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Farcas Tops 98 Survivors After Bubble Madness; Kanit and Rheem Among Big Stacks Mustapha Kanit

Farcas Tops 98 Survivors After Bubble Madness; Kanit and Rheem Among Big Stacks

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Sunday, December 10, 2023 4:45 AM Local Time

Farcas Tops 98 Survivors After Bubble Madness; Kanit and Rheem Among Big Stacks

The flagship tournament of the 2023 World Series of POKER Paradise at the five-star Atlantis Resort & Casino has officially kicked off. In the first of four live starting days, a field of 657 entries emerged in the Grand Balltroom. Along with the 883 entries of the previous online flight on GGPoker, Event #10: $5,000 Main Event Championship is already more than half-way towards meeting the ambitious $15 million guarantee.

Since the online flight played down to the money bubble and produced 126 survivors, each of the four Day 1 on Paradise Island is also set to whittle down each field to the top 15 percent. The goal for Day 1a were 99 finishers but a tumultuous money bubble reduced the field to just 98 players, who all bagged and tagged chips for the night.

Most certainly contributing to the spectacular end of the night was Marian Farcas, who ultimately topped the leaderboard with 1,374,000. He three-bet jammed twice against shorter stacks and was caught with the fingers in the cookie jar. Seven-deuce suited could not crack pocket aces but ace-trey suited got there against the ace-jack of Jeremie Zouari. Chin Wei Lim was the other casualty when his ace-king suited fell to the jack-ten suited of Armin Rezaei.

Taiwan’s Wei-Hsun Lu was among the leaders for most of the late stages and advanced with 1,257,000 while another two players earned a seven-figure stack, including Connor Rash (1,119,000) and Mustapha Kanit (1,039,000. Chino Rheem missed the same feat by a single chip and declared 999,000 after more than fifteen hours of play.

Top 10 Chip Counts After Day 1a

Place Player Country Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Marian Farcas Romania 1,374,000 115
2 Wei-Hsun Lu Taiwan 1,257,000 105
3 Connor Rash United States 1,119,000 93
4 Mustapha Kanit Italy 1,039,000 87
5 Chino Rheem United States 999,000 83
6 Ioannis Angelou-Konstas Greece 940,000 78
7 Joseph Lebrun United States 884,000 74
8 Ratharam Sivagnanam CANADA 830,000 69
9 Sean Troha United States 749,000 62
10 Alan Khoo Singapore 727,000 61

Several WSOP Main Event champions were among the contestants on Day 1a but the only one to make it through was none other than the current World Champion Daniel Weinman. After a longer hiatus since the victory in Las Vegas, he recently returned to the action with a second-place finish in a WSOP Circuit Main Event and carried over the momentum to the Bahamas. He turned his starting stack of 50,000 into an above-average stack of 453,000.

Koray Aldemir, Jamie Gold and Ryan Riess were not as fortunate as they all joined a long list of notable casualties throughout more than seventeen and a half levels of 40 minutes each. The 2019 WSOP Europe Main Event winner, Alexandros Kolonias from Greece, ended the night with 329,000.

Notables to advance with big stacks include Ioannis Angelou-Konstas (940,000), Sean Troha (749,000), Faraz Jaka (682,000), Bryce Yockey (612,000), and Chris Hunichen (448,000).

Daniel Weinman

The 98 Day 1a survivors and 126 online in-the-money qualifiers can still enter any of the remaining three live Day 1 in order to run up a bigger tally, but only the larger stack will be carried over to Day 2 on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.

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