The €1,650 No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha Mixed Event at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) drew in a total of 241 entries, which smashed the 158-entry benchmark that was set in the £2,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha event at the 2009 WSOPE, culminating in a prize pool of approximately €397,650, making this tournament the biggest Mixed Game tournament ever held as part of a World Series of Poker Europe festival.
Two Indian contenders, Bharath Janardhan and Rakesh Lalwani were seen in action at this record-breaking event. Carrying on from his 10thplace finish (€2,958 – ₹2.49 Lakhs) in the €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter, Janardhan accrued a manageable stack of 72,000 and made the cut for Day 2. While Lalwani, who found success early on in the day, unfortunately, busted out empty-handed.
Hungary’s Laszlo Bujtas (388,500), along with WSOP bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (361,000) and Zoltan Szabo (309,000) will lead the 42 survivors of Day 1 to Day 2.
Day 1 Recap
Surpassing the records of all previous WSOPE Mixed Game tournament, the €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE event attracted 241 entries, out of which only 42 advanced to Day 2.
India’s Rakesh Lalwani, who has previously cashed twice in the €550 COLOSSUS NLHE, earning a total of ₹2.58 Lakhs, had a spectacular start as he tripled up through Tomasz Gluszko and Damir Vasiljevic. With the board running , Lalwani had hit a full house with . While Vasiljevic turned over and Gluszko mucked his . Lalwani’s stack increased by 16,000 to touch 45,000.
Lalwani, sadly, failed to capitalize on the momentum and busted out just before the final 15-minute break of the night.
Following his early exit from the €1,100 Monster Stack, Indian challenger Bharath Janardhan, jumped into this event. After 14 levels of play, Janardhan bagged a stack of 72,000 for Day 2.
Accompanying Janardhan to Day 2 will be the likes of Danny Tang (214,000), Viliyan Petleshkov (206,500), Joao Vieira (205,500), Alexandros Kedikoglou (205,000) and Samuel Albeck (201,500).
Amongst the notables who failed to make the cut for Day 1 were Tobias Peters, Michael Soyza, Martin Kabrhel, Ihar Pliashko, Renato Kaneoya, Dutch Boyd, Jeff Madsen and Ryan Riess.
With the top 37 players guaranteed a min-cash of €2,350, the money bubble is only five eliminations away. The 42 runners from Day 1 will return for Day 2eyeing the first-place prize money of €86,956 and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day
1. Laszlo Bujtas – 388,500
2. Shaun Deeb – 361,000
3. Zoltan Szabo – 309,000
4. Roland Israelashvili – 303,000
5. Krasimir Yankov – 293,000
6. Julien Sitbon – 293,000
7. Netanel Amedi – 277,500
8. Anatolii Zyrin – 250,500
9. Anthony Zinno – 241,000
10. Jaroslav Peter – 223,500
Keep following all the latest updates from WSOPE 2018 right here on PokerGuru!
Image/Content Courtesy: wsop.com