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2017 World Series of Poker Europe: Sizeable Day 1C Crowd Brings New Leader to Overall Standings

 2017 World Series of Poker Europe: Sizeable Day 1C Crowd Brings New Leader to Overall Standings

As expected on Saturday, Day 1C of the €1000 No Limit Hold’em Monster Stack at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe was the largest of the three-Day Ones. After the day’s action, a new overall leader for the tournament was crowned as Day Two looms on the horizon.

How big was Saturday’s field? The players were flocking to the felt for the very start of the day’s play, something that is usually unheard of in a tournament. 127 players were already on their respective tables with their 20,000 in chips. By the end of the first level of fourteen for the day, the field jumped up to 183 and showed little signs of slowing down.

Among those taking their patch of felt were players who had previously been entered in the tournament. According to the rules of the Monster Stack, players could re-enter the tournament if they busted out of Days 1A and/or 1B. Players such as Kunal Patni, Kenny Hallaert, Aylar Lie, Alex Foxen, Kristen Bicknell and Thomas Pettersson made the maximum donation to the prize pool (€3000) and were looking for a cash to offset the early expenditure at the WSOP-E.

The Monster Stack had a guarantee on it (€500,000), so King’s Casino and WSOP-E officials were pleased when that was cracked just after Level 4 began. The 261 entries that were on the Day 1C clock brought the total number up to 516 total entries and, with another four levels of late registration available, there was a nice prize pool being built for the first event of the 2017 WSOP-E.

By the time the late registration period had ended and Level 9 began after dinner, there were 306 players registered for Day 1C. That brought the total to 561 entries for the three-Day Ones, building a prize pool of €538,280 for the top 85 finishers to divvy up. The first-place payday will award the first bracelet of the 2017 WSOP-E and give that fortunate champion a €117,708 payday.

As the tournament drove into the Czech evening, the body count of players who had been sent to the rail began to rise. Kenny Hallaert, John Racener, Erik Cajelais, Brandon Cantu, Phil Hellmuth, Felipe Ramos and Bicknell were all out soon after the dinner break. For a select few, however, they would rewrite the overall leaderboard.

One player in particular was on the move throughout the day, but in the final level of the night he kicked in the afterburners. Sander van Wesemael was sitting on an impressive stack of 137K in chips when Level 14 began, but a battle he started with Veysel Kortan completely changed his fortunes.

The leader heading into the final level of the day, Kortan decided that he wanted to get fancy and began blind raising every hand. After one Kortan blind raise, van Wesemael decided to stand up and three-bet the action, which Kortan called. An A♠ Q♠ 8♠ monochrome flop brought a check-raise out of Kortan, taking van Wesemael’s 10K bet up to 28K, which was called by van Wesemael. Kortan kept the pressure on a nine on the turn and, on a King river to put plenty of possibilities on board, Kortan would move all in.

Now it was time for van Wesemael to think about the hand for a bit and, although the clock was called, he made his decision before a floorman could get to the table for the count. Van Wesemael called to put his tournament life at stake and it was the right move as his A Q was good over Kortan’s sheepishly turned up 7-3 air to shoot van Wesemael to 300,000 in chips. Soon afterwards, Kortan was out of the door instead of heading to Day 2.

1. Sander van Wesemael, 323,500
2. Valentin Vornicu, 296,500
3. Giovanni Petroni, 239,000
4. Scott Stewart, 207,500
5. Tobias Bornefalk, 207,000
6. Pawel Czichowski, 199,000
7. Emil Lukac, 192,000
8. Thanh Hoang, 179,000
9. Konstantinos Tsirakidis, 178,000
10. Christophe Pereira, 170,000

With the conclusion of Day 1C, van Wesemael will become the overall leader of the tournament. In fact, the top five from Day 1C make up half the Top Ten overall leaderboard:

1. Sander van Wesemael, 323,500
2. Valentin Vornicu, 296,500
3. Ismael Bojang, 268,500*
4. Sergio Fernandez, 267,000**
5. Jeff Cormier, 265,000*
6. Giovanni Petroni, 239,000
7. Micky Blasi, 213,000*
8. Ryan Hefter, 208,000***
9. Scott Stewart, 207,500
10. Tobias Bornefalk, 207,000

(* – Day 1A player)
(** – Day 1B player)
(*** – Day 1A player, defending champion)

All totaled, 114 players survived the three days of action in the King’s Casino tournament arena and one of them will be the eventual champion of Event #1. Day 2 kicks off on Sunday and is expected to play down to the first champion of the WSOP Europe, but it is entirely possible that the tournament may have to go into “overtime” with the number of players remaining.

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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 Borgata Winter Poker Open Day 4: Final Table Determined, Nathan Bjerno Massive Chip Leader

 2017 Borgata Winter Poker Open Day 4: Final Table Determined, Nathan Bjerno Massive Chip Leader

The final table for the World Poker Tour’s 2017 Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City, NJ, is shaping up to be a “one versus all” affair. The reason? Chip leader Nathan Bjerno, who garnered most of his chips in taking down two of the players who had been around the top of the leaderboard virtually the entire tournament, has almost a third of the chips in play.

34 players returned to the baize at the Borgata on Thursday with the difficult task of getting to the final six. Charles Coates held the lead with his 3.371 million in chips, but right behind him was Blake Bohn and his 3.024 million stack. With both players on the same table, the potential for fireworks was in the mix, but it would take some time for the fuse to be lit.

There was still a bit of play in the stacks (even short stacked Asher Conniff was sitting decently with his 406,000 in chips, good for 17 big blinds), so it took a bit of time before the first elimination of the day. That occurred when Day 2 chip leader Jack Duong pushed his stack all in against Shaun Deeb about 40 minutes into the day. Deeb was more than happy to call Duong’s push with his pocket Kings and Duong, with Big Slick, would hit on the K-J-10 flop for a gut shot straight draw. Unfortunately, Duong couldn’t find the filler for the hole in his straight – the Queen – on the turn or the river, sending him out of the tournament 34th place.

The next competitor out surprised many in the tournament room. Coming in with an even million chips, Olivier Busquet would send more than half of them to Bart Dowling after Dowling turned a set and rivered quad sixes against him. That wasn’t the most painful beat, however, as moments later Busquet would take on Bohn in the hand that would end his tournament.

After Bohn raised and Dowling called, Busquet would squeeze the action with an all-in move. Bohn looked him up (Dowling exited at this point) and the players turned their cards up. It was the classic race situation, Busquet’s A-10 off suit versus Bohn’s pocket eights. In the window was an Ace for Busquet, but the third card on the flop was an eight to give Bohn a set. Once an innocent trey and a four came on the turn and river, Busquet was suddenly out of the tournament in 33rd place.

Bohn was quite aggressive with those new chips and it paid off well for him. He would eliminate David Stefanski in 28th place and forced Adnan Mohammad to lay down another hand as his chip stack climbed to almost five million chips. After Tony Ruberto bluffed off a stack of chips to him, Bohn was in prime shape for the final table as his stack reached the 6.5 million mark.

That would be the epitome of Bohn’s day, however. He would bleed chips off over the course of the evening but reach the unofficial final table with about half the chips he had after Ruberto’s bluff. Those chips would hit the center against Bjerno, who had stormed out to a decent lead over the field by earlier knocking off Coates in tenth place with his pocket threes flopping a set against Coates’ pocket sixes. Bohn was in a different situation, however, as his A-K would need help against Bjerno’s pocket tens. It wouldn’t come as the board came down ten-high, giving Bjerno an unnecessary set against Bohn’s Ace-high and sending Bohn to the rail in eighth place.

After Jia Liu took down Thomas Penza in seventh place – Liu’s pocket Jacks handling Penza’s A♥ 8♥ with ease on a K-5-3-5-Q board – the official WPT final table was set with Bjerno over the 12 million mark in chips:

1. Nathan Bjerno, 12.415 million
2. Jia Liu, 6.815 million
3. Tyler Kenney, 6.03 million
4. Daniel Weinman, 5.41 million
5. Richard Foster, 5.13 million
6. Nicholas Immekus, 3.55 million

For those who plan to be in attendance for the final table action, it may be a long evening. Immekus, on the short stack, still has 44 big blinds to play with (the table was paused in Level 29 with blinds of 40K/80K with 10K antes), plenty of time for him to look for a moment to strike. Of the remainder of the table, Kenney is the best-known player of the lot, having made a WPT final table before (2014, a third-place finish at the WPT Legends of Poker). While he does have about a third of the chips, Bjerno is the epitome of that old axiom “uneasy lies the head that wears the crown” as he tries to seal the deal in Atlantic City beginning at 2PM this afternoon (live stream with hole cards begins at 2:30 at WPT.com)

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2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event Day 1: Robin Hegele Picks on Daniel Negreanu to Become Early Chip Leader

 2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event Day 1: Robin Hegele Picks on Daniel Negreanu to Become Early Chip Leader

While one World Poker Tour event was wrapping up in the Czech Republic, one of the most popular WPT events of the year was starting at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event saw 519 entries for Day 1 on Monday with 385 players advancing to Tuesday’s Day 2. Robin Hegele has the unofficial chip lead with 185,000 chips; the official chip counts should be released later this morning.

There is still a long way to go, but if Hegele can keep up the good work, he will be on his way to the best cash of his live tournament career. According to TheHendonMob.com, Hegele has just shy of $ 24,000 in live tournament earnings. His largest cash came just last month in the WPT Caribbean Main Event, where he finished in 36th place for $ 10,000.

Hegele reached the top of the chip counts largely in part to his ability to abuse Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu. During Level 3, Hegele raised pre-flop to 400 (it’s not often we see notable hands with bets that low) and Negreanu re-raised to 2,000. On the flop of K-K-5, Hegele checked, Negreanu bet 2,000, and Hegele called. Hegele checked again with the 2 on the turn and then called a 6,000 chip bet from Negreanu. Both players checked the J on the river. Negreanu had nothing, failing to hit a spade flush, while Hegele had K-Q for trips. That took Hegele’s stack up to 103,000, while Negreanu busted shortly thereafter.

This tournament, though, allows unlimited re-entries through Level 8 and Negreanu had already re-entered four times. He decided to keep trying, so he and Hegele tussled again a bit later. In another key hand, Peter Neff raised to 400, Hegele re-raised to 1,200, and Negreanu four-bet to 5,000. Lily Kiletto then moved all-in for 10,250, forcing a fold from Neff. Hegele then decided to move all-in himself, so Negreanu called off his remaining 33,000 chips.

When the cards were turned over, Hegele had A-K of spades, Negreanu had pocket Jacks, and Kiletto had pocket Tens. Hegele ended up pairing his Ace on the turn to eliminate both opponents and grow his stack to 163,000 chips.

That was not the last time Negreanu would fire another re-entry bullet. He did finally make through to Day 2 with 80,825 chips.

Day 2 begins at noon PT. As mentioned, re-entries are available through Level 8; Day 2 will begin with Level 6. The largest field the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event has ever had is 664 in 2007, so with unlimited re-entries continuing, it looks like there is an excellent chance that record will be broken.

2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event – Day 1 Chip Leaders

1.    Robin Hegele – 185,000
2.    Lucas Blanco Oliver – 139,325
3.    Andjelko Andrejevic – 136,400
4.    Jennifer Tilly – 134,225
5.    Chris Wieners – 121,000
6.    David Pham – 120,100
7.    Soren Jensen – 116,975
8.    Lazaro Hernandez – 106,975
9.    Corey Hochman – 106,150
10.    Nicholas Manganaro – 104,350

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WPT Legends of Poker Day 1A: James Woods Escapes Chip Leader Reuben Hoang

 WPT Legends of Poker Day 1A: James Woods Escapes Chip Leader Reuben Hoang

The World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event got underway this weekend at the famed Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California (you thought I was going to double-dip and call it legendary, didn’t you?). Two Day 1 flights are in the books and leading the charge into Day 2 is Reuben Hoang with 232,300 chips, the only player to finish Day 1 above the 200,000 chip mark.

Day 1A saw 248 entries with another 383 on Day 1B, bringing the unofficial total field to 631 players. We say “unofficial” because registration is open until the start of Day 2, which just began as this is being written. We also call them “entries” rather than “players,” because of the way the tournament is structured. Players are permitted to enter each starting flight twice (one original entries plus a do-over for another buy-in if they bust out) and can still register one more time before Day 2 for the possibility of five entries per player. Should a player enter both starting flights and survive both, he or she will carry the largest stack over to Day 2. This is all to say that there aren’t really 631 (or more) players in the event, just 631 (or more) entries.

The chip leader, Reuben Hoang, is a local Los Angeles poker player whose live tournament cash results are almost exclusively from tournaments at area card rooms. He does have one World Series of Poker cash, 579th place finish in last year’s WSOP Main Event. All told, he has about $ 100,000 in live tournament winnings.

Hoang made a big move near the end of last night when he eliminated two players in one hand. The WPT.com live coverage picked up on the flop of J♣-7♠-5♠ with Hoang and two other players already all-in. Actor and poker aficionado James Woods thought about joining them, but backed out, saying he had J-T. When the three other players revealed their cards, it was Hoang with A♠-J♠, the small blind with K-J, and the cutoff with K♠-8♠. Hoang with in command, out-kicking the other paired Jack and having the nut-flush draw.

The turn was the T and the river was the 6, giving Hoang the large pot. As it turned out, Woods would have won the hand with two pair, Jacks and Tens. In poker, sometimes the right move is the wrong one.

Before late entrants, there are about 275 survivors sitting down to Day 2 of the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event. The chip leaders from both starting flights are below, though keep in mind that it appears that the Day 1B leader board is unofficial; there may be some names filling in the gaps.

2016 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event – Day 1A Chip Leaders

1.    Jeremy Ausmus – 198,300
2.    Paul Lee – 186,300
3.    Owen Crowe – 160,000
4.    Ray Qartomy – 154,900
5.    JC Tran – 153,700
6.    Gary Lent – 153,300
7.    Olivier Busquet – 147,700
8.    Eddy Sabat – 142,200
9.    Alex Rocha – 141,500
10.    Samantha Abernathy – 135,900

2016 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event – Day 1B Chip Leaders

1.    Reuben Hoang – 232,300
2.    Danny Geyser – 190,100
3.    Shantha Ruwanpura – 180,800
4.    Mike Shariati – 145,000
5.    James Mackey – 128,900
6.    Andy Philachack – 120,000
7.    Jeremy Kottler – 117,100
8.    Esther Taylor-Brady – 115,000
9.    Andy Frankenberger – 102,800
10.    John Dibella – 100,200

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