The Grand Casino de Namur was jam-packed last night for another starting flight of the €225 Lex Live Main Event.
If you saw inside the casino and poker room last night, you’d never have guessed it was a Thursday. It definitely had a Friday night feeling.
With more players continuing to arrive in Namur for Lex Live, the sense of community from Lex Veldhuis’s Twitch channel grows stronger. That was evident last night at the Lex Live welcome party, which we’ll bring you some video footage of later today.
But first, there was some poker we need to cover. Let’s fill you in on what went down on Day 1B of the €225 Main Event.
Following on from Day 1A’s 180 total entries, Thursday’s Day 1B saw an additional 305 entries split over the two starting flights (one at 6pm, and the turbo at 10pm). That means the €100K guarantee is guaranteed to be smashed later on tonight when Day 1C plays out. If previous Day 1Cs have taught us anything, it’s that people like to come out on a Friday night and play some cards. Expect this one to be very popular.
After 12 levels of play it was Belgium’s Soufiane Gherbi who bagged the chip lead, having spun his 50,000 starting stack up to 514,000. That also makes him the overall chip leader right now, as he pipped Day 1A’s leader Moise Alloun by 24,000. You can read through all of the blow-by-blow action here.
The next biggest stacks after Gherbi belonged to Randee Clybouw (420,000), Damase Verlinde (365,000), Marc Hansens (326,000), and France’s Samy Barka (324,500).
As for the turbo flight, it was Raphael Housni who bagged biggest. He’ll return on Day 2 with 309,500.
H1Z1 superstar Morten “Zeeth” Ottosen busted just before the end of Day 1A on Wednesday, but he fared better last night on his second bullet. “Zeeth” will return on Saturday with a stack of 58,500, in part thanks to a double up when he made quads holding pocket kings versus Constantin Smintanca’s pocket queens.
— Morten Ottosen (@zeeth__) March 29, 2019
Other members of the Twitch community to advance include Tjenno “TjennoE” Eskes (79,500), Markus “l4zy_pigeon” Borel (42,000), and Ger “eyesolater” Kamerling (25,500).
Kalidou Sow, who took down the PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event and PokerStars Festival London Main Event in back-to-back months (December 2017 and January 2018), fired his second bullet into the Main. Unfortunately for the Frenchman, he couldn’t find a bag and will need to return tonight if he wants a final shot at advancing.
In total there were 103 survivors joining the 60 who advanced from Day 1A.
Join us back here on the PokerStars Blog later today for more features from Lex Live in Namur.
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