2019 World Series of Poker Europe

Event #2: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha
Day: 1a
Event Info

2019 World Series of Poker Europe

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Level Info
125,000 / 250,000
Players Info - Day 1a
Players Left

Event #2: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha

Day 1a Completed

12 Players Remain after Day 1a; Brunner and Dudley in the Lead

Level 18 : 3,000/6,000, 0 ante
Marcel Brunner
Marcel Brunner

The first Non-Holdem event of the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe is Event #2: Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed and the first of the two starting days is in the books, here in King's Resort. A total of 169 players registered the event and after 18 levels of play there were just 12 of them left in the field.

Marcel Brunner is the player who bagged the most chips in Day 1a, advancing to Day 2 with 668,000, but the competition following him is very tough. Dash Dudley has already proved that Pot-Limit Omaha is his game for 2019, since he won his first bracelet during the summer in Event #52: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed for $1,086,967. Dudley bagged 657,000 chips and he will be in a great shape for another deep run in a PLO event during a WSOP festival. Other notables still in contention include Sebastian Pauli (544,000), Anson Tsang (360,000) and Dragos Trofimov (140,000).

Three players that are into the top ten of the 2019 WSOP POY race managed to reach the money, with Robert Campbell, David "ODB" Baker and Daniel Negreanu all getting paid and busting before the end of the day. The unlucky bubble-boy was Alexandre Viard who lost in 27th place and was the last player to leave Day 1a empty-handed.

Alexandre Viard
Alexandre Viard Eliminated in the Bubble

Day 1A Payouts of Event #2: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in EUR)
13Rok LihtenvalnerSlovenia1,074
14Arunas GarunkstisLithuania1,074
15Robert CampbellAustralia908
16Micha FelnerIsrael908
17David BakerUnited States787
18Kan YingChina787
19Netanel AmediIsrael787
20Roland IsraelashviliUnited States787
21Robert WirthGermany787
22Daniel NegreanuCanada787
23Dmitrii ShevchenkoRussia787
24Martin StaszkoCzech Republic787
25Ali Deniz AkokGermany787
26Aaron DuczakCanada787

Action of the day

Day 1a started with more than 40 players in the 8-handed tables, and the option of unlimited re-entries gave them the opportunity to play with a more loose strategy in order to build a big stack. One player who took full advantage of it was Shaun Deeb, who made eight re-entries in total and still didn't manage to advance to Day 2.

Other notables who give it a shot but busted through the course of the day were bracelet winners Ismael Bojang, Jeff Lisandro and Jan-Peter Jachtmann. One re-entry for Bojang and Lisandro, while Jachtmann played with just one bullet and they didn't manage to reach the money.

When the registrations closed there were just 40 players remaining in the field and 26 of them were to get paid, according to the event's payout structure. Alexandre Viard found a king-high flush draw with king-queen-five-three and two clubs in a seven-three-two flop. He was up against Sebastian Obermeier who was holding an ace-high flush draw plus a pair of jacks with ace-jack-jack-six. A red four and a red eight on the turn and the river, respectively, sent Viard to the rail in the bubble.

After the burst of the bubble, eliminations happened very quickly and 14 players departed from the field over the course of two and a half levels. Except the POY contenders, Arunas Garunkstis, Roland Israelashvili and Martin Staszko were among the casualties n the money.

Day 1b will kick off at 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019, and another big field size is expected for the second and final starting day. Stay tuned to PokerNews for all the updates from the second bracelet event of the festival at Europe's biggest poker arena.

Tags: Alexandre ViardAnson TsangArunas GarunkstisDaniel NegreanuDash DudleyDragos TrofimovIsmael BojangMarcel BrunnerMartin StaszkoRobert CampbellRoland IsraelashviliSebastian ObermeierSebastian PauliShaun Deeb

End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

Level 18 : 3,000/6,000, 0 ante
Player Chips Progress
Marcel Brunner ch
Marcel Brunner
668,000 163,000
Day 1A Chip Leader
Dash Dudley us
Dash Dudley
657,000 37,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Sebastian Pauli de
Sebastian Pauli
544,000 59,000
EPT 1X Winner
Irena Macesovic lt
Irena Macesovic
421,000 -19,000
Anson Tsang hk
Anson Tsang
360,000 -15,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Shawn Stroke us
Shawn Stroke
338,000 -2,000
Sebastian Obermeier de
Sebastian Obermeier
338,000 16,000
Vangelis Kaimakamis gr
Vangelis Kaimakamis
306,000 126,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Marius Gicovanu ro
Marius Gicovanu
293,000 23,000
Dragos Trofimov md
Dragos Trofimov
140,000 77,000
Christopher Back ca
Christopher Back
86,000 -29,000
Denis Drobina ua
Denis Drobina
75,000 -71,000
Day 2 Chip Leader

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Level: 18

Blinds: 3,000/6,000

Ante: 0

Two More Eliminations

Level 17 : 3,000/5,000, 0 ante

The action is rapid after the players reached the paid spots, and in the last hands there were two more eliminations. Arunas Garunkstis lost two pots in a row against Dragos Trofimov and he left the field with 13 players.

At first Trofimov doubled over his opponent to cripple him and in the very next hand Garunkstis put his last three big blinds in the middle with {k-Spades}{9-Spades}{8-Hearts}{2-Hearts} only to get called by Trofimov's {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{5-Diamonds}.

The board ran out {4-Spades}{7-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and Garunkstis hit the rail.

A couple of minutes earlier it was Robert Campbell who busted, while securing points for the 2019 WSOP POY race and the prize money of 14th place. Campbell received €908 and Garunkstis €1,074.

Player Chips Progress
Arunas Garunkstis lt
Arunas Garunkstis

Felner Out; Receives First Payjump

Level 17 : 3,000/5,000, 0 ante

Micha Felner was left with 25,000 chips, which were equal to just five big blinds. He put them in the middle preflop and he went three-way on the flop with Dash Dudley and Anson Tsang.

The flop came {q-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and Dudley reached to his chips, prompting Tsang to throw his cards in the muck.

Dash Dudley: {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{6-Spades}
Micha Felner: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{2-Clubs}

The {k-Clubs} on the turn and the {4-Hearts} in the river kept Dudley's advantage and Felner busted in 16th place for €908.

Player Chips Progress
Dash Dudley us
Dash Dudley
620,000 49,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Micha Felner il
Micha Felner

Tags: Dash DudleyMicha Felner

Baker Left Short and Busts

Level 17 : 3,000/5,000, 0 ante
David "ODB" Baker
David "ODB" Baker

David Baker was yet another player in the last three tables of this event who was chasing the 2019 WSOP POY points. He managed to win some after busting in 17th place, along with €787 in prize money.

In his last hand he was left with 40,000 chips and he put them in the middle after Vangelis Kaimakamis' early position raise to 12,000. Kaimakamis called the shove and they went to showdown.

David Baker: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}
Vangelis Kaimakamis: {q-Spades}{j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}

The board came {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{3-Spades} and Baker lost the confrontation to depart from the field.

Earlier Kan Ying was the player who busted in 18th place for €787.

Player Chips Progress
Vangelis Kaimakamis gr
Vangelis Kaimakamis
180,000 30,000
WSOP 1X Winner
David Baker us
David Baker
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Kan Ying cn
Kan Ying

Tags: David BakerVangelis Kaimakamis

Level: 17

Blinds: 3,000/5,000

Ante: 0