WPT Merit Cyprus Classic Day 1b – Samaha Leads Overall

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Day 1b at the World Poker Tour Merit Cyprus Classic was played out last night with 125 players converging on the felt in a last ditch attempt to make it into Day 2. Many were new players firing their first shot, whilst others were players that were eliminated on Day 1a and were using their one and only re-buy.

After ten levels, at the end of the day’s action there were just 46 players remaining with Bernard Samaha topping the lot of them. He amassed 293,700 chips to put himself at the top of the overall leader board for Day 2, with a fairly decent margin too.

Others to do enough to progress included Roger Hairabedian and Kara Scott, with the former actually using his second bullet of the event. Both will now hope that they can make an even deeper run in this event and make the money.

There were a few big names that were not able to join them though in Marvin Rettenmaier, Dominik Nitsche and Vladimir Troyanovski, with Nitsche in particular feeling down after failing with two bullets.

The Prize Pool Information

With both opening day flights out of the way it meant that the total prize pool was announced for the event. There will be just 27 players going home with some money, $7,780 at least and a possible $250,000 for the win. We do not have access to the full breakdown of the paying places just yet, but will let you know as soon as we have it.

Take a look at the leaders from Day 1b below, though this does not represent the overall standings right now, just those that took part in Day 1b of the event.

The Top Ten From Day 1b

1st) Bernard Samaha – 293,700

2nd) Albert Daher – 234,000

3rd) Asaf Avci – 200,200

4th) Tobias Peters – 195,800

5th) Maximilian Droege – 176,000

6th) Mika Petteri – 163,200

7th) Olexander Gnatenko – 148,000

8th) Tobias Peter – 125,000

9th) Seyed Ghavam – 124,000

10th) Serhii Leonichev – 107,600

Day 2 starts up at 2pm local time with the remaining 103 survivors from the opening day flights returning to see that bubble quickly approaching. With many of the bigger names out, this event really is wide open now.

Come back tomorrow to see just who will have the best chance of an early season title in the World Poker Tour as we bring you the report from Day 2.