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Stefan Bittger Bags the Day 1a Chip Lead in The Festival Series Tallinn Main Event

Stefan Bittger Bags the Day 1a Chip Lead in The Festival Series Tallinn Main Event

The Festival Series Tallinn is off to an amazing start with a packed house at Olympic Park Casino and the adjoining Hilton Tallinn Park with a plethora of cash games running and tournaments, including the €550 Main Event, on the second day.

Germany's Stefan Bittger was the star of the first of four flights of The Festival Series Tallinn €550 Main Event after bagging the chip lead with 188,700 in chips. Bittger had a big stack near the end of the day before catapulting into the chip lead when he nailed a flush against Latvia's Juris Hlibovs.

Spain's Juan Carlos Vecino appeared to be primed to be the Day 1a chip leader as he accumulated 215,000 in chips at one point after eliminating Leif Karlsson and a few hands later sending Lithuania's Aivaras Smaidziunas. However, he lost some chips during the final blind level and will need to settle for a healthy second-place stack of 179,500.

Juan Carlos Vecino Duenas
Juan Carlos Vecino

Vambo Laud (161,500), Eric Wasylenko (156,700), and Igor Pihela (118,300) were the only other players to parlay their 30,000 starting stacks into six figures by the end of the action of the day.

Meanwhile, Norway's Espen Sandvik is just behind this crew with a sixth-place stack of 92,300. Sandvik was debating at the beginning of the day whether to enter today or not. However, he instead decided to play the €115 8-Game event, a format in which the Norwegian won a WSOP Europe gold bracelet a few years ago. He was unable to get much going in this 8-game event and late-registered Day 1a in the Main Event with just a little more than an hour remaining. He made the most of his time and will now have the next couple of days to enjoy side events with the knowledge of a healthy stack for Friday's Day 2.

Final Day 1a Chip Counts

NameChipsBig Blinds
Stefan Bittger188,700118
Juan Carlos Vecino179,500112
Vambo Laud161,500101
Eric Wasylenko156,70098
Igor Pihela118,30074
Espen Sandvik92,30058
Arkadiusz Liszewski90,40057
Tihomir Yanev89,80056
Rando Liiber71,70045
Marlon Andrey Lopez Martinez65,50041
Meelis Ahman63,30040
Gints Ozols60,90038
Richard Koppel56,80036
Aleksandr Gazenfus55,70035
Ylva Thorsrud55,50035
Jarkko Kuusisto48,40030
Juris Hlibovs44,50028
Madis Ormisson39,60025
Andres Lõiv37,10023
Toomas Hunt35,80022
Marty Vazov23,30015
Dmitri Dudakov15,0009

Day 1a of the Main Event attracted 58 entries with 22 players bagging stack for Friday's Day 2.

Side Events and Much More

Patrisha Rimfire

The day began for many players with the VIP Beer Tasting Tour, which included beer pong, a tasty meal, and plenty of beer. For others, the day began in the casino with cash games still running from the night before and plenty of side events to choose from.

In addition, both the €250 Blackjack and €250 Roulette Championships kicked off today with players noticeably enjoying the action.

Main Event Resumes Wednesday at Noon

Our live reporting will resume on Wednesday at noon for the start of Day 1b. Of course, we will continue to update the many side events both in and out of the casino including plenty of photos and videos to complement our reporting. Stay tuned to follow the action from beginning to end.