Werner Eder Claims the Lead on Day 1c as 43 Make Day 2

The third and final starting day of the $365 No Limit Hold’em $50,000 GTD Event #3 brought the best turnout with a total of 96 entries to create a total field of 236 entries. The top 24 spots will get paid at least $670 and the winner can look forward to a payday of $17,700 as well as the elusive World Series of Poker Circuit ring, the first of nine to be awarded during the inaugural festival at the Casino Royale on Sint Maarten.

After 14 levels of 30 minutes each, it was Austria’s Werner Eder who claimed the lead among 23 survivors with 109,500 ahead of fellow countryman Mario Eder (99,500) and Ben Beighle (89,400). Another Austrian made it in the top five overnight for Day 1c in Chan Ping Hsiung (88,600) while several local players made it through. Tommie Janssen busted in the last hand of level nine and re-entered immediately just before the registration closed, the Dutchman eventually accumulated 73,500.

The 43 remaining players will return tomorrow at 3.30 p.m. local time when the tournament is scheduled to play down to a winner. The level duration increases to 40 minutes for Day 2 and 50 minutes for the final table, the action recommences at blinds of 1,200-2,400 with a running ante of 400. There are several short stacks and 19 hopefuls will leave empty-handed.

Day 1c started strong and the field had soon eclipsed both previous flights to ensure that the guarantee would be eclipsed. Eventually, a prize pool of $70,800 was generated. Many players took advantage of the re-entry option in the first nine levels of play, but only few did so successfully to bag up chips.

Claudette Nannini quadrupled her stack within the first three levels and headed into the dinner break with 45,000 chips, the local player and last woman standing on Day 1c advanced with 74,000. Several others failed to do so – Belkacem Habassi, Attila Juhas, Peter Lawson, Dominick French, Martin Ryan and Tony Makhlouf all joined the rail.

Lawson played very aggressive and built his stack up all the way to 115,000 before imploding and busting less than half an hour later. Ryan was another big stack that ran out of chips. Christophe Rosso, Mario Eder and Angelo Flanders all doubled through him and Ryan busted in the second last level of the night. French was eventually eliminated in the last two hands of the day after first check-raising with ace-queen against Beighle on an ace-high flop and pushing when a ten appeared on the turn. Beighle however had ace-ten and called to leave the Canadian very short.

Another Side Event determined a winner today, or  better six winners and William “Timmy” Hicks in seventh place. The $135 Survivor Event #8 drew 33 runners for a prize pool of $3,300 and the top 20% were supposed to receive $500. Hicks, who will be the chip leader for Day 2 of Event #8, eventually had to settle for $300 while Osman Demir (Turkey), Jean Mrakic (France), Lucas Rastello (France), Ingrid Etienne (Martinique), Carina Eisenwagner (Austria) and Albert Lunenborg (Sint Maarten) all earned $500.

Besides the restart of Event #3, Monday will also see the start of Event #10, a $365 Six-Handed Event that awards the second WSOP Circuit Ring, as of 6 p.m. local time. The respective $65 Turbo Satellite starts at 4 p.m. and another edition of the $135 Survivor Event kicks off at 9 p.m. local time.

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