Day 1a completed
Day 1a completed
The 2021 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus has commenced at the five-star Merit Crystal Cove Hotel Casino & Spa in Girne. After a break of one and a half years, the popular live poker festival is off to a decent start with 121 entries for Day 1a of the $2,200 Warm Up, putting the tournament on track to easily crush the $500,000 guarantee with three starting days to come.
The tournament featured 92 unique players and 29 re-entries, and 52 hopefuls survived after eight levels of 60 minutes each. Only two of them have accumulated more than half a million in chips and those are Muharrem Atsiz (604,500) and Yasen Dichev (549,400). Other notables with big stacks are Tony Aziz (486,600), Omid Mojaverian (471,300), Piotr Sowinski (384,600), and Ravil Khamatgareev (290,300).
Among those who entered and failed to bag and tag chips for the night were the 2020 WSOP Online Main Event winner Stoyan Madanzhiev, Paul Newey, Selahaddin Bedir, Marwan Salamoun, Sergio Fernandez Bernal, Zorlu Er, Alexander Lakhov, Anatoly Korochenskiy, and Ran Azor.
Madanzhiev was caught bluffing with just a pair of sixes on the first bullet and the second attempt saw his top two pair with ace-king go down in flames against a rivered flush for the vast majority of his stack. Another player that was certainly involved in a lot of action was Lithuania's Mantas Nanartavicius. He was among the very early chip leaders and then went on a rollercoaster ride throughout the day, eventually ending it with 326,200. One of the setbacks included the double up of Sowinski, who hero-called correctly with the second pair in a large pot.
Stefan Fabian seemed destined to battle for the overnight chip lead but suffered a big blow in the final level of the night when he was caught bluffing with a busted flush draw. Omid Mojaverian called with just the top pair and was good to end the night in the top 10.
Ultimately, more than half of the field was eliminated throughout the day and all those that didn't make it have another three chances to advance. One regular and two turbo heats remain for the upcoming two days and the late registration also remains open for another four levels on Day 2, which takes place on Saturday, September 18.
The PokerNews team will provide updates for this tournament from start-to-finish and also pick up the action in the $5,300 Main Event as well.
It appears that the first of four starting days attracted 92 unique entries and 29 re-entries, of which 51 players advanced to Day 2 in two days from now. Assorted chip counts and a recap of today's action is to follow.
There were already a lot of chips in the middle when Yasen Dichev jammed the river and Dan Semenescu snap-called.
Dichev rolled over for a set and Semenescu flashed aces. The stacks were counted and Dichev had far more than 150,000, which covered Semenescu's approximate 145,000.
The clock has been stopped with ten minutes remaining and all those still in contention will play another four hands.
On a three-way flop of , Job Greben and one further player invested 5,000 each. Muharrem Atsiz check-raised to 225,000 out of the blinds and raked in the pot without resistance.
"Show one card," Mario Mosboeck demanded. Atsiz double-checked his cards, shook his head and sent them into the muck.
On a completed board of , Georges Hanna got his chips in against Recep Aydemir. The latter revealed for nines full and Hanna mucked the before departing the tournament area.
Aydemir's late charge for a big stack has propelled the Turkish player in the current top five as it seems.
Milen Stefanov raised and earned one caller. Muharrem Atsiz three-bet to 13,200 on the button and was called two times. The flop was checked and Atsiz bet the turn when checked to, earning two folds and yet another pot.