WSOPE 2018: Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy & Nico Mussini Top Day 1E & Day 1F in €550 COLOSSUS NLHE

Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy and Nico Mussini
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Action at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) is heating up as six of the eight starting flights of Event #1: €550 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em are now in the books. Similar to the previous day, Day 1E and 1F played out consecutively on October 12. The total attendance in the event currently stands at 1,332 entries and 122 among them have made it already to Day 2.

The lone Indian player to have scored at the event so far is Rakesh Lalwani, who finished 23rd for €802 (~₹68,541) on Day 1D. He fired bullets on both Day 1E and 1F, but failed to advance to Day 2 from either of the two starting flights. Bharath Najardhan was another Indian challenger seen in action on Day 1F, but he too was sent to the rail empty handed.

A total of 722 entries (317 from Day 1E and 405 from Day 1F) registered through both the flights. Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy (543,000) topped the 33 survivors from Day 1E, while Nico Mussini (918,000) leads the 38 remaining players from Day 1F.

Day 1E Recap

Day 1E registered a total of 317 entries, of which 33 players made it to Day 2 with 48 runners made it in the money. Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy took the top seat on the leaderboard with 543,000 in chips, while Jasper Van ‘t Hoff (494,000) and Dror Ramaty (488,000) bagged the next largest stacks.

India’s Rakesh Lalwani was seen in action on Day 1E but failed to carry a bag to Day 2. During level 9, Marco Leimbach raised to 2,200 from late position with card 3card 3 and Lalwani shoved for 11,000 in the hijack holding card 1card 3. The board spread out card 1card 1card 3card 3card 2 and Leimbach took down the hand with a pair of tens and Lalwani busted out empty-handed.

Joining Lalwani at the rails were the likes of Shaun Deeb, Renato Kaneoya, Hannes Neurauter, Michael Soyza and Martin Theil.

Jona Wilmsmann was the last elimination before the money bubble burst.

During the first hand of hand-for-hand play, Antoine Rodrigues Guerreiro (48th for €399.50) and Rafael Dahan (49th for €399.50) both busted out at the same time and split the min-cash.

The other players who finished in the money include Ondrej Mar (34th for €935), Andre Lommel (35th for €935), Antonino Karman (36th for €935), Yves Hallague (37th for €851), Giorgi Mevlupishvili (38th for €851), Roman Sahin (39th for €851), Annina Hostettler (40th for €851), Aliaksei Ivanov (41st for €851), Tomas Sujeta (42nd for €851), Adel Kabbani (43rd for €851), Frank Rohrmueller (44th for €851), Florian Guertler (45th for €851), Dimitrios Gkatzas (46th for €799) and Tomas Balada (47th for €799).

Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy
Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy

Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day 1E

1. Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy – 543,000

2. Jasper Van ‘t Hoff – 494,000

3. Dror Ramaty – 488,000

4. Carmelo Vasta – 485,000

5. Enrico Grella – 398,000

6. Nachal Loewenthal – 345,000

7. Luca Bartoli – 330,000

8. Stefan Vogt – 327,000

9. Patrick de Waegenaere – 310,000

10. Pavel Havranek – 301,000

Day 1F Recap

Day 1F was the biggest starting flight so far at the €550 COLOSSUS NLHE with 405 entries. After 18 levels of play, the field was whittled down to just 38 participants with Italy’s Nico Mussini leading the way with a massive stack of 918,000. Former EPT Grand Final champion Jan Bendik (812,000) and Rifat Gegic (712,000) rounded up the top three spots on the leaderboard.

Rakesh Lalwani returned on Day 1F, but unfortunately he was unable to make the cut once again. He moved all-in blind for what appeared to be 8,000 and was called two ways, by Bjoern Bouwmans and Mohame Lafchouch. The flop fell card 2card 3card 3. Bouwmans jammed and Lafchouch called instantly. Lalwani tabled card 3card 3, while Bouwmans held card 2card 2 and Lafchouch turned over card 3card 2. The card 1 and card 1 completed the board and Lafchouch’s three-of-a-kind kings resulted in the double elimination of Lalwani and Bouwmans.

Rakesh Lalwani
Rakesh Lalwani

Another Indian challenger Bharath Najardhan was also seen in the fray, but he too busted empty handed.

The top 61 places were paid and the money bubble burst in level 16. Petr Vlcek became the bubble boy in the very first hand against Rafi Elharar.

Others who cashed but couldn`t make it to Day 2 included notables like Zoltan Gal, Viliyan Petleshkov, Renato Kaneoya and Konstantinos Tsirakidis.

Other`s who made it past through Day 1F included Francesco Delfoco (300,000), Ohana Shlomo (292,000), Elias Abou Saleh (210,000), Erich Kollmann (184,000) and Georges Chehade (174,000).

Nico Mussini
Nico Mussini

Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day 1F

1. Nico Mussini – 918,000

2. Jan Bendik – 822,000

3. Rifat Gegic – 712,000

4. Oshri Lahmani – 666,000

5. Connor Heelis – 447,000

6. Tomer Lev – 406,000

7. Tornike Tchkonia – 365,000

8. Rafi Elharar – 344,000

9. Hesham Eshaqzai – 335,000

10. Edris Osman – 319,000

The last two starting flights, i.e. Day 1G and 1H, are slated to begin on October 13, following which Day 2 will commence on October 14.

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