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Event #15: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em

Zhong Chen Leads After COLOSSUS Day 1a

gaellej • Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 6,000 ante
Zhong Chen

A total of 143 entries have been counted on Day 1a of the 2019 WSOPE COLOSSUS, and just 15 players will be advancing after an opening flight full of action. The top 22 were in the money and the remaining players are led by Dutch player Zhong Chen (587,000), the only player over the half-million mark.

Chen is a regular player at King's resort and has already cashed this festival in Event #9: €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold'em Mix for a 19th place finish.

Zhong is followed in the counts by Yusuf Azaroglu (352,000) and Alessandro Laubinger (351,000) who completes the podium. Eyal Bensimhon, long time chipleader of the tournament today, lost a huge pot on the last hand and will come back on day 2 with 265,000.

Here is a full list of those advancing:

NameCountryChip Count
Zhong ChenNetherlands587,000
Yusuf AzarogluGermany352,000
Alessandro LaubingerGermany351,000
Aleksandr MerzhvinskiiRussia317,000
Alessio CasiraghiItaly265,000
Eyal BensimhonIsrael265,000
Roland IsraelashviliUnited States252,000
Thomas SchulzeGermany235,000
Mark IoliUnited States219,000
Oldrich ChyleCzech Republic155,000
Robert WirthGermany153,000
Jakub RampasCzech Republic135,000
Ernestas LisauskasLithuania107,000
Maximilian EckiGermany101,000
Christian KindlGermany81,000

There was a glut of WSOP talent at the tables early on Day 1A of the COLOSSUS, with multiple bracelet winners Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, Robert Campbell, Shaun Deeb at the tables. The 2018 WSOPE bracelet winner Anson Tsang and the 2015 WSOP Main Event finalist Pierre Neuville also made an appearance. However, none of them made it into Day 2.

With just 22 players making the cash it didn't take long for the field to whittle itself down, and here are the players who made the money on Day 1a after Diana Volcovishi got eliminated at the bubble:

16Ongbin GuoChine€865
17Michael StraussGermany€865
18Rinat TulepbergenovKazastan€788
19Ion NaicuRomania€788
20Franz HaidGermany€788
21Viktor BlomSweden€788
22Remus CiubotaruGermany€788

Stay tuned to to catch all the action from the remaining eight starting flights of THE COLOSSUS live from King's Resort.

Tags: Anson TsangChris FergusonDaniel NegreanuKing's ResortPierre NeuvilleRobert CampbellShaun DeebZhong Chen