Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
What started with just 10 players in the early afternoon turned out to smash yet another guarantee at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe at Europe's biggest poker arena in the King's Casino in Rozvadov. Initially, Event #7: €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed was scheduled with a guaranteed prize pool of €200,000 and that was not only surpassed but almost doubled thanks to 187 entries in total.
The first 12 of 15 scheduled levels offered unlimited re-entries and the players took full advantage of that, as 106 unique players re-entered 81 times to create a prize pool of €358,853. Only the top 29 spots will receive a portion of that and at the end of level 15, the tournament screens showed 35 players remaining.
Hong Kong's Anson Tsang dominated the late stages of Day 1 and bagged up a very impressive stack of 931,000, while second-placed Ilya Bulychev follows with 748,000. After that, there is a pretty big gap to Chinese high roller Quan Zhou, who claimed 480,000 to his name. Other notables with big stacks include Aaron Duczak (307,000), Daniel Rezaei (302,000) and 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (259,000).
Shaun Deeb bagged up the third-biggest stack in Event #6: €1,650 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold'em and will return to the feature table as of 3 p.m. local time on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018, to battle for his 5th bracelet and put an end to the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year race. One hour prior to that, Deeb will unbag 208,000 for Day 2 of the PLO Event as that's what he claimed to his name after firing three late bullets in this tournament.
Other notables among the 35 Day 1 survivors include Jan-Peter Jachtmann (224,000), Jason Gray (179,000), Chris Ferguson (171,000), Anthony Zinno (166,000), Chin Wei Lim (130,000), Roland Israelashvili (113,000), James Chen (95,000) and Allen Kessler (74,000). Day 2 will recommence with blinds of 3,000/6,000, the level duration increases to 60 minutes each for the remainder of the event and cards will be back in the air at 2 p.m. local time.
Action of the Day
With a slight delay, the first of three tournament days kicked off with a mere nine players spread over two tables. As soon as the bubble of Event #6 had burst, the field kept growing by the minute and the guarantee was met before the dinner break already. Among those to come and go without anything to show for were Hanh Tran, Dutch Boyd, Winfred Yu, €550 Pot-Limit Omaha runner-up Oleg Pavlyuchuk, Jeff Madsen, Martin Kabrhel and Jesper "Kipster" Hougaard to name just a few.
Defending champion Lukas Zaskodny ran out of chips on his first bullet in level two already after his rivered set of aces was no good against the turned straight of Xixiang Luo. Zaskodny quickly re-entered but joined the rail just before the end of the registration period, opting not to try again.
The chips were traded back and forth, big stacks vanished in the matter of an hour as notables such as Pedro Marques and Daniel Barriocanal went from hero to zero in quick succession. Anatolii Zyrin played five hands on his first bullet and busted, re-entered and almost tripled up right away before also joining the rail.
In the late stages of the day, several notables such as Dario Alioto, Ludovic Geilich, Martin Kabrhel and Danny Tang ran out of steam, too. Geilich busted in a three-way all in with Kabrhel as Ilya Bulychev flopped best and Tang's roller coaster ride came to an end at almost the same time one table over. He had the bets of it preflop with suited aces, but Aaron Duczak eventually got there with a flush.
Ismael Bojang, Ivan Leow and Yehoram Houri didn't survive the furios final either as they fell short of bagging and tagging. In Houri's case, it was a painful exit in the very last hand when the Frenchman flopped the nut straight and faced Ilya Bulychev's middle set. Instead of a paired board, running hearts gave the Russian a flush and Houri was gone.
Day 2 will see the 35 hopefuls head to the looming money bubble as of 2 p.m. local time before playing down to the official eight-handed final table. As usual, the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor from start-to-finish.
Day 2 Seat Draw
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blind|
|150||1||Roland Israelashvili||United States||113,000||19|
|150||2||Jason Gray||United Kingdom||179,000||30|
|150||4||Shaun Deeb||United States||208,000||35|
|150||6||Allen Kessler||United States||74,000||12|
|151||6||Michal Mrakes||Czech Republic||44,000||7|
|152||2||Ryan Riess||United States||259,000||43|
|152||4||Pavel Binar||Czech Republic||179,000||30|
|152||8||Chris Ferguson||United States||171,000||29|
|165||1||Anson Tsang||Hong Kong||931,000||155|
|165||3||Anthony Zinno||United States||166,000||28|
|165||4||Michal Schuh||Czech Republic||224,000||37|
|165||6||Hok Yiu Lee||China||258,000||43|
|165||7||Chin Wei Lim||Malaysia||130,000||22|
|166||6||Ilya Bulychev||Russian Federation||748,000||125|
|Chin Wei Lim||130,000||10,000|
Yehoram Houri and Ivan Leow have been eliminated in the final hand of the night on separate tables.
Houri flopped the nut straight on the flop and got it in with . Big stack Ilya Bulychev had him covered and made the call with the . Instead of improving to a full house. Bulychev got there with the turn and river for the runner runner flush.
Jan-Peter Jachtmann check-called a bet of 26,000 by Anson Tsang on the flop and the turn was checked through. Jachtmann was first to act on the river and bet 35,000, which Tsang called.
Jachtmann showed the for aces up, and Tsang had that beat with the for trips queens. Jachtmann sighed loudly and mucked his cards in disgust.
At the same time, a three-way all in emerged and Balint Sebestyen was all in for around 40,000, Chris Ferguson was the second-shortest stack and at risk for 64,000. Both were covered by Zoltan Szabo in the below showdown:
The board came and Ferguson almost tripled up, Sebestyen busted just short of bagging.
Hokyiu Lee bet the pot for 30,000 on the flop and was called by Quan Zhou, who then faced another pot-sized bet of 90,000 on the turn. Zhou gave it some thought, pulled the trigger and moved all in. Lee quickly tossed his cards into the muck to forfeit the pot.
Matti Hautanen has been eliminated and there are now 38 players remaining.
With 13 minutes left in the level and 39 players remaining on the screens, the clock was stopped and the draw for the last hands of the day took place. Shaun Deeb, who is on track to bag up chips in this event while already having secured a spot on the final table of the previous tournament, drew the and six more hands will be played for tonight.
|Chin Wei Lim||120,000||-20,000|
|Ming Juen Teoh||Busted|
Gisle Olsen ended up all in and at risk for 78,000 in a battle of the blinds with Aaron Duczak. The Dane flipped over the and Duczak had the . Duczak flopped a pair on , but the turn and river brought no suckout.
In the meanwhile, Kan Ying was eliminated and that reduced the field to the final 40 hopefuls.
The flop showed and Ismael Bojang was all in for 28,500, which Ilya Bulychev and Andriy Lyubovetskiy called. The latter then jammed the turn and Bulychev got out of the way.
The on the river brought no help for Bojang and he was eliminated in the final level of the night.
Aleksandar Trajkovski was more fortunate, after he got it in for 37,000 with the and faced Daniel Rezaei with the . On a board of , Trajkowski turned a flush to secure the double.
Jesper Hougaard was eliminated minutes into the final level of the night and Joni Jouhkimainen is also no longer to be found at the tables while Anson Tsang keeps piling more and more chips with every hand.
One table over, Ming Juen Teoh and Anton Johansson got their near identical stacks in preflop and turned over pocket kings.
Ming Juen Teoh:
Johansson was the player at risk and flopped a sweat on , but the turn and river were both blanks.
|Ming Juen Teoh||110,000||-30,000|