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With the conclusion of the €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), three other events also ran their course including the €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed, WSOPE King’s Trophy Event and WSOPE €25,000 King’s Short Deck Championship.
Indian challenger Bharath Janardhan has been in good form this series having picked up two scores already. He finished 10th in the €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter for €2,958 (₹2.49 Lakhs) and more recently took 29th place in the €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE for €2,564 (₹2.16 Lakhs). Janardhan was yet again seen in the thick of the action as he entered the King’s Trophy on Day 1B, and advanced to Day 2 with a stack of 38,500. Joining him on Day 2 will be Baadshah Gaming co-founder Madhav Gupta (38,500) who secured his seat through the opening Day 1A flight.
Andreas Eiler (317,000) topped the 120 Day 1B survivors and is also the overall chip leader coming into Day 2, while Markus Hermann (293,500) and Asaf Berman (276,000) round out the top three stacks.
In other side events, the field in the €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed has been whittled down to the final eight contenders with Ilya Bulychev (1,513,000) leading the charge coming into the final table.
Meanwhile, Mikita Badziakouski defeated Leow Seng Yee to claim the WSOPE €25,000 King’s Short Deck Championship title and the first-place prize money of €213,750.
The 2018 WSOPE €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed attracted 187 entries, building up a prize pool of €358,853. After an eventful run through its second consecutive day that saw 35 runners resume play, the event is just a day away from crowning a winner, with eight finalists left in the running for the title.
Ilya Bulychev (1,513,000) from the Russian federation is the current chip leader with Anson Tsang (1,139,000) and Ludvig Sterner (1,133,000) the second and third largest stack holders, respectively.
Day 2 Recap
The top heavy payout structure guaranteed the best 29 finishers a min-cash of at least €3,147 and the early eliminations of the day saw the likes of Michal Mrakes, James Chen and Ronald Keijzer perishing before the money bubble. Tomasz Gluszko was the unfortunate bubble boy and went out in brutal fashion when his pocket aces were cracked by a rivered flush.
Roland Israelashvili (29th for €3,147) was the first player to make it in the money. The event then picked up pace and a number of notables were sent packing with the list including names like Ryan Riess (14th for €4,742), Allen Kessler (16th for €4,034), Anthony Zinno (15th for €4,034), and Jan-Peter Jachtmann (19th for €3,518).
Top pro Shaun Deeb (20th for €3,518) who was on the hunt for his fifth WSOP bracelet was doing something he has a lot of experience doing i.e. multi-tabling the event while also playing the final table of the €1,650 Mixed PLO/ NLHE. Deeb`s tournament run came to crashing halt after he moved all in with an open-ended straight draw against Ludgwig Sterner’s top two pair. Failing to improve, Deeb was sent packing.
Chris Ferguson (22nd for €3,518) saw his two pair and a gutshot straight draw defeated by his opponent’s better two pair and the same gutshot straight draw. With the river blanking him, Ferguson was eliminated.
After Gergely Bartos`s (10th for €7,042) elimination, the event was one elimination away from the final table. Daniel Rezaei (9th for €7,042) ran his top pair and gutshot straight draw into Jason Gray’s flopped nut straight and couldn’t catch up on the turn or the river to bring play down to the final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Ilya Bulychev – 1,513,000
2. Anson Tsang – 1,139,000
3. Ludvig Sterner – 1,133,000
4. Hokyiu Lee – 995,000
5. Jason Gray 827,000
6. Alexander Norden – 747,000
7. Gisle Olsen – 701,000
8. Quan Zhou – 420,000
If the opening flight of the 2018 WSOPE King’s Trophy event saw 75 runners enter the competitive felts, then the second starting flight witnessed a massive boom in the participation numbers, with 325 entries rolling in. End of day, a total of 120 players advanced to Day 2 with Andreas Eiler (317,000) bagging the largest stack, followed by Markus Hermann (293,500) and Asaf Berman (276,000).
Overall, 155 survivors will be returning to resume play on Day 2 with late registrations open till the start of Day 2.. While Indian challenger Madhav Gupta (38,500) was the first Indian player to qualify for Day 2 on the opening flight (Day 1A), he will have company in Bharath Janardhan (38,500) who entered on Day 1B and co-incidentally bagged the exact same stack as Gupta for Day 2.
Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day 1B
1. Andreas Eiler – 317,000
2. Markus Hermann Sturz – 293,500
3. Asaf Berman – 276,000
4. Haoxiang Wang – 275, 000
5. Martin Kuba – 267,500
6. Erikas Laugzemys – 266,000
7. Patricio Andres Rojas Parra – 228,500
8. Oleg Pavlyuchuk – 215,000
9. Gary Philippe Hasson – 214,500
10. Tobias Peters – 213,500
The fourth event that was on tap yesterday was the WSOPE €25K King’s Short Deck Championship. With a buy-in of €25,000, the event drew in nine runners and six re-entries that helped collect a prize pool of €356,250. Belarus native Mikita Badziakouski defeated Malaysia’s Leow Seng Yee in the heads-up play to take home the title and top prize worth €213,750. Yee received €142,500 for his runner-up finish.
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