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2017 World Series of Poker Europe: Sergio Fernandez Paces Field, Ismael Bojang Still Overall Leader

 2017 World Series of Poker Europe: Sergio Fernandez Paces Field, Ismael Bojang Still Overall Leader

The second day of the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe is in the books with the close of Day 1B of Event #1, the €1000 No Limit Hold’em Monster Stack. Although Sergio Fernandez would end the day with the Day 1B edge over the 35 players left, it is still Ismael Bojang who can claim the overall lead.

The early afternoon starting time at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic (2PM local time, 8AM Eastern Time), saw several new faces come to the fore. Chris Ferguson, looking to lengthen his lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race, was a late entry on the day, but he could do nothing in the short time he was on the felt after dinner. A player known for his late arrivals, Phil Hellmuth, held true to form by coming into the King’s Casino after the dinner break.

It didn’t seem that the late arrival helped Hellmuth a bit. On an A-4-4 flop, Hellmuth fired a 2000 chip bet into a 4500 pot and only Maxim Lykov made the call. After checking the 9 on the turn, a 7♣ on the river seemed to wake up both men. Hellmuth felt confident as he fired off another 4000-chip bet but, after Lykov three bet the action to 11K (to build a pot around 23K), Hellmuth pondered just what Lykov could be holding. In the end, Hellmuth decided he needed to know and made the call, with Lykov showing him he had rivered Hellmuth with his pocket sevens catching the boat to defeat Hellmuth’s A♠ J♠ for the flopped two pair.

The battle with Lykov chopped Hellmuth’s stack in half from its 20K starting level and the “Poker Brat” would never recover. With his withering stack, Hellmuth would push the action with pocket fives and ran them into an opponent holding pocket sixes and Chi Cuong Huynh’s J-10. After the board was kind to Huynh, coming down with not only a Jack and a ten but no sixes or fives, Hellmuth was relegated to the rail and sentenced to a final shot on Saturday if he is to stick around for Day 2 of the Monster Stack.

By the time the dinner break had rolled around, another 158 players had put an entry in, with many of those players in on their second bullet in the tournament (the Monster Stack allows players eliminated on Day 1A to reenter on Day 1B and, if eliminated again, to come back on Day 1C). Prior to the dinner break, two-time buyers including Kunal Patni, Kristen Bicknell, Thomas Pettersson, Marc MacDonnell, John Racener (trying to catch Ferguson in the POY), and Kenny Hallaert were all on the rail for a second time. After the dinner break, Roberto Romanello, Aleksandar Tomovic, Casey Kastle, and Felipe Ramos would join those ranks.

The Day 1B ride was pleasant for some who were in for a second bullet. Lykov finished the day as the fifth-place stack of the 35 players remaining, while Pierre Neuville was able to build a good stack in ending the day in eighth place. They will both be looking up to Fernandez, who is only about 1500 in chips behind overall leader Bojang:

1. Sergio Fernandez, 267,000
2. Rene Crha, 186,500
3. Fahredin Mustafov, 183,000
4. Viliyan Petleshkov, 178,500
5. Maxim Lykov, 153,500
6. Aneris Adomkevicius, 153,000
7. Robert Schulz, 143,000
8. Pierre Neuville, 122,500
9. Dario Marinelli, 117,000
10. Usman Siddique, 111,000

The two-Day Ones completed have a total of 50 players remaining with Day 1C yet to play:

1. Ismael Bojang, 268,500
2. Sergio Fernandez, 267,000
3. Jeff Cormier, 265,000
4. Micky Blasi, 213,000
5. Ryan Hefter, 208,000*
6. Rene Crha, 186,500
7. Fahredin Mustafov, 183,000
8. Viliyan Petleshkov, 178,500
9. Maxim Lykov, 153,500
10. Aneris Adomkevicius, 153,000

(* – defending champion)

To this mark, the tournament has booked 255 entries (90 for Day 1A, 165 for Day 1B), but Day 1C should see a rush to the tables. The players will learn what they are playing for once late registration closes at Level 8 of Day 1C and the battle will then truly be on for the first bracelet of the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe.

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2017 World Series of Poker Europe: Ismael Bojang Leads Event #1, Defending Champ Ryan Hefter in Top Five

 2017 World Series of Poker Europe: Ismael Bojang Leads Event #1, Defending Champ Ryan Hefter in Top Five

If it is an odd-numbered year, it means that the World Series of Poker is taking its show to Europe. This year the WSOP-E has landed at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, where the next fortnight will see 11 bracelets contested. Up first for the players is Event #1, the €1000 No Limit Hold’em Monster Stack tournament.

Thursday afternoon saw the first of three-Day Ones take flight, with the players holding the option of playing in all three in an attempt to build a stack. Those three-Day Ones were going to be long ones, with 14 levels of play and late registration open until the start of Level 8. As Day 1A hit the felt, it was a bit of a surprise how many top players were a part of the proceedings.

John Racener, who is vying with Chris Ferguson for the WSOP Player of the Year award, was in his chair from the start of action. He was joined by six-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeffrey Lisandro, Felipe Ramos, Ryan Hughes, James Akenhead, and Roland Israelashvili, with each player getting a generous 20,000 chip stack to start the day with. As the afternoon wore on, Racener’s main opposition Ferguson made an appearance on the tables along with Maxim Lykov and Kristen Bicknell as the first break of the day saw the tournament clock informing the field that 63 players were already in the game.

As the sun began to set on Rozvadov, more top pros came out for their first appearance of the WSOP-E. Former “November Niner” Pierre Neuville, Erik Cajelais, Roberto Romanello, Mike Leah all came to the tables, but Bicknell and Ramos exited at least the Day 1A proceedings. By the time that the clock ended Level 8 and the late registration process, 90 entries were in the books and dinner was served.

Now set in the fact that no other players would be joining the festivities, players got about the work of building a respectable stack to move to Day 2. With only 47 of those players coming back from dinner, a slight change was made to the schedule for Event #1, with the plan to play until either 15 players were left or go all the way through the full 14 levels scheduled. As it turned out, that was a solid decision by WSOP officials as the field whittled itself down to 15 just after Level 14 began:

1. Ismael Bojang, 268,500
2. Jeff Cormier, 265,000
3. Micky Blasi, 213,000
4. Ryan Hefter, 208,000
5. Oleksandr Shcherbak, 140,000
6. Hannes Neurauter, 106.000
7. Ricardo, Chauriye, 96,000
8. Mike Leah, 96,000
9. Ryan Hughes, 81,500
10. Theodoros Aidonopoulos, 75,000
11. Yaniv Botbol, 72,000
12. Carlo Savinelli, 55,500
13. James Akenhead, 46,500
14. Romain Follet, 44,500
15. Zdenko Slavik, 33,000

Bojang, despite having extensive experience in international poker, has never won a major tournament. Hefter, however, has, earning the championship in this very event in 2015 when it was last played.

Although Ferguson, Lykov and plenty of other players were eliminated on Day 1A, they all can come back on Day 1B and/or Day 1C to attempt to build a stack. The short stacks from Day 1A, Slavik and Follet, are unfortunately locked into Day 2 with their stacks, but the Top Five will be comfortable in their positions for Sunday’s Day 2 play.

Day 1B will kick off at 2PM in Rozvadov (8AM Eastern Time) and the field should be much larger than the 90 players who showed on Thursday. This tournament will be the only action around the King’s Casino for the weekend as Event #2, the €500 Pot Limit Omaha tournament, is not set to begin until Monday. The action will definitely heat up as the players drift into the Czech Republic and the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe hits its full stride.

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