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2018 World Series of Poker Europe

Event #10: €10,350 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Jours 2
Event Info

2018 World Series of Poker Europe

Main Gagnante
Event Info
Prize Pool
Info Niveau
150,000 / 300,000

Event #10: €10,350 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

Jour 2 terminé

Sammartino Soars on Day 2 of WSOPE Main Event as 165 Players Advance

Niveau 13 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Dario Sammartino
Dario Sammartino

Day 2 of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe €10,350 Main Event is in the books. The action kicked off at noon local time in Europe's biggest poker arena at the King's Casino in Rozvadov with 221 players out of 341 entries remaining and the registration and single re-entry period remained open for the first four of six 90-minute levels. Once the registration closed at the end of level 11, the screens showed 534 entries to ensure that the guaranteed prize pool of €5,000,000 was surpassed.

Only the top 81 spots will take home a portion of the €5,073,000 prize pool and the money bubble is expected to burst late on Day 3, so half of the remaining field will walk away empty-handed with the minimum payout set at €15,074. A massive payday of €1,122,239 and the coveted gold bracelet await the champion.

Leading the field after Day 2 is Dario Sammartino, who soared to the top of the leaderboard in the final stages of the day and bagged up an impressive 1,480,000. The Italian started the day with just 94,000 and things really kicked off after he had chipped up and was moved to the table of Vladimir Geshkenbein. In a key hand, Sammartino doubled through Geshkenbein in a three-bet pot.

"I opened the button with ten-six of hearts and he three-bet me out of the big blind, I called," Sammartino recounted. "The flop was ten-six-two. He bet, I raised, he re-raised and I called. We got it in after an eight on the turn and I held up against kings. Lucky day and not a tough table."

Dario Sammartino
Dario Sammartino

In the final stages, Sammartino sent several players to the rail including Jason Wheeler and Hans Thumann to bag and tag almost five times the average chip count.

"Of course it is really good, but the tournament is very long. You need to stay focused and we have another three, four days to play. It is a good start, but nothing really special yet. Special is when you win, not now," Sammartino said after bagging for the day.

Winning a bracelet and seven-figure payday in one of the most prestigious events of the year would see Sammartino edge closer to Mustapha Kanit at the top of the Italian all-time money list. Kanit himself made it through to Day 3 with an above-average stack of 626,000. Sammartino already had a close call this past summer in Las Vegas when he finished third in Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship and added a tenth and 15th-place finish in Sin City, but the elusive bracelet has escaped him thus far.

"It is important for me," admitted Sammartino. "Two, three years ago it was the dream [to win a bracelet], you know. Now it is important, but not like when I was 24 years old."

The only two other chip millionaires are Marco Slacanac (1,128,500) and UK's Jack Salter. In the penultimate level of the registration period, Salter was involved in a five-bet pot and won a flip with ace-king against the pocket jacks of Hani Bahna. From there on, the Brit kept building his stack further and claimed 1,051,000 for Day 3.

Jack Salter
Jack Salter third in Chips after Day 2

Further big stacks and notables include Rainer Kempe (818,000), Michael Sklenicka (722,000), Laszlo Bujtas (713,500), 2013 WSOP Main Event fourth place finisher Sylvain Loosli (638,000), Timothy Adams (629,500), David Urban (546,000), Alex Foxen (516,000), 2018 EPT Barcelona champion Piotr Nurzynski (496,000) and Ben Heath (475,000).

Several WSOP bracelet winners also made it through including Triple Crown champion Niall Farrell (625,000), Norbert Szecsi (560,500), Will Givens (539,000), 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess (382,000), Chris Ferguson (326,000), David Peters (295,500), Johannes Becker (287,500), Kristen Bicknell (248,500) and Day 1b chip leader Adrian Mateos (245,000) to name just a few.

Among the big names to fall on Day 2 were Romain Lewis, Jason Wheeler, Anthony Zinno, Gal Yifrach, Tom Middleton, Dominik Nitsche, Jan-Peter Jachtmann, Michael Addamo, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Davidi Kitai, as well as local bracelet winners Artur Rudziankov and Martin Kabrhel.

Action of the Day

All those poker enthusiasts from near and far that had not entered yet or had already busted once had a chance to take another shot at the €10,350 Main Event and almost 200 new entries emerged on Day 2. Among the early casualties were Ludovic Geilich, Kabrhel and Gianluca Speranza.

Geilich bricked off with a flopped flush draw against the pocket aces of Gudmundur Sigurjonsson and had to re-enter in order to bag up 198,500. Speranza, who had finished runner-up to 888poker qualifier Marti Roca de Torres one year ago here in Rozvadov, busted on his first bullet with ace-king against the ace-queen of Anatoly Filatov. Speranza also successfully re-entered and finished Day 2 with 184,500, while Sigurjonsson and Filatov were both eliminated later on.

The first player to move up to one million in chips was Robert Skopalik, a recreational player from the Czech Republic. Skopalik was on the fortunate end of an aces versus kings setup against Wai Leong Chan early on and also claimed most of the chips of Martin Finger. Towards the end of the day, Skopalik took several blows and finished Day 2 with a still healthy 602,000.

Farrell and Salter were among those to build their stack along with Sammartino, who went through his table like a wrecking ball in the final level of the night. The biggest pot of the tournament so far played out in the final level of the night when Oleg Netaliev tried to push Laszlo Bujtas off in a three-way three-bet pot. However, Bujtas didn't go anywhere with turned trips and the top full house on the river, and claimed the remainder of Netaliev's chips soon after with nines versus eights after hitting yet another full house.

Romain Lewis
No Day 3 for Romain Lewis this time

The excellent WSOP year of Romain Lewis with four top-three finishes in Las Vegas and Rozvadov came to a premature end in the final hand of the night. In a three-way all in with Lukacs and Jakob Miegel. Lewis had the best of it preflop with pocket kings versus pocket queens and ace-king respectively, but Lukacs spiked one of the two remaining queens on the flop to score the double elimination.

After six levels of 90 minutes each, only 165 players out of the 534-entry strong field bagged up chips and will return to the tables at noon local time on Tuesday, October 30. The action will recommence with blinds of 2,500/5,000 and a big blind ante of 5,000. Make sure to return then, as the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide all the action.

2018 WSOPE Main Event Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1181Dario DzidoCroatia135,50027
1182Antonio TurrisiItaly375,00075
1183Koray AldemirGermany172,50035
1184Julien SitbonFrance102,50021
1185Jia TangChina462,00092
1186Javier GomezSpain289,50058
1187Alberto StegemanNetherlands231,00046
1191Adi AizinIsrael213,00043
1192Stoyan ObreshkovBulgaria674,000135
1193David UrbanSlovakia546,000109
1194Viktor KatzenbergerHungary227,00045
1195Moreno PlozzaSwitzerland166,00033
1196Gary HassonBelgium307,50062
1197Tobias RevenasSweden121,00024
1198Igor TregoubovCanada360,00072
1201Luiz DuarteBrazil424,00085
1202Thomas HammerlAustria319,50064
1203Michal SchuhCzech Republic183,00037
1204Timur MargolinIsrael112,00022
1205Adi RajkovicAustria278,00056
1206Aleksandr MerzhvinskiyRussian Federation502,500101
1207Maria LampropulosGreece129,50026
1208Marco SlacanacGermany1,128,500226
1211Sergio AidoSpain269,50054
1212Ahmed AbdellaUnited Kingdom62,50013
1213Mustapha KanitItaly626,000125
1214Mikolaj ZawadzkiPoland191,00038
1215Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom363,50073
1216James RomeroUnited States127,00025
1217Josip SimunicAustria324,00065
1218Tal NoachIsrael490,00098
1221Johannes BeckerGermany287,50058
1222Marek BlaskoSlovakia469,50094
1223Anson TsangHong Kong81,00016
1224Joao VieiraPortugal169,50034
1225Sylvain LoosliFrance638,000128
1226Ben JacksonUnited Kingdom216,50043
1227Orpen KisacikogluTurkey421,00084
1228Viktor TaranenkoRussian Federation150,00030
1321Michel DattaniPortugal372,00074
1322Fahredin MustafovBulgaria201,00040
1323Wai Leong ChanMalaysia237,50048
1324Ihor YerofieievUkraine104,50021
1325Salvatore CamardaItaly310,00062
1326James RannUnited Kingdom125,00025
1328Kristoffer RasmussenDenmark463,50093
1331Vladimir GeshkenbeinSwitzerland400,00080
1332David PetersUnited States295,50059
1333Slobodan RuzicicSerbia704,000141
1334Armin RezaeiAustria187,50038
1335Tomasz RaniszewskiPoland136,50027
1336Alexander RommeGermany286,00057
1337Jan-Eric SchwippertGermany431,50086
1338Guillaume DiazFrance81,00016
1351Ludovic GeilichScotland198,50040
1352Robert SkopalikCzech Republic602,000120
1353Oleksandr LagodaUkraine367,50074
1354Gianluca SperanzaItaly184,50037
1355Milos SkrbicSerbia326,50065
1356Ole SchemionGermany116,50023
1357Ricardo ChauriyeChile153,00031
1358Kristen BicknellCanada248,50050
1361Tobias AnttilaFinland649,500130
1362Ivan GabrieliItaly419,50084
1363Werner EignerGermany295,00059
1364Manig LoeserGermany258,00052
1365Anton JohanssonSweden214,50043
1366Ioannis ChorianopoulosGreece77,50016
1367Renato KaneoyaBrazil164,50033
1368Krasimir YankovBulgaria500,500100
1371Bulcsu LukacsRomania729,000146
1372Alexandre ViardFrance440,00088
1373Elias TalvitieFinland349,00070
1374Aleksandar TrajkovskiMacedonia58,00012
1375Robert KovacsSlovakia367,00073
1376Eder MurataBrazil215,50043
1377Philipp ZukernikIsrael172,00034
1378Justin SteinbrennerGermany123,00025
1472Tobias ZieglerGermany175,50035
1473Paul HoeferGermany227,00045
1474Kristaps VismanisLatvia295,00059
1475Julian ThomasGermany45,0009
1476Roger TeskaUnited States363,00073
1477Luiz FerreiraBrazil476,00095
1478Ronald van de LindeNetherlands165,50033
1481Sanjay SahijwaniUnited Kingdom265,50053
1482Ernests PatajsLatvia211,50042
1483Serhii BalynskyiUkraine122,50025
1484Jason GrayUnited Kingdom153,00031
1485Laszlo BujtasHungary713,500143
1486Yotam LeckerRomania310,00062
1487Piotr NurzynskiPoland496,00099
1488Tobias PetersNetherlands364,00073
1491Steven WarburtonUnited Kingdom350,00070
1492Marius GierseGermany159,00032
1493Rifat GegicSerbia339,50068
1494Dario SammartinoItaly1,480,000296
1495Liwei SunItaly601,000120
1496Diego ZeiterSwitzerland210,00042
1497Ming XiChina230,00046
1498James MorganCanada83,00017
1501Leonard MaueGermany378,50076
1502Vladyslav KovalenkoUkraine256,50051
1503Niall FarrellScotland625,000125
1504Dimitar YosifovBulgaria671,500134
1505Diogo VeigaPortugal51,50010
1506Andrei BogheanRomania138,50028
1507Denys ShafikovUkraine348,00070
1508Igor KurganovGermany206,00041
1511Allen KesslerUnited States241,00048
1512Rainer KempeGermany818,000164
1513Dominik MatejkaCzech Republic212,50043
1514Victor ChoupeauxFrance106,00021
1515Yang ZhangChina150,50030
1516Vincent RobertFrance595,000119
1517Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussian Federation371,50074
1518Markus DurneggerAustria341,50068
1521Stefan NemetzAustria64,50013
1522Adrian MateosSpain245,00049
1523Claas SegebrechtGermany142,00028
1524Arran FletcherUnited Kingdom645,000129
1525Lukasz GrossmannPoland311,50062
1526Andy BlackIreland354,50071
1527Quan ZhouChina168,00034
1528Alex FoxenUnited States516,000103
1621Danilo VelasevicSerbia455,00091
1622Yaki HevronIsrael630,000126
1623Andres ZepedaChile140,00028
1624Jona WilmsmannGermany329,00066
1625Nick van der MarelNetherlands401,00080
1626Adem MarjanovicAustria211,50042
1627Teun MulderNetherlands249,00050
1628Karel KabrnaCzech Republic69,00014
1631Rafael WachaAustria103,50021
1632Norbert SzecsiHungary560,500112
1633Aymon HataUnited Kingdom401,50080
1634Timo KamphuesGermany248,00050
1635Bahram ChobinehDominica320,00064
1636Michael SklenickaCzech Republic722,000144
1637Roman RychlikCzech Republic169,50034
1638Ondrej LonCzech Republic137,00027
1641Martin StollerGermany385,00077
1642Xixiang LuoChina215,00043
1643Fabian BernhauserAustria157,00031
1644Joel EttedgiUnited Kingdom747,000149
1645Chris FergusonUnited States326,00065
1646Viktor BlomSweden112,50023
1647Shravan ChhabriaIndia239,00048
1648Ognjen SekularacSerbia429,50086
1651Nico ProkicAustria302,50061
1652Daniel BayerAustria166,50033
1653Ben HeathUnited Kingdom475,00095
1654Michael TabarelliItaly54,00011
1655Ryan RiessUnited States382,00076
1656Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus192,00038
1657Jaroslav PeterCzech Republic252,00050
1658Jack SalterUnited Kingdom1,051,000210
1661Dietrich FastGermany304,50061
1662Sean McnultyCanada285,00057
1663Paul TeohMalaysia95,50019
1664Jun Wah YapMalaysia399,00080
1665Will GivensUnited States539,000108
1666Yunsheng SunChina195,00039
1667Pierre MothesGermany164,50033
1668Timothy AdamsCanada629,500126

Tags: Adrian MateosAlex FoxenAnatoly FilatovBulcsu LukacsChris FergusonDario SammartinoDavid PetersDavidi KitaiDominik NitscheGianluca SperanzaHani BahnaJack SalterJakob MiegelJason WheelerKristen BicknellLaszlo BujtasMarco SlacanacMartin KabrhelMichael SklenickaMustapha KanitNiall FarrellNorbert SzecsiOleg NetalievPiotr NurzynskiRainer KempeRobert SkopalikRomain LewisRyan RiessSylvain LoosliVladimir Geshkenbein

End-Of-Day Chip Counts (complet)

Niveau 13 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante

Here is a look at how some of the notables finished up after Day 2. A full list of chip counts and a recap of the day's action will be posted shortly.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
Day 2 Chip Leader
Marco Slacanac de
Marco Slacanac
1,128,500 73,500
Day 1A Chip Leader
Jack Salter gb
Jack Salter
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
818,000 118,000
Joel Ettedgi gb
Joel Ettedgi
747,000 307,000
Bulcsu Lukacs ro
Bulcsu Lukacs
Michael Sklenicka cz
Michael Sklenicka
722,000 52,000
Laszlo Bujtas hu
Laszlo Bujtas
713,500 -166,500
Slobodan Ruzicic rs
Slobodan Ruzicic
704,000 604,000
Stoyan Obreshkov bg
Stoyan Obreshkov
674,000 409,000
Dimitar Yosifov bg
Dimitar Yosifov
671,500 635,300
Tobias Anttila fi
Tobias Anttila
649,500 413,400
Arran Fletcher gb
Arran Fletcher
645,000 45,000
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
638,000 228,000
Yaki Hevron il
Yaki Hevron
630,000 630,000
Timothy Adams ca
Timothy Adams
629,500 109,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Mustapha Kanit it
Mustapha Kanit
626,000 182,000
Winamax Team Pro
Niall Farrell gb
Niall Farrell
625,000 -135,000
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
EPT 1X Winner
Robert Skopalik cz
Robert Skopalik
602,000 -208,000
Liwei Sun it
Liwei Sun
601,000 171,000
Vincent Robert fr
Vincent Robert
595,000 30,000
Norbert Szecsi hu
Norbert Szecsi
560,500 -59,500
WSOP 3X Winner
David Urban sk
David Urban
546,000 38,000
Will Givens us
Will Givens
539,000 139,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Alex Foxen us
Alex Foxen
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner

Lire Plus

Foxen Takes the Last Hand from Salter

Niveau 13 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Jack Salter
Jack Salter

While most other tables were already bagging, Alex Foxen and Jack Salter played blind on blind in the final hand of the night. The two were joking around before the flop, where everything was still innocuous after Foxen limped in and Salter checked.

Game-faces were put on soon after the {2-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{7-Hearts} flop was spread. Foxen bet 4,000, Salter raised to 15,000, and Foxen called. Both players then checked the {9-Hearts} on the turn.

The river was the {5-Diamonds} and Foxen checked. Salter bet 24,000, Foxen check-raised to 93,500, Salter kept his gaze on Foxen for two more seconds before releasing with a chuckle.

Despite losing the ultimate hand, Salter finished the day above a milly and bagged one of the biggest stacks in the room.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Jack Salter gb
Jack Salter
1,051,000 311,000
Alex Foxen us
Alex Foxen
516,000 96,000
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner

Tags: Alex FoxenJack Salter

Sammartino Busts One More; Lukacs Scores Double Elimination

Niveau 13 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Romain Lewis
Romain Lewis

In the penultimate hand of the night, Dario Sammartino sent Hans Thumann to the rail when he won a flip with {10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} against {3-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} as he spiked a full house on the board {9-Spades}{7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{9-Clubs}.

One table over, Bulcsu Lukacs raised to 9,000 and Romain Lewis three-bet in the hijack to 30,000. Jakob Miegel shoved for around 190,000 in the cutoff and Lukacs moved all in, Lewis called for 160,000 total.

Romain Lewis: {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}
Jakob Miegel: {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}
Bulcsu Lukacs: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}

The {Q-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop gave the Romanian top set, and the {8-Diamonds} turn and {4-Hearts} river sent two players to the rail in the last hand of the night.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
1,480,000 180,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Bulcsu Lukacs ro
Bulcsu Lukacs
729,000 729,000
Hans Thumann de
Hans Thumann
Romain Lewis fr
Romain Lewis
Jakob Miegel de
Jakob Miegel

Tags: Bulcsu LukacsDario SammartinoHans ThumannJakob MiegelRomain Lewis

Kovarik and Wheeler Eliminated

Niveau 13 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Karel Kovarik
Karel Kovarik

Just before the final hands of the night were announced, Karel Kovarik was all in with the {K-Clubs}{j-Clubs} on a flop of {K-Spades}{10-Hearts}{8-Clubs} for what appeared to be 80,000. Norbert Szecsi quickly called with {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds} and faded the backdoor clubs on a {4-Spades} turn and {5-Diamonds} river run out.

Once the last hands were confirmed, Jason Wheeler got his stack in on the very same table with pocket nines and Dario Sammartino snap-called in the small blind with the {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs}. The board came {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{X-} and Wheeler departed just shy of bagging and tagging.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
1,300,000 250,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Norbert Szecsi hu
Norbert Szecsi
620,000 10,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Karel Kovarik cz
Karel Kovarik
Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Dario SammartinoJason WheelerKarel KovarikNorbert Szecsi

Kisacikoglu Shoves on Speranza

Niveau 13 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante

Orpen Kisacikoglu raised it up from early position and Gianluca Speranza three-bet to 40,000 on his left. The action came back to Kisacikoglu who made the call.

The flop fell {k-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and Kisacikoglu slid in a stack of chips as he announced all in. Speranza was left with a decision for his remaining 155,000 chips and he went into the tank. After a couple of minutes, another player called the clock and Speranza had 30 seconds to make a decision. As his time was running out, Speranza laid his hand down and Kisacikoglu raked in the pot.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
445,000 300,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Gianluca Speranza it
Gianluca Speranza
155,000 40,000

Tags: Gianluca SperanzaOrpen Kisacikoglu

Skopalik Takes a Big Hit

Niveau 13 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante

Kristen Bicknell raised to 9,000 first to act and was called by Michel Dattani from one seat over. Robert Skopalik three-bet to 40,000 and Stoyan Obreshkov in the big blind called, Bicknell folded and Dattani made it three-ways to the {J-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{7-Spades} flop. Obreshkov and Dattani checked, Skopalik bet 60,000 and that resulted in the fold of Obreshkov.

Dattani took short consideration before moving all in for 187,000 and Skopalik called.

Michel Dattani: {9-Spades}{9-Clubs}
Robert Skopalik: {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}

On the {K-Diamonds} turn, Skopalik picked up some outs with the gutshot, but the {J-Clubs} river further improved Dattani to a full house.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Robert Skopalik cz
Robert Skopalik
810,000 -270,000
Michel Dattani pt
Michel Dattani
500,000 403,500
EPT 1X Winner
Stoyan Obreshkov bg
Stoyan Obreshkov
265,000 -70,000
Kristen Bicknell ca
Kristen Bicknell
240,000 -170,000
WSOP 4X Winner

Tags: Kristen BicknellMichel DattaniRobert SkopalikStoyan Obreshkov