Kyriakos Papadopoulos leads after Day 1A of the WPTDeepStakcs Brussels Main Event, Ioannis Angelou-Konstas eyes record-breaking third title
The WPTDeepStacks is back to one of its favorite European poker destinations for another exciting edition of the series. The WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event kicked off yesterday with the first of three starting flights.
The €1,200 buy-in tournament drew 147 entries on Day 1A at the host casino Grand Casino Viage Brussels. Of them, only 48 made it through the end of the 12 levels scheduled for the day. The remaining survivors are set to go back to the host venue on Sunday for Day 2 of the tournament.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos scooped the largest stack last night to lead his fellow players into the second days of action. The player put 305,500 in his bag for a comfortable chip advantage over the rest of the remaining contenders.
An important thing that should be mentioned about the Day 1A overnight chip leader is the fact that he is no stranger to WPT success. Last year, the Greek player topped the massive 2,983-person field of the Zynga Poker 2018 Aria WPT500 that took place in Las Vegas. Papadopoulos claimed the title and a first-place prize of $184,900 for being the last man standing in that difficult race.
Who’s in the Hunt for the Title?
With two more starting flights to be completed and several more days of play, it is quite early to tell who might be a favorite for the WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event title. In fact, the prize pool and the places paid are, too, yet to be announced. That will happen once registration closes.
Papadopoulos built a solid stack on Day 1A of the tournament. As mentioned earlier, the player had 305,500 worth of chips by the end of the day and is well ahead of his fellow Day 1A survivors. Arne Coulier bagged the second largest stack last night, good for 188,000.
Michael Mizrachi, a member of the elite WPT Champions Club, rounded out top three of the temporary chip counts chart with 184,000. Mizrachi was actually the only Main Tour Main Event champ to make it through the 12 levels of the day.
Ioannis Angelou-Konstas is eyeing his third WPTDeepStacks title. The player collected 34,000 in chips last night to secure his seat into Day 2. Angelou-Konstas took down the WPTDeepStacks Brussels this time last year. The player now has a chance to become the first-ever winner of three WPTDeepStacks titles in the history of the series.
Other notables still in contention include Francois Tosques, Javier Hernando, and Dragos Trofimov. Alexandru Cinca, Saman Ziarati, and Christophe De Meulder were among those who got eliminated before the end of Day 1A.
Action resumes today at the host venue with Days 1B and 1C. The second starting flight of the tournament is set to kick off at 2 pm local time, while the final starting flight is scheduled for 10 pm local time and will feature 20-minute levels.
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