10/23/17 05:50:43 PM PST (about 1 hours and 17 minutes ago)
Fahredin Mustafov Tops Last 13 After Day 1a of PLO Event #2
The first of two starting days of the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe €550 Pot-Limit Omaha Event #2 at the King's Casino in Rozvadov exceeded the expectations in Europe's biggest poker arena and a total of 217 entries emerged. After 18 levels of 30 minutes each, only 13 hopefuls bagged up chips and advanced to Day 2 on Wednesday October 24th as of 1 p.m. local time while all others can take another shot on Day 1b as of 2 p.m. local time the day prior.
Leading the field of 13 Day 1a survivors is Fahredin Mustafov, who already made the headlines a few days ago at King's Casino after winning a WSOP circuit ring for his victory in the €5,300 High Roller. Mustafov bagged up 490,000 after a massive clash with Brazilian Omaha cash game specialist Vivian Saliba, who will return for Day 2 with just 21,000 as a result. Nico Ehlers follows in second place with 272,000 followed by Marek Tatar (241,000) and Krzysztof Magott (226,000).
Other notables through to Day 2 include Ivo Donev (179,000), James Akenhead (129,000), 2017 WSOP Bracelet winner Joseph Di Rosa Rojas (81,000), Sander van Wesemael (68,000) and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brandon Cantu (51,500).
Defending champion Barny Boatman (16th, for €1,032), Felipe Ramos (15th, for €1,032) and Pierre Neuville (14th, for €1,221) reached the last two tables, but were eliminated before bagging and tagging. Out of the collected prize pool of €104,105, 20 players were already paid for a total of €17,653 while €86,452 will go towards a separate prize pool for all players that reach Day 2.
Payouts of Day 1a
|Place||Player||Country||Payout (in EUR)|
|16||Barny Boatman||United Kingdom||1,032|
|19||Michal Mrakes||Czech Republic||896|
|24||Petr Vlcek||Czech Republic||896|
The first eight levels allowed for unlimited re-entries and many of the participants took advantage of that with 90 stacks fired before everyone headed into the dinner break. Once play resumed, the likes of Mike Leah, Phil Hellmuth, John Racener, Roberto Romanello, Jeff Lisandro, and Ryan Hughes were sent to the rail before the payouts were reached. Nico Ehlers let the bubble burst after putting a short stack at risk with second pair and straight draw, and he was called by top pair and a gutshot. Ehlers rivered two pair and everyone had at least €800 locked up.
Alex Foxen and Chris Ferguson survived the bubble with very few chips and secured the min cash and important points towards the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year race. Alexander Lakhov went through a roller coaster ride throughout the day and his run came to an end in 25th place after a three-way all in with Krzysztof Magott and Aaron Duczak. Maggott's pocket kings dodged plenty of outs and Duczak was eliminated soon after. Maggott was also involved in yet another three-way all in soon after, and his bottom set improved to a full house against the straight and flush draw of Michal Mrakes as well as the flopped straight of Marek Tatar.
WSOP bracelet winner Dario Alioto and Jose Obadia, who finished 4th in this very event two years ago at the Spielbank Berlin, missed out on the last two tables before the last three casualties of the night included three big names of the international poker circuit. Defending champion Barny Boatman stood no chance against the full house of Rene Berube and Felipe Ramos shoved with pocket kings for an overpair into the flopped two pair of Marek Tatar. Another four on the turn gave Tatar a full house and Ramos couldn't find a king.
Pierre Neuville played in his first Omaha tournament and cashed right away, but his preflop all in with a short stack saw the Belgian flop two pair while Nico Ehlers flopped the nut flush. In the very last hand of the night, two of the biggest stacks clashed in Vivian Saliba and Fahredin Mustafov. Before the registration closed, Saliba's quads crushed the full house of Mustafov for a massive pot. The revenge of the Bulgarian came with a gutshot on the turn, while Saliba's aces and two pair with her other hole cards were downed by the straight on the river.
Only 13 players bagged up for Day 2 thus far and all others can enter again throughout the first eight levels of Day 1b, and the PokerNews live reporting team will be back to provide all the action from the tables.
10/23/17 05:25:24 PM PST (about 2 hours and 43 minutes ago)
End-of-Day Chip Counts
|Fahredin Mustafov||490,000||0 |
|Nico Ehlers||272,000||2,000 |
|Marek Tatar||241,000||1,000 |
|Krzysztof Magott||226,000||0 |
|Thomas Pohnke||196,000||6,000 |
|Fabrice Halleux||179,000||-1,000 |
|Ivo Donev||131,000||-9,000 |
|James Akenhead||129,000||14,000 |
|Rene Berube||84,000||-60,000 |
|Joseph Di Rosa Rojas||81,000||1,000 |
|Sander van Wesemael||68,000||-2,000 |
|Brandon Cantu||51,500||-18,500 |
|Vivian Saliba||21,000||0 |10/23/17 05:17:29 PM PST (about 2 hours and 50 minutes ago)
Saliba Crushed by the Revenge of Mustafov
In the very last hand of the night, Vivian Saliba raisded to 20,000 and Fahredin Mustafov called on the button, as did Krzysztof Magott in the big blind. On the flop, Maggott checked and Saliba bet 30,000. This resulted in a call by Mustafov and a fold from Maggott.
On the turn, Saliba checked and Mustafov bet 80,000 with 103,000 behind. Saliba stared at the opponent, the board and took almost two minutes before moving all in. Mustafov asked the floor staff what the next blind level for Day 2 was, and called it off with a near identical stack to Saliba.
The on the river completed a straight for Mustafov and he skyrocketed into a massive lead, then quickly apologized with a "sorry". A shell-shock Saliba sat there, emotionless, and bagged up her chips after the chip race was done. Earlier in the day, both had clashed in a chip leader pot that saw Saliba with quads against the nut full house of Mustafov, and his revenge in the very last hand ended the day with a bang.
|Fahredin Mustafov||490,000||260,000 |
|Krzysztof Magott||226,000||-19,000 |
|Vivian Saliba||21,000||-232,000 |10/23/17 05:10:48 PM PST (about 2 hours and 57 minutes ago)
Neuville Busts to Ehlers
Pierre Neuville raised from the hijack and got his stack of 48,500 in after a three-bet by Nico Ehlers on the button.
The flop gave Neuville two pair and Ehlers the nut flush. Neither the turn nor the river improved the Belgian and he headed to the rail with a smile, having recorded the first cash in his first Omaha tournament for €1,221.
|Nico Ehlers||270,000||60,000 |
|Pierre Neuville||0||-85,000 |10/23/17 05:04:43 PM PST (about 2 hours and 3 minutes ago)
Saliba Takes it on the Flop
While Brandon Cantu dropped to the bottom of the counts along with Sander van Wesemael, Thomas Pohnke chipped up without showdown.
Vivian Saliba raised from the button and Fahredin Mustafov called from the big blind. The Bulgarian chrcked the flop and Saliba's bet of 45,000 won the pot uncontested.
|Vivian Saliba||253,000||8,000 |
|Fahredin Mustafov||230,000||20,000 |
|Thomas Pohnke||190,000||92,000 |
|Brandon Cantu||70,000||-40,000 |
|Sander van Wesemael||70,000||0 |10/23/17 04:57:30 PM PST (about 2 hours and 10 minutes ago)
Six Hands Remain
The clocks have been stopped and a maximum of six more hands will be played for tonight.
10/23/17 04:55:26 PM PST (about 2 hours and 12 minutes ago)
Tatar Sends Ramos to the Rail
Marek Tatar limped from the cutoff and Felipe Ramos raised to 24,000 out of the big blind, which Tatar called. On the flop, Ramos bet the pot and called all in for his last 75,000.
The turn improved Tatar from two pair to a full house, and the river failed to help Ramos. The Brazilian takes home €1,032 and will very likely be back for Day 1b.
|Marek Tatar||240,000||110,000 |
|Felipe Ramos||0||-105,000 |10/23/17 04:52:55 PM PST (about 2 hours and 15 minutes ago)
The Chip Leader Contenders
Rene Berube raised to 15,000 and Krzysztof Magott called to see a flop of . Berube checked and folded to a bet of 15,000 by Maggott, who closed the gap to Vivian Saliba at the top of the counts. As Omaha is a very fast-paced game, this may suddenly change from one wrap to the other.
|Vivian Saliba||245,000||-5,000 |
|Krzysztof Magott||245,000||-25,000 |
|Fahredin Mustafov||210,000||-35,000 |
|Nico Ehlers||210,000||-20,000 |10/23/17 04:47:07 PM PST (about 2 hours and 21 minutes ago)
The Last Level of the Night
Whether or not the last 12 players will be reached remains to be seen, but this is definitely the last level of the night and all those hopefuls that still have chips will be bagging up for Day 2. An option to surrender the stack exists, and the players to do so would receive the current minimum payout in that case.
10/23/17 04:43:58 PM PST (about 2 hours and 24 minutes ago)
Berube Busts Boatman
Defending champion Barny Boatman raised from under the gun and called all in for his last 45,000 when Rene Berube in the big blind three-bet the pot.
The flop gave Boatman plenty of outs, but he was drawing dead on the turn. The river was a formality and Boatman headed to the rail in 16th place for €1,032 and will be back tomorrow to try and bag a stack for his title defense.
|Rene Berube||144,000||84,000 |
|Barny Boatman||0||-48,000 |10/23/17 04:38:18 PM PST (about 2 hours and 30 minutes ago)
Level 18 started
|10/23/17 04:33:19 PM PST (about 3 hours and 35 minutes ago)
Donev and Tatar Push Into Cantu
On the turn, Ivo Donev bet 29,000 out of the small blind and Brandon Cantu called. The fell on the river and Donev counted his stack carefully before pushing all in. Cantu double-checked his cards and mucked.
A few hands later, Cantu raised to 13,000 and Marek Tatar from one seat over in the big blind three-bet to 39,000, which Cantu called. The American checked the flop and folded to Tatar's push.
|Ivo Donev||140,000||45,000 |
|Marek Tatar||130,000||30,000 |
|Brandon Cantu||110,000||-90,000 |10/23/17 04:29:06 PM PST (about 3 hours and 39 minutes ago)
Halleux Doubles With Straight Flush
Just before the two tables were united, Fabrice Halleux scored a big double against Ivo Donev. The latter flopped top two with queen-jack and turned a full house before the river gave Halleux the straight flush with his .
Now, they are on the same table still and Donev is fighting to get back a solid stack. Joseph Di Rosa Rojas raised to 15,000 from the small blind and Donev called. On the flop, Di Rosa Rojas checked and Donev bet 30,000. "You can pick two," Donev offered, which was obviously impossible during the hand.
Di Rosa Rojas folded and revealed the of Donev after.
|Fabrice Halleux||180,000||125,000 |
|Ivo Donev||95,000||-60,000 |
|Joseph Di Rosa Rojas||80,000||-30,000 |10/23/17 04:20:24 PM PST (about 3 hours and 48 minutes ago)
Obadia Busts to Set Up Last Two Tables
Brandon Cantu raised to 14,000 and Jose Obadia called all in for less. Vivian Saliba three-bet to 59,000 and Cantu folded.
The board of left Obadia without chips and he headed to the rail in 17th place for €896.
|Vivian Saliba||250,000||40,000 |
|Jose Obadia||0||-15,000 |10/23/17 04:14:37 PM PST (about 3 hours and 53 minutes ago)
Sevo Also Busts to Maggott
On a flop of , Vlado Sevo was all in and at risk with the and Krzysztof Magott looked him up with the . The turn and river failed to improve Sevo and he became the next casualty of Maggott's hot run.
|Krzysztof Magott||270,000||90,000 |
|Vlado Sevo||0||-40,000 |10/23/17 04:09:47 PM PST (about 3 hours and 58 minutes ago)
Maggott Busts Mrakes
On the flop of with around 50,000 in the middle, Michal Mrakes shoved for 40,000 and Krzysztof Magott reshoved for 66,000. Marek Tatar called to put two players at risk.
The turn gave Maggott a full house, and the river was a formality. Mrakes was eliminated while Maggott scored a massive pot.
|Krzysztof Magott||180,000||55,000 |
|Marek Tatar||100,000||52,000 |
|Michal Mrakes||0||-102,000 |10/23/17 04:07:30 PM PST (about 3 hours and 0 minutes ago)
Obadia Left With Dust
Pierre Neuville limped in and Jose Obadia raised to 22,500 from the cutoff, which Vivian Saliba on the button and Nico Ehlers in the big blind called. Neuville called as well and the four players headed to the flop, Obadia continued for 22,500 and Saliba shoved for 64,500. Action folded back to Obadia, who tank-called.
The board completed with the turn and river, which left Obadia with barely any chips.
|Nico Ehlers||230,000||25,000 |
|Vivian Saliba||210,000||95,000 |
|Brandon Cantu||200,000||-10,000 |
|Jose Obadia||15,000||-40,000 |10/23/17 04:05:23 PM PST (about 3 hours and 3 minutes ago)
Level 17 started
|10/23/17 04:05:16 PM PST (about 3 hours and 3 minutes ago)
Alioto Busts to Saliba
A short-stacked Dario Alioto was all in from early position and Vivian Saliba looked him up out of the big blind.
The board ran out and the two pair of Saliba secured the knockout. Alioto takes home €896 for his 20th place on day 1a.
|Vivian Saliba||115,000||32,000 |
|Dario Alioto||0||-13,000 |10/23/17 03:57:46 PM PST (about 3 hours and 10 minutes ago)
Mustafov Busts Arstad
Fahredin Mustafov raised to 10,000 and Christian Arstad pushed for 27,000 from the small blind, which Mustafov called. "Pocket sevens any good?" the Bulgarian asked before they turned over the cards.
The flop gave Mustafov a set, and the turn and river left Arstad with all but the walk to the payout desk, he takes home €896 and will most likely be back tomorrow for day 1b.
|Fahredin Mustafov||245,000||50,000 |
|Christian Arstad||0||-30,000 ||