Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
Day 1b of the 2017 PokerNews Cup €250 Main Event at the King's Casino in Rozvadov is done and dusted. The second flight drew a total of 106 entries including re-entries, bringing up the total number of entries to 193 thus far.
Only 18 players bagged up chips for Day 2 and Lithuania's Paulius Katinas stormed to the top of the leader board in the last two levels of the night, eventually claiming 546,000. He is followed by Bariskaan Cinitas (475,000) and defending PokerNews Cup Rozvadov champion Timur Caglan (354,500). Other big stacks and notables among the Day 1b survivors include Marek Blasko (325,500), Roman Tvrzník (146,000) and Paulina Rimkute (108,500).
Among those to take a shot at the guaranteed prize pool of €200,000 and fail to advance were 2016 runner-up Ronny Voth, 2017 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Sebastian Langrock, Timothy Weltner, Mike Hansen, Petr Targa and Karol Radomski.
At the conclusion of Day 1B, defending champion Timur Caglan said that he was feeling good. “For sure I want to win again!” he said, “I got very lucky today. I had many suck outs! There were playable not hands, not the biggest of hands, but playable hands. And every time I got lucky!”
We asked him what his plans were for the next few days before the tournament resumes on Sunday.
“Just relax,” he said, “I think I won’t play tomorrow!”
Johan Groot was among the victims of Caglan's hot run when the Dutchman called a blind-on-blind four-bet shove with pocket jacks and ended up second-best to Caglan's king-ten suited when a king appeared on the turn. Paul van Alst took a stand with pocket jacks as well, but Caglan had flopped two pair with king-queen and claimed his chips, too.
Heading into the last two levels of the night, Paulius Katinas was among the shorter stacks, but a big double against Michal Riczak saw the Lithuanian rise. Katinas called a raise and subsequent three-bet by Riczak with ace-ten and flopped top pair. Riczak check-raised an ace on the turn with just pocket kings and Katinas doubled with trips aces. In the last hand of the night, Katinas even sent Riczak to the rail after holding up with jacks versus ace-jack suited.
So far, 33 players ensured their seat for Day 2 and all those that failed can enter again on Day 1c and Day 1d. As usual two re-entries are allowed for each starting day and, in case any player bags up more than once, the best stack will be brought forward.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the tournament floor of Europe's biggest poker arena when Day 1c kicks off at 1 p.m. local time on Saturday August 19th 2017, and the fourth and final heat starts at 5 p.m. local time.
In the second-last hand of the night, Paulius Katinas turned the nut flush with on the board and got paid off for 50,000 by Roman Tvrzník. The very last hand provided fireworks still and former chip leader Michal Riczak got his below-average stack in with Katinas making the call.
The board came and just like that Riczak was gone, while Katinas skyrocketed into the top spot.
Marek Blasko doubled against Remi Blanc in the last hands of the night and Paulina Rimkute sent Asmo Votkin to the rail. According to Rimkute, she defended her big blind with ace-deuce and flopped trips deuces. Rimkute check-called a bet before the turn gave her quads and was checked through.
An eight on the river saw Rimkute shove and Votkin called with queens to see the bad news.
Tournament officials have announced that there will be three more hands before players bag up tonight. Stay tuned for a recap and full counts from those advancing to Day 2.
Asmo Votkin moved all in from the small blind and Johann Jupek called from the big blind for his last 65,000 with . Votkin only had and the board came . "Nice move," Jupek said before adding "normally online I lose this."
One hand later, Votkin shoved for his last 23,000 on the button and Jupek called from the small blind.
Votkin once again had the worse hand going into the showdown with versus , but this time the Finn got there on the board of .
Roman Tvrzník raised to 11,000 from under the gun and Paulius Katinas called. Michal Riczak in the big blind three-bet to 28,000 and Tvrzník folded, while Katinas called. Both players checked the flop before the fell on the turn. Riczak checked and Katinas bet 34,000.
Riczak waved with his hand to see the stack of the Lithuanian and moved all in, which Katinas quickly called.
The river was a blank and Katinas doubled for 101,500.
In a battle of the blinds, Timur Caglan raised and four-bet shoved into the big blind of Johan Groot. The latter called for what appeared to be 135,000 and the cards were tabled.
The board ran out and Caglan got there on the turn to eliminate the Dutchman. "This is my tournament, I have to defend the title," the German joked while raking in the pot. Groot could all but shake his head and left the tournament area.