Saturday, November 12, 2022 2:33 AM Local Time
Four-time WSOP champion Benny Glaser bagged big on Day 1a
After a year of waiting, Day 1a of World Series of Poker Europe Main Event at King's Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic finally kicked off on Friday.
With 514 entries in Day 1a alone, the previous record field (688 in 2021) and the €5,000,000 guarantee will both certainly be shattered. In fact, the guarantee has already been broken after just a single flight.
Amongst the 343 survivors, there could only be one leader and that was Rolando Camardese, who will take an impressive 559,800 chips into Day 2.
Here is the complete list of the top ten:
1. Rolando Camardese - 559,800 (Italy)
2. Milan Aloric - 486,900 (Serbia)
3. Xiaozhe Liu - 437,000 (China)
4. Kilian Dris - 421,100 (France)
5. Simone Andrian - 411,000 (Italy)
6. Dzelo Marinze - 408,400 (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
7. Patrick Brooks - 398,000 (United Kingdom)
8. Nicola Angelini - 388,300 (Italy)
9. Timo Kamphues - 376,000 (Germany)
10. Jonas Kronwitter - 369,000 (Germany)
The entirety of chip counts can be found here.
There were a large number of big names in the field that bagged a fantastic stack for Day 2, including Benny Glaser (266,800), Kenny Hallaert (230,600), Henrik Hecklen (215,600), Tobias Peters (215,400), Aaron Duczak (209,900), Nacho Barbero (203,100), Victoria Livschitz (191,200), Jason Wheeler (180,500), 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Jack Sinclair (174,800), Fabian Gumz (164,400), and Yuval Bronshtein (155,100).
Other big names who participated and will be heading to Day 2 include Stefan Lehner, Karim Rebei, Julian Herold, Dorian Melchers, Carlo Savinelli, Jessica Teusl, Paulina Loeliger, Felipe Ramos, and Christopher Back.
Those who tried but fell short include Espen Jorstad (pictured above), Fedor Holz, Manig Loeser, and Barny Boatman.
Day 1b will kick off Saturday at noon local time. The players will, once again, play seven 90-minute levels, with 15-minute breaks after each level and a 60-minute break after the conclusion of Level 4. The surviving players from both flights will return to play on Sunday for Day 2, playing another seven 90-minute levels starting at Level 8 with blinds at 800/1,600 with a 1,600 big blind ante.
The WSOP live reporting team will be on the floor with all of the updates from each and every day of the Main Event and all 15 gold bracelet events here in Rozvadov!
Saturday, November 12, 2022 1:01 AM Local Time
Players are bagging and tagging, with some tables still concluding their last four hands. As it stands of the 514 who entered today there will be 345 going forward to Day 2 with an average stack around 150,000.
A full recap of today's action will be posted as soon as the dust settles of this record breaking Day 1a of the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.
Saturday, November 12, 2022 12:50 AM Local Time
Players will play four more hands before the night concludes.
Saturday, November 12, 2022 12:45 AM Local Time
Yannick Jobin - 191,000
Luc Thong Ta - 172,000
Julian Herold - 160,000
Fabian Gumz - 160,000
Monika Zukowicz - 160,000
Onur Unsal - 157,000
Ioannis Konstas - 155,000
Djamel Ouaret - 110,000
Jorryt Van Hoof - 107,000
Paul François Tedeschi - 98,000
Elias Saleh - 90,000
Yehonatan Behor - 87,000
Giuseppe Zarbo - 82,000
Yuval Bronshtein - 81,000
Leonid Yanovski - 32,000
Saturday, November 12, 2022 12:40 AM Local Time
Over on Table 88, Hannes Jeschka opened to 2,500 from the cutoff and Josef Kluzak called from the small blind.
The flop came and it went check-check. The turn brought the and Kluzak put out a bet of 3,500. Jeschka made the call.
The river brought the and Kluzak put out another 8,500. Jeschka immediately smiled and looked over at Kluzak and after a minute, he laughed and said "It feels wrong! I don't believe you!" and Kluzak responded "So make the call!"
Jeschka did make the call with and was correct, as Kluzak showed .
Hannes Jeschka - 187,000
Josef Kluzak - 233,000
Saturday, November 12, 2022 12:32 AM Local Time
With 5,000 in the middle on a flop of Berkan Munar bet 3,000 from the hijack and was called by Paulina Loeliger in the big blind.
Both players checked the turn. Loeliger over-bet 15,000 on the river. After brief contemplation Munar folded and 'Pokerbunny' raked in the pot.
Paulina Loeliger - 209,000
Berkan Munar - 147,000
Saturday, November 12, 2022 12:20 AM Local Time
Medhi Chaoui opened to 2,500 from the hijack and was called by Premsyl Rada on the button while Anthony Allan defended his big blind.
The flop came and Allan lead out for 4,200. Chaoui raised to 11,500 and Allan made the call.
On the turn, Chaoui continued for 11,000 and Allan quickly mucked his hand.
Medhi Chaoui - 88,000
Anthony Allan - 130,500
Saturday, November 12, 2022 12:16 AM Local Time
Martin Kabrhel bet 2,500 from the cutoff and was called by Mohamed Taabouni in the small blind and Yeonathan Behor in the big blind.
Kabrhel bet 5,000 on the coordinated flop of . Taabouni folded, but Behor moved all in. Kabrhel called for 25,600 putting the Czech at risk.
Martin Kabrhel -
Mohamed Taabouni -
Both players suited connectors made two pair but Kabrhel had top two pair. The created chop outs on the turn, but the was a safe card for Kabrhel who doubled up.
Martin Kabrhel - 56,800
Yeonathan Behor - 57,800
Mohamed Taabouni - 216,000
Saturday, November 12, 2022 12:08 AM Local Time
Over at Table 80, with about 7,000 in the middle on a board, action checked around.
On the turn, action checked to Gal Naim on the button, who put out a bet of 4,000. Michael Strauch called from the small blind.
The river brought the and Naim fired a second time, this time for 13,000. Strauch took about 30 seconds before making the call.
Naim announced "Queen high" and Strauch turned over for a pair of jacks and the win.
Michael Strauch - 333,000
Saturday, November 12, 2022 12:03 AM Local Time
Julian Herold bet 2,500 from middle position and was met with a raise to 7,000 from Quoc Bui in the hijack. Action folded back to Herold who made a four-bet of 20,000.
The flop of allowed Herold to continue for 15,000 which was called by Bui. Both players checked the on the turn which put trips on the board.
The completed the board and Herold moved all in to put Bui at risk for 42,000. Bui held his hands behind his head, slumped back in the chair and slithered down until he was almost horizontal. Bui looked at his hand a couple of times to see if his cards have changed which they didn't.
After five minutes in the tank some of his table mates were getting restless, which Bui sensed and called the clock on himself. When the tournament director explained that he had 30 seconds to make a decision Bui looked shocked and tried to negotiate for a 60 second countdown.
With only a second remaining he announced fold and begged Herold to show his hand. Herold turned over and Bui screamed "Yes!" and slammed down his folded to the disbelief of the table. Herold asked "Why didn't you get it in preflop!?" Bui chuckled and is relieved to still be in the tournament.
Julian Herold - 190,000
Quoc Bui - 42,000
Friday, November 11, 2022 11:54 PM Local Time
As we get closer to the finish line on Day 1a, there were some players who fell just short. Here are some of the most-recent fallen.
Yunho Choi - Eliminated
Luk de Herdt - Eliminated
Ana Marquez - Eliminated
Dmytro Bystrovzorov - Eliminated
Dario Sammartino - Eliminated
Fabio Peluso - Eliminated
Emanuele De Lemmi - Eliminated
Killian Desnos - Eliminated
Antonino Karman - Eliminated
Fatih Aydin - Eliminated
Steve Savio - Eliminated
Martin Paap - Eliminated
Mihai Szilveszter - Eliminated
Denis Gergoc - Eliminated
Friday, November 11, 2022 11:46 PM Local Time
There was 29,000 in the middle on a [2c.3s.Jh,7c,Kd] board and David von Schnehen checked over to Nils Pudel, who deliberated his decision for nearly two minutes before opting to check back.
von Schnehen turned over for two pair and the win, which forced a smile out of Pudel.
David von Schnehen - 132,000
Nils Pudel - 117,000
Friday, November 11, 2022 11:35 PM Local Time
With around 30,000 in the pot and the board reading , Armin Rezaei put in a bet of 22,500 from middle position, which sent Peter Kamaras into the tank for the better part of two minutes. Eventually, the Hungarian would decide against a call.
Armin Rezaei - 310,000
Peter Kamaras - 220,000
Friday, November 11, 2022 11:27 PM Local Time
Friday, November 11, 2022 11:13 PM Local Time
Players have exited the tournament floor to recharge for the final level of the night.
Currently 376 players remain in the Main Event and they will be all hoping to bag and tag and return for Day 2 on Sunday.
Here is a selection of the biggest stacks in the room.
Raffaele Zambo - 350,000
Milan Aloric - 320,000
Dzelo Marinze - 314,000
Saar Wilf - 302,000
Nacho Barbero - 277,000
Christian Rudolph - 270,000
Benny Glaser - 265,000
Rene Middleburg - 260,000
Jack Sinclair - 239,000
Elvis Earle - 223,000
Friday, November 11, 2022 11:10 PM Local Time
Fabian Rolli opened from under the gun and Tibor Lindeman three-bet from the big blind. Rolli then four-bet and Lindeman five-bet shoved, covering Rolli. Rolli called off for 80,800 total.
Lindeman's ambitious move was ill-timed as he ran straight into the aces.
The board ran out to give Rolli the full double up.
Fabian Rolli - 163,000
Tibor Lindeman - 68,000
Friday, November 11, 2022 11:09 PM Local Time
Armin Rezaei - 270,000
Benny Glaser - 260,000
Davide Suriano - 250,000
Ran Ilani - 185,000
Jason Wheeler - 165,000
Christian Rudolph - 141,000
Espen Joerstad - 130,000
Ole Schemion - 107,000
Vojtech Ruzicka - 106,000
Daniel Pidun - 100,000
Kristijonas Andrulis - 81,000
Friday, November 11, 2022 11:04 PM Local Time
A massive 508 players have so far played Day 1A virtually meeting the €5,000,000 guarantee with the busiest day yet to come.
The record turnout for a WSOPE Main Event is 688. There is little doubt that this number will be smashed by the time Day 2 gets underway.
Friday, November 11, 2022 10:57 PM Local Time
Christopher Back was the victim of an awful one-outer cooler very early in the day, losing to quads after getting it in good in a set-against-set situation. At one point, Back was reported at under 9,000 chips.
However, the Canadian didn't give up and managed to get himself fully back into the tournament. Over at Table 114, he could be seen celebrating a double up with pocket aces holding against Steven Rohr's pocket nines to get himself back to 61,000.
"We're back boys!"
Christopher Back - 61,000
Steven Rohr - 170,000
Friday, November 11, 2022 10:45 PM Local Time
Julian Thomas opened to 2,500 from the hijack and Vincent de Neve defended his big blind.
The flop came and Thomas continued for 4,500. de Neve made the call.
On the turn, Thomas kept firing, this time for 11,000. de Neve called once more.
The river brought the and it went check-check and de Neve turned over for a pair of eights and a missed flush draw. Thomas turned over for top pair and the win.
Julian Thomas - 107,500
Vincent de Neve - 104,000