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Defending Champion Timur Caglan Among Big Stacks After Day 1b

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Timur Caglan third in chips after Day 1b
Timur Caglan third in chips after Day 1b

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.

Paulius Katinas
Paulius Katinas leads after Day 1b

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.

Tags: Bariskaan CinitasJohan GrootKarol RadomskiKing's CasinoMarek BlaskoMichal RiczakPaul van AlstPaulina RimkutePaulius KatinasPetr TargaPokerNews CupRonny VothRozvadovSebastian LangrockTimothy WeltnerTimur Caglan

End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)

zedmaster84 • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Paulius Katinas LT 546,000
Bariskaan Cinitas tr 475,000 75,000
Timur Caglan de 354,500 139,500
Marek Blasko sk 325,500
Irakli Kemularia GE 176,500 -63,500
Oluf Velbaek DK 175,500 175,500
Roman Tvrzník CZ 146,000 -94,000
Johann Jupek DE 118,500 8,500
Jens Steuber de 109,500 10,500
Paulina Rimkute LT 108,500 -1,500
Petteri Voutilainen fi 107,500 17,500
Kristijan Sopta HR 105,000 105,000
Uta Kemularia GE 102,500 102,500
Christophe Simonis BE 97,000 64,000
Paolo Madaudo DE 96,000 24,000
Krzysztof Misiura DE 79,500 -55,500
Martin Greizinger CZ 65,500 65,500
Remi Blanc fr 35,000 5,000

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Riczak Runs Out of Chips

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

In the second-last hand of the night, Paulius Katinas turned the nut flush with {A-Clubs}{3-Clubs} on the board {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{10-Hearts} 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.

Michal Riczak: {A-Spades}{J-Spades}
Paulius Katinas: {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}

The board came {Q-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and just like that Riczak was gone, while Katinas skyrocketed into the top spot.

Paulius Katinas LT 546,000 275,000
Michal Riczak CZ Busted

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Votkin Downed by Quads

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

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 {2-} 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.

Marek Blasko sk 325,500 180,500
Paulina Rimkute LT 110,000 75,000
Remi Blanc fr 30,000 -140,000
Asmo Votkin fi Busted

Tags: Asmo VotkinMarek BlaskoPaulina RimkuteRemi Blanc

Three More Hands

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

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.

Votkin Left Short

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

Asmo Votkin moved all in from the small blind and Johann Jupek called from the big blind for his last 65,000 with {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}. Votkin only had {9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} and the board came {A-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{4-Spades}. "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 {J-Spades}{9-Hearts} versus {A-Spades}{6-Hearts}, but this time the Finn got there on the board of {J-Clubs}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs}{2-Spades}{8-Diamonds}.

Johann Jupek DE 110,000 110,000
Asmo Votkin fi 53,000 9,500

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Katinas Scores a Big Double

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

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 {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} flop before the {A-Spades} 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.

Paulius Katinas: {A-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Michal Riczak: {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades}

The {2-Hearts} river was a blank and Katinas doubled for 101,500.

Paulius Katinas LT 271,000 191,000
Roman Tvrzník CZ 240,000 55,000
Michal Riczak CZ 145,000 -190,000

Tags: Michal RiczakPaulius KatinasRoman Tvrzník

Caglan Busts Groot

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

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.

Johan Groot: {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs}
Timur Caglan: {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

The board ran out {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{K-Clubs}{A-Diamonds} 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.

Timur Caglan de 380,000 165,000
Johan Groot NL Busted

Tags: Johan GrootTimur Caglan