Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 1a completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

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Ashly Butler us 48,125
Antonio Esfandiari us 47,275
Antonin Teisseire fr 43,750
Jamel Haddad FR 41,900 -6,000
Ran Azor il 41,150
Duncan Mouche FR 33,825
Guy Pariente fr 31,050
Emil Eriksson NO 29,825
Douglas Gray JP 29,600
McLean Karr us 29,575
David Benyamine fr 28,525
Ugo Jaskula FR 27,000
Anthony Russo 26,700
Remi Bollengier FR 25,050
Venkatesh Gupta 25,050
Bertrand Hernandez FR 23,500
Frederick Souleyras FR 21,450
Jean Pierre Grand Moursel FR 20,500
Yvan Lanvin 19,125
William Vincent II 18,775
Jens Thomsen de 17,550
Amaury Detoc FR 16,975
Sylvain Gibert FR 16,800
Rodolphe Dethiere fr 16,125
Greg Merson us 13,550 8,250

Butler Leads the Pack as 45 Advance from Day 1a

[user153638] • Level 9: 300-600, 75 ante
Ashly Butler
Ashly Butler

The WSOP Europe kicked off Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em on Saturday as 295 players packed the tournament room to take part in the first of two starting flights. The action was quick and by Level 9, the field had been whittled down to just 45 players—which is where action was halted. Leading that group is Ashly Butler, who emerged as the Day 1a chip leader with 48,125.

The tournament drew a plethora of pros, but many of them failed to get anything going. One such player was WSOP Player of the Year contender John Monnette, who was eliminated in the first level. It happened when a player in middle position raised to 75, Monnette moved all in for 975 right behind, and Jessica Bian made the call from the button. The original raiser got out of the way and the cards were turned up.

Showdown
Bian: {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}
Monnette: {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}

Monnette, who won a bracelet this, was in bad shape and in need of some help. Unfortunately for him, he would find none as the board ran out {2-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. On the bright side, Event #2 is a re-entry event, meaning he can try again tomorrow if he so chooses.

Others who fell on Day 1 were Vanessa Selbst, Chance Kornuth, Davidi Kitai, Marvin Rettenmaier, Michael Mizrachi, Joe Kuether, Jeff Lisandro, John Juanda, Andy Frankenberger and Jonathan Aguiar. Whether or not they’ll be back to try again remains to be seen.

While many fell, a few notables managed to make the top 45. They include Antonio Esfandiari, Ran Azor, McLean Karr, Antonin Teisseire, Konstantin Puchkov and October Nine member Greg Merson, all of whom will return at 14:00 CET for Day 2.

Day 1a Top Ten Chip Counts

PlayerCount
Ashly Butler48125
Antonio Esfandiari47275
Antonin Teisseire43750
Jamel Haddad41900
Ran Azor41150
Duncan Mouche33825
Guy Pariente31,050
Emil Eriksson29,825
Douglas Gray29,600
McLean Karr29575

Be sure to check back at 1200 CET (0600 ET) for PartyPoker-sponsored live coverage of Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Day 1b.

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Esfandiari Makes Speidel Disappear

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Oliver Speidel
Oliver Speidel

We didn't catch the hand, but we do know that a short-stacked Oliver Speidel moved all in under for around 6,000 with {J-}{9-} and was called by the {A-}{J-} of Antonio Esfandiari. There would be no trickery on the board and Speidel took his leave right at the tail end of Day 1a.

We are now down to 45 players, which means they'll bag and tag before calling it a night.

Antonio Esfandiari us 19,000 16,000
Oliver Speidel au Busted

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Level:
9
Blinds:
300/600
Ante:
75

Updated Chip Counts

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Ashly Butler us 52,000 21,000
Ran Azor il 35,500 -3,500
W.J. Vincent US 35,000 3,000
Vic Gupta 30,000 9,000
McLean Karr us 22,000 7,000
David Benyamine fr 21,000
Antonin Teisseire fr 20,000 -6,000
Margaux Duplantier 15,000 6,000
Konstantin Puchkov ru 13,000 5,000
Sean Jazayeri us 12,500
William Esmingeaud FR 12,000 -8,000
Antonio Esfandiari us 10,500 500
Oliver Speidel au 7,000 2,000
Casey Kastle si 5,500 -3,000
Greg Merson us 5,300 -7,700
Nicolas Cardyn fr Busted

Esmingeaud vs. Puchkov

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William Esmingeaud raised to 1,100 under the gun and received a call from Konstantin Puchkov. Both players checked the {K-Spades}{7-Hearts}{2-Clubs} flop, prompting Esmingeaud to lead out for 1,500 on the {3-Hearts} turn. Puchkov made the call and then both players returned to checking on the {2-Hearts} river. Esmingeaud tabled {J-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}, and Puchkov shook his head and showed {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}. Round 1 to Esmingeaud.

In the very next hand, Puchkov was the one opening for 1,100, which cleared the field all the way to Esmingeaud in the big blind. The latter opted for a three-bet to 2,600, Puchkov called, and the flop fell {Q-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{3-Spades}. Esmingeaud wasted little time in betting 4,000, and Puchkov shook his head and asked, "Aces?"

The Russian eventually folded and Esmingeaud tabled {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}. Round 2 to Esmingeaud.

William Esmingeaud FR 20,000
Konstantin Puchkov ru 8,000 -4,000

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