Day 1a of the partypoker MILLIONS UK Main Event in the Dusk Till Dawn got underway at noon today with a total of 170 players entering.
After eight levels of play, some massive stacks emerged with Mauricio Ferreira Pais seemingly collecting the most. He battled it out all day with the likes of Steven van Zadelhoff, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Joep Raemaekers at his table. Pais came out on top with a stack of over 5.5 million, no small feat considering everyone started with a million in chips. Pais will return on Day 2 with almost 184 big blinds.
Jiushuang Wang too had a great day, turning his million starting stack into 4.5 million, knocking out players left and right along the way. The biggest scalp came in a pot against partypoker PRO Roberto Romanello. While Romanello is, amongst other things, known for folding a full house in the WSOP Main Event a decade ago to the amazement of Mike Matusow, he wasn’t willing to repeat that feat here in Nottingham. He called with queens full of jacks, only to see Wang turn over queens full of kings on the river.
Wang is by no means the only one to multiply his stack. Such big names as Marvin Rettenmaier (3.8 million), Sam Grafton (2 million), November Niner Bryan Piccioli (3.1 million), and partypoker’s Joao Simao (3.5 million) all did well too.
Oliver Price was the first to head the tournament. Price’s surgence came at the expense of bracelet winner Max Silver who suffered a bad beat with top-pair and top-kicker all in against Price’s flush draw on the turn. A heart on the river sealed Silver’s faith and catapulted Price to the role of chipleader. Price didn’t stay up top and lost a fair bit of chips back throughout the rest of the day, ending the eight level with just over starting stack.
Day 2 sees the players return to action with blinds at 15,000 and 30,000. But before the 87 Day 1a survivors continue their quest for gold, first Day 1b will be played out on Thursday, January 9th. Players that busted on Day 1a today have another shot by handing over another $10,300 in exchange for a fresh 1,000,000 starting stack.
With the clock down to zero, 87 players from a field of 170 players survived Day 1a’s eight levels. Below are the official chip counts.
|Mauricio Ferreira Pais||5,510,000||2,144,997|
|Nathan John Watson||3,240,000||2,240,000|
|Marco Di Persio||3,005,000||2,005,000|
|Javier Gomez Zapatero||2,915,000||15,000|
|Per Anton Siden||2,905,000||1,905,000|
|Martin Robert Mathis||1,915,000||915,000|
|Joel Isla Gonzalo||1,410,000||410,000|
|Steven van Zadelhoff||1,200,000||-500,000|
|Andrei Lucian Boghean||590,000||-410,000|
With 15 minutes left on the clock, the tournament floor asked the dealers to stop dealing. Emile Hijman, a Dutch player that was sitting close by the floor, was asked to pick a card. He blindly picked the , making it six more hands for the day.
An extensive recap of today’s action is to follow once tournament play wraps up.
Jiushuang Wang opened under the gun and partypoker pro Roberto Romanello called from the big blind.
Romanello check-called a bet on before leading 200,000 on the turn. Wang thought about it for a bit, used a time extension card, and called.
The river came the and Romanello bet 775,000 with about 555,000 behind. Wang shoved and Romanello predicted to run into king-queen before but this time he wasn’t folding his full house and called with . Wang indeed showed and Romanello said his goodbyes.
|Mauricio Ferreira Pais||3,365,003||1,365,003|
|Javier Gomez Zapatero||2,900,000||1,100,000|
|Steven van Zadelhoff||1,700,000||70,000|
10,000 / 25,000
Big Blind Ante
When we arrived, the river was already out and a whole lot of chips were in the middle. Sam Grafton, the one to eventually rake in the pot, explained what happened with Anatoly Filatov giving some color commentary on how great Grafton was in the hand.
Grafton opened the pot with a raise from the hijack and got called by the button and big blind. On [5cQc10c], the big blind checked and Grafton bet a quarter of the pot. The button and big blind both called. The same was seen on the turn: the big blind checked, Grafton bet a quarter of the pot, and both of his opponents called.
The completed the board and the big blind checked for the third time. Grafton bet 125,000 and the button called. The big blind now check-raised, making it 375,000. Grafton shoved for 948,000 and the button folded. The big blind gave up as well.
Filatov goated Grafton in showing a card, and the latter turned over the .
“The greatest!” Filatov exclaimed. Except for the button (who was shaking his head a bit) and the big blind (who was just quietly looking at the chips he had just lost,) the table was laughing as Grafton started stacking.
The player in the cutoff opened for 50,000 before big blind Niall Farrell three-bet to 225,000. The cutoff called and he called Farrell’s 115,000 bet on the flop as well. Farrell took his foot of the gas on the turn and checked. The cutoff bet 250,000 and Farrell called. The on the river was checked through and Farrell’s eventually ended up face down in the muck as the cutoff showed .
Luke Schwartz’s seat was empty. Luigi Knppers, two to the left of the now empty seat, told us that Schwartz had reshipped for about 31 big blinds holding pocket nines. His opponent called with and hit a king to oust Schwartz.
Knoppers sits on a comfortable stack of almost two million.
You're all caught up!
No more pages to load