Bart Lybaert lost his first stack of 30,000 after just three levels of play. The Belgian quickly rebought himself back into the tournament and is doing much better with his second attempt. Lybaert is now up to 50,000.
Here are the first images of the 2016 WSOP Circuit Rozvadov Main Event (Copyright: Tomas Stacha)
Players are on their first 15-minute break of the day. We spoke with 2011 November Niner Martin Staszko in the break to get the story behind his already impressive stack.
According to Staszko, he received the majority in a pot where his opponent bluffed it away with five high. Staszko's opponent had called a reraise to 4,200 preflop with and called a bet on the flop. Staskzo then check-called bets of 11,000 and 30,000 with an unknown holding, but one that certainly beat his opponent's unimproved five-high.
Staszko is sitting on 120,000 in the first break and is the presumable chipleader.
2014 PCA winner Dominik Panka has joined the field. Panka recently made a deep run in the EPT13 Malta Main Event, finishing 9th for €41,590.
The Czech town of Rozvadov, located near the German border, is a popular poker destination for many Dutch players. Clyde Tjauw Foe, Pim van Wieringen, Raoul Refos and Fatih Aydin all made the trip from Holland to take a shot at the €1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Last year, a field of 251 players showed up for Day 1a of the Main Event. With level 3 just underway, 233 players have already taken a seat this year. A record field is looming, as players will be able to (re-enter) until the start of Day 2.