Event #14: €10,350 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em
Event #14: €10,350 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 Completed

Vaitiekunas Bags Slight Lead After Day 2 of Event #14: €10,350 Main Event

ajlamers • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Paulius Vaitiekunas
Paulius Vaitiekunas

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.

Kahle Burns struggled on Day 2 of the Main Event
Kahle Burns struggled on Day 2 of the Main Event

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.

It was a rollercoaster Day 2 for Alex Foxen
It was a rollercoaster Day 2 for Alex Foxen

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

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
801Pierre MothesGermany475,00079
802Artur JarekPoland292,00049
803Dennis WilkeGermany368,00061
804Duco Ten HavenNetherlands880,000147
805Michal LubasPoland646,000108
806Sergio RuizSpain163,00027
807Gergely VoeroesHungary348,00058
808Tobias PetersNetherlands241,00040
811Alessandro LaubingerGermany279,00047
812Davidi KitaiBelgium218,00036
814Michael SklenickaCzech Republic386,00064
815Charbel SalloumLebanon532,00089
816Per ReevcronaSweden107,00018
817Georgios VrakasGreece362,00060
818Dario SammartinoItaly687,000115
821Markus DürneggerAustria874,000146
822Anatoly FilatovRussia200,00033
823Quan ZhouChina501,00084
824Jorma NuutinenFinland293,00049
825Karol KonopkaPoland445,00074
826Francesco DelfocoItaly360,00060
827Adrian GalipiensoSpain737,000123
828Tomas KnesplCzech Republic164,00027
831Marek BlaskoSlovakia273,00046
832Yake WuChina125,00021
833Abdelhakim ZoufriNetherlands436,00073
834Alex FoxenUnited States813,000136
835Bertrand GrospellierFrance323,00054
837Viktor WalterGermany201,00034
838Philipp ZukernikIsrael484,00081
841Mehrzad MoadeliDenmark449,00075
842Raz AlonIsrael152,00025
843Setki AjruliMacedonia390,00065
844Gianluca SperanzaItaly273,00046
845Martin KabrhelCzech Republic793,000132
846Paulius VaitiekunasLithuania1,221,000204
847Aymon HataUnited Kingdom362,00060
848Fernando HabeggerSwitzerland212,00035
851David “ODB” BakerUnited States720,000120
852Zhong ChenNetherlands236,00039
853Saar WilfIsrael449,00075
854Michael DuerkGermany413,00069
855Didier RablSwitzerland92,00015
856Ahmad AchegseiGermany1,213,000202
857Enrico CampanileItaly283,00047
858Jakob MadsenDenmark352,00059
941Bleron MaliqiRKS292,00049
942Vlada StojanovicSerbia486,00081
943Julien MartiniFrance887,000148
944Emmanouil FountoulakisGreece362,00060
945Orpen KisacikogluTurkey207,00035
946Jeff MadsenUnited States404,00067
947Balazs BisteiHungary102,00017
948Mustafa BizTurkey777,000130
951Kristoffer RasmussenDenmark491,00082
952Joao VieiraPortugal715,000119
953Paul TheobaldGermany62,00010
954Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom272,00045
955Roberto RomanelloUnited Kingdom425,00071
956Sergey VerkhoturovRussia320,00053
957Daniel RezaeiAustria911,000152
958Roman SahinSwitzerland228,00038
961Maria LampropulosGreece248,00041
962Ghattas KortasSweden568,00095
963Aleksandr MerzhvinskiiRussia94,00016
964Enrico CamosciItaly655,000109
965Leonard MaueGermany414,00069
966Alfred KovezmanIsrael329,00055
968Oleg PavlyuchukRussia267,00045
971Michal MrakesCzech Republic227,00038
972Christopher FrankÅland Islands284,00047
973Negjdet AvdylajRKS423,00071
974Kasparas KlezysLithuania97,00016
975Bernd GleissnerGermany350,00058
976Roberto MorraItaly454,00076
977Daan MuldersNetherlands1,191,000199
978Jan-Peter JachtmannGermany851,000142
981Nadim El AmmarGermany310,00052
982Claas SegebrechtGermany670,000112
983Dennis MartinGermany134,00022
984Anton MorgensternGermany600,000100
985Anders KjellerupDenmark387,00065
986Manuel BulutGermany223,00037
988Warwick MirzikinianAustralia288,00048
991Faramarz SafariAustria639,000107
992Alexandros KoloniasGreece1,115,000186
993Giorgiy SkhulukhiyaRussia190,00032
994Ihor YerofieievUkraine267,00045
995Anthony ZinnoUnited States430,00072
996Roland IsraelashviliUnited States337,00056
997Shaun DeebUnited States118,00020
998Dash DudleyUnited States508,00085
1081Julian MenhardtGermany439,00073
1082Nicolas SieversGermany167,00028
1083Adi RajkovicAustria633,000106
1084Vadzim LipaukaBelarus964,000161
1085Jozef BartalosSlovakia251,00042
1086Benjamin PollakFrance350,00058
1087Artur RudenkovCzech Republic550,00092
1088Rainer KempeGermany159,00027
1091Besmir HodajAlbania287,00048
1093Anas BelatikFrance405,00068
1094Christian RudolphGermany116,00019
1095Philipp LuetkemeierGermany306,00051
1096Christofor StefanidiGermany239,00040
1097Rene MuellerGermany648,000108
1098Hongbin GuoChina507,00085
1101Bartlomiej MachonPoland302,00050
1102Shahar LeviIsrael622,000104
1104Harry RossUnited Kingdom164,00027
1105Jakub OlivaCzech Republic251,00042
1106Jacob BaumgartnerUnited States362,00060
1107Deniz DoganGermany445,00074
1108Dragos TrofimovMoldova861,000144
1111Felix SchulzeGermany714,000119
1112Antonio Madreira De Andrade Dos SantosBrazil447,00075
1113Mykola KostyrkoUkraine333,00056
1114Karl-Theodor SchoepfGermany115,00019
1115Maxim LykovRussia196,00033
1116Martin KristellerGermany1,100,000183
1117David GnirsGermany435,00073
1118Marius GicovanuRomania277,00046
1121Anh DoCzech Republic313,00052
1122Thomas HammerlGermany225,00038
1123Guillaume DiazFrance85,00014
1125Rifat PalevicSweden593,00099
1126Sasa LalosAustria296,00049
1127Raphael BraunAustria444,00074
1128Robert SkopalikCzech Republic694,000116

Tags: Adi RajkovicAhmad AchegseiAlex FoxenAlex LivingstonAlexandros KoloniasAnton MorgensternBenjamin PollakChristoph VogelsangDaan MuldersDaniel NegreanuDario SammartinoDominik NitscheFreek ScholtenHossein EnsanJack SinclairJeff MadsenJoao VieiraKahle BurnsMartin KabrhelOle SchemionPaulius VaitiekunasPhil HellmuthPhil HuiRyan RiessSam GraftonShaun DeebWilliam Kassouf

End-of-Day Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Paulius Vaitiekunas lt
Paulius Vaitiekunas
lt 1,221,000 21,000
Ahmad Achegsei de
Ahmad Achegsei
de 1,213,000 13,000
Daan Mulders nl
Daan Mulders
nl 1,191,000 -116,000
Alexandros Kolonias gr
Alexandros Kolonias
gr 1,115,000 -5,000
Martin Kristeller de
Martin Kristeller
de 1,100,000 35,000
Vadzim Lipauka by
Vadzim Lipauka
by 964,000 -26,000
Daniel Rezaei at
Daniel Rezaei
at 911,000 141,000
Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
fr 887,000
Duco ten Haven nl
Duco ten Haven
nl 880,000 459,000
Markus Durnegger at
Markus Durnegger
at 874,000 182,500
Dragos Trofimov md
Dragos Trofimov
md 861,000 221,000
Jan-Peter Jachtmann de
Jan-Peter Jachtmann
de 851,000 11,000
Alex Foxen us
Alex Foxen
us 813,000 51,000
Martin Kabrhel cz
Martin Kabrhel
cz 793,000 33,000
Mustafa Biz tr
Mustafa Biz
tr 777,000 227,000
Adrian Galipienso ES
Adrian Galipienso
ES 737,000 -58,000
David "ODB" Baker us
David "ODB" Baker
us 720,000 -1,000
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
Winamax Team Pro
pt 715,000 65,000
Felix Schulze de
Felix Schulze
de 714,000 144,000
Robert Skopalik cz
Robert Skopalik
cz 694,000 225,500
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 687,000 -11,000
Claas Segebrecht de
Claas Segebrecht
de 670,000 -90,000
Enrico Camosci it
Enrico Camosci
it 655,000 75,000
Rene Mueller DE
Rene Mueller
DE 648,000 378,000
Michal Lubas pl
Michal Lubas
pl 646,000 321,000

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Ferguson Busts in Last Hand of the Night to Martini

poolshir • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Julien Martini shoved from the small blind to put Chris Ferguson in the big blind all-in who called for his last 107,000.

Chris Ferguson: {a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}
Julien Martini: {j-Spades}{7-Spades}

The flop came {a-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{q-Spades} for Ferguson to hit top pair but for Martini to pick up the flush draw.

The turn was the {k-Spades} which gave Martini the flush indeed and leave Ferguson drawing dead.

The river completed the board with the {k-Diamonds} to seal the deal and send Ferguson on his way in the very last hand of the night.

Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
fr 887,000 417,000
Chris Ferguson us
Chris Ferguson
us Busted

Tags: Chris Ferguson

Three Late Casualties

zedmaster84 • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Stephane Pernot
Stephane Pernot

Fabian Gumz open-shoved a short stack with the {q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and he was called by Enrico Camosci in the small blind with {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}. On a board of {a-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}, 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 {a-Spades}{j-Spades} face up.

Stephane Pernot: {6-Clubs}{6-Spades}
Shahar Levi: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}

The board came {q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and Levi rivered the nut straight.

Shahar Levi il
Shahar Levi
il 622,000 342,000
Rifat Palevic se
Rifat Palevic
se 593,000 248,000
Enrico Camosci it
Enrico Camosci
it 580,000 132,000
Pierre Neuville be
Pierre Neuville
be Busted
Fabian Gumz de
Fabian Gumz
de Busted
Stephane Pernot FR
Stephane Pernot
FR Busted

Tags: Enrico CamosciFabian GumzPierre NeuvilleRifat PalevicShahar LeviStephane Pernot

Scholten From Big Stack to Busto

zedmaster84 • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

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 {q-Spades}{7-Clubs}{4-Hearts}, Scholten continued for 36,000 and Lipauka came along to see the {k-Clubs} 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 {k-Spades} came on the river and Scholten pushed all in, Lipauka snap-called for a reason with {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} for trips kings and Scholten was caught bluffing with {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}.

One hand later it was all over for the Dutchman as Scholten three-bet and then fired all the way on a {9-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{5-Spades}{8-Clubs}{2-Hearts} board. Alexandros Kolonias check-called three streets including the shove with {9-Spades}{8-Spades} for two pair and Scholten hit the rail with {a-Spades}{k-Spades} for top pair top kicker.

Alexandros Kolonias gr
Alexandros Kolonias
gr 1,120,000 570,000
Vadzim Lipauka by
Vadzim Lipauka
by 990,000 670,000
Freek Scholten nl
Freek Scholten
nl Busted

Tags: Alexandros KoloniasFreek ScholtenVadzim Lipauka

Three More Hands

poolshir • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

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.

Set-Over-Set for Foxen to Bust Kaimakamis

Ernestok • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

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 {10-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}.

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 {5-Spades}{5-Diamonds} which was a huge favorite over Kaimakamis' {3-Diamonds}{3-Spades}.

The Greek player had only one out in the river and the {7-Clubs} sent him to the rail, while Foxen is back up to the top 10 biggest stacks of the day.

Alex Foxen us
Alex Foxen
us 762,000 562,000
Vangelis Kaimakamis gr
Vangelis Kaimakamis
gr Busted

Tags: Alex FoxenVangelis Kaimakamis

Hasenberg Busts to Kristeller

zedmaster84 • Level 13: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Michael Hasenberg
Michael Hasenberg

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 {8-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Spades}{7-Spades}, 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 {9-Hearts} 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 {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} for a rivered set of nines and Kristeller had that beat with {a-Spades}{6-Spades} 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.

Martin Kristeller de
Martin Kristeller
de 1,065,000 495,000
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
Winamax Team Pro
pt 650,000 17,000
Michael Hasenberg DE
Michael Hasenberg
DE Busted

Tags: Joao VieiraMartin KristellerMichael Hasenberg