Event #14: €10,350 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em
Event #14: €10,350 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1a Completed

Alex Foxen Claims the Day 1A Chip Lead of 2019 WSOPE Main Event

gaellej • Level 7: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Alex Foxen
Alex Foxen

The World Series of Poker Europe Main Event got underway after two weeks of preliminary events, and Day 1a saw numerous top players advance with big stacks.

The day started with only a mere 60 players at the tables, but the number kept rising until the end of the day as they ended with 194 players, surpassing by 54 entries the number of last year. They all started the day with 100,000 chips and at the end of the day, 113 managed to survive the day, creating an average chip stack of 171,681.

One player to keep an eye on going forward is undoubtedly Alex Foxen, who ended the day with a hefty 537,200. The second stack, Anton Morgenstern, amassed 460,000 chips today. The Ukrainian player Oleh Okhotskyi complete the podium with 433,900.

Foxen has pocketed a total of $12,719,580 million in prize money in his career, and made some good results so far in Rozvadov for WSOP Europe, finishing in sixth place in Event #8: €25,500 Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold'em. Owner of a WSOP ring and regular player in the super high roller events, he is still in the hunt for his first gold bracelet.

Jack Sinclair, the defending champion, also found a bag with 148,000, as well as the new Main Event champion Hossein Ensan with 90,000. Others notables making it through included Shaun Deeb among the top ten stacks with 343,300, Artur Rudziankov (237,100), Julien Martini (220,000), Anthony Zinno (204,000), Phil Hui (200,200), Vangelis Kaimakamis (157,400), Davidi Kitai (170,800), Ana Marquez (103,300) and the 2013 WSOPE champion Adrian Mateos with a short stack of 45,300.

However, plenty of familiar faces busted before the end of the day including the recent winner of Event #4: €250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em James Chen, when he called all-in on a paired flop with pocket queens to find pocket kings in Vlada Stojanovic’s hand. He was joined in the rail by Maria Lampropulos, Philipp Gruissem, James Romero, Mihai Niste, Reiner Kempe, Netanel Amedi and Billy Chattaway. Phil Hellmuth, 15-time bracelet winner, busted during the last hands of the day against Jorma Nuutinen who held aces

With late registration being opened until level 12 on Day 2 they, as well as many others, will have the option to give it another try.
Day 1b will kick-off on tomorrow, October 26th, at 12 p.m. local time. They will play the same seven 90-minute levels as the players did today and the field will combine on Sunday, October 27th.

As always, stay tuned on PokerNews to follow all the action from start to finish until a new Main Event champion is crowned.

Tags: Adrian MateosAlex FoxenAnton MorgensternArtur RudziankovBilly ChattawayDavidi KitaiHossein EnsanJack SinclairJames ChenJorma NuutinenMaria LampropulosMihai NisteNetanel AmediOleh OkhotskyiPhil HellmuthPhilipp GruissemShaun DeebVangelis Kaimakamis

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

zedmaster84 • Level 7: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

The full chip counts for Day 1a will be published when PokerNews receives them and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Alex Foxen us
Alex Foxen
us 537,200 17,200
Anton Morgenstern de
Anton Morgenstern
de 460,000 275,000
Oleh Okhotskyi ua
Oleh Okhotskyi
ua 433,900 23,900
Ahmad Achegsei de
Ahmad Achegsei
de 428,500 -31,500
Vlada Stojanovic rs
Vlada Stojanovic
rs 422,200 54,200
Aleksandr Chernikov ru
Aleksandr Chernikov
ru 416,800 146,800
Paulius Vaitiekunas lt
Paulius Vaitiekunas
lt 397,100 97,100
Kasparas Klezys lt
Kasparas Klezys
lt 395,800 105,800
Michael Hasenberg DE
Michael Hasenberg
DE 381,200 -8,800
Thomas Hammerl at
Thomas Hammerl
at 360,900 900
Jorma Nuutinen fi
Jorma Nuutinen
fi 360,300 140,300
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
tr 350,200 83,200
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 345,300 55,300
Nicolas Sievers DE
Nicolas Sievers
DE 345,200 20,200
Daan Mulders nl
Daan Mulders
nl 319,600 6,600
Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
it 317,600 142,600
Raz Alon il
Raz Alon
il 300,300 55,300
Marius Gicovanu ro
Marius Gicovanu
ro 298,400 86,400
Andreas Eiler de
Andreas Eiler
de 287,700 -42,300
Ngoc Minh Hoang cz
Ngoc Minh Hoang
cz 286,700
Mateusz Moolhuizen nl
Mateusz Moolhuizen
nl 262,800 7,800
Norbert Mosonyi hu
Norbert Mosonyi
hu 260,600 32,600
Mateusz Chrobak PL
Mateusz Chrobak
PL 257,300 135,300
Charbel Salloum lb
Charbel Salloum
lb 255,200 9,200
Artur Rudenkov cz
Artur Rudenkov
cz 237,100 7,100

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Last Four Hands

gaellej • Level 7: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

The tournament director announced four more hands will be played tonight before the remaining players bag their chips.

Arends Takes One from Kitai

gaellej • Level 7: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Davidi Kitai raised under the gun for 2,700 and it was called by Jans Arends and Vazha Kometiani in the big blind to create a three-way pot.

The flop brought {8-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and it checked to Arends who bet 3,500. Only Kitai made the call.

The turn was the {4-Clubs} and this time Kitai check-folded when Arends fired 20,000.

Jans Arends nl
Jans Arends
nl 159,000 29,000
Davidi Kitai be
Davidi Kitai
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be 155,000 122,000
Vazha Kometiani ge
Vazha Kometiani
ge 127,000 27,000

Tags: Jans ArendsDavidi KitaiVazha Kometiani

Sklenicka Takes a Small One

gaellej • Level 7: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Armand Muratoglu raised under the gun to 2,800 and Karl-Theodor Schoepf called before Michael Sklenicka three-bet on the button for 12,200. Only Schoepf stayed interested and called.

The flop came {k-Clubs}{5-Spades}{3-Diamonds} and Schoepf check-folded after Sklenicka continued for 7,200.

Michael Sklenicka cz
Michael Sklenicka
cz 182,000 12,000
Armand Muratoglu fr
Armand Muratoglu
fr 178,000 -8,000
Karl-Theodor Schoepf DE
Karl-Theodor Schoepf
DE 165,000 -95,000

Tags: Michael SklenickaArmand Muratoglu

Loewenthal Eliminated by Thomas; Blom Folds to Klezys

zedmaster84 • Level 7: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Nachal Loewenthal
Nachal Loewenthal

Nachal Loewenthal screamed when the river card wasn't what he was looking for, getting it in with {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} for top set on the {q-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{10-Clubs} flop as Julian Thomas was looking for a king or eight holding {a-Spades}{9-Diamonds}. The {6-Hearts} turn came a blank but the {8-Hearts} river gave Thomas a straight.

At the same time one table over, Viktor Blom was facing a large raise by Kasparas Klezys. Blom had bet the {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{9-Spades}{2-Hearts} river for 28,500 with around 125,000 behind and Klezys raised to 125,000. Blom tank-folded and Klezys raked in the pot without showing his cards.

Kasparas Klezys lt
Kasparas Klezys
lt 290,000 40,000
Viktor Blom se
Viktor Blom
se 127,000 -8,000
Julian Thomas de
Julian Thomas
de 80,000 -25,000
Nachal Loewenthal il
Nachal Loewenthal
il Busted

Tags: Kasparas KlezysNachal LoewenthalViktor BlomJulian Thomas

Foxen and Okhotskyi Battle for the Lead

zedmaster84 • Level 7: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Oleh Okhotskyi and Alex Foxen have been the two chip leaders for some time now and the former was moved tables to find himself up against Foxen.

Almost immediately they got into a big pot as more than 90,000 were in the middle with the board showing {j-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{3-Clubs}{7-Clubs}, and Okhotskyi checked. Foxen made it 126,500 to go and a near-instant fold followed to award the pot to Foxen.

Alex Foxen us
Alex Foxen
us 520,000 110,000
Oleh Okhotskyi ua
Oleh Okhotskyi
ua 410,000 -60,000

Tags: Alex FoxenOleh Okhotskyi