Friday, October 12, 2018 4:40 AM Local Time
Bednar Tops 10 Survivors on Day 1D; Kabrhel, Heidel and Zukernik Advance
The half-way point has been reached in the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Event #1: €550 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold'em, as four of the eight starting days have concluded at the King's Casino in Rozvadov. Day 1D attracted a field of 164 entries, of which the top 25 spots were paid, and the final 10 players bagged up their chips with 19 minutes left in level 18.
Jan Bednar claimed 633,000 to his name and is currently third in chips for all 51 players that advanced to Day 2 thus far, trailing Day 1A chip leader Dariusz Glinski (669,000) and Day 1C chip leader Daniel Prior (649,000). Quite remarkably, Bednar, in fact, made it to the money in the earlier flight of the day and finished in 16th place out of 125 entries for €809 before jumping right back into the action.
Several other notables are among the 10 survivors of Day 1D such as Flavio Decataldo (574,000), Bulgaria's Aleksandar Denishev (494,000), Philipp Zukernik (403,000), Oliver Heidel (393,000), Mick Heder (386,000),Jan Ramik (297,000) and Martin Kabrhel (291,000). The master of speech play, currently second in his country's all-time money list, already has one WSOP bracelet and four WSOP circuit rings to his name, all of which he won within the last two years right here at King's Casino.
Kabrhel entered late and quickly scored a double up to get things started, then became one of the big stacks. Near the money bubble on the last three tables, he experienced a roller coaster ride and switched into push or fold mode. Rakesh Lalwani and Tomas Petru were among those that fell victim to this strategy, and other players that cashed but failed to bag up include Michal Lubas, Anson Tsang, Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler and Marek Blasko.
Day 1D Payouts
|Place||Winner||Country||Payout (in EUR)|
|17||Tomas Petru||Czech Republic||914|
|18||Mykola Lakatosh||Czech Republic||914|
|20||Allen Kessler||United States||802|
|21||Anson Tsang||Hong Kong||802|
Action of the Day
In level one, some 50 players were seated and that number soon grew to more than 100 as all hopefuls eliminated from the previous starting day gave it another chance in the evening flight. Among those to bow out more than once were such notables as Roman Motovsky, Sander van Wesemael, Teunis Kooij, Shaun Deeb, Roland Israelashvili, Timo Kamphues, Carlo Savinelli and Michael Soyza.
Six-time WSOP bracelet winner Chris Ferguson continued his late entry strategy, but failed to capitalize from it to bust before the money. Dutch Boyd experienced the same fate and further casualties before the money bubble included Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy, Jaroslav Peter and Andrea Klein. Hand-for-hand mode on the money bubble lasted all but one hand. Jan Ramik was fortunate enough to crack aces with pocket fives to survive, while Francesco Cirianni lost a flip with pocket jacks against the ace-queen of Mykhailo Gutyi to let the bubble burst.
Three levels remained to be played for all remaining 25 players and the all in showdowns kept coming at a rapid pace. Michal Lubas lost a big flip with jacks to ace-king and Rakesh Lalwani missed his nut flush draw against the top pair of Martin Kabrhel. The elimination of Allen Kessler came in far more dramatic fashion, though.
After a min-raise by Philipp Zukernik, Allen Kessler three-bet shoved for 12 big blinds and Michael Braeutigam mistakenly tossed in two chips out of the blinds to call Zukernik's raise. Braeutigam had to call off Kessler's shove with seven-six suited and cracked the pocket tens of the American poker pro by turning a flush and rivering a straight flush.
In the final two levels of the night, another nine players ran out of chips including Gutyi, Braeutigam and Marek Blasko to reduce the field to the final 10. That's when the bags came out to end the day ahead of the planned schedule with 19 minutes remaining in level 18.
2018 WSOPE €550 The COLOSSUS Schedule
|Day||Date||Starting Time||Late Reg||Entries||Survivors||Further Information|
|1A||Tuesday October 9th||18:00||~23:40||154||12||Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, top 24 spots paid|
|1B||Wednesday October 10th||18:00||~23:40||167||17||Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, top 26 spots paid|
|1C||Thursday October 11th||12:00||~17:40||125||12||Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, top 19 spots paid|
|1D||Thursday October 11th||18:00||~23:40||164||10||Play concluded with 19:00 left in level 18, top 25 spots paid|
|1E||Friday October 12th||12:00||~17:40||tba||tba||Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, the money will be reached|
|1F||Friday October 12th||18:00||~23:40||tba||tba||Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, the money will be reached|
|1G||Saturday October 13th||12:00||~17:40||tba||tba||Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, the money will be reached|
|1H||Saturday October 13th||18:00||~23:40||tba||tba||Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, the money will be reached|
|2||Sunday October 14th||15:00||-||tba||tba||Level duration increases to 40 minutes|
|3||Monday October 15th||tba||-||tba||-||Play Down to a champion|
So far, the event has generated a total of 610 entries and 51 players advanced to Day 2. Both numbers will rise significantly, as the two respective flights on Friday and Saturday are expected to fill Europe's biggest poker arena and put the tournament on track to surpass the guaranteed prize pool of €1,000,000. As usual, the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor from start-to-finish for all you need to know about the first chance to win a coveted gold bracelet during the festival.
Friday, October 12, 2018 4:05 AM Local Time
End-of-Day 1D Chip Counts
|Jan Bednar||633,000||133,000 |
|Flavio Decataldo||574,000||84,000 |
|Aleksandar Denishev||494,000||-26,000 |
|Philipp Zukernik||403,000||3,000 |
|Oliver Heidel||393,000||-7,000 |
|Mick Heder||386,000||16,000 |
|Tamir Segal||324,000||-6,000 |
|Thierry Delpui||306,000||131,000 |
|Jan Ramik||297,000||157,000 |
|Martin Kabrhel||291,000||-49,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:57 AM Local Time
Zukernik Busts Bouhnik to End Day 1D Early
Thierry Delpui limped in from the small blind and Philippe Bouhnik moved all in for 91,000 from the big blind to reclaim his big blind ante and the limp of Delpui.
Soon after, still as shortest stack of the 11 remaining players, Bouhnik got it in preflop and was snap-called by Philipp Zukernik.
The flop was of no help and Bouhnik was left drawing dead on the turn, Zukernik improved to a set on the river for good measure to eliminate Bouhnik. Since the final 10 players have been reached, Day 1D ends with 19 minutes left in the level and that's good news for all short stacks that already made it to Day 2.
The final chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.
|Philipp Zukernik||400,000||190,000 |
|Philippe Bouhnik||0||-190,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:49 AM Local Time
Heder Eliminates Yakimov
The all in showdowns aren't slowing down and the final level of the night kicked off with Plamen Yakimov all in and at risk for fewer than 10 big blinds. It was Mick Heder that made the call and Yakimov was looking for an ace to survive.
The board came down and Yakimov headed to the payout desk to collect €1,283 for his efforts.
|Mick Heder||370,000||60,000 |
|Plamen Yakimov||0||-150,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:44 AM Local Time
Level 18 started
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:42 AM Local Time
Braeutigam Runs Queens Into Kings
In a battle of the Germans with pocket pairs, it was Michael Braeutigam that ended up as the player at risk.
Both suits were covered as well, further reducing the hopes of Braeutigam, and he found no help on the board to join the rail in 13th place for €1,069.
|Oliver Heidel||400,000||140,000 |
|Michael Braeutigam||0||-180,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:37 AM Local Time
Buzan and Blasko Eliminated
Flavio Decataldo made it 17,000 to go and a short-stacked Adrian Buzan pushed for what appeared to be 70,000 in the big blind, Decataldo called.
The board ran out and Buzan had to settle for a payday of €1,069.
Marek Blasko received the very same amount after he defended the big blind against Mick Heder and ended up all in after the turn.
The on the river improved Heder to a flush and Blasko tossed over his remaining chips to let them splash into the middle of the table before heading to the payout desk.
|Flavio Decataldo||490,000||70,000 |
|Mick Heder||310,000||190,000 |
|Adrian Buzan||0||-175,000 |
|Marek Blasko||0||-160,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:32 AM Local Time
Petru and Gutyi Depart
Day 1D may very well stop before the end of level 18 as the current speed of eliminations has reduced the field to the last 15 hopefuls with more than half an hour to go until bagging and tagging.
Petru called the shove of Martin Kabrhel while in the big blind and tabled the , while Kabrhel only held .
The flop gave Kabrhel a gutshot to a straight flush, he then turned the straight with the and the river sealed the fate of Petru.
Gutyi got into a raising war with Aleksandar Denishev and was all in before the flop.
There was no help for Gutyi on the board and he departed in 16th place for €914.
|Aleksandar Denishev||520,000||170,000 |
|Martin Kabrhel||340,000||85,000 |
|Tomas Petru||0||-57,000 |
|Mykhailo Gutyi||0||-290,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:24 AM Local Time
Bednar Busts Lakatosh; Reaches Half a Million
Mykola Lakatosh was all in for around 15 big blinds and big stack Jan Bednar looked him up.
The kicker advantage played a vital role in favor of Bednar on a board of to eliminate Lakatosh in 18th place for €914.
|Jan Bednar||500,000||90,000 |
|Mykola Lakatosh||0||-90,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:20 AM Local Time
Gompers Eliminated by Denishev
Jan Gompers raised to 14,000 and Philippe Bouhnik called in the cutoff. Aleksandar Denishev from Bulgaria moved all in and had both Gompers and Bouhnik covered. Gompers gave it a lot of thought and the clock was called on him, he then called for the last 100,000 and that forced out Bouhnik.
Denishev flopped top pair on , but Gompers had outs with the flush draw. Neither the turn nor the river brought any help and Gompers was gone in 19th place. All remaining 18 players will redraw to the last two tables on Day 1D.
|Aleksandar Denishev||350,000||90,000 |
|Philippe Bouhnik||190,000||120,000 |
|Jan Gompers||0||-100,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:13 AM Local Time
Lakatosh Doubles Through Gompers
Mykola Lakatosh was all in for the last 40,000 and Jan Gompers called out of the big blind.
The board came and Lakatosh doubled to around 15 big blinds.
|Jan Gompers||100,000||-50,000 |
|Mykola Lakatosh||90,000||45,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:06 AM Local Time
Level 17 started
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:02 AM Local Time
Bednar Wins a Big Pot Off Kabrhel
While 17 of the 19 remaining players were already in their final 15-minute break of the day, Jan Bednar and Martin Kabrhel clashed in a big pot. Until the river a pot of 175,000 emerged and Kabrhel checked. Bednar bet 55,000 and Kabrhel was deep in the think tank.
The break had started some 10 minutes ago and Kabrhel eventually called, Bednar showed for the full house and won the pot. Bednar is very close behind Flavio Decataldo, who appears to be the current chip leader.
|Flavio Decataldo||420,000||100,000 |
|Jan Bednar||410,000||150,000 |
|Martin Kabrhel||255,000||-95,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 2:53 AM Local Time
Kessler Busts to a Straight Flush Missclick Call
Philipp Zukernik opened the action with a raise to 10,000 and Allen Kessler pushed all in for just over 60,000. Michael Braeutigam in the big blind tossed in the extra 5,000 to call the raise of Zukernik and was then made aware that Kessler had gone all in. As a result, the German had to call off the all in of Kessler.
Zukernik was somewhat confused, glanced at Braeutigam's stack, counted his own stack and folded to see Kessler and Braeutigam in the following showdown.
"I can't win this one," Kessler said and stood up from his chair, which fell over. The flop gave Braeutigam a straight and flush draw, which he spiked on the turn. Kessler had outs for the full house and superior flush, but the river further improved Braeutigam to a straight flush.
|Philipp Zukernik||210,000||40,000 |
|Michael Braeutigam||180,000||25,000 |
|Allen Kessler||0||-95,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 2:50 AM Local Time
Rus Eliminated by Segal
Adrian Rus had nursed a short stack for quite some time and eventually got it in with the . Tamir Segal called with and flopped best on , the turn and river were blanks.
Anson Tsang followed to the rail moments later to reduce the field further.
|Tamir Segal||330,000||40,000 |
|Adrian Rus||0||-70,000 |
|Anson Tsang||0||-65,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 2:45 AM Local Time
Lalwani Eliminated by Kabrhel
Martin Kabrhel had pushed the flop twice to push up his stack without showdown and remained involved in the action. A raise by the Czech in early position was called by Rakesh Lalwani in the small blind. The flop brought and Lalwani checked, Kabrhel pushed once more for more than 150,000 and Lalwani called with a very similar stack size.
Lalwani had plenty of outs with the over card and nut flush draw, but both the turn and the river bricked off. The stacks were counted and Kabrhel had 157,000, which covered Lalwani.
|Martin Kabrhel||350,000||270,000 |
|Rakesh Lalwani||0||-210,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 2:38 AM Local Time
Bednar Doubles Through Kabrhel
A big pot had already emerged when Jan Bednar jammed for 86,500 on the river. Martin Kabrhel called and Bednar tabled for a full house, Kabrhel only had for trips kings and had to forfeit more than half of his stack.
Michal Lubas bowed out one hand later to reduce the field to the last 23 hopefuls on Day 1D.
|Jan Bednar||260,000||228,000 |
|Martin Kabrhel||80,000||-130,000 |
|Michal Lubas||0||-25,000 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 2:32 AM Local Time
Dahan Busts; Segal Doubles
Refael Dahan was the first player to bust in the money and fellow countryman Tamir Segal doubled in a big pot against Michal Lubas.
Martin Kabrhel raised to 8,000 and Segal three-bet to 90,000 for most of his stack in the hijack. Michal Lubas moved all in from the button and Kabrhel folded, Segal called it off for 137,500.
The board came and Segal got there on the turn to leave Lubas with a mountain to climb.
|Tamir Segal||290,000||110,000 |
|Martin Kabrhel||210,000||-40,000 |
|Michal Lubas||25,000||-85,000 |
|Rafael Dahan||0||0 |
Friday, October 12, 2018 2:25 AM Local Time
Level 16 started
Friday, October 12, 2018 2:21 AM Local Time
Shortest Hand-For-Hand Play Ever
In the first hand of hand-for-hand play, Jan Ramik was all in for 67,000 with the and Aleksandar Denishev snap-called with the . The board came and Ramik turned a straight to survive.
There was one further all in and call and it was Francesco Cirianni that ended up all in with pocket jacks. Mykhailo Gutyi called with ace-queen and flopped both an ace and a queen to let the bubble burst.
|Mykhailo Gutyi||290,000||40,000 |
|Aleksandar Denishev||260,000||-30,000 |
|Jan Ramik||140,000||40,000 |
|Francesco Cirianni||0||-70,000 |