Live tournament updates covers the latest news from the Day 1B action from the Gioco Digitale World Poker Tour (WPT) Venice Carnival and the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star in California
First to Europe and the Gioco Digitale WPT Venice Carnival has passed through its two starting flights and the Czech player David Taborsky has a slight chip lead over the red hot Englishman Chaz Chattha.
Taborsky deserves a hat tip for amassing his 100,300 chip stack after flicking chips and cards around the table with the likes of Season XI WPT Baden winner Vladimir Bozinovic and the runner-up of the last two European WPT events Vasili Firsau.
Chattha also had a great day on the felt, but one would expect so as Chattha is on a little bit of a heater of late. The young Brit has made two final tables in February finishing sixth in the Sky Poker UK Poker Championships and fourth in the WPT National Series in London. Chattha ended the day with 97,850.
WPT Champions Club members Roberto Romanello and Giacomo Fundaro spent most of the day competing together, but both former champions made it through to Day 2 with the Welshman locking up 48,400 and the Italian 45,450.
David Vamplew also shared table space with Romanello and Fundaro, but he will not be joining the field on Day 2. The former European Poker Tour (EPT) London winner was eliminated by Eros Nastasi midway through the day.
105 players remain in the hunt for the title as Day 2 resumes at 14:30 (local time).
Lucas Ke Leads Bumper Field at Day 1B of the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars
713 players have taken part in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars event, making it the largest ever field in this format in its history, and the Italian Giorgio Medici will have the overall chip lead when Day 2 starts, after Day 1B chip leader Lucas Ke amassed 252,000 chips, just shy of Medici’s Day 1A total of 254,600.
Other big stacks after the Day 1B play had ended include Ron Minnis (232,200), Shankar Pillai (201,000), James Carroll (191,000), Carlos Villamarin (182,000), and Shooting Star Jeff Madsen (173,200).
11 Shooting Stars made it through the waves of attacks including Jeff Madsen, Phil Laak, Scott Seiver, Aaron Massey, Ravi Raghavan, Jason Mercier, Jeff Gross, Scotty Nguyen, Maria Ho, Andy Frankenberger and Ludovic Lacay.
297 players will resume on Day 2 where the action is planned to kick off at 11.00 (PT).