one overcard to hit. The turn was the {2-Diamonds} and the river bricked off as well and Kaneoya was eliminated.

Stoyan Obreshkov bg
Stoyan Obreshkov
bg 154,000 109,000
Renato Kaneoya br
Renato Kaneoya
br Busted

Tags: Renato KaneoyaStoyan Obreshkov

Pashov Doubles Through Jalunins

ajlamers • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

Plamen Pashov raised it up to 7,000 from early position and Nikolajs Jalunins defended from the big blind. The dealer spread the flop of {6-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and Jalunins checked to Pashov who continued for 11,000. Jalunins shoved all in and Pashov quickly called off his stack of 77,000.

Plamen Pashov: {k-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Nikolajs Jalunins: {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs}

Pashov had a flush draw and two overcards to the pocket pair of Jalunins. The turn brought the {9-Spades} giving Pashov the lead and he held on through the {7-Hearts} on the river to double up.

Plamen Pashov BG
Plamen Pashov
BG 172,000
Nikolajs Jalunins LV
Nikolajs Jalunins
LV 51,500 51,500

Tags: Nikolajs JaluninsPlamen Pashov


Assis Continues to Climb

ajlamers • Level 13: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

Asher Assis opened to 6,000 from early position and was called by the button and Robert Zipf in the big blind. The flop came {8-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and Zipf checked to Assis who continued for 8,000. The button folded and Zipf called to see the {q-Diamonds} on the turn.

Zipf checked again and Assis fired another bullet of 20,000 this time. Zipf thought for a minute but threw his cards to the muck, allowing Assis to rake in another pot.

Asher Assis il
Asher Assis
il 296,000 57,500
Robert Zipf de
Robert Zipf
de 82,500

Tags: Asher AssisRobert Zipf

Chen Flops a Set to Double Up

ajlamers • Level 13: 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

The action folded around to Zhong Chen on the button who shipped all in for around 50,000. Michael Magalashvili was in the big blind and quickly made the call.

Zhong Chen: {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}
Michael Magalashvili: {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}

The flop fell {10-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} giving Chen a set and Magalashvili was left drawing slim. The {6-Diamonds} on the turn sealed the deal and Chen would double up through the Israelian.

Michael Magalashvili il
Michael Magalashvili
il 185,000 -1,000
Zhong Chen nl
Zhong Chen
nl 105,000 56,800

Tags: Michael MagalashviliZhong Chen