PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: All the happenings from Day 1C so far

As Level 5 dwindles down and mutates into Level 6, let us give you a brief recap of how Day 1C of the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov has gone so far.

Things kicked off an hour before play even started. PokerStars pros Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, Jaime Staples and Randy 'nanonoko' Lew gave a Q&A in the Players' Lounge, during which they gave some great advice for any budding Twitchers out there. You can read through what they said here.

Lew hopped in Day 1C during Level 3 and is up to 34,000, while Staples has only just taken his seat as we type. He's found himself sat right next to EPT13 Barcelona champion Sebastian Malec, who is down to 24,000. Unfortunately for ElkY, he busted during Day 1A on Thursday and will have to wait until 10pm for tonight's turbo Day 1D.

There have been 455 entries so far here today, which confirmed what we all expected anyway: this event is a record-breaker. It's the biggest event ever held here in Rozvadov, and the biggest PokerStars Festival to date. We'll know exactly how many entrants this tournament had after the end of Level 6, when registration closes.

As always in big tournaments like this one, some have great starts and others fall early. That was true for the UK's Shay Aniuwalia and Czech player Lukas Vagner. All of their 30,000 starting stacks were in the middle on the turn of a 9♣2♥A♥J♦ board, and Vagner must have been confident with his A♠J♥ for top two pair. However, Aniuwalia had the A♣A♦ for top set, leaving the local lad drawing dead. That gave Aniuwalia an early chip lead.

We've got a few notable names in the field. High roller regular Kully Sidhu is in the mix, having driven here from Prague where he is staying. That means if Sidhu makes it through today, he'll have to drive back to the capital tonight, and then back down again tomorrow for a 12pm start! That's commitment. Sidhu currently sits with around 32,000.

We've also got the Czech Republic's winningest tournament poker player of all time: 2011 WSOP Main Event runner up Martin Staszko. He's up to 48,000 right now.

Oh, and the most outlandishly dressed award goes to England's Carl Harris, below.


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Mr. Harris

On the opposite side of the room, the €330 PokerStars Cup is taking place. That has attracted 147 players, with 123 remaining.

We'll be back at the end of the day with a full Day 1C recap, but keep checking in with us as we'll bring you other stories from Rozvadov.


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Jack Stanton
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