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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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Saturday, October 13, 2018 5:00 AM Local Time
Mussini, Bendik And Gegic Top the Day 1F Counts; 38 Players Advance

Nico Mussini is the new overall chipleader

The biggest starting day of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Event #1: €550 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold'em is in the books and Day 1F saw a total of 405 entries whittled down all the way to just 38 survivors after 18 levels of 30 minutes each. Including all other five previous flights, the total attendance currently stands at 1,333 entries and 122 players have bagged up chips so far to lock up a four-figure payday.

A new overall chip leader was crowned on Day 1F as Italy's Nico Mussini shot to the top of the leaderboard in the final level of the night and claimed 918,000 to his name. Former EPT Grand Final champion Jan Bendik, who sits in 1st place in Slovakia's all-time money list, follows in second place with 812,000 and Rifat Gegic made it through with 712,000.

Pocket aces played a crucial role at the end of the night to crown the new top two stacks heading into Day 2. Bendik sent Florian Stellbaum to the rail when he got it in with aces versus kings preflop, while Mussini cracked the pocket aces of Attila Havacs and Tal Noach with pocket kings to win the biggest pot of the tournament to date.

Other notables that advanced from the sixth of eight starting days include Oshri Lamani (666,000), Connor Heelis (447,000), Rafi Elharar (344,000), Francesco Delfoco (300,000), Ohana Shlomo (292,000), Elias Abou Saleh (210,000), Erich Kollmann (184,000) and Georges Chehade (174,000).

The top 61 spots were paid and the money bubble burst in level 16. Petr Vlcek was crowned the bubble boy in the very first hand on the stone cold bubble when losing a flip with ace-king against the Rafi Elharar. Among those that cashed but failed to punch their ticket for Day 2 through Day 1F were such big names as Zoltan Gal, Viliyan Petleshkov, Renato Kaneoya and Konstantinos Tsirakidis.

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 12th12:00~17:4031833Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, top 48 spots paid
1FFriday October 12th18:00~23:4040538Play 18 Levels of 30 Minutes, top 61 spots paid
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
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Action of the day

More than 150 players were signed up for Day 1F a few minutes before the start of play and that number grew rapidly, as all players that busted the earlier flight jumped right back into the action. Allen Kessler, Shaun Deeb, Roland Israelashvili, Maria Lampropulos, James Romero, Michael Eiler, Lasse Frost and Michael Soyza were just some of the notables that failed to successfully run up a stack.

By the end of level three, Grzegorz Wyraz had already busted twice and was among the first players to run out of the single re-entry option. In the second attempt, Wyraz called the shove of Jessica Teusl with king-ten for second pair on an ace-high board only to see Teusl show turn over trips fives.

Rakesh Lalwani jammed blind and busted in a three-way all in with ten-seven suited against pocket kings, Peter Kamaras flopped a nut flush and couldn't hold up either. The eliminations kept on coming and poker enthusiasts from near and far such as Jerome Sgorrano, Anson Tsang and Yang Zhang were among the casualties.

By the time level 16 had kicked off, the money spots were only a dozen eliminations away and Elena Litvinyuk was among those to bow out just before hand-for-hand mode lasted all but one hand. Litvinyuk lost a classic race with pocket queens against the ace-king of Erich Kollmann. Once Petr Vlcek lost the flip to become the bubble boy, almost two dozen hopes were crushed and replaced with the opportunity to re-enter the last two flights.

An even busier day is expected on Saturday, October 13th, 2018, as the final two starting days of this very event traditionally attract a big field on the weekend. Expect brief waiting times to get a seat and a poker arena filled with hundreds of players that take a shot at the guaranteed prize pool of €1,000,000 and beyond.

Day 1G kicks off at 12 p.m. noon local time with registration available until 5.40 p.m. local time and the evening flight Day 1H gets underway at 6 p.m. local time, entries and re-entries can be purchased until approximately 11.40 p.m. local time. The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide all the action of the final two starting days.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 4:25 AM Local Time
End-of-Day 1F Chip Counts
Nico Mussini918,00043,000
Jan Bendik822,00022,000
Rifat Gegic712,000162,000
Oshri Lahmani666,00086,000
Connor Heelis447,000117,000
Tomer Lev406,0006,000
Tornike Tchkonia365,000365,000
Rafi Elharar344,00076,000
Hesham Eshaqzai335,000-45,000
Edris Osman319,000319,000
Francesco Delfoco300,00060,000
Ohana Shlomo292,000102,000
Mateusz Zerko275,000-30,000
Andras Halasi244,00034,000
Alberto Panzeri234,000-26,000
Toon Hanot234,000234,000
Christian Hoschuetzky207,000-103,000
Pascal Drexel204,000204,000
Elias Abou Saleh200,000200,000
Stylianos Kollatos184,000184,000
Erich Kollmann184,000-76,000
Jonas Kilian182,000182,000
Giorgi Surmava176,000176,000
Georges Chehade174,000174,000
Thomas Kowalski163,000163,000
Matthias Janssen162,000162,000
Vasileios Tsaknis149,00039,000
Mykhailo Gutyi142,00047,000
Lorenzo Papavero140,00090,000
Janosch Seifert132,000-43,000
Ronny Bouwmans130,000-130,000
Alexander Dmitrienko126,00056,000
Marcel Novorolnik124,000124,000
Doron Lahav105,000105,000
Alexandre Petit104,000104,000
Jesper Hoog97,000-83,000
Moshe Dror81,00081,000
Piotr Trebacz51,00051,000
Saturday, October 13, 2018 4:08 AM Local Time
Day 1F Finished

Three further players were eliminated during the final hands of the night and that reduced the field to the last 39 hopefuls. The chip counts of all Day 1F survivors and a recap of today's action will be published shortly.

Edit: Johannes Braun surrendered his stack of 65,000 and claimed a payday of €950 in order to re-enter again during the final two flights of the event. As a result, 38 players advanced from Day 1F.

Mohamed Chakroun0-85,000
Thiago Silva de Morgado00
Nir Shtein00
Johannes Braun0
Saturday, October 13, 2018 4:00 AM Local Time
Lev Busts Greco

Tomer Lev had lost half of his stack and then doubled when betting the     flop for 25,000. He was pushed all in and called for 118,000 with the    to see his opponent turn over   . The   turn and   river were blanks and lev doubled.

Just when the last three hands of the night were announced, Salvatore Greco ended up all in and received two callers. Lev was among them and his bet on the     flop isolated successfully.

Salvatore Greco:   
Tomer Lev:   

The   turn, as well as the   river were of no help and Greco bowed out.

Tomer Lev400,000110,000
Salvatore Greco0-50,000
Saturday, October 13, 2018 3:54 AM Local Time
Bendik Joins the Big Stacks

"It's a good time for aces," Jan Bendik said after having just raked in a massive pot to see the Slovakian join the very biggest stacks in the final level of the night.

It started rather innocent as Florian Stellbaum limped, but then a raising war broke out and Stellbaum was all in for more than 300,000, Bendik snap-called.

Florian Stellbaum:   
Jan Bendik:   

The board came       and Stellbaum was sent to the rail.

A late surge for a decent stack has also seen Oshri Lahmani and Rifat Gegic cross half a million in chips as well.

Nico Mussini875,00075,000
Jan Bendik800,000460,000
Oshri Lahmani580,000205,000
Rifat Gegic550,000445,000
Francesco Delfoco240,000-230,000
Adi Rajkovic00
Florian Stellbaum00
Saturday, October 13, 2018 3:45 AM Local Time
Gal Among Next Casualties

Zoltan Gal

"I have a decent stack now. If I bust tonight still, not sure if I will re-enter tomorrow," Zoltan Gal said in the previous break. Gal will face said dilemma whether or not to buy back into the tournament in the remaining two flights as the Hungarian was on the list of recent casualties.

The next table broke and there are just 44 hopefuls remaining.

Zoltan Gal0-360,000
Richard Maurer00
Pavel Sourek00
Fabien Motte00
Saturday, October 13, 2018 3:39 AM Local Time
Level 18 started
Level: 18 Blinds: 4000/8000 Ante: 8000
Saturday, October 13, 2018 3:37 AM Local Time
Mussini Skyrockets to the Top

Attila Havacs

There was a double elimination on table 82 and the cards were already rushed away. A massive wall of chips was in front of Nico Mussini, which explained who had benefited from the double seat open, and the Italian confirmed a most cruel scenario.

Attila Havacs and Tal Noach had been all in preflop with pocket aces and Mussini called with pocket kings. A king appeared on the flop to leave both opponents drawing dead and Mussini has become the dominating chip leader.

Nico Mussini800,000
Tal Noach0-300,000
Attila Havacs0-280,000
Tal Nahum0
Bharath Najardhan0
Saturday, October 13, 2018 3:27 AM Local Time
Kaneoya and Petleshkov Depart

Renato Kaneoya

Renato Kaneoya was all in from the hijack for the last 73,000 and big stack Francesco Delfoco called on the button.

Renato Kaneoya:   
Francesco Delfoco:   

"Wow, I am ahead, I didn't expect that," Kaneoya said just before the flop fell    . Delfoco had hit top pair and improved to a straight on the   turn. Kaneoya needed a queen to avoid the elimination, but instead it was the   that fell on the river.

Shortly after Kaneoya's exit, Viliyan Petleshkov ran out of chips from one table over.

Francesco Delfoco470,00060,000
Renato Kaneoya0-150,000
Viliyan Petleshkov0-80,000
Saturday, October 13, 2018 3:18 AM Local Time
Saitta Busts to Siefert

Riccardo Saitta was all in and at risk for the last few big blinds with    and Janosch Siefert looked him up with the   . The board came       and Saitta became the latest casualty. Timo Brammer exited right after from a different table to reduce the field further.

Janosch Seifert175,000175,000
Timo Brammer00
Riccardo Saitta0-60,000
Saturday, October 13, 2018 3:11 AM Local Time
Level 17 started
Level: 17 Blinds: 3000/6000 Ante: 6000
Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:57 AM Local Time
Final Break on Day 1F With 59 Remaining

The remaining 59 players have been sent into their final 15-minute break for the night, in which the T-500 chips will be raced off.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:54 AM Local Time
Tsirakidis and Biancoviso Eliminated

Konstantinos Tsirakidis was the first player to fall once the bubble burst and Giuseppe Biancoviso followed suit in the last hand of the level.

The Italian moved all in for 61,500 from early position and Zoltan Gal tossed in a single chip for the call out of the small blind.

Giuseppe Biancoviso:   
Zoltan Gal:   

The board came       and Biancoviso nearly got there via runner-runner straight, but ended up having to settle for a min cash of €802 instead.

Rifat Gegic was more fortunate. He three-bet all in for 47,500 and was called by Salvatore Greco.

Rifat Gegic:   
Salvatore Greco:   

The board ran out       and the kicker played to let Gegic double.

Zoltan Gal360,00080,000
Rifat Gegic105,00023,000
Salvatore Greco50,000-95,000
Konstantinos Tsirakidis0-210,000
Giuseppe Biancoviso00
Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:48 AM Local Time
The Bubble Bursts in the First Hand

Rafi Elharar

There were two all in and call at separate tables. Salvatore Greco survived with    versus    while Petr Vlcek became the bubble boy. He moved all in for 90,000 over the top of a 12,000 raise and two calls. The initial raiser and Konstantinos Tsirakidis folded, but Rafi Elharar eventually made the call.

Petr Vlcek:   
Rafi Elharar:   

The board came       and Elharar turning an unbeatable full house to let the bubble burst in the very first hand. Expect the floodgates to open now with plenty of shorter stacks still in contention.

Rafi Elharar268,000268,000
Petr Vlcek00
Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:40 AM Local Time
The Money Bubble is Reached

David Domjan and Jihad Bejjani have been eliminated to reduce the field to the last 62 hopefuls. Bejjani was unfortunate enough to run with the second best starting hand into the one hand that tops it all.

Jihad Bejjani:   
Jan Bendik:   

The board came       and Bejjani was ousted just shy of the money. Hand-for-hand play will commence shortly and two minutes will be taken off the clock for each hand.

Jan Bendik340,000250,000
Jihad Bejjani0
David Domjan0
Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:33 AM Local Time
Chakroun Chops With Tsaknis

Vasileios Tsaknis had Mohamed Chakroun all in and at risk for 78,000 and the player from Lebanon had the slightly inferior kicker with   . Tsaknis held the dominating    and remained in a comfortable lead on the     flop and   turn.

Chakroun had some chop outs and got there with the   river much to the delight of his nearby rail.

Vasileios Tsaknis110,0005,000
Mohamed Chakroun85,00085,000
Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:26 AM Local Time
Litvinyuk Out Before the Money

Elena Litvinyuk

Elena Litvinyuk is no longer in her seat and Erich Kollmann confirmed that he won the most classic of coin flips with ace-king versus pocket queens to bust Litvinyuk before the money. There are only 64 players remaining now and the top 61 will cash for at least €802.

Francesco Delfoco410,000220,000
Hesham Eshaqzai380,000295,000
Christian Hoschuetzky310,00040,000
Mateusz Zerko305,00035,000
Tal Noach300,00070,000
Zoltan Gal280,000130,000
Ronny Bouwmans260,000260,000
Erich Kollmann260,000170,000
Elias Abou Saleh210,00070,000
Jesper Hoog180,00060,000
Vasileios Tsaknis105,000-115,000
Thorsten Holst00
Samir Akhoullou00
Milad Oghabian0-135,000
Elena Litvinyuk0-160,000
Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:19 AM Local Time
Level 16 started
Level: 16 Blinds: 2500/5000 Ante: 5000
Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:18 AM Local Time
More Recent Casualties

Adrian Rus

There are only 71 players remaining and 61 of them will take home a portion of the prize pool. Among the recent casualties were Asher Dahan, Adrian Rus, Evian Christ and Danny Covyn.

Asher Dahan0-125,000
Ghassan Yared0
Silviu Dumitrache00
Lior Torgeman0
Adrian Rus0-40,000
Pavel Kovalenko0-65,000
Lukas Klima0
Evian Christ0-75,000
Danny Covyn0-90,000
Petar Petrov0-130,000
Saturday, October 13, 2018 2:07 AM Local Time
Panzeri and Roth Collide

Attila Havacs has been able to increase his stack while fellow countryman Antal Roth saw his hopes dashed in a big pot. On the     flop, Alberto Panzeri check-raised all in for 119,000 into a bet of just 8,000 by Roth and the latter tank-called for almost all of his chips.

Alberto Panzeri:   
Antal Roth:   

Both had a flush draw and Roth the additional straight and straight flush draw. The   turn and   river were blanks and Panzeri doubled with just ace-high, while Roth busted a few minutes later.

Attila Havacs280,000160,000
Alberto Panzeri260,000260,000
Antal Roth0-75,000