2021 World Series of Poker Europe
MILLIONS North Cyprus $5,300 Main Event
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MILLIONS North Cyprus $5,300 Main Event
Day 1a completed

Desnos Dominates Day 1a; Madanzhiev Among the Big Stacks

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 1,200-2,500, 2,500 ante
Killian Desnos
Killian Desnos

The crown jewel of the 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus festival at the five-star Merit Crystal Cove Hotel Casino & Spa in Girne, North Cyprus is off to an excellent start.

Thanks to 281 total entries, the flagship $5,300 Main Event is nearly halfway to meeting the $3 million guarantee and may already surpass it with the second scheduled flight. After nine levels of 60 minutes each, 128 players bagged and tagged their chips for the night to get two days off.

French online casino games streamer Killian Desnos soared to a massive stack of 796,500 and put quite a distance to the nearest followers already. Seemingly involved in almost every pot, he ran up a massive pile of chips that has been unheard of on Day 1 of a major live poker event in the Merit Poker room.

Another three players increased their 100,000 starting stack more than five-fold and among them is also the 2020 WSOP Online international leg Main Event champion Stoyan Madanzhiev, who sits in third place.

Other notables in the overnight top ten include Mihai Niste, Sergio Fernandez Bernal, Dan Semenescu and Dejan Kaladjurdjevic.

Top 10 Chip Counts after Day 1a

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds Day 2
1Killian DesnosFrance796,500266
2Tamer AbdelzaherEgypt542,000181
3Stoyan MadanzhievBulgaria535,500179
4Mihai NisteRomania505,000168
5Philippe Jibeili AcostaLebanon479,000160
6Sergio Fernandez BernalSpain478,500160
7Andrii AndrieievUkraine460,500154
8Algirdas SaveikisLithuania447,500149
9Dan SemenescuRomania445,000148
10Dejan KaladjurdjevicMontenegro436,500146

Two partypoker representatives entered the fray on the first of four starting days. John Duthie was caught bluffing into a full house to bust while Jeff Gross made it through with a stack of 113,500. Many other big names such as Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy, Sergio Aido, Walid Bou Habib, Alessio Isaia, Robert Heidorn, James Akenhead, and Mustafa Biz all fell on the wayside. They have another three chances on Day 1 and three levels on Day 2 to take another shot at the competition.

Desnos was spotted with a huge stack in level six as he knocked out Zorlu Er with flopped trips eights versus aces up. From there on, the Frenchman was involved in most of the action on his tables and finished a memorable day with nearly eight times the starting stack, which represents almost four times the average.

Stoyan Madanzhiev shared his table for a brief period and rose to a big stack himself when his dominating pair prevailed in a clash with Andrei Berinov. Both then parted ways when the table broke and added to their piles of chips. In the final three levels of the night, Desnos remained undisputed at the top of the leaderboard despite several smaller and medium-sized setbacks.

Stoyan Madanzhiev
Stoyan Madanzhiev

Day 1b is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 23 and will feature nine levels of 60 minutes each. The following day, two flights with reduced level durations of 45 minutes and 25 minutes each await. All survivors then combine to one field with three further levels of late registration and re-entries available on Day 2.

The PokerNews live reporting team will provide exclusive updates from the event until a champion has been crowned. As of Day 2, the action will also be streamed on the partypoker Twitch and YouTube channels as well.

Tags: Aleksandr MerzhvinskiyAlessio IsaiaAndrei BerinovAndrii AndrieievDan SemenescuDejan KaladjurdjevicJames AkenheadJeff GrossJohn DuthieKillian DesnosMihai NisteSergio AidoSergio Fernandez BernalStoyan MadanzhievWalid Bou HabibZorlu Er

End-of-Day 1a Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 1,200-2,500, 2,500 ante
Killian Desnos fr
Killian Desnos
fr 796,500 36,500
Tamer Abdelzaher EG
Tamer Abdelzaher
EG 542,000 392,000
Stoyan Madanzhiev bg
Stoyan Madanzhiev
bg 535,500 20,500
Mihai Niste ro
Mihai Niste
ro 505,000 30,000
Philippe Jibeili Acosta LB
Philippe Jibeili Acosta
LB 479,000 479,000
Sergio Fernandez Bernal es
Sergio Fernandez Bernal
es 478,500 28,500
Andrii Andrieiev ua
Andrii Andrieiev
ua 460,500 85,500
Algirdas Saveikis LT
Algirdas Saveikis
LT 447,500 7,500
Dan Semenescu ro
Dan Semenescu
ro 445,000 45,000
Dejan Kaladjurdjevic me
Dejan Kaladjurdjevic
me 436,500 186,500
Balazs Somodi hu
Balazs Somodi
hu 425,500 105,500
Andrija Robovic rs
Andrija Robovic
rs 420,000 420,000
Arutiun Saakian AM
Arutiun Saakian
AM 400,000 20,000
Bakhos Joumaa LB
Bakhos Joumaa
LB 395,500 125,500
Ion Stanica ro
Ion Stanica
ro 395,500 295,500
Yurii Senchylo ua
Yurii Senchylo
ua 393,000 278,000
Milad Oghabian ir
Milad Oghabian
ir 387,500 202,500
Dan Socaci RO
Dan Socaci
RO 379,500 379,500
Martijn Ardon TR
Martijn Ardon
TR 379,000 379,000
Aleksei Gortikov ru
Aleksei Gortikov
ru 367,000 87,000
Eimantas Adomavicius lt
Eimantas Adomavicius
lt 366,000 246,000
Maximilian Silz de
Maximilian Silz
de 343,500 343,500
Lachezar Petkov bg
Lachezar Petkov
bg 333,500 138,500
Chadi Ojelli LB
Chadi Ojelli
LB 332,500 332,500
Danut Chisu ro
Danut Chisu
ro 315,000 160,000

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Day 1a Completed

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The first of four starting days has completed with what appears to be 127 players remaining. Assorted counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Korkmaz Runs Into the Nuts

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 1,200-2,500, 2,500 ante

At the very end, Koray Korkmaz got it in after the {q-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} flop with the {k-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and had the second nut flush draw. However, Algirdas Saveikis had that crushed with {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} and had nothing to fear on the {2-Spades} turn and {j-Clubs} river. The whole table was somewhat stunned as to what had unfolded and they were due to play one more hand.

Algirdas Saveikis LT
Algirdas Saveikis
LT 440,000 440,000
Koray Korkmaz tr
Koray Korkmaz
tr Busted

Tags: Algirdas SaveikisKoray Korkmaz

Four More Hands on Day 1a

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 1,200-2,500, 2,500 ante

Only around 130 players remain and they will play another four hands for tonight.

Shafigullin Jams Into Desnos

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 1,200-2,500, 2,500 ante

Marat Shafigullin raised from early position and Killian Desnos three-bet big to 50,000. The Russian then jammed and Desnos asked for a count. Once it was deemed to be for more than 200,000, Desnos shook his head and mucked the {3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} face up. Shafigullin revealed one card that was near the muck already and that happened to be the {a-Clubs}.

Killian Desnos fr
Killian Desnos
fr 760,000
Marat Shafigullin RU
Marat Shafigullin
RU 270,000 198,000

Tags: Killian DesnosMarat Shafigullin

No Call for Dressler

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Christian Dressler raised it up from late position and was called only by Andrii Andrieiev in the big blind. The duo headed to the {8-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{5-Spades} flop on which Andrieiev checked. Dressler now made it 12,000 to go and received a call.

What followed was the {6-Hearts} on the turn and Andrieiev checked once more, triggering the jam by Dressler. It was for around 34,000 and Andrieiev folded without asking for an exact count.

Andrii Andrieiev ua
Andrii Andrieiev
ua 375,000 -25,000
Christian Dressler de
Christian Dressler
de 70,000

Tags: Andrii Andrieiev