Lvl 1 – 25/50 – 11 players
Clock starts bang on time here with 11 players and a couple at the registration desk.
Our Tournament Director tonight is Jeanelle Brincat, she make look sweet, but don’t mess with her!
We have two satellite qualifiers playing tonight who won their seats on redbet poker online for €20 each! BOOOM! No-one tell my boss he’s staking them in this event! I’m laughing all the way to the dole queue!
We’ll be continuing the redbetLIVE at Dragonara satellites for the next event at least, so make sure you join up, take advantage of the 200% deposit bonus and get yourself a €200 seat for buttons!
Lvl 2 – 50/100 – 17 players
Interesting hand on table two as 7/8 seated player went to the flop after Nic Nyman opened in early position for 300.
He then led out for 650 on a flop of 3dAc5c and got a call out of Massimo Aguzzi from the cutoff and Cyril Fievet from under the gun.
The turn landed as Qd and Nyman carried on pumping for 1700, which didn’t put Aguzzi off, but got rid of Fievet pretty quickly.
The river was Ks and Nyman checked. Aguzzi put a bet of 3500 into the pot of 7450 and that sent Nyman into the tank for a bit. He eventually called, and Aguzzi showed his bluff with 4d5d, meaning that Nyman won the pot with Ad2d.
Lvl 3 – 75/150 – 19 players
We roll on into the night with pots being won and lost all over the shop.
We love this stage of the tournament; the blinds are so deep that there is a lot of splashing about and everyone can play a good few hands, irrespective of their skill level.
Martin Pacholik looked set to triple up when he got it all in on a flop of 8d9d4c with A4 and was called by Gaetano Caruana and Xylon Cassar.
Caruana bet Casssar out of the pot when the turn came As to give him top pair, but Pacholik was unimpressed to see 9c on the river, counterfeiting his two pair and sending the pot to Caruana. Still, with 1 re-entry available per flight, we’re pretty sure Pacholik won’t be too wounded!
Break – 15 mins
Lvl 4 – 100/200 – 21 players
During the break in the smoking area, British fish Phil Pearson told us about a hand he played:
There was a limp UTG and Pearson was on the button with A8off-suit and he opened to 4.5 big blinds. He got a call from both blinds but the limper folded.
The flop was Kd9d3c and action checked to Pearson who continued for 2.1k, folding out the small, but getting a call from Emilios Loizou in the big blind.
The turn was Ah and Pearson bet 5.1k, again getting a call from Loizou.
The river was Ad and Loizou checked, giving Pearson the opportunity to bet 8k into what was now a 16k pot.
Loizou thought for a bit, and then called, showing a King when he saw he was beat by Pearson’s runnered trips. Nice life, Pearson; unlucky Loizou!
Lvl 5 – 100/200/25 – 21 players
We have also just witnessed a serious theft in the casino as Phil Pearson boldly stole one of the photographer’s (Joe Hall) chips from his dinner plate. Stealing food from the media team is a crime punishable by extreme photoshopping, so watch this space, cos Pearson’s going down hard.
Lvl 6 – 150/300/25 – 19/21 players
Stories of sickness from table 2 as Cyril Feivet opened UTG with KK, and got two limpers. Ellie Biessek fancied it as a 3-bet opportunity and Feivet 4-bet, folding out two limpers. Biessek, holding AJ, is not one to be pushed around, so she 5-bet jammed and was called by Feivet who was holding KK.
Feivet was understandably happy to see the position he was in, but was less impressed to watch an Ace fall on the river, doubling Bissek up. He took five minutes away from the table to chill out a bit, a good move we reckon after that unfortunate beat.
“I played it badly.” Biessek said, as she scooped in the pot. We all deserve some rungood from time to time! Feivet still has 30k in his stack after he has played well previously and increased from starting stack enough to weather the storm of Biessek’s luck.
BREAK – 15 mins
Lvl 7 – 200/400/50 – 23/25 players
Three more 30 min lvls of late reg for Day1A left to go, so you have until around 00:30 to get on in this.
Day 1B (13:00) and Day 1C (19:30) play tomorrow though, so if you can’t make it tonight, we’ll see you tomorrow?
The players have worked out that they can control the music playlist here: all requests to Tournament Director, Jeanelle, who is doing a great job of being amateur DJ and we’re getting some great tunes in the cardroom!
Lvl 8 – 250/500/50 – 22/25 players
A couple of eliminations as the blinds go up, atmosphere is fun though, with a bit of good natured bantz.
Sorry, we will give ourselves a blind level long exclusion penalty for using the word “bantz”.
Lvl 9 – 300/600/50 – 20/25 – 22/26 players
Last level of entry begins and players traditionally go one way or another at this point:
Strategy one: Tighten up and cling on for Day 2.
Strategy two: Loosen up and aim for a re-entry.
Which is your preferred strategy?
BREAK – 15mins
Lvl 10 – 400/800/100 – 21/26 players
Blinds are up and the last three levels until the end of Day1A have begun.
It’s getting late, but the energy is still good in the room
Lvl 11 – 500/1000/100 – 16/26 players
Lvl 12 – 600/1200/100 – 15/26 players
Raymond Galea was eliminated at the last post in ugly style as he got it all in on a flop of AJ3 with A10 against Pacholik’s J10. Pacholik stood up to leave, which brought in the immediate miracle Jack on the river.
Galea did have Pacholik covered buy 1 big blind, but is obviously not a believer in the spin-up as he decided to leave the big blind and abandon ship. #BallerLife
Day ends at 02:20 with 14 players remaining.
Play will resume on Sunday at 13:00 from Lvl 13 (800/1600/200)