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October 22 turned out to be a busy day at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) which saw four events running alongside each other. Starting with the €1,100 Monster Stack that crowned a winner in Timur Margolin, the other events that were playing out simulataneously were the €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE, €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed and WSOPE King’s Trophy Event.
Indian challenger Bharath Janardhan, who had fought hard to make Day 2 in the €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE, sadly busted out early on in the day. He had some consolation though, as he collected €2,564 (₹2.16 Lakhs) from his 29th place finish in the event. The day ended with Israeli pro Netanel Amedi (1,882,000) topping the eight survivors with the largest stack.
Hong Kong’s Anson Tsang (931,000) bagged the overnight chip lead among 35 survivors in the €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed. Not too far behind, Ilya Bulychev (748,000) and Quan Zhou (480,000) bagged the next largest stacks.
Another popular event at the 2018 WSOPE, the €2,250 buy-in King’s Trophy Event registered 75 entries on its opening flight. The top 35 runners, including Baadshah Gaming co-founder Madhav Gupta (38,500) have made it through to Day 2, while Israel’s Dor Mey Tal (251,500) holds the chip lead. The second starting flight of the event is slated on October 23.
42 players returned for Day 2 action with all eyes on the €86,956 grand prize and the WSOP gold bracelet.
India’s Bharath Janardhan, who had consolidated to a stack of 72,000 at the end of Day 1, was seated along with Romain Lewis, Julien Sitbon, Chris Ferguson, Anthony Zinno, Majid Ejlal Noubarian and Richard Toth. Early in the day, Janardhan lost a big three-way pot that he played against Toth and Lewis, which brought his stack down to 40,000. Shortly after Roman Cieslik busted out as the bubble boy at the start of level 17, Janardhan hit the rail in 29th place for €2,564 (₹2,16,600).
Some other big names who posted a score at the event include Yunsheng Sun (10th for €5,954), Jean-Noel Said (11th for €4,777), Day 1 chip leader Laszlo Bujtas (13th for €3,930), Anthony Zinno (15th for €3,319), Roland Israelashvili (18th for €2,878), Chris Ferguson (23rd for €2,878), Chris Back (31st for €2,564) and Siarhei Chudapal (37th for €2,350).
Richard Toth (9th for €5,954) bubbled the eight-handed final table bringing the days play to a close.
Israel’s Netanel Amedi (1,882,000) will be leading the eight-handed final table coming into the final day but he has Norbert Szecsi (1,792,000) and Shaun Deeb (1,247,000) breathing down on him.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Netanel Amedi – 1,882,000
2. Norbert Szecsi – 1,792,000
3. Shaun Deeb – 1,247,000
4. Vittorio Castro – 697,000
5. Van Tiep Nguyen – 546,000
6. Julien Sitbon – 423,000
7. Samuel Albeck – 379,000
8. Jaroslav Peter – 271,000
The €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed kicked off with only 10 players but the field size quickly expanded to a 187-player strong turnout, smashing the €200,000 guarantee easily. With the event collecting a prize pool of €358,853, the winner will add a glittering €91,730 to his bankroll.
After a hectic day on the felts, only 35 players managed to make the cut for Day 2 where Anson Tsang (931,000) from Hong Kong commands the lead with the largest stack.
Following Tsang on the leaderboard are Ilya Bulychev (748,000) and Quan Zhou (480,000).
With the top 29 places assured payouts, many poker stars are still in contention for the title including Anton Johansson (205,000), Chris Ferguson (171,000), Anthony Zinno (166,000), Ihar Pliashko (120,000) and Roland Israelashvili (113,000), along with Shaun Deeb (208,000), who will be returning to the featured table on Day 2 in his bid to win a fifth WSOP bracelet.
Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day 1
1. Anson Tsang – 931,000
2. Ilya Bulychev – 748,000
3. Quan Zhou – 480,000
4. Ludvig Sterner – 388,000
5. Aaron Duczak – 307,000
6. Daniel Rezaei – 302,000
7. Gisle Olsen – 288,000
8. Ryan Riess – 259,000
9. Hokyiu Lee – 258,000
10. Eemil Tuominen – 225,000
One of the featured events on the schedule, the 2018 WSOPE King’s Trophy Event that has a €2,500 buy-in and a €1 Million, hosted its first starting flight on Monday. A total of 75 entries were clocked in on the opening flight with 35 among them bagging a stack for Day 2. Israel’s Dor Mey Valley (251,500) carries the largest stack among the day’s survivors.
India`s Madhav Gupta (38,500) was seen in action at the event and made it through to Day 2. Though extremely short, Gupta is still very much in the running, He shared the news on Facebook. “Super short bag for Day 2 of the King’s Cup. Bad last two levels, but a bag nonetheless!”
Vladimir Geshkenbein (250,000) and Andrei Konopelko (237,000) round out the top three stacks coming into Day 2, while Andrey Ivlev (32,000), Maria Lampropoulus (64,000), Aleksei Ivanov (82,500), Gudmundur Sigurjonsson (126,500), and Luca Marchetti (127,500) are the other top guns who will be returning back on Day 2.
Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day 1A
1. Dor Mey Valley – 251,500
2. Vladimir Geshkenbein – 250,000
3. Andrei Konopelko – 237,000
4. Guoliang Wei – 216,000
5. Tareq Ahmad Ahmad Yar – 179,000
6. Grzegorz Adam Idziak – 144,000
7. Ricardo Andres Chauriye Rabah – 143,000
8. David Anthony Hudson – 134,000
9. Bernd Werner – 134,000
10. Yang Zhang – 129,000
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