On Friday, November 20, the second starting day of the €200,000 GTD. 2015 PokerNews Cup Main Event drew a field of 174 participants, bringing the number of entries to a total of 272. Many more players are expected to pony up the €250 buy-in and join the field on Saturday when the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, will host the last two starting flight of the event.
Day 1b began at 17:00 CET, right after the penultimate satellite in the schedule awarded 11 seats - three more than the eight guaranteed. After 14 levels of play, only 36 survivors got to bag their stack securing a seat in Sunday's Day 2. Germany's Jens Dengler left the tournament room safe in the knowledge of sitting atop the chip count with a stack of 412,000.
Right now, Dengler is only 34,000 chips behind the Main Event's global chip leader, as Lithuania's Rytas Staniukynas closed the Day 1a of the Main Event with a stack of 446,000.
Top 5 Day 1b Chip Counts
Still in the event also Australia's Lewis Murray, whose second bullet turned out to be much more successful than yesterday's first one.
"I need to double up or I risk to start the Day 2 with less than five big blinds. That would make no sense." Murray told PokerNews right before the last level of the day begun. Luckily enough, the cards helped him to keep alive the dream of supporting a two-month trip around Europe by playing live poker, as he was able to bag 117,500 in chips at the day finished.
The list of today's bust out includes some familiar faces as the winner of 2013 Unibet Open Cannes, France's poker pro Quentin Lecomte. In Rozvadov to play in the PokerNews Cup and to enjoy the juicy cash games that run around-the-clock here at the King's Casino, Lecomte did not manage to put his experience to good use as he hit the rails just before the penultimate level of the day begun.
Similarly, also the Italian Masters of Poker reigning champion Christoph Merten and Barcelona-based former professional footballer and winner of the 2012 Paradise Poker Tour 2 Barcelona Main Event Aleksander Abutovic has hit the showers well before the day officially ended.
Although things may not have gone as he wanted, Abutovic said that he enjoyed the event and called the PokerNews Cup "one of the best low buy-in events available in Europe right now." "Only a few weeks ago, I have seen another so-called 'low buy-in event' offering a €45,000 guaranteed prize pool for a €400 buy-in. Here, you pay €250, and you get to play for a share of €200,000 - I think the numbers speak for themselves."
No day 2 also for Inna Ohorodnyk. The Ukranian online poker player who qualified for the Main Event at partypoker lost her chance to advance to the Day 2 right two levels before the day's end, when her attempt to double up with was called by an opponent who held .
Out of the game also Germany's PokerNews Cup regular Karl-Heinz Metz, Slovakia's Matus Schnierer, and Poland's Przemyslav Omylak.
The 36 players who survived the Day 1b will be back on Sunday, November 22, when the Day 2 of the Main Event will begin at 14:00 CET.
The Action Restarts Tomorrow At 14:00
With two more starting flights to go, we expect many more people to enter in the Main Event during Saturday, November 21.
The Main Event action is set to restart at 14:00 CET with the beginning of the Day 1c of the €200,000 GTD. Main Event. The last chance to earn a seat to the Day 2 will then begin at 21:00 with the turbo Day 1d.
Also on the schedule tomorrow is a €40 buy-in Turbo Satellite awarding at least five guaranteed seats at 11:00 CET along with the €60 buy-in King's Hold'em Championship with a €12,000 Euro guarantee at 17:00 CET. Those hanging around late tomorrow will also be able to play in the €100 buy-in PokerNews King's Deepstack Late Night Turbo at 23:00 CET.