PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Record-breaking field returns for Day 2
A very warm welcome from a packed King's Casino in Rozvadov as we play out Day 2 of the PokerStars Festival Main Event.
A whopping 1,121 players entered the four starting flights (plus two no-shows), making this both the biggest PokerStars event to be held in Rozvadov and the biggest in the Festival's short history. Unsurprisingly with such a gigantic field, the €500,000 guarantee has been blown out the water as the prize-pool swells to an eye-watering €1,089,310.
507 have made their way through to Day 2, where 215 will get the chance to make the money. The min-cash sits at €1,534, with the eventual winner set to bag €146,464 for their efforts.
So who tops the field at the start of the day with blinds at 800/1,600? In the number one spot is Hungarian Day 1A chip leader Péter Kamarás who sits on an impressive 270,600. He's followed closely by Day 1B chip leader and local man Michal Mrakes (who bagged 264,100) and Sven Wilde (212,000) who triumphed over the 475 strong Day 1C field.
And there are still a number of notable names in contention. After busting from the first flight on Day 1A Team Pro ElkY managed to bag up 69,700 in flight 1D which saw 208 players re-enter for another shot at Day 2. Local Czech hero Martin Kabrhel was another name who despite a not-so-great first flight was able to bag up chips at the end of Day 1D. He ended up topping the leader-board for the day when he won a flip with pocket jacks against ace-king on a queen-high board. He enters today with 136,900.
Who else is here? Alongside ElkY, PokerStars Team Online players Jaime Staples and Randy 'nanonoko' Lew came back for Day 2. Unfortunately for Mr. Staples he wasn't able to last long when he bust during the first half-hour of the day. Lew however is still sitting pretty 120,900.
Martin Staszko is also still here. The 2011 WSOP Main Event runner-up was able to bag up 146,200 thanks to a triple up towards the end of the day when his Q♥Q♦ held against K♠J♥ and 8♣8♠ on a board that ran 2♣9♦2♦6♣Q♠. He's joined alongside EPT13 Barcelona champ Sebastian Malec (16,200), PokerStars Festival London winner Rehman Kassam (117,000) and the last ever Eureka winner Hubert Matuszewski (who bagged up 16,000).
Today will comprise of 12 levels of 60 minutes as we see the field whittle down to the money. At the mid-way point of Level 1 blinds are at 800/1600, with an ante of 200.
Here are the notable stacks from the start of the day:
|Michal Mrakes||Czech Republic||264,100|
|Jan Stariat||Czech Republic||210,500|
|Ondrej Vlasanek||Czech Republic||206,500|
|Martin Staszko||Czech Republic||146,200|
|Martin Kabrhel||Czech Republic||136,900|
|Randy Lew||USA||PokerStars Team Online||120,900|
|Bertrand Grospellier||France||PokerStars Team Online||69,700|
|Vojtech Ruzicka||Czech Republic||39,600|
|Jaime Staples||Canada||PokerStars Team Online||25,700|
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