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Action is gearing up at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), where the second event at the stop, i.e. €1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Deepstack played through its second consecutive day of action. The field has whittled down to the final six players and leading the way with a stack of over 2 million is the 2014 WSOP bracelet winner Asi Moshe (cover image). Another WSOP gold bracelet will be awarded today, as the event resumes play on the final day, to play down to the champion!
In other events, the opening flight of the €550 Pot-Limit Omaha registered 230 entries that included two Indian challengers – Manish Goenka and Rakesh Lalwani. Goenka (98,000) managed to make the list of 21 players who bagged chips for Day 2, but it didn’t go so well for Lalwani, who was eliminated empty-handed. Topping the Day 1A survivors was Israel’s Dor Tal (643,000).
The second event at 2018 WSOPE attracted a total of 221 entrants and 39 among them came back the next day for a shot at the title. The race for the title is down to the last six players now, with Asi Moshe (2,095,000) leading the lot.
Moshe had a near perfect day at the tables, with several early double ups. He continued his strong drive towards the latter part of the day and found himself on top as the chip leader.
Close to Moshe in chips for the final day is UK’s James Bullimore (1,822,000), who busted the first bullet he fired but re-entered subsequently and managed to maneuver his stack to the top.
The battleground was rife with eliminations as play resumed on the second day and many players who were positioned comfortably on the top, saw their stacks stumble down. Shaun Deeb (11th for €4,640) who had entered Day 2 with the second-largest stack was one such player. Deeb had a terrible day at the felts and finally saw his tournament run end after his queen-jack was cracked by Moshe’s ace-king.
Another player who missed the final table by a whisker was Day 2 chip leader Milad Oghabian (7th for €7,927). Oghabian had resumed play with a stack of 457,500 but his final hand saw him moving all in with a short stack of 291,000 from the cutoff. Bullimore asked for a count and made the call tabling against Oghabian’s . Bullimore stayed on the top through the flop. The on the turn and the on the river were no help to Oghabian either and he bowed out of the tournament.
Oghabian’s elimination paved the way for the official final table. Prior to him, Maria Lampropulos’s (8th for €7,927) bid for the title ended after she became short-stacked and then clashed with Giuliano Bendinelli. In the hand, Lampropulos moved all in with 203,000 on the button after Moshe had folded. Milad Oghabian also folded his small blind but Bendinelli called from the big blind. Lampropulos tabled Ax Jx against Bendinelli’s 10x 10x. The board ran :@5x:@4x:@13x:@3x:@12x, sending Lampropulos to the rail.
The top 34 players crossed the money line and with 39 returning on Day 2, it wasn’t long before the bubble burst. Gianluca Speranza ended up as the unfortunate bubble boy, when his ace-jack was cracked by Vien Tiep Nguyen’s ace-nine that improved to a pair of nines on the flop.
Peter Siemund (34th for €2,371) was the first elimination in the money and following him to the rail were Viliyan Petleshkov (9th for €5,970), Jakob Miegel (10th for €5,970), Sterling Savill (13th for €3,726), Michael Soyza (14th for €3,726), Manig Loeser (15th for €3,726), six-time WSOP bracelet winner Chris Ferguson (17th for €3,726) and Jaroslav Peter (18th for €3,726).
The remaining six finalists have locked in a min-assured €10,852 and will resume play today for a shot at the title and the top prize of €82,280.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Asi Moshe – 2,095,000
2. James Bullimore – 1,822,000
3. Giuliano Bendinelli – 999,000
4. Robert Schulz – 709,000
5. Viktor Katzenberger – 574,000
6. Van Tiep Nguyen – 430,000
Another action packed event at the stop, the €550 Pot-Limit Omaha kicked off with the first of two starting flights. The opening flight registered 152 unique players and 78 re-entries making for a total of 230 entries. 21 players now remain in the field, led by Israel’s Dor Tal (643,000). Following Tal in chips were Peter Jaksland (343,000) and Michael Magalshvili (339,000).
The opening flight saw two Indian challengers enter the field. While Manish Goenka (98,000) managed to advance further, Rakesh Lalwani failed to make the cut for Day 2 and was eliminated empty-handed.
Goenka played well and with caution all through the day despite losing some big hands. One of the key moments in his play was a hand he played against Soyza. With the flop open Soyza moved in half of his stack against Goenka from the button with . Goenka retaliated with an all-in move from the big blind with and Soyza called. The turn was a blank, but the river improved Soyza to the superior full house, saving him from elimination.
Just before the day’s conclusion, Goenka chipped up against Stanislav Parkhomenko in a hand where he initiated a raise from the small blind and saw Parkhomenko 3-bet to 50,000. Goenka moved all in for 48,000 and both players turned their cards over. Goenka’s were up against Parkhomenko’s . The board ran and Goenka won the pot.
For Lalwani, the downward journey began early into play when he lost a big portion of his stack in a three-way hand against Andrew MacLeod and Ghassan Bitar. Lalwani couldn’t recover and was eliminated shortly thereafter.
The top 35 spots in Day 1A were to make it in the money and 14 among them have picked up a score on Day 1A. Among the prominents to score wereAnson Tsang (27th for €859), Allen Kessler (28th for €859), Cord Garcia (29th for €859), Dario Alioto (30th for €859) andSebastian Langrock (31st for €859).
However, everyone was not as fortunate, as notables like WSOP bracelet winners Jeff Lisandro, Shaun Deeb, Jeff Madsen, Roger Hairabedian and Max Pescatori, all fell out empty-handed. Deeb and Pescatori busted very close to the money, and Deeb certainly missed out on adding some crucial points towards his tally for the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard.
Other notables in contention after Day 1A include six-time WSOP bracelet winner Chris Ferguson (148,000), three-time WSOP champion, Dutch Boyd (190,00), Aussie Hall of Famer Jason Gray (197,000), Romain Lewis (209,000), Michael Soyza (224,000), Aaron Duczak (265,000) and Alfredo Vega Meister (300,000).
Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day 1A
1. Dor Tal – 643,000
2. Peter Jaksland – 343,000
3. Michael Magalashvili – 339,000
4. Hael Al Labani – 310,000
5. Alfredo Vega Meister – 300,000
6. Aaron Duczak – 265,000
7. Sebastian Obermeier – 249,000
8. Michael Soyza – 224,000
9. Tarek Alonso – 218,000
10. Romain Lewis – 209,000
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