Michael Sklenicka got off to a flying start in the $1 million guaranteed WPTDeepStacks Main Event, bagging up the chip lead at the end of Day 1A.

The $1 million guaranteed WPTDeepStacks Main Event commenced on October 10 with the first of four flights. Day 1A of the $1,100 buy-in tournament drew in a 238-strong crowd, but only 36 of those starters made it through to Day 2 at the first attempt.

A whole raft of poker superstars punched their Day 2 tickets from the Day 1A field, but nobody bagged up more chips than Michael Sklenicka of the Czech Republic, who turned his 200,000 starting stack into 4,688,721 by the close of play.

Sklenicka secured the chip lead although Argentina’s Ramiro Petrone hung off his coattails. Petrone was the only other Day 1A player to finish with more than four million chips; he finished on 4,275,095.

WPTDeepStacks Main Event Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1 Michael Sklenicka Czech Republic 4,688,721
2 Ramiro Petrone Argentina 4,275,095
3 Jerry Odeen Sweden 3,126,615
4 Bruno Volkmann Brazil 3,053,768
5 David Yan New Zealand 2,943,304
6 Lukas Wimmer Austria 2,606,627
7 Ludmil Ivanov Bulgaria 2,465,700
8 Valerii Lubenets Ukraine 2,264,383
9 Anderson Quintilhiano Brazil 2,228,628
1 Nikolai Penkin Russia 2,212,150

Fourteen Mega Sat Winners Through to Day 2

No less than 14 players are now in the money places after winning their seats via the 100 seat Mega Satellite that took place before Day 1A of the Main Event. Swedish pro Jerry Odeen fared the best of those satellite winner, ending Day 1A with 3,126,615 chips, enough for third place.

Three other satellite winners finished the evening with top ten stack. Ludmil Ivanov (2,465,700), Anderson Quintilhiano (2,228,628), and Nikolai Penkin (2,212,150) being that trio.

  • Jerry Odeen – 3,126,615
  • Ludmil Ivanon – 2,465,700
  • Anderson Quintilhiano – 2,228,628
  • Nikolai Penkin – 2,212,150
  • Dzmitry Tarasau – 1,479,600
  • Grigore Banari – 1,333,708
  • Matthias Kribben – 956,337
  • Pedro Hardman – 919,899
  • Katie Hutton – 750,072
  • Kyle Cronin – 537,021
  • Robert Hunt – 505,364
  • Mikalay Burtyl – 479,677
  • Joshua Gravel – 397,238
  • Dzmitry Siamenchanka – 260,948

A whole host of stellar names join the aforementioned players on Day 2 on October 25.

Irish legend Andy Black (1,956,738), Guillaume Nolet (1,343,547), former WPTWOC Main Event champion Christian Jeppsson (978,269), and our very own Carl Froch (546,316) all made it safely through their flight.

Day 1B kicks off at 19:05 BST on October 17, and there is another $109 buy-in Mega Satellite taking place at 16:05 on the same day. It has 100x $1,100 seats guaranteed, and you can win your way into that final from as little as a single cent.

Mordar Claims Mini Main Event Day 1A Chip Lead

The WPTDeepStacks Mini Main Event got off to a flying start with 353 players buying in on Day 1A. Only 53 progressed at the first time of asking, with Belgium’s Benjamin Mordar in pole position.

Modar came very close to ending his flight with a five-million stack, but fell just short, bagging up 4,997,887 chips. Two other Day 1A players ended the first part of their quest for glory with more than four million betting tokens. Sebastian Jung and John Glackin currently occupy second and third place on the chip counts courtesy of their 4,821,831 and 4,277,531 stacks.

WPTDeepStacks Mini Main Event Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Country Chips
1 Benjamin Mordar Belgium 4,997,887
2 Sebastian Jung United Kingdom 4,821,831
3 John Glackin Ireland 4,277,531
4 Aki Virtanen Finland 3,599,686
5 Patrice Brandt United Kingdom 3,329,824
6 Iavan Raich Argentina 2,660,071
7 Oliver Bibby United Kingdom 2,617,611
8 Jozsef Liszkovics Hungary 2,582,575
9 Paul Zehetleitner Malta 2,533,024
10 Fabio Sperling United Kingdom 2,532,009

Former WPT500 champion Fabio Sperling (2,532,009) did enough on Day 1A to rank tenth, while Rui Ferreira (2,223,291), Martins Adeniya (1,566,868), John Adderley (880,026), and $1,100 Main Event leader Sklenicka (559,531) progressed from the flight.

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