Main Event
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Main Event
Day 1a completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Vedzizhev Beslan
Vedzizhev Beslan
132,200
Jesus Cortes
Jesus Cortes
131,200
Sergey Baburin
Sergey Baburin
131,100
Jason Wheeler
Jason Wheeler
129,000
David D'Alesandro
David D'Alesandro
126,800
Mario Puccini
Mario Puccini
117,100
Chris Moorman
Chris Moorman
115,000 10,000
Michael Ruane
Michael Ruane
111,500
Jonas Becker
Jonas Becker
111,000
Filip Verboven
Filip Verboven
110,500 -4,500
Scott Baumstein
Scott Baumstein
108,900
Kevin Storey
Kevin Storey
107,200
Martins Adeniya
Martins Adeniya
106,200 12,200
James Akenhead
James Akenhead
105,600
Fabrizio Baldassari
Fabrizio Baldassari
103,800 -1,200
Garri Tevosov
Garri Tevosov
102,200
Petr Jaros
Petr Jaros
102,000 2,000
Michael Keiner
Michael Keiner
99,600 28,600
Mustapha Kanit
Mustapha Kanit
99,200 43,200
Vitaly Lunkin
Vitaly Lunkin
95,900
Richard Bodis
Richard Bodis
90,400
Lars Wik
Lars Wik
83,500
Radoslaw Jedynak
Radoslaw Jedynak
83,100
Antonio Buonanno
Antonio Buonanno
82,300
Kent Lundmark
Kent Lundmark
81,700 -17,300

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Beslan Tops the Field After Day 1a

[user68268] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The 2011 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour is in Prague this week and Day 1a kicked things off earlier today. The first of two starting flights brought out 234 runners, capped off by a very late entry by Bryn Kenney. At the end of the day, around 140 of them remained. Topping them all was Vedzizhev Beslan with 132,200 chips in his bag at the end of play.

Amongst those who came out to play were Team PokerStars' Toni Judet, Pat Pezzin, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Rino Mathis, Theo Jorgensen, Richard Toth, Marcin Horecki, Martin Staszko and Michael Keiner. Of that bunch, Judet and Horecki were eliminated.

Other notables hitting the felt on Day 1a included Steve O'Dwyer, James Akenhead, Mike Watson, Chris Moorman, Eoghan O'Dea and Michael Benvenuti. They've all made it through the first gauntlet of levels and will be back for Day 2 on Wednesday.

The way it looks right now, this event should easily clear 600 runners total. Today's field surpassed the Day 1a field from last year and Day 1b should mirror that. On Tuesday, Day 1b will kick off at noon local time for another eight levels of play.

Three More Hands

[user68268] • Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Each table will play three more hands and will then bag and tag for the day.

Horecki and Moorman Mix it Up

Chris Moorman
Chris Moorman

First in from the cutoff seat, Marcin Horecki opened to 1,500, and Chris Moorman three-bet to 3,400 next door on the button. When the blinds folded, Horecki reraised to 8,525, and Moorman came right back with a five-bet to 15,000 total in the form of three blue T5,000 chips. Horecki took pause, then shoved in, and Moorman sunk in his chair. He hated the call as he made it, but Horecki hated the call even worse. It was Moorman at risk for 51,950, and the cards were on their backs.

Showdown
Horecki: {9-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds}
Moorman: {A-Clubs} {Q-Diamonds}

Moorman choked back a big gulp as he saw that he was ahead but not by much. The gulp turned to a big frown when the flop brought {3-Diamonds} {10-Spades} {7-Hearts}, and Moorman made a motion to stand up as the blank {4-Clubs} turned. The river was his life-saver, though, and the {A-Spades} dropped off the deck to lock up his double. Now the frown turned into a big sigh of relief, then a smirk, and the Brit has moved his stack over the century mark.

Horecki, on the other hand, is left with just about 11,000 after going to war with the suited connectors.

Chris Moorman
Chris Moorman
105,000 38,000
Marcin Horecki
Marcin Horecki
11,000 -46,000

Tags: Chris MoormanMarcin Horecki

Don't Be Mad, Marvin

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

He looks more sad, really. We don't know how it happened, but after nursing a middling stack for most of the day, Marvin Rettenmaier has just been eliminated.

Tags: Marvin Rettenmaier

Big Stack Watch

Jesus Cortes
Jesus Cortes
132,000
Vedzizhev Beslan
Vedzizhev Beslan
130,000
Mikhail Korotkikh
Mikhail Korotkikh
125,000
Filip Verboven
Filip Verboven
115,000
Jason Wheeler
Jason Wheeler
111,000 66,000
James Akenhead
James Akenhead
102,000 29,000
Kent Lundmark
Kent Lundmark
99,000
Martins Adeniya
Martins Adeniya
94,000 39,000

Czech Bounced

Petr Targa is out. Down to his last ~10,000, he made his stand on an open-shove with {6-Spades} {6-Hearts}. The {A-Clubs} {K-Hearts} that Alexander Petersen shoved with was fine for a coin flip, but Frank Stumpf happened to wake up with the crushing {K-Diamonds} {K-Spades} to put Targa in bad shape.

The board ran out {K-Clubs} {Q-Clubs} {5-Spades} {10-Hearts} {2-Spades}, and Targa's sixes send him under. He's out of chips, Petersen is down to about 19,000, while Stumpf nearly triples up to about 67,000.

Petr Targa
Petr Targa
Busted

Tags: Frank StumpfAlexander PetersenPetr Targa

Czechs' Chips

Petr Jaros
Petr Jaros
100,000 26,250
Martin Staszko
Martin Staszko
58,100 -1,900
Josef Samanek
Josef Samanek
37,500 18,700
Petr Jelinek
Petr Jelinek
37,300 2,000
Jan Bohata
Jan Bohata
21,000 -4,900

Bojang Gets Peters Back

• Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

On the river of a {8-Diamonds} {2-Spades} {6-Hearts} {A-Hearts} {9-Hearts} board, David Peters shoved in with a pot of about 26,000 in the middle. His bet was effectively for the 10,350 chips that his opponent, Ismael Bojang, had left behind. Bojang spent a few minutes in the tank, eventually making the call for his tournament life.

Peters rolled over {A-Spades} {Q-Spades}, and Bojang waited to see it before he exposed his superior {A-Diamonds} {K-Clubs}. Peters just shrugged as he paid off his debt, dropping back down under his starting stack to about 27,000 now.

Tags: David PetersIsmael Bojang