WSOPE at King’s Kicks Off With "The Opener"; Money Reached in WSOPC

WSOPE at King’s Kicks Off With "The Opener"; Money Reached in WSOPC

Daniel Negreanu

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  • 2019 WSOPE – Event #1: €350 Opener No-Limit Hold’em
  • WSOP International Circuit King’s Resort Main Event

2019 WSOPE – Event #1: €350 Opener No-Limit Hold’em

On Sunday night, the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, kicked off with Event #1: €350 Opener No-Limit Hold’em. Day 1A attracted a field of 399 entries, and 84 players bagged up chips after level 14.

Roland Israelashvili, the proud owner of six WSOPC rings yet still seeking his maiden WSOP bracelet, bagged 332,000 and was the third biggest stack that advanced to Day 2. Topping the standings were Renat Bohdanov with 525,000 — the only player above half a million in chips — and Dutchman Bartel Kars with 374,500.

There are plenty of notables among the 84 survivors of Day 1A such as Rafi Elharar (255,500), Adi Rajkovic (194,500), winner of the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha last summer Ismael Bojang (164,000), Allen Kessler (136,500), Pierre Neuville (131,000), six-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeffrey Lisandro (115,500), and Mykhailo Gutyi (77,000).

Kessler entered late and experienced a roller-coaster end of the day. Down to a short stack of only 8,000, "Chainsaw" managed to climb back and got a lucky double with pocket tens against Krzysztof Jaguscik who held ace-jack with an ace on the flop. Kessler found a miracle ten on the river to stay alive.

Six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, David “ODB” Baker, current leader in the race WSOP Player of the Year race Robert Campbell, Mihai Niste, and Erik Cajelais were among the casualties of Day 1a. The first starting day generated a total of 399 entries, including 113 re-entries. That number is expected to rise significantly with several more starting days to come, with Day 1b coming up next on Monday at 6 p.m. local time.

World Series of Poker Europe live reporting can be found in the PokerNews Live Reporting section.

Allen Kessler
Allen Kessler (archived photo) made it to Day 2 of The Opener at the WSOPE.

WSOP International Circuit King’s Resort Main Event

Day 2 of the 2019 WSOP International Circuit King’s Resort €1,700 Main Event has come to a close as the bursting of the bubble signaled the end of the day.

At the start of the day, the entire field was comprised of 619 entries over Day 1a and Day 1b, and after two more levels of late registration, this number went up to 768, including the 55 online entries. This created a total prize pool of €1,130,880 which includes the ten WSOPE Main Event Tickets.

More than ten levels had to be played for the event to reach the final 71 players, all of which have already secured the minimum payout of €3,500. Six more players advanced to Day 3 through the online starting days, bringing the total number on Day 3 to 77 players. This payout will be put into their casino accounts, and they will return on Monday, October 14 to play for the €205,000 first-place prize plus a €10,350 seat to the WSOPE Main Event.

With 72 players remaining, bubble-play commenced. Around five hands was enough to burst the bubble.

Alistair Moss was the last unlucky player who left the event empty-handed. He busted through Eddie Cronholm, who was also the one responsible for the very first elimination on Day 1a when he took out Tuomo Niskanen. In the final hand of Day 2, Cronholm raised from the button, and Moss defended from the big blind. The flop came jack-ace-ten and Moss check-shoved after Cronholm’s continuation-bet, with the Swedish player calling the shove. Moss was far behind with ace-five for top pair as Cronholm had king-queen for a flopped straight. Moss needed runner-runner cards, and another five on the turn gave him some chances to river a full house and stay alive. A nine on the river didn’t change anything, and Moss was the last player leaving the tournament empty-handed.

Out of the 71 players remaining in the field, Aliaksandr Shylko is the one with the biggest stack, bagging 2,644,000 chips as the only player over two million chips. Trailing Shylko is Shay Rozenbaum from Israel, who bagged 1,709,000 chips, with Germany’s Dennis Wilke in third with 1,406,000.

Among the notables that are still in the field are Day 1a’s chip leader Arunas Jocius (1,050,000), Georgios Vrakas (681,000), bracelet winners Sebastian Langrock (715,000) and Timur Margolin (447,000), and 2018 WSOP International Circuit Rozvadov €1,650 Main Event winner Amar Begovic (265,000.)

The final day will resume with 77 players in Level 22, which features a small blind of 6,000, a big blind of 12,000, and a big blind ante of 12,000. Level duration will be increased to 50 minutes, and they will be playing down until a winner has been determined.

Make sure to come back at 1 p.m. local time to follow the updates from the PokerNews live reporting team to see who will be taking the Main Event down here at the King’s Resort.

can be found in the PokerNews Live Reporting section.

Aliaksandr Shylko
Aliaksandr Shylko (right) is leading the way in the WSOPC King’s Resort Main Event

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