Tuesday, October 20, 2015 1:35 AM Local Time
The second starting day of the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe €10,450 Main Event drew a total of 209 entries to boost the overall attendance to 313 participants across both starting flights. This is, however, not the final number yet, as registration remains open until the first card is dealt on Day 2 when play resumes at 12 p.m. local time at Spielbank Berlin.
After six 90-minute levels, the Day 1B field was whittled down to 127, survivors and Peter Norman bagged up 125,000 chips to claim the lead for the second flight. Artur Koren (107,575), Andrew Leathem (106,225) and Viacheslav Goryachev follow not too far behind, but they are all still trailing Day 1a chip leader Niall Farrell's 157,000.
Other notables that made it through with above-average stacks include Stefan Huber (96,900), Roberto Romanello (91,900), Simon Higgins (79,300), Dimitar Danchev (78,300), Will "the Thrill" Failla (76,400), Kevin MacPhee (73,600), Adrien Allain (73,000), Mark Teltscher (69,300), Brian Rast (67,400), 2014 WSOP-APAC Main Event champion Scott Davies (62,250), Maurice Hawkins (60,000), Shannon Shorr (59,850), Liv Boeree (59,150), Sergio Aido (57,950), Keven Stammen (57,800) and Event #8 bracelet winner Georgios Sotiropoulos (55,550).
The 2015 WSOP POY contenders Ismael Bojang (34,500), Brian Hastings (33,950) and Mike Gorodinsky (21,700) made it through, while Shaun Deeb lost a flip with queens versus against the of Koren to hit the rail. Phil Hellmuth also failed to bag up chips after getting his short stack in the last level of the night with . Stammen and Akin Tuna called and checked down the board and Tuna's sent Hellmuth packing.
Many others didn't make it through either. Anthony Zinno was the first player eliminated after his set of sixes got cracked by for a straight and flush draw. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner and Event #7 champion Barny Boatman was the second player out, and Mike Leah, Mukul Pahuja, Ole Schemion, Max Silver, Mustapha Kanit, Dario Sammartino, Steve Gee, Greg Merson, Ivan Luca, Chris Hunichen, November Niner Joshua Beckley, Dan Smith, Bryn Kenney, Jeff Madsen and Simeon Naydenov were also sent to the rail throughout the day.
With the 57 survivors of Day 1A and 127 hopefuls from today's Day 1B combined for Day 2, at least 184 players will return to the tables for level seven and blinds of 300/600 with a running ante of 75 in the Spielbank Berlin.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 12:15 AM Local Time
The players have bagged their chips and the screens show 129 out of 209 entries remaining for the second starting day. Despite losing a big pot at the end of the day, Peter Norman appears to be in the lead with 125,000. Andrew Leathem bagged up 106,225 and Roberto Romanello made a successful comeback at the end of the day to finish with 91,900. Full chip counts will be available as soon as possible.
Other notables: Craig Varnell (81,425), Kevin MacPhee (73,600), Adrien Allain (73,000), Mark Teltscher (69,300), Brian Rast (67,400), Nicolau Villa Lobos (67,325), Maurice Hawkins (60,000), Keven Stammen (57,800), Jeff Gross (46,150), Ismael Bojang (34,500), Brian Hastings (33,950), and Stephen Chidwick (16,300).
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 12:08 AM Local Time
The last few hands of the day barely bring any big action and Artur Koren wins a three-way pot by betting the turn for 6,600 out of the small blind. David "ODB" Baker folds and is back below starting stack.
David "ODB" Baker - 16,000
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 12:00 AM Local Time
Chip leader Peter Norman opens to 1,300 and Oemer Kaya three-bets to 2,925. Norman four-bets to 8,300 and Kaya ships all in for 28,200. Norman calls rather quickly with and Kaya flips over .
The board runs out and Kaya doubles. Norman still has a ton of chips, but may not be in the top position anymore.
Monday, October 19, 2015 11:59 PM Local Time
The tournament director announced the five last five hands of the night before the players bag up.
Monday, October 19, 2015 11:56 PM Local Time
A player in middle position opens to 1,200, the next player calls, and Jeff Gross three-bets from the hijack to 4,100. The player on the button calls, as does the initial raiser. There are three players in the hand. The flop comes and everybody checks. The turn is the , the first player checks, and Gross bets 3,400. The player on the button calls and the third player in the hand folds. The river is the . Gross bets 3,000 and the player on the button calls to discover Gross holds and the other player mucks.
Jeff Gross - 36,500
Monday, October 19, 2015 11:49 PM Local Time
With almost 57,000 chips in front of him, Davidi Kitai's stack is still looking good if one considers that the average stack in the room is 49,000 with 126 players left.
Just now, he checks from the big blind on an board before Hamza Miri bets 2,000. Quick call by Kitai and the river brings the . Both players check.
The Belgian announces 'Pocket Fives'. Hamza Miri shows and wins the pot.
Hamza Miri - 26,200
Davidi Kitai - 56,300
Monday, October 19, 2015 11:42 PM Local Time
Peter Norman has been staying under the radar for any huge showdowns for most of the day while his stack kept growing and growing. Just now, he gets involved in a hand with Sean Winter and bets the turn for 7,700. Winter gives it some thought and mucks, Norman shows him for the straight. One hand later, Norman three-bets an open raiser and claims the blinds and antes without resistance.
Peter Norman - 135,000
Monday, October 19, 2015 11:38 PM Local Time
A player opens to 1,100, Tedeschi three-bets from the cutoff to 2,700, and the player on the button four-bets to 6,500. The initial raise folds and Tedeschi five-bets to 11,000 and the button shoves, Tedeschi snap calls.
Paul-François Tedeschi :
Paul François Tesdeschi - 52,000
Monday, October 19, 2015 11:34 PM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth raises to 1,200 from under the gun and leaves himself 525 chips behind. Akin Tuna calls from the cutoff and Keven Stammen squeezes to 3,300 from the button. Hellmuth calls all in and Tuna calls as well. Both Stammen and Tuna check down the board and Hellmuth shows . Tuna has and Hellmuth sighs. "I don't like Germany anymore."
Phil Hellmuth - Eliminated
Monday, October 19, 2015 11:19 PM Local Time
The hole cards of the opponent are already rushed away and Vitaly Lunkin gets shipped the pot with after a board of . The player in Seat 9 asks, "what did he show?", referring to the player that busted, and the dealer replies, "ace-ten."
Vitaly Lunkin - 56,000
Monday, October 19, 2015 11:18 PM Local Time
Simon Higgins opens to 1,200 and Mohsin Charania moves all in for just over 12,000. Higgins folds, but only a few minutes later, Charania is at it again. On the turn, Charania bets 3,800 and Bernd Werner raises to 7,800. Charania moves all in with for a set of jacks, but Werner has that beat with for a flopped straight. The river blanks and Charania departs.
Bernd Werner - 47,000
Mohsin Charania - Eliminated
Monday, October 19, 2015 11:14 PM Local Time
In early position Dominik Nitsche opens to 1,100 and the big blind completes. The flop comes and the big blind check folds after the Nitsche's continuation bet of 1,600.
Dominik Nitsche - 48,000
Monday, October 19, 2015 11:10 PM Local Time
Monday, October 19, 2015 11:04 PM Local Time
Mohsin Charania raises to 1,200 and three players call, including Hakan Kaya. Simon Higgins moves all in for 8,800 from the small blind and Kaya isolates to get everyone else out of the hand. Kaya has and Higgins only , but the latter gets there on the board.
Simon Higgins - 19,000
Monday, October 19, 2015 10:59 PM Local Time
Gilbert Diaz - 62,000
Jean Montury - 60,000
Pierre Chevalier - 18,000
Paul Français Tedeschi - 23,500
Yorane Kerignard - 51,000
Adrien Allain - 67,000
Monday, October 19, 2015 10:56 PM Local Time
Alexander Lakhov checks and Mark Teltscher bets the turn for 3,500. Lakhov calls from the small blind. The latter checks the river and then pays off the 8,500 bet from Teltscher, who flips over . Lakhov mucks and the player in Seat 9 says, "nice hand, sir." Teltscher replies, "lucky flop," and gets back a, "better lucky than good." Teltscher grins and replies, "that is certainly true," before raising the next hand and taking the blinds and antes. His table provides quite a few interesting names too in Brian Hastings, Jussi Nevanlinna, and Dzmitry Urbanovich.
Mark Teltscher - 80,000
Alexander Lakhov - 50,000
Brian Hastings - 48,000
Dzmitry Urbanovich - 33,000
Jussi Nevanlinna - 29,000
Monday, October 19, 2015 10:51 PM Local Time
Sean Winter opens from the hijack and Oemer Kaya reraises to 2,650 from the cutoff, Winter calls. On the flop Winter checks and Kaya bets 2,850. Winter calls and then checks the turn. Kaya checks behind. Winter also quickly checks the river while enjoying a massage and Kaya was somewhat confused before tapping the table and checking behind. Winter tables for two pair and Kaya says "nice check" before flipping over his now inferior . Winter doesn't expect that at all and Dominik Nitsche chimes in, "he got you."
Sean Winter - 29,000
Monday, October 19, 2015 10:40 PM Local Time
Just before the break, Yorane Kerignard opens under the gun to 900 with . Adrian Allain calls in middle position and Greg Merson defends his big blinds.
on the flop and Merson checks before Kerignard bets 1,500. Allain folds and Merson calls to see a turn.
on the turn and Merson bets 2,400 before he faces an all-in bet by Kerignard that puts Merson at risk if he calls.
The WSOP Champion does commit the chips with and he finds out he is facing a flush draw.
The on the river does complete the flush and Merson is out.
Yorane Kerignard - 58,200
Greg Merson - Eliminated
Monday, October 19, 2015 10:38 PM Local Time
Christoph Vogelsang was having a quick chat with Timothy Adams on the rail and in no hurry to get back to his table while the action is underway for a few minutes again. That is either a good or bad sign. A few quick questions reveal that Vogelsang has been eliminated. He had turned a straight, but the river brought a bigger straight. Vogelsang moved all in for half the pot size and his opponent called with the superior straight to what was on the board.
Christoph Vogelsang - Eliminated