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Chen Leads Stacked Field After Day 1 of Event #8: €25,000 NLH GGMillion€ James Chen

Chen Leads Stacked Field After Day 1 of Event #8: €25,000 NLH GGMillion€

WPT Global EditedJames Chen

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 4:30 AM Local Time

Chen Leads Stacked Field After Day 1 of Event #8: €25,000 NLH GGMillion€

The first high buy-in bracelet event of the 2023 World Series of POKER Europe began with a busy day on the felt at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, as many of the game’s best took their seat in Event #8: €25,000 NLH GGMillion€. Day 1 saw a total of 75 entries, with 28 players finding a bag at the end of 14 levels. The field will likely grow a bit further, as late registration remains open until the start of play on Day 2.

In the end, James Chen stood alone atop the chip counts in a stacked leaderboard that will be sure to entertain on the way to awarding the prestigious WSOP gold bracelet. Chen made a late surge to overtake Martin Kabrhel as the only player to surpass 3,000,000 chips on the opening day.

Kabrhel entered late in the day but quickly built a stack and sits second with 2,885,000, slightly ahead of Hungary’s Tamas Adamszki (2,760,000). Niklas Astedt and Patrik Jaros round out the top five, each bagging up 2,300,000 chips.

Day 1 Top Ten Chip Counts

Rank Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 James Chen Taiwan 3,045,000 122
2 Martin Kabrhel Czechia 2,885,000 115
3 Tamas Adamszki Hungary 2,760,000 110
4 Niklas Astedt Sweden 2,300,000 92
5 Patrik Jaros Czechia 2,300,000 92
6 Cedric Schwaederle France 2,045,000 82
7 Santhosh Suvarna India 1,895,000 76
8 Jerry Odeen Sweden 1,775,000 71
9 Michael Rocco United States 1,695,000 68
10 Daniel Dvoress CANADA 1,650,000 66

Viktor Blom
Day 1 Action

A number of notable players entered a dangerous field early on Day 1, including Timothy Adams, Daniel Dvoress, Stephen Chidwick and Viktor Blom. As the day moved along, the late registration desk was busy seating the likes of Ole Schemion, Nacho Barbero, Felipe Ketzer, and Bertrand Grospellier. All of them were able to survive the night and will be returning to action on Day 2.

Ren Lin was among those who had to reenter, doing so twice, but was unable to build any momentum and could not find a bag to end the night. Johan Guilbert found a straight flush, but ultimately could not capture any more magic and was also among the big names to hit the rail.

The day also saw the WSOP Europe debut of Alexandra Botez, wading her way through this challenging field before finally falling late in the night after her all in bluff was called by Ioannis Angelou-Konstas.

Alexandra Valeria Botez

Day 2 will begin at 2 p.m. local time on Level 15, with blinds of 10,000/25,000 and a 25,000 big blind ante. Levels will continue at 40 minutes in length with a break after every two hours of play. The tournament will now add 30-second shot clocks, which will be in play to begin the day. Action will be streamed on an hour delay on the King’s Resort official YouTube and Twitch channels.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to catch all of the action as the next WSOP bracelet winner is crowned.

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