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 1b completed

Ghazarian, Gill and Fatehi Among the Chip Leaders After Day 1b

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Ali Shaerzadeh leads after Day 1b
Ali Shaerzadeh leads after Day 1b

The second starting day of the 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus $5,300 Main Event has wrapped up with 86 players out of 205 entries remaining. While the crown jewel of the festival schedule has not surpassed the $3 million guarantee yet that will likely only be a formality with two starting days to come. Furthermore, the late registration also remains open for another three levels on Day 2 to further boost the field size.

Seven players accumulated more than half a million in chips and Ali Shaerzadeh topped the Day 1b leaderboard with 699,500, followed by Harout Ghazarian (659,500), and Harpreet Gill (621,000). It was Gill who won the biggest pot of the day after he doubled through Mario Mosboeck with aces versus kings and he held onto the big pile of chips until the very end. Mosboeck re-entered successfully and advanced with a stack of 210,000.

$5,300 Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

PositionPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds for Day 2
1Ali ShaerzadehIran699,500233
2Harout GhazarianCanada659,500220
3Harpreet GillCanada621,000207
4Nikolay BlinovRussia557,500186
5Ali Reza FatehiIran556,000185
6Vytautas SemaskaLithuania551,500184
7Sina AlamzadIran510,500170
8Garik TamasianRussia453,500151
9Amir Pahlawani SarughiehGermany409,500137
10Job GrebenNetherlands400,500134

John Duthie was the sole partypoker representative to join the action on the second of four starting days and quickly lost half of his stack in the opening level. He then recovered all the losses and jumped above the average before ending level nine with a stack of 95,000.

The Action of the Day

It was a slow start to the day with just seven tables in play but after barely half an hour, two players were already eliminated. Mete Ustuay turned two pair but ran into the flopped nut straight for Lukas Zaskodny and hit the rail. Soon after, Amir Pahlawani Sarughieh flopped a set of eights but Saar Wilf had the superior set of jacks to cause the second seat open. Zaskodny (382,500) and Wilf (330,000) held onto their bigger stacks until the very end and will be back for Day 2.

As the field expanded, the eliminations and re-entries kept going up and the field eventually surpassed 200 total entries.

Some of those that didn't make it through the day and will likely enter one of the remaining two flights were Bart Lybaert, Ivan Sakharov, Saman Nakhjavani, recent WSOP Circuit Main Event ring winner Andrea Ricci, Shyngis Satubayev, Matas Cimbolas, and Timur Margolin. The final hand of the night also saw the departure of rising Russian star Artur Martirosian, who attempted to run up a stack but ran into the second nut flush of Fahredin Mustafov.

Mustafov reached the final table of the $2,200 Warm Up in which he finished second, and then late registered the $10,500 High Roller to finish in fourth place. The Bulgarian advanced with 377,000 in chips, which is well above the average upon completion of the first two starting days.

Day 1c with levels of 40 minutes and Day 1d with a turbo structure and 25-minute levels will take place on Friday, September 24. The PokerNews team will provide live updates for the first flight and the final chip counts for Day 1d once they are provided before continuing the coverage as of Day 2 and until the end o the tournament.

Tags: Ali Reza FatehiAli ShaerzadehArtur MartirosianFahredin MustafovGarik TamasianHarout GhazarianHarpreet GillJob GrebenJohn DuthieLukas ZaskodnyMario MosboeckSaar Wilf

End-of-Day 1b Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 9: 1,200-2,500, 2,500 ante
Ali Shaerzadeh IR
Ali Shaerzadeh
IR 699,500 39,500
Harout Ghazarian ca
Harout Ghazarian
ca 659,500 279,500
Harpreet Gill ca
Harpreet Gill
ca 621,000 -9,000
Nikolay Blinov RU
Nikolay Blinov
RU 557,500 37,500
Ali Reza Fatehi ir
Ali Reza Fatehi
ir 556,000 246,000
Vytautas Semaska lt
Vytautas Semaska
lt 551,500 71,500
Sina Alamzad ir
Sina Alamzad
ir 510,500 215,500
Garik Tamasian ru
Garik Tamasian
ru 453,500 13,500
Amir Pahlawani Sarughieh DE
Amir Pahlawani Sarughieh
DE 409,500 69,500
Job Greben nl
Job Greben
nl 400,500 20,500
Sercan Okten TR
Sercan Okten
TR 399,000 64,000
Kerem Tibuk TR
Kerem Tibuk
TR 396,000 -104,000
Lukas Zaskodny cz
Lukas Zaskodny
cz 382,500 2,500
Ramon Colillas es
Ramon Colillas
es 381,000 -29,000
Fahredin Mustafov bg
Fahredin Mustafov
bg 377,000 -3,000
Istvan Birizdo hu
Istvan Birizdo
hu 376,500 56,500
Daniel Rezaei at
Daniel Rezaei
at 353,000 353,000
Sergio Aido es
Sergio Aido
es 349,500 66,500
Wael Sarkis lb
Wael Sarkis
lb 348,000 138,000
Saar Wilf il
Saar Wilf
il 330,000 -40,000
Billy Irvine GB
Billy Irvine
GB 322,000 322,000
Emir Aykurt TR
Emir Aykurt
TR 315,000 315,000
Erik Smith DK
Erik Smith
DK 305,500 305,500
Majid Kamarei ir
Majid Kamarei
ir 297,500 -37,500
Ramez Haddad lb
Ramez Haddad
lb 286,500 286,500

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Day 1b Completed

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Only around 90 players remain and they have bagged and tagged for the night. Assorted counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Martirosian Eliminated by Mustafov

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Artur Martirosian
Artur Martirosian

In the last hand of the night, Artur Martirosian and Fahredin Mustafov invested 50,000 each in a battle of the blinds. Martirosian checked the {q-Spades}{5-Spades}{3-Spades} flop and then called a bet worth 13,000. He also checked the {10-Spades} turn and then jammed the {6-Hearts} river for around 65,000.

Mustafov snap-called and Martirosian grinned, flashing the {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. It was crushed by the {k-Spades}{k-Clubs} of Mustafov and Martirosian will be back on either Day 1c or Day 1d to try and run up a stack, as he wasn't willing to start Day 2 with around the starting stack.

Fahredin Mustafov bg
Fahredin Mustafov
bg 380,000 30,000
Artur Martirosian ru
Artur Martirosian
ru Busted

Tags: Artur MartirosianFahredin Mustafov

Only Three Hands Remain

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The clock has been stopped with 92 players out of 205 entries remaining and they will play another three hands for tonight.

Güngören Runs Into Aces

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Down to just 14,500, Gürcan Güngören jammed it in and Majid Kamarei in the cutoff asked for a count before flat-calling. All other players folded and the cards were turned over.

Gürcan Güngören: {a-Spades}{4-Spades}
Majid Kamarei: {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}

Only one four wasn't enough on the {7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} board and that spelled the end for Güngören.

Majid Kamarei ir
Majid Kamarei
ir 335,000 -25,000
Gürcan Güngören
Gürcan Güngören
Busted

Tags: Majid KamareiGücan Güngören

Michael Bombs the River

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Angelos Michael defended the big blind and check-called the {j-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} flop for 11,000. He then led the {7-Diamonds} turn for 31,000 and bet the {7-Hearts} river for 104,000. Andrew Martin was in the tank and then asked the one typical question. "Will you show if I fold?"

No reaction from Michael came and the clock was called on Martin, who mucked before the 30 second countdown started. "I had the nine of diamonds, that I can tell you," Michael said in table chat.

Angelos Michael cy
Angelos Michael
cy 330,000 -25,000
Andrew Martin us
Andrew Martin
us 245,000 -82,000

Tags: Angelos MichaelAndrew Martin

Christoforou Wins a Showdown Pot

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With around 40,000 in the middle and four players still to act, the completed board showed {6-Spades}{5-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{j-Clubs}. Andreas Christoforou in the small blind bet 15,000 and Istvan Birizdo was curious enough to call.

"I win!" the Cypriot exclaimed and flashed the {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}. Birizdo showed one card to his opponent and mucked, making the prediction of Christoforou come true.

Istvan Birizdo hu
Istvan Birizdo
hu 320,000 -10,000
Andreas Christoforou cy
Andreas Christoforou
cy 270,000 80,000
Dominik Panka pl
Dominik Panka
pl 240,000 60,000

Tags: Andreas ChristoforouIstvan Birizdo