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The biggest tournament at the ongoing 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) i.e. the €10,350 Main Event ran through two starting flights over the weekend. While Day 1A pulled in a total of 140 entries where 73 survivors made it through, Day 1B drew 201 entries and 148 runners advanced to Day 2.
From Team India, three challengers Shravan Chhabria (208,100), Madhav Gupta and Manish Goenka entered the event on Day 1B and only Chhabria found a bag for Day 2. There is still a chance for more players to jump in since the event allows late registration and re-entry till the end of dinner break on Day 2.
In all, 341 entries have been clocked in at the event, and 221 players will be returning to the felts on Day 2. Marco Slacanac (544,300) who topped the Day 1A chip counts remains in command among the 221 returning players.
Following Slacanac in stacks are survivors from Day 1A, Vladimir Geshkenbein (500,000), Alex Foxen (411,700) and Yunsheng Sun (401,800) while Day 1B chip leader Adrian Mateos (393,700) holds the next largest stack.
The event has not reached its €5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool yet, but Day 2 may change this, since late registration and re-entry are allowed during the first four levels of play on Day 2.
Day 1A Recap
The Main Event kicked off with the first of its two starting flights with only 40 players in the field. Soon, however, the field increased to 140 players, of which 73 managed to survive through to Day 2.
Leading the pack is Germany’s Marco Slacanac (544,300), while Vladimir Geshkenbein (500,000) and Alex Foxen (411,700) round up the top three stacks.
Towards conclusion of Day 1A a massive hand played out between Foxen and Abdelhakim Zoufri. In the hand, Foxen opened with a raise of 2,200 and Zoufri 3-bet to 7,000. Foxen decided to go for the 4-bet and made it 20,500. Retaliating, Zoufri5-bet to 63,000. Foxen moved all in for 180,000 and Zoufri called. Zoufri held AxKx and was dominating Foxen’s Ax10x but the board ran out ten high and Foxen hit a one pair, to scoop the massive pot, eliminating Zoufri in the process.
Among the other notables who carried a bag for Day 2 were Vladimir Geshkenbein (500,000), Sylvain Loosli (340,700), Kristen Bicknell (329,200), Niall Farrell (325,00), Vojtech Ruzicka (259,400), Ryan Riess (249,300), Ole Schemion (233,700) and Anthony Zinno (179,500).
It didn’t end so well for Will Givens, Viktor Blom, Martin Kabrhel, David Kitai and Shaun Deeb, Mathijs Jonkers, 2018 WSOP Main Event winner John Cynn, all of whom failed to proceed further.
Top 10 Chips Counts At The End of Day 1A
1.Marco Slacanac – 544,300
2. Vladimir Geshkenbein – 500,000
3. Alex Foxen – 411,700
4. Yunsheng Sun – 401,800
5. Ivan Gabrieli – 363,100
6. Luiz Duarte – 343,500
7. Sylvain Loosli – 340,700
8. DaniloVelasevic – 329,300
9. Kristen Bicknell – 329,200
10. Niall Farrell – 325,000
Day 1B Recap
Participation numbers swelled on the second starting flight of the Main Event, as 201 entries were added in the event through the day.
End of day, 148 managed to find a bag for Day 2, led by Spain’s three-time bracelet winner Adrian Mateos (393,700). Mateos had won the 2013 WSOPE €10,450 NLHE Main Event for €1,000,000. Fresh off his seventh place finish in the €100,000 NLHE Super High Roller where he banked €331,943, Mateos will now be looking to add another bracelet to his name.
Indian challengers Manish Goenka, Madhav Gupta and Shravan Chhabria (208,100) were all seen in action onDay 1B, but only Chhabriamanaged to make the cut for Day 2.
Chhabria, who was among the first Indian players to reach Rozvadov, and has been in the thick of action at different events, will be gunning to open his scorecard at the series. He carries an above-average stack of 208,100 for Day 2.
Meanwhile, Goenka who entered in Level 3, kept losing from his stack, and was eliminated on Level 7.
Gupta had a very swingy day as well, and failed to advance to Day 2. While he gained good momentum in the initial levels and was sitting with a stack of 101,000 at one time, he lost several big hands to see his stack dwindle. In one hand, Gupta faced a bet of 33,000 from Vincent Robert and put in chips in the middle to call, but was forced to fold on Robert’s that improved to a full house on the board. Gupta’s stack came down to 42,200 after this hand.
In Level 6, Gupta managed to chip up with pocket sixes in a hand where he raised under the gun to 1,700 and Johannes Becker called from the small blind, while Abdelhakim Zoufri called from the big blind. The flop fell and Becker and Zoufri checked to Gupta, who put in a bet of 2,100. Both his opponents called to take action to the turn that saw all the three players checking. After the river was dealt, the action checked to Gupta who moved all in for 25,200, prompting both Becker and Zoufri to quickly fold. Gupta tabled and collected the pot, taking his stack to 38,000. However, Gupta failed to maintain his place and was eliminated shortly thereafter.
The other top stacks, Hani Bahna (309,900) and Aaron Duczak (302,100) from Canada follow Mateos in chips.
Other notables still in action include Renato Nowak (296,500), Tobias Peters (296,200), Felix Bleiker (292,800), Mustapha Kanit (266,800), Xixiang Luo (255,700), Mathijs Jonkers (252,300), Wai Leong Chan (242,600), Martin Mulsow (237,500) and Boris Kolev (230,000).
Martin Kabrhel (204,000) who had just won the €100,000 No-Limit Hold’em King’s Super High Roller at the ongoing series for €2,624,340, entered the event late. He didn’t have a good start on Day 1B, and received a one-round penalty for exposing his cards too early. Kabrhel then picked up pace and bagged a healthy stack for Day 2.
Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day 1B
1.Adrian Mateos – 393,700
2. Hani Bahna – 309,900
3. Aaron Duczak – 302,100
4. Renato Nowak – 296,500
5. Tobias Peters – 296,200
6. Felix Bleiker – 292,800
7. Robert Skopalik – 287,000
8. Mustapha Kanit – 266,800
9. Ricardo Chauriye – 263,400
10. Denys Shafikov – 261,000
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