Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
Another day at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic has come to an end as Day 1B of Event #5: €1,100 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold'em has wrapped up. The second of three flights saw 204 players take to the felt with just 56 moving on to Day 2. A familiar is among the leaders and it's no surprise that Michael Magalashvili from Israel has heaps of chips.
So far at the 2018 WSOPE, it has been the year of Israel as they have been cleaning up on the poker tables. The first two events were won by players from Israel and Magalashvili made the final table in Event #3: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed. A successful Day 1B saw him throw 325,000 chips into the bag which was good enough for the second largest stack on the day. Magalashvili has made the King's Casino his home in the past couple of years with all of his tournament cashes coming in the same place.
The only player to run up a bigger stack than Magalashvili was Asher Assis who ran up a stack of 349,000. Assis was hovering around the 200,000 chip mark for the latter half of the day, but a double elimination in the last hand of the night saw his chip stack soar to the top. Daniel Smiljkovic rounds out the top three counts with an equally impressive 289,000 chips.
Some other familiar faces moving on to Day 2 include Timur Margolin (260,000), Anson Tsang (205,000), Fahredin Mustafov (184,000), Stoyan Obreshkov (154,000), Bertrand Grospellier (79,500), Anthony Zinno (73,500), and Maria Lampropulos (56,500). Margolin, Grospellier, and Zinno are the only players to join Day 1A participant, Chris Ferguson, as WSOP bracelet winners moving on to Day 2.
The day began at 3:00 PM with players filtering into the Poker Arena and the numbers were quickly escalating above the 100 mark. Even with only one entry per flight, it didn't stop the chips from flying early as Viacheslav Ivanov was eliminated after just four minutes. The number of entries continued to grow over the course of 12 levels until late registration finally closed with 204 total entries.
There were many players to hit the rail over the course of the day and will be forced to re-enter tomorrow on Day 1C if they wish to find a spot on Day 2. Jeff Madsen hit the exit before the first break for the second day in a row while Shaun Deeb took the opposite approach by registering in the 11th level of the day but was eliminated just three hands in. Some other notables to keep an eye out for tomorrow include Romain Lewis, Dutch Boyd, Rex Clinkscales, Allen Kessler, Asi Moshe, Cord Garcia, Manig Loeser, Martin Kabrhel and Viliyan Petleshkov.
The action will once again resume on Saturday at 3:00 PM local time and this will be the last starting flight of Event #5. Late registration will remain open until the beginning of level 13 which will be approximately 12:25 AM. The PokerNews live reporting team be on site to bring you all of the live updates from the tournament floor, so be sure not to miss any of the action.
2018 WSOPE Monster Stack Schedule
|Day||Date||Starting Time||Late Reg||Entries||Survivors||Further Information|
|1A||Thursday, October 18th||15:00||~00:25||148||30||Play 14 levels of 40 minutes|
|1B||Friday, October 19th||15:00||~00:25||204||56||Play 14 levels of 40 minutes|
|1C||Saturday, October 20th||15:00||~00:25||TBA||TBA||Play 14 levels of 40 minutes|
|2||Sunday, October 21st||14:00||-||TBA||TBA||Level duration increases to 60 minutes|
|3||Monday, October 22nd||TBD||-||TBA||TBA||Play down to a champion|
|Kalidou Sow||PokerStars Ambassador||210,000||50,000|
The tournament director has paused the clock with ten minutes remaining and there will be three hands remaining at each table before the players bag and tag for the night.
The action folded to Stoyan Obreshkov who raised it up from the hijack. Renato Kaneoya called on the button and the flop came . Kaneoya found a flop to get the last of his 45,000 chips in the middle and Obreshkov called.
Obreshkov was in the lead with his pair of tens but Kaneoya had a flush draw and one overcard to hit. The turn was the and the river bricked off as well and Kaneoya was eliminated.
Plamen Pashov raised it up to 7,000 from early position and Nikolajs Jalunins defended from the big blind. The dealer spread the flop of and Jalunins checked to Pashov who continued for 11,000. Jalunins shoved all in and Pashov quickly called off his stack of 77,000.
Pashov had a flush draw and two overcards to the pocket pair of Jalunins. The turn brought the giving Pashov the lead and he held on through the on the river to double up.
Asher Assis opened to 6,000 from early position and was called by the button and Robert Zipf in the big blind. The flop came and Zipf checked to Assis who continued for 8,000. The button folded and Zipf called to see the on the turn.
Zipf checked again and Assis fired another bullet of 20,000 this time. Zipf thought for a minute but threw his cards to the muck, allowing Assis to rake in another pot.
|Bertrand Grospellier||GGPoker Ambassador||122,000||76,000|
The action folded around to Zhong Chen on the button who shipped all in for around 50,000. Michael Magalashvili was in the big blind and quickly made the call.
The flop fell giving Chen a set and Magalashvili was left drawing slim. The on the turn sealed the deal and Chen would double up through the Israelian.