Event #5: THE COLOSSUS - €550 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #5: THE COLOSSUS - €550 No-Limit Hold'em
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Stanislaw Miadzel Leads After COLOSSUS Day 1a

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Stanislav Mertsen
Stanislav Mertsen

A total of 155 players entered on Day 1a of the 2017 WSOPE COLOSSUS, and just 11 players will be advancing after a truncated opening flight. The top 24 were in the money and the remaining players are led by Stanislaw Miadzel (273,000), one of just two players over the 200,000 mark.

The other player is Fahredin Mustafov (206,000), who is no stranger to bagging big stacks going into Day 2. The Bulgarian was the overall chip leader heading into Day 2 of the €550 Pot-Limit Omaha, but will be looking for a better start to Day 2 of this tournament, having been one of the first to bust when the Omaha resumed.

The big names advancing from Day 1a are former November Niner Kenny Hallaert (190,000) and bracelet winner Mike Leah (166,500).

Here is a full list of those advancing:

NameCountryChip Count
Stanislaw MiadzelPoland273,000
Fahredin MustafovBulgaria206,000
Kenny HallaertBelgium190,000
Ivaylo SivinovBulgaria177,000
Mike LeahCanada166,500
Zoltan BartusHungary148,000
Salvatore CamardaItaly106,000
Rene CrhaCzech Republic85,500
Martin UrbanekCzech Republic85,000
Krasimir YankovBulgaria56,500
Oleh HaisiukUkraine55,000

There was a glut of WSOP talent at the tables early on Day 1A of the COLOSSUS, with former bracelet winners Kristen Bicknell, Martin Kabrhel and Barny Boatman at the tables. 2015 WSOPE Main Event winner Kevin MacPhee also made an appearance, as well as 2017 WSOPE bracelet winner Andreas Klatt.

However, none of the above-mentioned would make it far into the day.

With just 24 players making the cash it didn't take long for the field to whittle itself down, and here are the players who made the money on Day 1a:

12Sebastien ZeiterAustriaEUR 1,227
13Radu-Florentin ChirilaRomaniaEUR 1,030
14Michael SklenickaCzech RepublicEUR 1,030
15Ngoc Minh HoangCzech RepublicEUR 1,030
16Artan DedushaRomaniaEUR 889
17Tommy AnkalaGermanyEUR 889
18Stefan BachmannGermanyEUR 889
19Ismael BojangAustriaEUR 789
20Khaled AliCzech RepublicEUR 789
21Fabrice HalleuxBelgiumEUR 789
22Waldemar KopylGermanyEUR 789
23Roland IsraelashviliUnited StatesEUR 789
24Sorin PruteanuRomaniaEUR 789

Stay tuned to PokerNews.com to catch all the action from the remaining starting flights of THE COLOSSUS live from King's Casino Rozvadov.

Oznake: Andreas KlattBarny BoatmanFabrice HalleuxFahredin MustafovKenny HallaertKevin MacPheeKrasimir YankovKristen BicknellMartin KabrhelMichael SklenickaMike LeahNgoc Minh HoangRadu Florentin ChirilaRene CrhaRoland IsraelashviliSalvatore CamardaSorin PruteanuStanislav MertsenStefan BachmannTommy AnkalaWaldemar KopylZoltan Bartus

Play Down to 11

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With the eliminations of Sebastien Reiter and Radu Florentin Chirila, Day 1A of THE COLOSSUS is down to 11 players and they are bagging up for the evening with 20:13 left in Level 17.

Stay tuned to PokerNews.com for a full recap of the day's action.

Sebastien Reiter AT
Sebastien Reiter
AT Izpadel
Radu Florentin Chirila RO
Radu Florentin Chirila
RO Izpadel

Sklenicka Eliminated

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In the last hand before the break, Michael Sklenicka limped in the cutoff and Salvatore Camarda moved all in for 100,000 from the small blind. Sklenicka called with Aces against the Deuces of Camarda. There was a deuce on the turn and that sent Camarda to the rail.

That means just 13 players are coming back from the break, with only the final 11 bagging up for Day 2.

Salvatore Camarda it
Salvatore Camarda
it 150,000 35,000
Michael Sklenicka cz
Michael Sklenicka
cz Izpadel

Oznake: Michael SklenickaSalvatore Camarda

Slepe stave:


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The final 14 players in Day 1A are going on their final 20-minute break of the day.

Standing Up Works For Chirila

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Kenny Hallaert: {a-Spades}{2-Spades}
Radu Florentin Chirila: {q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}

There was a pair on the flop for Kenny Hallaert in an all-in pot against Radu Florentin Chirila as it came {6-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{4-Spades}. The turn was the {10-Diamonds} and Chirila got to his feet. The river however was the {j-Clubs} and Chirila quickly sat back down and raked in a small but meaningful double up.

Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
be 140,000 -10,000
Radu Florentin Chirila RO
Radu Florentin Chirila
RO 20,000 -13,000

Oznake: Kenny HallaertRadu Florentin Chirila

Ankala and Dedusha Eliminated; Sklenicka Chops to Stay Alive

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Artan Dedusha
Artan Dedusha

After Tommy Ankala's elimination, it was all-in pre-flop between Artan Dedusha and Zoltan Bartus.

Zoltan Bartus: {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Artan Dedusha: {a-}{j-}

Dedusha looked in good shape after the {8-Clubs}{7-Spades}{a-Spades} flop, but the {4-Clubs} turn and 5c] river gave Bartus a flush and sent Dedusha to the rail.

Meanwhile, at the other table, Michael Sklenicka was all in against Kenny Hallaert.

Michael Sklenicka: {q-Clubs}{k-Spades}
Kenny Hallaert: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}

The board ran out {4-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{4-Spades}{9-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} giving a full house to both players, but Hallaert failed to realise that, waggling his {a-Hearts} for the dealer before realising it was a split pot.

Hallaert, a part-time tournament director, realised his mistake and released his cards and apologised to the table.

Stanislaw Miadzel pl
Stanislaw Miadzel
pl 275,000 125,000
Zoltan Bartus HU
Zoltan Bartus
HU 160,000 55,000
Kenny Hallaert be
Kenny Hallaert
be 150,000 -28,000
Michael Sklenicka cz
Michael Sklenicka
cz 35,000 24,000
Tommy Ankala DE
Tommy Ankala
DE Izpadel
Artan Dedusha gb
Artan Dedusha
gb Izpadel

Oznake: Kenny HallaertMichael SklenickaTommy AnkalaZoltan Bartus