Onwards to Day 1b!

Today saw the commencement of the Main Event at the The Festival in Bratislava. Day 1a of the €500 + €50 event attracted 108 entries, with local player Pavol Melichar topping the chip counts at the end of play with 225,000. Other notable players who survived Day 1a include Jon Kyte and JJ Hazan; please find full chip counts below. A total of 38 players made it through Day 1a and will proceed directly to Friday’s Day 2, where they will presumably be joined by many more once tomorrow’s Day 1b and Thursday’s Days 1c and 1d have played out. Day 1b will start tomorrow at the slightly earlier time of noon.

Meanwhile in the side events, the Sviten Special was won by George Sandford for €2,882 after he bested long-time chip leader Rolf Galaasen heads up. Ylva Thorsrud took down the Acroud Charity Tournament, as documented below, and the PLO Masters continues as I type, with 7 players remaining from a total 48 entries. Day 1b of the utterly delightful Blackjack Championship saw Ilmari Sukanen and Elias Hesikanen both progress to Day 2; as regards the Roulette Championship, there are still three players with chips in Day 1b and 30 spins still to go.

Today's Main Event supersat has smashed the five seat guarantee, just like yesterday - there are currently 107 entries and rising - and we're fully expecting the fields for Days 1b and 1c/d to dwarf today's. See you then!