2021 World Series of Poker Europe

Event #5: €550 NLH COLOSSUS
Day: 1b
Event Info

2021 World Series of Poker Europe

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
300,000 / 600,000
Players Info - Day 1b
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Event #5: €550 NLH COLOSSUS

Day 1b Completed

Day 1b Wraps Up with 44 Players Advancing in Event #5: €550 NLH COLOSSUS; Ferraiuolo Near the Top of the Leaderboard

Level 18 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante
Antonello Ferraiuolo
Antonello Ferraiuolo

The opening flight of Event #5: €550 No-Limit Hold'em COLOSSUS has wrapped after nearly 11 hours and 18 levels were completed on Day 1b. A total of 427 entries were recorded with just 43 players advancing to Day 2. Merijn van Rooij bagged the chip lead by accumulating a healthy stack of 545,000 chips.

The Dutch poker player raced to the top of the leaderboard in the last level of the night, overcoming the likes of Pascal Foged (503,000), and Event #1: €350 NLH Opener champion Antonello Ferraiuolo (481,000). Van Rooij plays the majority of his live tournaments here at the King's Casino in Rozvadov but also managed to pick up a few World Series of Poker online cashes in this past year.

Ferraiuolo has had a great start to the 2021 WSOP Europe campaign by capturing his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet just a few days ago. The Italian racked up over €87,000 for his victory and has now put himself in the top three chip counts after Day 1b of the COLOSSUS. Rounding out the top five big stacks are Yizhaq Hay with 438,000 and Georgios Tsouloftas with 414,000 chips.

There were a few notables who failed to make it through the opening flight include bracelet winner Pete Chen, Roberto Manfredi, John Taramas, and Jan Bendik. The money bubble was reached in the second to last level of the night when Rokas Barzdzius got his last few big blinds in the middle with ace-king. Unfortunately for him, Tsouloftas flopped a straight with jack-ten and sent Barzdzius home outside of the money.

Merijn van Rooij bagged the Day 1b chip lead
Merijn van Rooij bagged the Day 1b chip lead

The final 65 players were each guaranteed €895 and a lot of the short stacks wasted no time getting their chips in the middle. Over 20 players were sent to the payout desk in the last level of the night and will have the chance to qualify in one of the later flights.

With the recent government announcements in the Czech Republic, there will only be four total flights for this event. Starting tomorrow, there will only be one flight per day with a 1,000 player cap, starting at 10 a.m. each day. Day 2 players will also be returning at 10 a.m. and playing down to a final table, which will then be carried out on Day 3.

Event #5: €550 NLH COLOSSUS Schedule

Thursday, November 25Day 1b12 p.m.After Level 1842743
Thursday, November 25Day 1c6 p.m.After Level 18--
Friday, November 26Day 1d10 a.m.After Level 18--
Saturday, November 27Day 1f10 a.m.After Level 18--
Sunday, November 28Day 22 p.m.9 Players Remain--
Monday, November 29Day 31 p.m.End of Event  

For now, players may still enter the Day 1c flight with late registration still open for a couple of more levels. The PokerNews live reporting team will be here to cover all of the tournaments throughout the WSOP Europe so keep it locked here for all of the live updates.

Tags: Antonello FerraiuoloJan BendikMerijn van RooijPete Chen

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 18 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

Merijn van Rooij has finished Day 1b as the chip leader with 545,000 chips. There are just 43 players that have advanced to Day 2 of the 427 total entries. A full recap and chip counts from the day will be posted shortly.

Player Chips Progress
Merijn van Rooij nl
Merijn van Rooij
545,000 545,000
Pascal Foged de
Pascal Foged
503,000 136,000
Antonello Ferraiuolo it
Antonello Ferraiuolo
481,000 217,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Yizhaq Hay il
Yizhaq Hay
438,000 338,500
Georgios Tsouloftas cy
Georgios Tsouloftas
414,000 124,000
Silviu Nemes ro
Silviu Nemes
379,000 277,000
Karel Novotny cz
Karel Novotny
333,000 -106,000
Clayde Terlaan nl
Clayde Terlaan
320,000 22,000
Thomas Hofmann ch
Thomas Hofmann
298,000 30,000
Dennis Krusch de
Dennis Krusch
290,000 60,000

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Down and Back Up for Abdalla

Level 18 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

Edmond Jahjaga shipped all in for 58,000 in middle position and Issam Abdalla called from the big blind. Jahjaga showed {a-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} and was up against the {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs} of Abdalla.

The board ran out {8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{j-Hearts} and Jahjaga's ace-high was good enough to double up.

On the next hand, Guenter Jakwerth shoved all in for around 40,000 in early position and Abdalla called from the small blind this time.

Jakwerth held {a-Hearts}{10-Spades} but Abdalla had two live cards with {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts}. The flop of {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} left Jakwerth in the lead but the {6-Clubs} on the turn paired up Abdalla. The {5-Diamonds} completed the board and Abdalla recovered some of his loss as Jakwerth was eliminated.

Player Chips Progress
Issam Abdalla it
Issam Abdalla
Edmond Jahjaga kv
Edmond Jahjaga
125,000 -39,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Guenter Jakwerth
Guenter Jakwerth

Ace on the River Ends Winkler

Level 18 : 3,000/6,000, 6,000 ante

Ladislav Kellner raised it up in middle position and Andre Winkler shoved all in for around 75,000 in the big blind. Kellner quickly called and had Winkler at risk.

Andre Winkler: {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}
Ladislav Kellner: {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

The flop came {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} and Winkler's pair of eights remained in the lead. The {q-Spades} on the turn changed nothing but it was the {a-Clubs} on the river that gave Kellner a pair of aces and eliminated Winkler.

Player Chips Progress
Ladislav Kellner cz
Ladislav Kellner
343,000 22,000
Andre Winkler de
Andre Winkler

Level: 18

Blinds: 3,000/6,000

Ante: 6,000

Tsouloftas Flops a Straight to Burst the Bubble

Level 17 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
Rokas Barzdzius bubble boy
Rokas Barzdzius bubble boy

In just the second hand on the money bubble, Georgios Tsouloftas opened to 12,000 in early position. He was called by two players and Rokas Barzdzius shipped all in for 33,000 on the button. All three players called him and the dealer fanned the flop of {9-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{7-Spades}.

Tsouloftas was first to act and bet 15,000 which got the other two players to fold. Tsouloftas turned over {j-Clubs}{10-Hearts} for a straight while Barzdzius was drawing slim with {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}.

The {10-Clubs} on the turn provided a bit of a sweat but the {9-Diamonds} on the river sealed the fate for Barzdzius who was eliminated on the money bubble. The remaining players will now be guaranteed at least €895 with just over a level left in the day.

Player Chips Progress
Georgios Tsouloftas cy
Georgios Tsouloftas
290,000 113,000
Rokas Barzdzius lt
Rokas Barzdzius

Ferraiuolo Flushes on the Turn

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

Antonello Ferraiuolo raised in early position and Jeremie Canetti three-bet to 26,000 from the cutoff. The action folded back to Ferraiuolo who called. The flop came {9-Spades}{8-Hearts}{2-Spades} and both players checked to the {7-Spades} on the turn.

Ferraiuolo led out with a bet of 32,000 and Canetti called to see the {4-Clubs} on the river. Ferraiuolo checked this time and Canetti checked it back. Ferraiuolo tabled {q-Spades}{10-Spades} for a flush and Canetti mucked his cards.

The field is now down to just 66 players and the hand-for-hand portion of the tournament has begun on the money bubble.

Player Chips Progress
Antonello Ferraiuolo it
Antonello Ferraiuolo
264,000 202,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Jeremie Canetti it
Jeremie Canetti

Level: 17

Blinds: 3,000/5,000

Ante: 5,000