PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Big turnout for Day 1A sees Kamaras bag the lead
With 183 players taking a seat during the course of Day 1A, it's safe to say that the field size here in Rozvadov has surpassed all expectations. And with a free buffet why wouldn't it? For a comparison, the PokerStars London Festival attracted 169 entrants on Day 1A and ended with a total of 944 runners.
With such a big turnout, it means we're almost certainly looking at smashing that €500,000 guarantee. But by how much, only time will tell...
The day ended with just 71 managing to secure a seat into day 2. Leading the field is Péter Kamarás who finishes the day with a 270,600 stack - a fair wack above the average stack of 77,000. The Hungarian has multiple €50k-plus cashes on the IPT and Estrellas Poker Tour, and is approaching $500k in live earnings. He's followed closely today by Josef Gulas (204,700), and Michael Rhode from Germany who has 171,000 chips.
The sole PokerStars Team Pro in the field today was Marcin Horecki. He managed to double up the starting stack he'd been harbouring all day, finding himself with 68,000 a couple of levels before chips were to be bagged. However, today just wasn't his day. He busted in the last level to Josef Gulas, after snap-calling all-in with two pair only to see the bad news: Gulas had a set.
Another player of note to hit the hay was November niner Pierre Neuville who busted in an almost identical way to Horecki when his two pair ran into a set.
Other contenders for the title include UKIPT6 London winner Usman Siddique. The Brit - who won £84,100 in that event - finished today strong with 165,200, after getting lucky to double with pocket sixes against pocket kings. Meanwhile, early chip leader Patrick Bornicke couldn't keep up his momentum, ending with a still respectable 123,400.
We'll be back tomorrow at 2pm local time for Day 1B coverage, where we're hoping to see a few more famous faces in the field. We'll see you then.
Catch up on live updates of Day 1A of the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov Main Event via our friends at PokerNews.