Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
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.
The full chip counts for Day 1a will be published when PokerNews receives them and a recap of today's action is to follow.
The tournament director announced four more hands will be played tonight before the remaining players bag their chips.
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 and it checked to Arends who bet 3,500. Only Kitai made the call.
The turn was the and this time Kitai check-folded when Arends fired 20,000.
On the tail end of a board , Ron Nissim bet 31,000 and Michael Hasenberg tank-called to get shown the by Nissim. Hasenberg had the better kicker with the and joined the big stacks late on Day 1a.
"I folded pocket eights," Enrico Camosci said as he just returned to his seat.
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 and Schoepf check-folded after Sklenicka continued for 7,200.
Nachal Loewenthal screamed when the river card wasn't what he was looking for, getting it in with for top set on the flop as Julian Thomas was looking for a king or eight holding . The turn came a blank but the 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 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.
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 , and Okhotskyi checked. Foxen made it 126,500 to go and a near-instant fold followed to award the pot to Foxen.