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Vytautas Milbutas Bags Monster Chiplead After PokerNews Cup Day 1a

will_shill • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Vytautas Milbutas
Vytautas Milbutas

The first flight of the 2017 PokerNews Cup attracted 87 entrants, and after 15 levels of play today only 15 will be advancing to Day 2 this coming Sunday 20th August.

There were a host of familiar names at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, amongst them chiKKita banAAna, Sebastian Langrock and Philipp Zukernik, but at the end of play it was Lithuanian player Vytautas Milbutas who bagged up the chiplead of 696,000.

Twice today Milbutas eliminated two players in a single hand, including one where he eliminated local favourite chiKKita banAAna when Milbutas' tens cracked his opponent's jacks. However, Milbutas achieved an even more astounding feat earlier in the day, in a hand which demonstrated his psychic abilities.

Milbutas played the role of psychic in a pot where he had another player at risk. The player asked him whether he held sevens, and Milbutas replied: "No, I have a straight flush draw." Milbutas showed {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and his opponent showed {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}. The board ran out {4-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} giving a straight flush to Milbutas only moments after he said that he had a straight flush draw.

At the end of the night Milbutas reflected on the day.

"I ran pretty well," he said, laughing about the straight flush hand. "It's like Negreanu, he says all sorts of things while he is playing, but people only remember the stuff and his predictions where he was right.

"It was funny to do that then; I got lucky. For me it was pure fun!"

Asked whether he had run this well in a tournament, Milbutas said he had been playing a lot recently, especially in Cyprus.

"For the last three years I've played so many tournaments. I like how I play, but the big thing is that I'm really talkative at the tables. Because of that people tend to underestimate me, or overestimate themselves. But I've never run quite like that!"

A full list of players left after Day 1a is posted below.

Day 1b starts tomorrow Friday the 18th August at 5 p.m. local time. Join the PokerNews team live from Rozvadov for all the updates from the second flight of this year's PokerNews Cup.

Tags: chiKKita banAAnaKing's CasinoPhilipp ZukernikSebastian LangrockVytautas Milbutas

End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Vytautas Milbutas lt 696,000 146,000
Jörg Kunz DE 297,000 -33,000
BigKing777 DE 280,000
Benjamin Benoit FR 239,500 141,500
Mi**Zocky DE 175,000 175,000
Philipp Zukernik ca 153,500
Jonathan Dartevelle BE 125,500 45,500
DUPLO DE 118,000 118,000
Ronald Mielenski DE 108,000 -2,000
Eric Magnifico FR 108,000 8,000
Yaron Kuznik il 100,000 -10,000
Jonathan Morlet BE 92,500
Lukas Klima CZ 79,500 35,500
Benas Kuzmickas LT 64,500 30,500
Ronald Van De Linde nl 23,000

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Ciakas Busts; Morlet Triples

zedmaster84 • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Deividas Ciakas
Deividas Ciakas

Deividas Ciakas got his last 29,500 in with the {7-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and BigKing777 called with the {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} out of the small blind. The board came {Q-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{8-Clubs} and Ciakas was eliminated.

In the last hand of the other table, Jonathan Morlet was all in and Ronald Van De Linde as well, while Philipp Zukernik looked up both short stacks.

Jonathan Morlet: {J-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
Ronald Van De Linde: {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}
Philipp Zukernik: {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}

"I am live," Van De Linde said and improved to a pair of queens on the {Q-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{5-Hearts} flop. The {6-Spades} turn was a blank, but the {J-Spades} on the river gave Morlet trips jacks to win the big side pot and leave Van De Linde with fumes.

BigKing777 DE 280,000 40,000
Philipp Zukernik ca 153,500 43,500
Jonathan Morlet BE 92,500 57,500
Ronald Van De Linde nl 23,000 -112,000
Deividas Ciakas LT Busted

Tags: BigKing777Deividas CiakasJonathan MorletPhilipp ZukernikRonald van de Linde

Three More Hands

zedmaster84 • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

The clocks have been stopped with 10 minutes left in the level and three more hands will be played for tonight.

Thaler Busts to BigKing777

zedmaster84 • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Alexander Thaler
Alexander Thaler

Irakli Kemularia raised to 8,000 and was called by DUPLO in the hijack and BigKing777 on the cutoff. Alexander Thaler shoved from the button or 29,000 and the action folded back to BigKing777. After more than a minute of consideration, he said "that's really close," then sighed and tossed in chips for the call. "Let's see what you got there," he added before the cards were turned over.

Alexander Thaler: {9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
BigKing777: {J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}

The board ran out {K-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{7-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} and jack-high was good enough to scoop the pot.

BigKing777 DE 240,000 20,000
Rokas Barzdzius LT Busted
Alexander Thaler AT Busted

Tags: Alexander ThalerBigKing777DUPLOIrakli Kemularia

Milbautas Extends his Chiplead

will_shill • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Vytautas Milbutas
Vytautas Milbutas

Vytautas Milbutas raised to 6,000 from under the gun. The player in the cutoff called and chiKKita banAAna three-bet to 25,500. Timothy Weltner moved all in for his last 26,500 from the small blind and the big blind folded.

Milbutas raised to 66,000 and the cutoff folded. chiKKita banAAna moved all in and Milbutas flicked in a chip for a call and tabled {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. With a triumphant cry chiKKita banAAna tabled {j-Spades}{j-Clubs} and Weitner {6-Clubs}{8-Clubs}.

"Please no bad beat," said chiKKita banAAna in German, but there was a ten in the window of a {10-Spades}{2-Spades}{q-Spades} flop. "Spades!" he said as the turn came the {8-Diamonds}. "Nine!" he said, but the river was the {3-Clubs} and chiKKita banAAna was sent grumbling into the night after this bad beat. Weitner was also packing up his things after failing to improve.

Milbutas now sits on over half a million chips with the end of the day approaching.

Vytautas Milbutas lt 550,000 100,000
Timothy Weltner DE Busted
chiKKita banAAna DE Busted

Tags: chiKKita banAAnaTimothy WeltnerVytautas Milbutas


Some Late Tidbits

zedmaster84 • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

On the heads-up turn of {10-Spades}{8-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}, Eric Magnifico bet 21,000 into a pot of 26,000 and Yaron Kuznik check-raised all in for 60,000. The clock was called on Magnifico and his one minute ran down without a move, the hand was declared dead.

One table over, Ronald Van de Linde bet the {J-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades}{5-Hearts}{7-Spades} river for 25,000 and Jörg Kunz check-called out of the small blind. Van De Linde only had {K-Spades}{10-Hearts} for a bluff and Kunz claimed the pot with {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}.

Kunz's stack rocketed to more than 350,000, but he paid off the 15,500 by Ronald Mielenski on the {6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} river to get shown {J-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} for a straight flush by Mielenski in the big blind.

Jörg Kunz DE 330,000 120,000
Ronald Van De Linde nl 135,000 -65,000
Ronald Mielenski DE 110,000 25,000
Yaron Kuznik il 110,000 40,000
Eric Magnifico FR 100,000 -10,000

Tags: Eric MagnificoJorg KunzRonald MielenskiRonald van de LindeYaron Kuznik

Magnifico Chips Up

zedmaster84 • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Eric Magnifico
Eric Magnifico

Rokas Barzdzius raised to 7,000 and picked up no fewer than four callers. The flop came {9-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and Eric Magnifico in the big blind bet 6,000, which just Yaron Kuznik called. On the {Q-Diamonds} turn, Magnifico's bet of 6,000 was called once more before the {4-Diamonds} river saw a bet of 11,000 by the Belgian and a fold by Kuznik.

"Clubs?" he asked and Kuznik shook his head. "I wanted the ten on the river," Kuznik replied.

Eric Magnifico FR 110,000 91,000
Yaron Kuznik il 70,000 -25,000
Rokas Barzdzius LT 55,000 -11,500

Tags: Eric MagnificoRokas BarzdziusYaron Kuznik