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Manish Goenka, Prashanth Sekar & Sameer Tavanandi Make Day 2 in the German Poker Days Main Event

German Poker Days Main Event Day 1A & 1B - Manish Goenka, Prashanth Sekar & Sameer Tavanandi
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis August 31, 2019
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Rozvadov has become a prime poker destination for the Indian players, especially after The Indian Poker Series (TIPS) made its grand debut in August 2018 and returned for its second edition in March 2019.

The German Poker Days series commenced on August 26 at the Casino King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The star attraction of the series, the €175 NLHE Main Event kicked off on August 29.

Day 1A registered a total number of 135 entries (109 unique and 26 re-entries), with only 19 players advancing to Day 2.

However, it was the Day 1B action that was of more interest for the Indian rail as three Indians made it through the day, namely Manish Goenka, Prashanth Sekar, and Sameer Tavanandi. While Goenka and Sekar were among the top ten stacks at the end of the day’s play, bagging 769,000 and 388,000 in chips respectively, Tavanandi too managed to secure an above-average stack of 171,000.

Artur Vartikian (957,000) topped the 19 Day 1 A survivors, while Yoav Zilberman (774,000) will headline the 52 Day 1B hopefuls to Day 2.

With three more starting flights left to play, more Indians are likely to join the action, especially names like Gaurav Gupta and Gautam Rohilla, as both players have confirmed their participation at the series through social media posts.


Day 1A Recap

Day 1A hit the floors of the ever-popular King’s Casino, attracting a total of 135 entries (109 unique and 26 re-entries). Following several hours of play, only 19 players were able to bag chips.

Grabbing onto the pole position was Russia’s Artur Vartikian who amassed an enormous stack of 957,000. Close on his coattails was Przemysław Oskar Omylak with 919,000 in chips, while Bestun Mahmood Moham Mohammed was a distant third with 524,000 in his bag.

Top 10 Chip Counts At the End of Day 1A

1. Artur Vartikian – 957,000

2. Przemysław Oskar Omylak – 919,000

3. Bestun Mahmood Moham Mohammed – 524,000

4. Rene Heinricher – 522,000

5. REVAL – 469,000

6. Daniel Dinulescu – 450,000

7. Uncle Gunz – 380,000

8. Hendrik Klimkeit – 315,000

9. Ondine Persoz – 272,000

10. Maciej Ludwik Kondraszuk – 241,000


Day 1B Recap

Day 1B logged in a larger field than the first starting flight, with 297 entries (238 unique and 59 re-entries) being registered for the day. When the dust settled, only 52 players had a stack to carry forward to Day 2.

Among the survivors was a trio of Indian players led by Manish Goenka. Goenka, who is the co-founder of TIPS, has made a second home for himself at the King’s Casino. He was last seen in the Italian Poker Sport Opener at the Italian Poker Sport 2019, which was also hosted at the King’s Casino. Goenka took down the title for €1,600 (~₹1.24 Lakhs) following a five-way ICM chop.

Manish Goenka - German Poker Days Main Event Day 1B
Manish Goenka

Goenka had quite an eventful day at the felts on Day 1B and eventually bagged the second largest stack of 769,000

The inaugural Game Changer champion on PokerBaazi, Prashanth Sekar was also seen in the thick of the action and ended Day 1B with the eighth largest stack of 388,000.

Prashanth Sekar - German Poker Days Main Event Day 1B
Prashanth Sekar

The third Indian players to make it through to Day 2 was Sameer Tavanandi who wrapped up the Day 1B proceedings with a workable stack of 171,000.

Sameer Tavanandi - German Poker Days Main Event Day 1B
Sameer Tavanandi

Israel’s Yoav Zilberman (774,000) emerged as the Day 1B chip leader and will lead the 52 survivors to Day 2.

Top 10 Chip Counts At the End of Day 1B

1. Yoav Zilberman – 774,000

2. Manish Goenka – 769,000

3. Sebastian Maxim Muller – 511,000

4. Dennis Dirk Emilio Willke – 480,000

5. Danqiu Shen – 468,000

6. DOC – 425,000

7. Matija Sinkovic – 395,000

8. Prashanth Sekar – 388,000

9. Juergen Kurt Albert Klotzin – 380,000

10. MYVPIPISURIQ – 377,000

Content & Images Courtesy – King’s Casino

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