Day 2 Completed
Day 2 Completed
After another six levels of poker, Day 2 of Event #14: €10,350 Main Event has drawn to a close at the World Series of Poker Europe. It was a packed room at King's Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic when the day began with 279 players returning to their seats. That number filtered down to just 129 by the end of the day and Paulius Vaitiekunas bagged the largest stack with 1,221,000 chips.
Vaitiekunas came into the day as a top-ten stack and really got his momentum rolling when he turned a pair of kings in a four-bet pot into a bluff. He got his opponent to fold middle set on the river on a relatively dry board and from there Vaitiekunas continued to accumulate chips. It was mostly "small ballin'" poker as Vaitiekunas called it that earned him the chip lead after two days.
The Lithuanian poker pro came close to his first gold bracelet when he finished in fifth place at the Global Casino Championship earlier this year. Vaitiekunas claimed his first WSOP Circuit ring in March, topping the field in the €777 Lucky 7s Event. Over the course of his short two-year reign at the live felt, Vaitiekunas has racked up over $170,000 in tournament winnings and is looking to add to that number in a big way this week.
Heading into Day 3, he will be closely followed by Ahmad Achegsei who finished strong with 1,213,000 chips. Daan Mulders held the lead in the last few minutes but lost a pot in one of the final hands to wind up with 1,191,000. Alexandros Kolonias was the only other player to finish in the seven-figure club as he busted Freek Scholten in one of the last hands. Kolonias wound up bagging up a stack of 1,115,000 chips.
Day 2 Action
The action kicked off at 12 p.m. local time and empty seats were quickly filled with late entries. A starting stack of 100,000 chips was still worth over 60 big blinds at the start of the day and players took full advantage. There were nearly 100 entries on Day 2 that brought the total to 541, setting a new record for the WSOP Europe held at King's Resort. The €5,000,000 guaranteed prizepool was reached early on as players were re-entering faster as fast as they were being eliminated.
It was a rough day for one of the chip leaders Kahle Burns who was up and down throughout but eventually was sent to the rail. Burns hit a couple of rough patches in the middle levels and eventually found himself on a stack of 20 big blinds. He got his chips in the middle with top pair against a straight draw and his opponent rivered a straight to eliminate the 2x bracelet winner at the 2019 WSOP Europe.
Many other big names took to the felt in search of making a deep run in the Main Event but things didn't go their way either. Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, WSOP Main Event champion Hossein Ensan, Dominik Nitsche, Ole Schemion, Christoph Vogelsang, William Kassouf, Sam Grafton, Phil Hui, Ryan Riess, and Alex Livingston all failed to find a bag. That left Shaun Deeb as one of the only players in the field still in contention for the Player of the Year race, bagging up a stack of 118,000 chips.
Alex Foxen came into the day as the overall chipleader and rode a wavy rollercoaster through each and every level. Things got sour in a hurry but Foxen recovered his entire stack and then some by the time dinner break rolled around. However, a couple of double ups to his neighbor Adi Rajkovic left Foxen with 200,000. In the last level of the night, Foxen spun it up once more, with a large portion coming when he flopped set over set to score an elimination. He finished the day with 813,000, more than what he started with which is the goal every time.
A few other big names to make it through the day include Jan-Peter Jachtmann (851,000), Martin Kabrhel (793,000), Joao Vieira (715,000), Dario Sammartino (687,000), Anton Morgenstern (600,000), Jeff Madsen (404,000), Benjamin Pollak (350,000), and defending champion Jack Sinclair (272,000).
When the players return to the felt on Day 3, they will have their sights set on the money bubble. With 129 players remaining and only 82 making the money, the bubble could come faster than players expect. A min-cash will be worth €15,089 all the way up to the winner receiving €1,133,678.
Another six levels are on the schedule for Day 3 and the action will get underway at 12 p.m. local time. There will be a 15-minute break after every level and a 60-minute dinner break after the fourth level. The PokerNews team will be back on the tournament floor to bring you all of the big pots and all of the action throughout the day.
2019 WSOPE Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|80||4||Duco Ten Haven||Netherlands||880,000||147|
|81||4||Michael Sklenicka||Czech Republic||386,000||64|
|82||8||Tomas Knespl||Czech Republic||164,000||27|
|83||4||Alex Foxen||United States||813,000||136|
|84||5||Martin Kabrhel||Czech Republic||793,000||132|
|84||7||Aymon Hata||United Kingdom||362,000||60|
|85||1||David “ODB” Baker||United States||720,000||120|
|94||6||Jeff Madsen||United States||404,000||67|
|95||4||Jack Sinclair||United Kingdom||272,000||45|
|95||5||Roberto Romanello||United Kingdom||425,000||71|
|97||1||Michal Mrakes||Czech Republic||227,000||38|
|97||2||Christopher Frank||Åland Islands||284,000||47|
|98||1||Nadim El Ammar||Germany||310,000||52|
|99||5||Anthony Zinno||United States||430,000||72|
|99||6||Roland Israelashvili||United States||337,000||56|
|99||7||Shaun Deeb||United States||118,000||20|
|99||8||Dash Dudley||United States||508,000||85|
|108||7||Artur Rudenkov||Czech Republic||550,000||92|
|110||4||Harry Ross||United Kingdom||164,000||27|
|110||5||Jakub Oliva||Czech Republic||251,000||42|
|110||6||Jacob Baumgartner||United States||362,000||60|
|111||2||Antonio Madreira De Andrade Dos Santos||Brazil||447,000||75|
|112||1||Anh Do||Czech Republic||313,000||52|
|112||8||Robert Skopalik||Czech Republic||694,000||116|
|Duco ten Haven||880,000||459,000|
|David "ODB" Baker||720,000||-1,000|
Julien Martini shoved from the small blind to put Chris Ferguson in the big blind all-in who called for his last 107,000.
The flop came for Ferguson to hit top pair but for Martini to pick up the flush draw.
The turn was the which gave Martini the flush indeed and leave Ferguson drawing dead.
The river completed the board with the to seal the deal and send Ferguson on his way in the very last hand of the night.
Fabian Gumz open-shoved a short stack with the and he was called by Enrico Camosci in the small blind with . On a board of , Camosci flopped best and Gumz failed to catch a jack for the straight to bust.
In the final hand of the night, Pierre Neuville and Stephane Pernot were also eliminated.
Pernot shoved for 95,000 and was called by Rifat Palevic in the hijack. Shahar Levi in the small blind reshoved for 422,000 and Palevic tank-folded his face up.
The board came and Levi rivered the nut straight.
In the first of the three final hands, Vadzim Lipauka raised to 11,000 in middle position and Freek Scholten three-bet to 46,000 in the small blind, Lipauka called. On a flop of , Scholten continued for 36,000 and Lipauka came along to see the on the turn.
Scholten made it 106,000 to go and Lipauka gave it more than two minutes of consideration before making the call. The came on the river and Scholten pushed all in, Lipauka snap-called for a reason with for trips kings and Scholten was caught bluffing with .
One hand later it was all over for the Dutchman as Scholten three-bet and then fired all the way on a board. Alexandros Kolonias check-called three streets including the shove with for two pair and Scholten hit the rail with for top pair top kicker.
The tournament clock has been paused and three more hands need to be played before the remaining players can bag and tag their chips for Day 3.
There are currently four players with more than a million in chips in front of them.
Daan Mulders was also responsible for eliminating Erik Cajelais earlier with vs .
A more than half a million pot unfolded in the table of Alex Foxen and Vangelis Kaimakamis. Kaimakamis was in the blind against Alex Foxen who was under the gun and the board was reading .
Foxen had bet 39,000 and Kaimakamis answered with a shove for 264,000. Foxen tanked for a couple of minutes but finally called with which was a huge favorite over Kaimakamis' .
The Greek player had only one out in the river and the sent him to the rail, while Foxen is back up to the top 10 biggest stacks of the day.
The biggest pot of the tournament so far has sent Michael Hasenberg to the rail while Martin Kristeller joined the chip millionaires amid some confusion while the hand played out.
On a heads-up turn of , Hasenberg in middle position checked and Kristeller in the cutoff fired a bet of 91,000. Hasenberg made the call and near-instantly shoved the on the river. He engaged in table chat with Kristeller and mentioned that he thinks Kristeller has pocket kings.
One and a half minutes passed, mostly filled with words going back and forth between the duo, and suddenly Joao Vieira called the clock. Kristeller was surprised by that but tossed in a single chip for the call with a few seconds left.
Hasenberg turned over for a rivered set of nines and Kristeller had that beat with for a straight. The stacks were counted and Hasenberg was covered by a small margin as Kristeller had a stack of 406,000.
Once all was done, Vieira and Kristeller spent the next few minutes talking about the hand itself.