339 players were reduced to 36 players in the blink of an eye - the beauty of six-handed PLO!
Jack Ellwood and Chad Brown were the early front runners, but then Roberto Romanello took over at the top and maintained the lead for most of the day. Then the man on fire, Nicolas Fierro, burned his way to the top and when he was moved to the Welshmans table he overtook him as the man to catch.
The end of eight levels approached at the same time as the money bubble and the unfortunate bubble boy was Sean LeFort. The action ceased immediately and everyone was sent home, guaranteed a min-cash, and told to return at 15.00 (CET) for Day Two.
On a flop the money went in between Sean LeFort and Rifat Palevic and we got to see the following showdown.
The turn was the and the river the ending the bubble play.
On a flop of Matt Stout (BB) and Anthony Lellouche (Button) were in the hand. Stout bet 5,600, lellouche raised to 11,800, Stout moved all-in and Lellouche called. The man at risk was Lellouche.
Turn: & River:
Double up for Lellouche.
Alexander Kostritsyn raised to 1,800, Juha Vilkki bet pot, Kostritsyn moved all-in and Vilkki called all in the blink of an eye. We had a showdown, and not only was Kostritsyn at risk of elimination but Vilkki would be established as the Day One chip leader should he win the hand.
Kostritsyn doubles up.
The fourth hand of hand for hand play just started. We could be here for a while!
For just 1,800 chips Alexander Dovzhenko was just all-in again Jon Spinks.
The board came down and the Russian doubled but is still one of the shortest stacks.
With just a couple of minutes left in the day we're on the money bubble!
These are the big stacks while we close in on the end of the first day of this crazy tournament!
Matt Stout and Andy Frankenberger have just managed to get all of their money in on the turn. Stout was happy and Frankenberger was not.