Day 1D concluded with 72 runners of which 37 made it through to day 2.
Play will restart today at noon and a total of 218 runners are still in the field. Re-entries are possible until the end of level 12 today, i.e. for the first two levels of day 2. As of now the tournament has an overlay as we have not quite reached the necessary number of 600 entries to make the 300k guarantee.
Those are the chip counts after Day 1D:
|1||Mihaly Laszlo Jancso||England||123200|
|5||Tiikka Veikko Tapani Tiensuu||Finland||101400|
|6||Joshua James Stewart||Ireland||101100|
|8||Robert Markus Manner||Germany||98100|
|9||Tomi Petri Bondarew||Finland||91600|
|11||Petr Czech Vlcek||Republic||85200|
|17||Dan Gunnar Joakim Olin||Sweden||59000|
|19||Aase Lars Iver Erdal||Norway||52100|
|21||Matias Hannu Johannes Alanko||Finland||45700|
|25||Ilmari Erkki Olavi Sukanen||Finland||37300|
|26||Johan Bengt Aake Ekdahl||Sweden||31700|
|27||Petri Juhani Juurikkala||Finland||30500|
|28||Florian Stephan Loehnert||Denmark||28000|
|31||George Robert United Sanford||Kingdom||21700|
|34||Christina Joergensen Solli||Norway||20300|
|35||Gabor Endre Skrinyar||Hungary||20100|
|36||Frans Linus Alexander Carlevag||Sweden||17400|
Day 1c of the €500 + €50 Main Event is over, with 90 players making it through from a field of 245 entries. They will join the 38 Day 1a survivors and the 54 from Day 1b in Day 2 tomorrow at noon. Registration in this event is far from over though – Day 1d begins shortly (10pm) and will take a turbo format, and if you still fail to finish the day with chips, don’t forget that you can still buy in until the end of Level 12, two levels into play tomorrow.
Today’s Day 1c chip leader is Timothy Härold on 179,000, but Day 1a’s Pavol Melichar is still the overall leader on 223,000. Full chip counts may be found below.
Elsewhere around Banco Casino, the €225 + €25 Blackjack Championship was won by Andreas Hoglund, whom you may recognise as the presenter of our delightful daily recap videos. Live blackjack is rigged! Mauritz is so far insisting that Hoglund isn’t allowed to take the trophy home, but we’re assuming there’ll be some sort of audiovisual celebration of his victory available to us in the morning.
The NLH/PLO Round-of-Each is ongoing downstairs, with 23 players remaining of 79 entries; eight players are also still battling it out for the three guaranteed seats in the last supersat. The Roulette Championship final has also just begun, and will be crowning a champion before the night is out.
We suspect Day 1d, still half an hour away from starting, may run late, but we’ll have full chip counts from all the survivors for you by the time Day 2 begins tomorrow. Until then – see you in the bar!
Chipcounts Day 1C:
|Stig Timothy Roger Haerold||179,000|
|Nicolas Jean Steils||152,500|
|Patrick Maxime S Jowa||145,700|
|Henry Frank Mania||132,000|
|Marcin Leszek Stachyra||111,000|
|Peter Tobias Bergman||107,200|
|Dan Morgan Wald||105,000|
|Carlos Antonio Pezzia Vega||102,000|
|Harald Matthaeus Sammer||101,000|
|Frank Ronald Reichel||89,000|
|Lars Greger Larsson||86,800|
|Quoc Dung Kalle Ly||84,100|
|Jami Joonas Lopperi||83,800|
|Per Erik Johan Lindqvist||81,500|
|Robert Peter James||80,500|
|Renato Ricardo Rusmigo||79,300|
|Emil Andreas Karhu||74,300|
|Martin Rottem Dahle||73,500|
|Gia Ann Sophie Carnestroem||73,000|
|Per Simon Hesserud Persson||66,800|
|Didier Claude H Pirard||66,500|
|Pasi Petteri Kakkonen||56,500|
|Riku Aleksi Maeaettae||56,500|
|Kristoffer Lars Tommy Winterstein||56,300|
|Anna Janina Cecilia Malmi||50,900|
|Stefan Bo Rundstrom||48,000|
|John Michael Bengt Ekdahl||47,600|
|Jason Van Den Berge||39,300|
|Robin Xaver William Hegele||38,300|
|Sebastian Peter Gaehl||34,100|
|Lars Aake Mattias Eklund||30,800|
|Ankh Lumir Favero||28,600|
|Georgios Angelos Tavoularis||28,200|
|Nils Gustav Vadenbring||23,200|
|Michael Markus Kopietz||21,900|
|Jakub Franciszek Szczotka||21,500|
|Ruben Kristian Graeve||18,900|
Play is done for the day, and while the players are still in the process of bagging and tagging, it looks as though 90 players of the 245 entries made it through Day 1c, and the chip leader is Timothy Härold on 179k. We’ll have full chip counts for you shortly…
…Although you’d think it might be possible to win one every now and again, right? Apparently not – The Festival big boss Franke von Zweigbergk has added the Main Event to the list of events in which he’s now failed to make a Day 2. “I pushed seven hands in a row, and on the seventh someone called with queens,” he sighed, trudging past the media desk. Better luck next time, boss. And by next time we mean Day 1d, starting in around an hour and a half.
I had just scrawled down Marian Flesar’s table and seat number on my big-stack trawl of the Main Event area when he managed to lose a big chunk of his stack.
Several players had paid to see a 3 8 8 flop, and it checked around to Flesar on the button who bet 9k. It folded all the way around to Frank Reichel (pictured), who moved in for 41k. Flesar made the call, and soon discovered that they were both on the same flush draw, Reichel holding the better one. A few moments later Flesar had gone from one of the chip leaders to a merely modestly above-average stack.
Flesar: Q 4
Reichel: A 10
Turn and river respectivlely: 2 and 5
Reichel doubled up to around 90k, while Flesar dropped back to 125k.
Bobby James has had a rather nice run of late – first he got dealt pocket kings two hands in a row (although he only got paid off on the first one), and now he’s upped his stack to 85k after the following:
With the blinds/ante now at 500/1k/1k, James called an under-the-gun raise to 3k holding A 10 to see a Q 4 6 flop, which they both checked. James checked the 9 turn as well, but this time the original raiser bet 6k. James called, and they proceeded to the river. The last card was the 9 and James checked again. This time Original Raiser bet 10k, and James called again with just the nines on the board and the ace in his hand – and discovered that Original Raiser had been at it with K J .
Now there’s some action: The current chipleader, David Vedral from Austria, is sitting at table at table 32 and enjoys almost 200k chips. Well. Enjoyed. Past tense. Because right now he lost a decent chunk of his stack and doubled up Gia Carnestroem from Sweden.
We don’t really know what happened exacty as we only arrived at the table after the river, but the board read A K K Q Q with more than 20k in the middle. Vedral bet and Carnestroem moved all-in. Vedral called after some deliberations. Showdown:
Gia Carnestroem more than doubled up to 70k and Vedral now is quite a bit below the 200k mark.
The action has been a bit slow at the tables recently. Or we just have been standing at the wrong spots whenever the big action happened. But we can report on Martin “Franke” von Zweigbergk: he’s doing well. He’s up to 47k after taking down a decently sized pot against Austrian Edmondo Ala.
On a Q 7 6 K turn with 16k in the middle already Ala bet out 6.5k which prompted Franke to move all-in for 24k. Ala needed a minute or two but eventually decided to let his hand go. The pot was awarded to Franke who enjoys a couple of beers and now almost has an averagely sized stack again.
We’ve sent the players on their last break to get some space to count their chips. Those are the big stacks as of now:
We just witnessed a huge hand at table 39 between Juraj Valasky and Hadell Borgi.
We arrived at the table at the turn and the board read Q 6 4 A with 12k in the middle. Valasky bet 7.5k and Borgi quickly raised to 18k. Valasky didn’t seem fazed at all and moved all-in for a total of 44k without hesitation. Borgi now was visibly uncomfortable, mumbled some numbers, counted on his fingers, and seemed unhappy with the general situation he got himself into. Eventually he announced a call. Showdown:
Bori looked disgusted and lamented: “I almost folded”.
But he didn’t and after the river brought the 2 Borgi lost most of his stack. Valasky doubled up to over 100k and is now among the chip leaders here.
Oh wow, The Festival head honcho Franke von Zweigbergk has continued to fish it up while we were at dinner and is now on 80k after flopping a set of eights that turned into a straight by the river and sending his opponent to the rail. As you do.
The bulk of the chips went in on the turn, by which time Franke was behind against Tiikka Tiensuu’s straight.
Tiensuu: 6 6
Von Zweigbergk: 8 8
Board: 8 7 4 5 6
We have to admit, we’ve just had a tiny break and had our dinner in a great local restaurant. Dumplings and sausages at Bratislava Flagship. It is a bit touristy but we can definitely recommend that one. Great value for decent prizes and they brew their own beer.
Meanwhile the Main Event is up to 232 runners now with more than half of them still in the game.
We will need a bit more than 100 entries more though to make the guarantee. But with Day 1D coming up later today and late reg until the 2nd level of day 2 we’re confident to make the cut.
The players are on another break and we did some counting. Those are the chip leaders:
|Jason van den Berge||71k|
“Dana!! Big hand!!” Ah, the unmistakable dulcet tones of Franke von Zweigbergk bellowing across the room. I scuttled over to find out what was going on.
“Ask him,” said Franke, “My boss,” and indicated Kresten Hougaard across the table.
“I don’t remember,” deadpanned Hougaard, who had just 10k or so left in front of him.
Another player at the table informed me that three players had seen a 6 4 2 flop and Hougaard had bet out around 4k; Franke made the call and they went heads up to the K turn, which Hougaard checked. Franke shoved, and after a significant time in the tank, Hougaard called with pocket fives – only to find Franke holding 6 7 for a pair of sixes, as well as a club flush draw that never came in.
“Don’t report the clubs though,” Franke warned me – I suppose he has an image he wants me to help him project. Sorry boss. Anyway, Franke von Zweigbergk is now above his starting stack on around 40k, much to everybody’s surprise, not least his own.
Flopping sets is always joyful, especially when you get paid with them. This just happened to US player Marc Pliska. He was down to a bit under 15k and flopped a set with 3 3 on a A 9 3 flop against Andrej Imrich. After a bet Pliska moved all-in. Imrich instantly called and tabled A Q for top pair. Turn and river bricked and just like that Pliska doubled up. He now has roughly the staring stack again – which is 60 big blinds at this level.
By the by, we now have a massive chip leader in the Main Event – we’re not sure how he got them, but Filip Sramka appears to be sitting on well over 120k, with no one else much above 60k at the moment. No one at Sramka’s table looks terribly happy about it.
Days 1a and 1b garnered a total 240 entries, and we’ve just hit the 200-entry milestone in Day 1c of the Main Event – not bad at all for a few minutes into Level 6. However, we need to hit a total of 360 entries between Day 1c and tonight’s turbo Day 1d if we want to make the €300,000 guarantee on this, and at this stage we’re not super sure we’re going to make it. Registration is open until the end of Level 12 (two levels into tomorrow’s Day 2) and an extra supersat with three seats guaranteed has been added at 5pm today, so if you fancy a shot at this possibly overlaid event, you know exactly what to do…
The brain behind The Festival Series is determined to finally not bust early in one of the events. He’s hanging in there in in Main Event and it looks like he’s playing proper poker. For now.
We saw him win a nice small pot when he called a three-bet the hi-jack against Didier Pirard. On a A 6 5 flop Pirard c-bet and Franke called. The turn came 4 and Franke immediately slid out a bet worth less than one fifth of the pot. Pirard almost immediately folded his hand and Franke turned over A 4 for a turned two pair that he refused to slow-play.
With the pot being shoved his way he stacks a wee bit under 30k chips. We’re sure he’ll put those chips to good use in the next orbits.
Bobby James just relayed an interesting hand to me. With 16k left in his stack following a few little accidents earlier in the day (he confessed he was up until 7.30 this morning in the cash games), he called an early position raise to 1k from a Swedish gentleman.
James checked the 2 3 6 flop from the small blind, and Swedish Gentleman checked behind. James bet out 1k on the 2 turn and SG called; James bet out another 3.6k on the 5 river and SG called again, only to muck to James’ 5 5 full house. He’s now back up to 25k. Photograph = model’s own.
We’ve actually lost track of how many events Franke von Zweigbergk has played and busted now – but we believe this is his first shot at the Main Event. He’s also significantly boosted the beer count in the room – good old Franke, always doing his bit for the cause. We’ll keep you updated on
how soon he busts how he’s doing.
One of the current chipleaders, Daniel Holmedahl, is sitting at table 46. We just witnessed picking up a bluff against Marian Flesar. With roughly 12k in the middle the board on the river read A 4 K 2 3 and Flesar bet almost pot. Holmedahl didn’t need much time to decide to call. Showdown:
Flesar: K 10
Holmedahl: A 7
Holmedahl took down the sizable pot and put a dent into Flesar’s stack.
Interesting hands are hard to come by this early in the tournament, but I managed to stumble on the tail end of this double up just now:
Peter Bumba: pocket tens
Marco Matinvesi: pocket kings
Matinvesi had bet 10k on the river and then called Bumba’s push; Bumba’s set of tens was good enough for a double up to around 50k, while Matinvesi was left with just 8k.
The Festival organisers love you all so much, they’ve just added another Main Event supersat to the schedule – 5pm today, €30 + €5 entry, three Main Event seats guaranteed. You know what to do.
While the players are no the first break we did some big stack counting:
We’re up to 134 entries in Day 1c now, of whom 125 are currently seated at the felt. Recent arrivals include Pokerlistings’ own Kresten Hougaard and Sviten Special runner up Rolf Galaasen, the latter of whom was definitely among the attendees at last night’s cabare-xtravaganza of which I have only slightly fuzzy recollections.
Away from the Main Event, today’s schedule includes the €100 + €10 PLO/NLH round-of-each at 5pm, as well as Day Day 2 of the Blackjack Championship (already underway) and Day 2 of the Roulette Championship at 7pm – spectators are strongly encouraged for those.
With 118 players in the field, we did some random counting of table wear and accessories:
We will definitely need more beer at the tables!
Franke’s currently delivering his daily his daily pep talk to players, encouraging them to download the app so they can be kept abreast of important announcements like crazy cabaret outings, free fizzy wine and so on. We encourage you to do likewise.
While the Main Event ticks along nicely (currently 92 entries in Day 1c and rising rapidly), just a reminder that this is not just about the poker and so on. Away from Banco Casino, there’s a whole host of, ahem, extracurricular activities going on across the week. Just look at these lovely photos from the incredibly civilised Italian dinner and wine tasting that players were treated to last night:
…Also, shout out to everyone who made it to the cabaret outing later in the evening. I regret that these were the best photos I found on my phone this morning, so I assume that it was me who took them.
Great night. At least I think it was. My head hurts. To find out what else is going on this week in Bratislava, don’t forget to check The Festival app – available on your favourite app store for all phones. Take a bow, Franke.
We have the first player bust out of Day 1C. It’s Rupert Derler from Germany who lost his entire stack within the first 40 Minutes. We expect many more player to join him over the course of the next 8 hours.
After half an hour the number of players is up to 70 and as of now no player has busted. But we’ve seen the first drinks being brought to the tables.
Apart from the main event we will also run the Half & Half today. This is mixed event where PLO and Texas Hold’em are played in alternating levels. This event will start at 5pm and has a buy-in of only €110.
After the first 15 Minutes the number of entries is up to 50. It’s still a long way to go to reach the guarantee, but it will be a long day today and more players are getting ready to take their seats.
With a tame number of 30 starters our tournament director just announced Shuffle Up and Deal. No worries, we do expect this number to increase substantially in the coming hours.
After a total of 240 entries in the past two starting days we’re expecting a full house this afternoon. Day 1C will commence at noon and 10 levels will be played until roughly half past 8 pm. Players will have a last chance to play a starting flight at 10 pm when our final flight 1D – a turbo flight – begins.