Merit Poker Classic: Alexandru Papazian Leads After Day 1B

Merit Poker Classic: Alexandru Papazian Leads After Day 1B

Merit Poker Classic: Alexandru Papazian Leads After Day 1B

After eight levels of 60 minutes each, Day 1B of the $5,300 Main Event at the Merit Poker Classic in Cyprus has come to an end. As expected, the second of five starting flights was busier than the first with 161 entries (132 uniques with 29 reentries) coming in throughout the day and 80 of them making it through to Day 2 which will take place on Thursday, May 9.

At the top of the chip counts at the end of the day is Romania’s Alexandru Papazian with 727,900 in chips.

Following Papazian on the podium are [Removed:61] (617,700) and Aleksandr Chernikov (510,400). Other notable players to make it through include James Romero (406,700), Duff Charette (384,300), Timur Margolin (364,500), Kenny Hallaert (323,900), Uri Reichenstein (285,000), Ryan Riess (240,000), Vladimir Troyanovskiy (217,000), and many more.

The partypoker team members were represented by Dzmitry Urbanovich, Josip Simunic, Ludovic Geilich, and Kristen Bicknell. Urbanovich was the only one to not make it through out of the four players but will have enough chances to find a bag as there are three more starting flights he can enter. Registration and reentry will remain open for the first four levels of Day 2 till approximately 5:30 PM local time on Thursday, May 9.

2019 Merit Poker Classic $5,300 Main Event Schedule

Day Date Starting Time Late Reg Entries Survivors Further Information
1a Monday, May 6th 12:00 Thursday, May 9, ~17:30 93 43 Play 8 Levels of 60 minutes
1b Tuesday, May 7th 12:00 Thursday, May 9, ~17:30 161 80 Play 8 Levels of 60 minutes
1c Wednesday, May 8th 12:00 Thursday, May 9, ~17:30 Play 8 Levels of 60 minutes
1d Wednesday, May 8th 21:30 Thursday, May 9, ~17:30 Play 8 Levels of 30 minutes
1e Thursday, May 9th 10:00 Thursday, May 9, ~17:30 Play 8 Levels of 20 minutes
2 Thursday, May 9th 13:30 Thursday, May 9, ~17:30 Play 6 Levels of 75 minutes
3 Friday May 10th 12:00 Closed TBD
4 Saturday May 11th 12:00 Closed TBD
5 Sunday, May 12th 12:00 Closed Play down to a winner


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The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to bring you all the Day 1c action from the first bet until the final chip has been bagged at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino. Check out all the Merit Poker Classic Live Updates in the PokerNews Live Reporting section.

Ryan Riess
Right after finishing 4th in Monaco, Riess made it to Cyprus to play Day 1B of the Merit Poker Classic

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