PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Michal Mrakes wins 'Hand of Day 1B' & carries chip lead from start to finish
Having seen how big Day 1A and 1B of this PokerStars Festival Rozvadov Main Event have been, we can only guess how crazy tomorrow will be. A total of 183 entered yesterday (a new Day 1 record for the Festivals), with an additional 255 here today. We've already got 483 entries; this event is going to break records!
After ten 45-minute levels around 122 remained, and topping the field when the chips were bagged and tagged was Michal Mrakes, ending with 264,100. Mrakes held the chip lead for the entirety of the day, having been involved in the craziest pot of the day early on. After a K♦8♦5♠2♣4♠ board had hit the felt, Mrakeš, Ilber Tairi and Uwe Geiermann found all their chips in the middle for a three-way all in. When the cards were flipped, we saw why:
Yep - the dreaded and rarely seen 'set over set over set'. That pot took Mrakeš up to 110,000, almost four times the 30,000 starting stack, and eliminated Tairi. Geiermann was left with just 1,000 in front of him, and while right now his fate is unknown, it'd probably be a good guess to say he didn't make it.
The only other notable stack we saw anywhere near Mrakes' was Ondrej Vlasanek, who ended with 206,500.
Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier hopped in after the midway point, and managed to chip up a little before eventually busting during Level 9. We spoke to ElkY earlier today about Twitch, his relationship with King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik, his poker plans, and his love of running - check out that ElkY interview here.
Meanwhile, the winner and runner up of last night's King's High Roller - Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Eugene Katchalov - both survived the day, ending with 48,900 and 106,700 respectively.
Other notables out in the field included 2016 WCOOP Main Event winner Jonas Lauck (17,100), who also final tabled that high roller yesterday. After winning $1.5 million in the WCOOP and €20,640 here, the German will surely only be happy with a deep run in this one. Having said that, show me a poker player who is happy having not secured a nice cash and I'll show you a liar.
Unless it's Bill Perkins.
Perky isn't here, but plenty of players are including PokerStars Team Online members Jaime Staples and Randy 'nanonoko' Lew, both of whom will be playing tomorrow. Day 1C kicks off at 2pm, before Day 1D - a turbo flight only for players who have already entered and busted - begins at 10pm.
Right now it's time for the extravagant players' party - we'll see you on the other side.
Catch up on all the live updates from Day 1B of the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov Main Event via our friends at PokerNews.