PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Weide bags Day 1C chip lead; now it's turbo time!
It's a good job that King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik is adding more space to his poker room here in Rozvadov, because this place was bursting to the seams today. Maybe it was due to the cold outside; maybe it was because it's a Saturday night; or maybe it's because the PokerStars Festival is in town, and everyone wants to win it.
Our money is on the latter being the reason that 475 runners sat down to take a shot here on Day 1C. That amount brings the total field for this Main Event up to 899, and when you take into consideration that the turbo Day 1D is only just underway, that number is going to grow even more.
So: this tournament is both the biggest PokerStars event ever held in Rozvadov, and the largest PokerStars Festival to date in terms of runners. Speaking of which, roughly 250 of the 475 survived this flight. The runner who we think had the best day of all was Sven Weide; the German collected 212,000, and although it's not 100% at this point, we think that's good for the lead.
We had some familiar faces out in the vast crowd. PokerStars Team Online's Jaime Staples and Randy 'nanonoko' Lew were arguably the most recognisable, and both managed to survive the day. Staples was down to just 14 big blinds at one point, but when his pocket fives held up against big slick he doubled up near the end of the day and finished with 25,700.
Staples spent his entire day sat next to EPT13 Barcelona winner Sebastian Malec (who ended play with 16,200), and the two had battled the short stack grind together. Lew on the other hand didn't seem to have any bumps in the road; his stack climbed steadily and settled at 120,900 when the bags came out.
Other notables include the PokerStars Festival London winner Rehman Kassam (who ended with 117,000) and the last ever Eureka winner, Hubert Matuszewski (who bagged up 16,900). Martin Staszko also survived with a 146,200 stack.
Kully Sidhu had a very short-lived Day 1C run, playing less than half an hour in total. Luckily for the Brit, he can take another shot in the Day 1D.
We'll be bringing you all the gossip from that turbo flight tomorrow morning, after the dust has settled. However, if you want to follow some live updates you can find them courtesy of our pals at PokerNews.com.
For now, we urge you to get some rest, as tomorrow is going to be a marathon day. Dobrou noc!
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