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2018 World Series of Poker Europe The Official WSOP Live Updates

Tuesday, October 09, 2018 to Monday, October 15, 2018

Event #1: €550 COLOSSUS

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  • Buy-in: €550
  • Prizepool: €1,435,412
  • Entries: 2,992
  • Remaining: 0
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Friday, October 12, 2018 4:40 AM Local Time
Bednar Tops 10 Survivors on Day 1D; Kabrhel, Heidel and Zukernik Advance

Oliver Heidel and Jan Bednar among 10 Day 1D survivors

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.

Martin Kabrhel
Martin Kabrhel

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

PlaceWinnerCountryPayout (in EUR)
11Philippe BouhnikFrance1,283
12Plamen YakimovBulgaria1,283
13Michael BraeutigamGermany1,069
14Marek BlaskoSlovakia1,069
15Adrian BuzanGermany1,069
16Mykhailo GutyiUkraine914
17Tomas PetruCzech Republic914
18Mykola LakatoshCzech Republic914
19Jan GompersGermany802
20Allen KesslerUnited States802
21Anson TsangHong Kong802
22Adrian RusRomania802
23Rakesh LalwaniIndia802
24Michal LubasPoland802
25Refael DahanIsrael802

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

DayDateStarting TimeLate RegEntriesSurvivorsFurther Information
1ATuesday October 9th18:00~23:4015412Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, top 24 spots paid
1BWednesday October 10th18:00~23:4016717Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, top 26 spots paid
1CThursday October 11th12:00~17:4012512Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, top 19 spots paid
1DThursday October 11th18:00~23:4016410Play concluded with 19:00 left in level 18, top 25 spots paid
1EFriday October 12th12:00~17:40tbatbaPlay 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, the money will be reached
1FFriday October 12th18:00~23:40tbatbaPlay 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, the money will be reached
1GSaturday October 13th12:00~17:40tbatbaPlay 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, the money will be reached
1HSaturday October 13th18:00~23:40tbatbaPlay 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, the money will be reached
2Sunday October 14th15:00-tbatbaLevel duration increases to 40 minutes
3Monday October 15thtba-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 Bednar633,000133,000
Flavio Decataldo574,00084,000
Aleksandar Denishev494,000-26,000
Philipp Zukernik403,0003,000
Oliver Heidel393,000-7,000
Mick Heder386,00016,000
Tamir Segal324,000-6,000
Thierry Delpui306,000131,000
Jan Ramik297,000157,000
Martin Kabrhel291,000-49,000
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:57 AM Local Time
Zukernik Busts Bouhnik to End Day 1D Early

Philippe Bouhnik

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.

Philippe Bouhnik:   
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 Zukernik400,000190,000
Philippe Bouhnik0-190,000
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.

Plamen Yakimov:   
Mick Heder:   

The board came down       and Yakimov headed to the payout desk to collect €1,283 for his efforts.

Mick Heder370,00060,000
Plamen Yakimov0-150,000
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:44 AM Local Time
Level 18 started
Level: 18 Blinds: 4000/8000 Ante: 8000
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.

Michael Braeutigam:   
Oliver Heidel:   

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 Heidel400,000140,000
Michael Braeutigam0-180,000
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:37 AM Local Time
Buzan and Blasko Eliminated

Marek Blasko

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.

Adrian Buzan:   
Flavio Decataldo:   

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.

Marek Blasko:   
Mick heder:   

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 Decataldo490,00070,000
Mick Heder310,000190,000
Adrian Buzan0-175,000
Marek Blasko0-160,000
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.

Mykhailo Gutyi:   
Aleksandar Denishev:   

There was no help for Gutyi on the       board and he departed in 16th place for €914.

Aleksandar Denishev520,000170,000
Martin Kabrhel340,00085,000
Tomas Petru0-57,000
Mykhailo Gutyi0-290,000
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.

Mykola Lakatosh:   
Jan Bednar:   

The kicker advantage played a vital role in favor of Bednar on a board of       to eliminate Lakatosh in 18th place for €914.

Jan Bednar500,00090,000
Mykola Lakatosh0-90,000
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:20 AM Local Time
Gompers Eliminated by Denishev

Jan Gompers

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.

Jan Gompers:   
Aleksandar Denishev:   

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 Denishev350,00090,000
Philippe Bouhnik190,000120,000
Jan Gompers0-100,000
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.

Mykola Lakatosh:   
Jan Gompers:   

The board came       and Lakatosh doubled to around 15 big blinds.

Jan Gompers100,000-50,000
Mykola Lakatosh90,00045,000
Friday, October 12, 2018 3:06 AM Local Time
Level 17 started
Level: 17 Blinds: 3000/6000 Ante: 6000
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 Decataldo420,000100,000
Jan Bednar410,000150,000
Martin Kabrhel255,000-95,000
Friday, October 12, 2018 2:53 AM Local Time
Kessler Busts to a Straight Flush Missclick Call

Allen Kessler

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.

Allen Kessler:   
Michael Braeutigam:   

"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 Zukernik210,00040,000
Michael Braeutigam180,00025,000
Allen Kessler0-95,000
Friday, October 12, 2018 2:50 AM Local Time
Rus Eliminated by Segal

Adrian Rus

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 Segal330,00040,000
Adrian Rus0-70,000
Anson Tsang0-65,000
Friday, October 12, 2018 2:45 AM Local Time
Lalwani Eliminated by Kabrhel

Rakesh Lalwani

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.

Rakesh Lalwani:   
Martin Kabrhel:   

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 Kabrhel350,000270,000
Rakesh Lalwani0-210,000
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 Bednar260,000228,000
Martin Kabrhel80,000-130,000
Michal Lubas0-25,000
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.

Tamir Segal:   
Michal Lubas:   

The board came       and Segal got there on the turn to leave Lubas with a mountain to climb.

Tamir Segal290,000110,000
Martin Kabrhel210,000-40,000
Michal Lubas25,000-85,000
Rafael Dahan00
Friday, October 12, 2018 2:25 AM Local Time
Level 16 started
Level: 16 Blinds: 2500/5000 Ante: 5000
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 Gutyi290,00040,000
Aleksandar Denishev260,000-30,000
Jan Ramik140,00040,000
Francesco Cirianni0-70,000