Maxim Lykov is off to a strong start on Day 1b of the World Series of Poker Main Event. After picking up a pot with big slick minutes before, he was dealt queens on the button. A player in middle position raised to 800 and Lykov reraised to 2,200. His opponent moved all in for around 16,000 and Lykov made the call. Lykov turned over and his opponent turned over .
The board ran out and Lykov took down the pot. He now sits with around 73,000 in chips.
Lykov has had a great 2011 when it comes to live tournaments. In January he took third in the PCA $25,000 High Roller event for $369,490. In May he took fourth at the EPT San Remo No-Limit Hold'em Main Event for $290,000. Just this month he won his first ever gold bracelet in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for $648,880. He outlasted the biggest crowd of this year's series with 4,576 people playing in the event.
Other PokerStars Pros are out there building up their stacks as well. Dario Minieri was down to just 10,000 chips before the second break of the day. He has run it up to 60,000 in chips after doubling up through an opponent holding to make a straight.
Nacho Barbero has been eliminated from the Main Event. The player under the gun opened for 950 and Nacho Barbero put whatever he was watching on his iPad on pause to move all in for 5,425 on the button. His opponent made the call.
Barbero held and his opponent held . The board ran out and Barbero was sent to the rail.
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