$3,300 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $3,300
Prize Pool $1,500,000
Players 648
Players Left 311
Average Chip Stack 208,360
Total Chips 64,800,000

Level Info

Level 10
Blinds 1,000 / 2,500
Ante 2,500

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 311
Entries 648

Chaya, Yildiz Play a Classic Flip

dsalituro • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

Nabil Chaya was all in for 66,000 from the cutoff and up against button Emrah Yildiz.

Nabil Chaya: {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}
Emrah Yildiz: {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}

Chaya took out his phone and began filming the action as the flop came {3-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{7-Clubs}. The {q-Hearts} on the turn improved Yildiz to a set and left Chaya drawing dead as the inconsequential {2-Clubs} fell on the river, sealing his elimination.

Emrah Yildiz gb
Emrah Yildiz
gb 230,000 171,500
Nabil Chaya
Nabil Chaya

Tags: Emrah YildizNabil Chaya

Mandara Gets Looked Up

Cottrellmkw • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

Picking up the action on the turn, Ryan Mandara in the cutoff was involved in a hand with a player on the button. With the board reading {6-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} Mandara checked to his opponent who followed suit.

The {k-Clubs} river completed the board, prompting Mandara to push 24,000 into the middle. As soon as his chips had crossed the betting line, the button player made the call and turned over {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. Mandara could only show {7-}{7-}, ceding the pot to his opponent and cutting his own stack down to near starting.

Ryan Mandara gb
Ryan Mandara
gb 110,000 45,000

Tags: Ryan Mandara

Kan Shoves as Clock Called on Wojtkowiak

dsalituro • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

With around 30,000 in the middle on a board of {a-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{2-Spades}{j-Hearts}, Michal Wojtkowiak bet 20,000 from middle position before Oleg Kan, on the button, moved all in.

Wojtkowiak, with around 95,000 remaining, tanked for about a minute and tablemate Serge Matta called the clock. Wojtkowiak allowed the clock to go down to the last 10 seconds before he sent his cards into the muck.

Timur Margolin was missing from his seat at this table and has been eliminated. He was replaced by the recently-busted Alexey Losev, who has reentered.

Oleg Kan RU
Oleg Kan
RU 470,000 189,000
Alexey Losev ru
Alexey Losev
ru 100,000 100,000
Michal Wojtkowiak pl
Michal Wojtkowiak
pl 95,000 -18,500
Timur Margolin il
Timur Margolin
il Busted

Tags: Alexey LosevMichal WojtkowiakOleg KanTimur Margolin

One Bustout, One Double Up

dsalituro • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

Alexey Losev was down to around 30,000 when he pushed all in from the cutoff. Julian Selinger, on the button, reraised and the rest of the table got out of the way.

Alexey Losev: {6-Clubs}{4-Clubs}
Julian Selinger: {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}

Losev was far behind Selinger's tens as the board came {5-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{10-Clubs}, sending him to the rail early on Day 2.

At the same time on another table, Barak Wisbrod was all in for 60,000 and up against Alper Kerim.

Barak Wisbrod: {k-Spades}{q-Hearts}
Alper Kerim: {a-Hearts}{6-Hearts}

Wisbrod spiked a queen on the {6-Clubs}{5-Spades}{q-Clubs} flop to take the lead, while the {q-Spades} on the turn gave him trips and left Kerim drawing dead heading to the {5-Diamonds} river, securing Wisbrod's double up.

Julian Selinger de
Julian Selinger
de 350,000 31,000
Alper Kerim tr
Alper Kerim
tr 270,000 -32,000
Barak Wisbrod il
Barak Wisbrod
il 120,000 72,000
Alexey Losev ru
Alexey Losev
ru Busted

Tags: Alexey LosevAlper KerimBarak WisbrodJulian Selinger

Bachar Is "Invincible"

dsalituro • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

Heads-up on a board of {j-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}, Seyedahmad Haghgou bet 23,000 from the big blind before Guy Bachar, in the cutoff, moved all in. Haghgou quickly called for his last 120,000.

Haghgou had {j-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for top pair and a flush draw, while Bachar showed {k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}. The {a-Diamonds} on the river was no help to Haghgou and he became an early casualty of Day 2.

"You are invincible, my friend," a tablemate told Bachar following the hand.

Guy Bachar
Guy Bachar
300,000 300,000
Seyedahmad Haghgou
Seyedahmad Haghgou

Tags: Guy BacharSeyedahmad Haghgou

Reichenstein Folds River

Cottrellmkw • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

Uri Reichenstein opened to 5,500 from early position and was called by the small and big blind to generate three-way action heading to the flop.

Both blinds checked to Reichenstein on a flop of {3-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and he continued for 6,000. That convinced the small blind to get out of the way but the player in the big blind made the call to see a turn.

Action checked through the {9-Hearts} turn to the {7-Diamonds} river at which point the big blind took over the betting lead, firing off 19,000. Reichenstein, after a few moments, released his holding to take a small hit to his stack early in the day.

Uri Reichenstein il
Uri Reichenstein
il 210,000 -39,000

Tags: Uri Reichenstein

Jdan Picks Up Jacks the First Hand

dsalituro • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

On the first hand of Day 2, Oleg Jdan raised to 6,000 from under the gun as action folded to George Rabahie in the small blind, who three-bet to 31,000. Jdan moved all in for 49,000 and Rabahie called.

Oleg Jdan: {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}
George Rabahie: {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

Jdan was ahead with his jacks as the board came {3-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{9-Spades}{4-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}. Rabahie received no help and was left paying off his short-stacked opponent.

George Rabahie
George Rabahie
120,000 -51,500
Oleg Jdan
Oleg Jdan
100,000 51,000

Tags: George RabahieOleg Jdan

Shuffle Up and Deal!

Cottrellmkw • Level 10: Blinds 1,000-2,500, 2,500 ante

Cards are in the air on Day 2 of Event #19: $3,300 Main Event.


Roman Gadzhiev Leads as More Than 300 Players Combine on Day 2 of the Merit Poker Carmen Series $3,300 Main Event

Everyone is chasing Roman Gadzhiev on Day 2
Everyone is chasing Roman Gadzhiev on Day 2

After four starting flights over three days and nine levels, 305 players will pack into the poker room at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino today when Day 2 of the Merit Poker Carmen Series $3,300 Main Event begins at noon local time.

Leading the way by a significant margin is Roman Gadzhiev, who takes a massive stack of 821,000 into Day 2, more than 200,000 ahead than his closest challenger. Gadzhiev's lead is impressive, but there are plenty of notables sprinkled throughout the field still with a chance at claiming the title.

Ran Koller (558,500), Recep Aydemir (554,500), and Maxime Chilaud (522,000) are all in the top 10 heading into the day. Just outside are Toni Kaukua (504,000), Jack Sinclair (469,500), and Koray Korkmaz, who's already finished runner-up in the Warmup event at this series and is poised for another deep run with a stack of 407,000.

Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerChip CountBig Blinds
1Roman Gadzhiev821,000328
2Walid Bou Habib595,000238
3Vitalii Pankov585,000234
4Denis Kapustin577,500231
5Ali Moein559,000224
6Ran Koller558,500223
7Andrei Kaigorodtcev558,500223
8Recep Aydemir554,500222
9Boris Smuskevicius538,000215
10Maxime Chilaud522,000209

Other notables further down the leaderboard include Eduard Barsegian (398,500), Alexandru Papazian (332,000), Ran Ilani (325,000), and Philippe Souki (290,500).

A total of 611 entries have played the tournament over the first four starting flights, already blowing past the $1,500,000 guaranteed prize pool. Late registration and unlimited reentries are still available for the first four hours of today's play, at the end of Level 13 which should come around 5 p.m. local time, so the field should grow substantially larger by the time the prize pool is announced.

Play will pick up on Level 10, with blinds at 1,000-2,500 and a 2,500 big blind ante. The schedule calls for another nine hour-long levels today.

Today the players will find out what they are playing for as they inch their way toward the money. It will be a packed room here in North Cyprus, and PokerNews will be following the action the entire way and providing live updates.

Tags: Alexandru PapazianEduard BarsegianJack SinclairKoray KorkmazMaxime ChilaudPhilippe SoukiRan IlaniRan KollerRecep AydemirRoman GadzhievToni Kaukua