The World Series of Poker Europe Main Event got underway after two weeks of preliminary events, and Day 1a saw numerous top players advance with big stacks.
The day started with only a mere 60 players at the tables, but the number kept rising until the end of the day as they ended with 194 players, surpassing by 54 entries the number of last year. They all started the day with 100,000 chips and at the end of the day, 113 managed to survive the day, creating an average chip stack of 171,681.
One player to keep an eye on going forward is undoubtedly Alex Foxen, who ended the day with a hefty 537,200. The second stack, Anton Morgenstern, amassed 460,000 chips today. The Ukrainian player Oleh Okhotskyi complete the podium with 433,900.
Foxen has pocketed a total of $12,719,580 million in prize money in his career, and made some good results so far in Rozvadov for WSOP Europe, finishing in sixth place in Event #8: €25,500 Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold'em. Owner of a WSOP ring and regular player in the super high roller events, he is still in the hunt for his first gold bracelet.
Jack Sinclair, the defending champion, also found a bag with 148,000, as well as the new Main Event champion Hossein Ensan with 90,000. Others notables making it through included Shaun Deeb among the top ten stacks with 343,300, Artur Rudziankov (237,100), Julien Martini (220,000), Anthony Zinno (204,000), Phil Hui (200,200), Vangelis Kaimakamis (157,400), Davidi Kitai (170,800), Ana Marquez (103,300) and the 2013 WSOPE champion Adrian Mateos with a short stack of 45,300.
However, plenty of familiar faces busted before the end of the day including the recent winner of Event #4: €250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em James Chen, when he called all-in on a paired flop with pocket queens to find pocket kings in Vlada Stojanovic’s hand. He was joined in the rail by Maria Lampropulos, Philipp Gruissem, James Romero, Mihai Niste, Reiner Kempe, Netanel Amedi and Billy Chattaway. Phil Hellmuth, 15-time bracelet winner, busted during the last hands of the day against Jorma Nuutinen who held aces
With late registration being opened until level 12 on Day 2 they, as well as many others, will have the option to give it another try.
Day 1b will kick-off on tomorrow, October 26th, at 12 p.m. local time. They will play the same seven 90-minute levels as the players did today and the field will combine on Sunday, October 27th.
As always, stay tuned on PokerNews to follow all the action from start to finish until a new Main Event champion is crowned.