Eyal Bensimhon Leads Final Ten in Event #1: €350 Opener No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 of Event #1: €350 Opener No-Limit Hold'em wrapped up with ten players remaining, all looking to become the champion of this new event at the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe. The remaining players are guaranteed a minimum of €2,996 but all have their sights on the €53,654 top prize and the coveted gold bracelet.
Eyal Bensimhon returns in pole position on Wednesday, October 16th, for Day 3. Bensimhon bagged up a stack of 6,800,000 in chips. Bensimhon, with $400,208 in WSOP earnings so far, recently final tabled the €777 WSOP Circuit Lucky 7s here in King’s Resort and will be a serious contender for the gold bracelet. Bensimhon surged to the top of the chip counts with some late wins, including a massive pot against Amato Land for a pot above four million chips.
Seat Assignments for the Final Day
|Table||Seat||Playery||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|80||8||Michal Kral||Czech Republic||2,050,000||21|
He is followed by Norbert Mosonyi (5,110,000) and the Day 1a chipleader Renat Bohdanov (4,000,000), who stayed on top of the counts all day. Six-time bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro will come back tomorrow as the short stack with 600,000.
There were 244 players that began the day from a field of 1,011 initial entries, and 152 of them would finish in the money. It was Hagay Kraus who busted as the bubble, moving all-in on a paired board with a pair of queens, while Simone Marconi held a better two pair with pocket kings.
Many familiar faces showed up for day 2 but got eliminated before the money such as Sofia Lovgren, Phil Hellmuth, Robert Campbell, Martin Kabrhel and Michael Magalashvili.
The bustouts went fast and furious and notables were lost along the way today, including Timur Margolin (144th for €465), Day 1b chipleader Elena Litvinyuk (113th for €485), Erik Cajelais (76th for €615), Allen Kessler (62th for €783) and Pierre Neuville (24th for €1,538).
End of The Day Action
The action was intense and only 47 players made it to the dinner break. The tournament was down to the last two tables about two hours after the play restarted. Ismael Bojang, the winner of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha last summer, was eliminated in 14th Place in an unlucky hand versus Norbert Mosonyi, holding pocket jacks against pocket eights. Mosonyo found a set on the flop and Bojang went to the cashier to collect his (€2,363) payday. He was followed a few minutes later by Justin Frolian ( 13th for €2,363) and Joerg Baumgarten (12th for €2,996).
Krzysztof Jaguscik was down to slightly over one big blind after a succession of hands, including a big all-in preflop pot with ace-queen against pocket tens for Mykhailo Hryhoriev, who doubled up through him and left him with crumbs. Jaguscik eventually put his last chips in the middle with king-four and was against Bensimhon with queen-five, who found a queen on the board right before the players bag their chips.
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*The 1st and 2nd place finishers also receive an entry to the 2019 WSOPE Main Event worth €10,350
The action will pick up again at 2 p.m local time tomorrow and there will be a 15-minute break every three levels until a new champion is crowned. PokerNews will provide the full coverage of the final table, so be sure to come back and enjoy the action!