2021 World Series of Poker Europe
Main Event
Main Event
Dia 1a Terminado

PokerStars Festival London: Romanian Online Qualifier Mihaita Croitoru Leads Main Event

• Nível 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Mihaita Croitoru
Mihaita Croitoru

The first of four starting days for the PokerStars Festival London Main Event got underway at 2 p.m. at the Hippodrome Casino in the West End of London. A new chapter started for PokerStars as the era of the 'UK and Ireland Poker Tour' was ushered out and a new series of events rostered in.

Online qualifier Mihaita Croitoru (photo) leads after 12 levels of play in the inaugural London edition of PokerStars Festivals. The Romanian bagged up 340,000 while Lam Van Trinh sits second with 291,300. Third is Lucian Tartan on 216,500.

PositionPlayerCountryChip Count
1Mihaita CroitoruRomania340,000
2Lam Van TrinhUnited Kingdom291,300
3Lucian TartanUnited Kingdom216,500
4David JohnsonUnited Kingdom201,300
5Bappie De HaasNetherlands184,600

The event attracted plenty of big names, some of whom played the record-breaking High Roller yesterday. They included PokerStars Team Pro Felipe Ramos, Niall Farrell, Adrian Mateos, Chris Moorman and Philipp Gruissem.

Other familiar faces included the ever popular Barny Boatman and Chaz Chattha and a few of the younger faces on the scene in Ben Winsor, William Davies and Steven Game.

There were a total of 26 online qualifiers in the field with; all got in cheaply and had the plan to make away with a bumper payday. One of them, Mihaita Croitoru from Romania, qualified for just $66 at PokerStars and ended up as the Day 1a chip leader.

The £990 freezeout attracted 169 players in total, all of whom set out with high hopes and 30,000 chips continuing the successful start of the eight-day series.

It was a fiercely fought poker game all day with very few easy tables. Gruissem was one of the chip leaders towards the end of the day and at various stages in the last two levels, it looked as if Lucian Tartan, Brett Kennedy or Sander Sol could grab the lead. In one of the last five hands, though, Lam Van Trinh flopped a full house against his opponent's set and won a huge pot to propel him to the top. Another late twist saw him lose a pot to end up in second place and it was Croitoru who was end-of-day leader.

At the close of play, 45 players had made it through to Day 2 from the 169 entrants. Some of the notables to bag include William Davies (175,0000), David Docherty (127,000), Slaven Popov (95,700), Philipp Gruissem (70,800) and James Dempsey (40,500)

Day 1b is set to take place at the earlier start time of 11 a.m. tomorrow and will follow the same format as today; 12 levels of 45 minutes each with a 75-minute dinner break after level 6. Anyone who played and busted today will not be eligible to enter as the turbo on Friday is the only chance of re-entry.

Check in with the PokerNews Live Reporting team throughout the day for more action from the inaugural PokerStars Festival at the Hippodrome Casino.

Inside the Hippodrome Casino
Hippodrome Casino

Tags: Adrian MateosBarny BoatmanBen WinsorChris MoormanFelipe RamosJames DempseyNiall FarrellPhilipp GruissemSlaven PopovWilliam Davies

End-Of-Day Chip Counts (Completo)

[user38873] • Nível 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Mihaita Croitoru RO
Mihaita Croitoru
RO 340,000 340,000
Lam Van Trinh gb
Lam Van Trinh
gb 291,300 291,300
Lucian Tartan GB
Lucian Tartan
GB 216,500 -103,500
David Johnson gb
David Johnson
gb 201,300 201,300
Bappie De Haas NL
Bappie De Haas
NL 184,600 184,600
Brett Kennedy us
Brett Kennedy
us 176,700 6,700
William Davies gb
William Davies
gb 175,000 87,000
Sander Sol NL
Sander Sol
NL 161,400 -3,600
Sadman Shefan BD
Sadman Shefan
BD 161,000 161,000
Peter Smyth GB
Peter Smyth
GB 155,700 155,700
Dost Ghrabie gb
Dost Ghrabie
gb 153,000 153,000
Terence Etim gb
Terence Etim
gb 138,600 138,600
Aamir Khan PK
Aamir Khan
PK 136,400 136,400
Mohammed Zahour GB
Mohammed Zahour
GB 134,000 66,000
Anthony McShane GB
Anthony McShane
GB 131,600 131,600
David Docherty gb
David Docherty
gb 127,000 -33,000
Christopher Cancelliere GB
Christopher Cancelliere
GB 121,200 121,200
Braz Borges Junior PT
Braz Borges Junior
PT 117,000 117,000
Chris Da-Silva gb
Chris Da-Silva
gb 96,000 96,000
Slaven Popov bg
Slaven Popov
bg 95,700 -46,300
Lander Bereciartua Ujo ES
Lander Bereciartua Ujo
ES 93,400 93,400
Clement Tripodi fr
Clement Tripodi
fr 92,200 92,200
Hubert Attali FR
Hubert Attali
FR 91,600 91,600
Felipe Ramos br
Felipe Ramos
br 85,800 47,800
Nicos Nicolaou cy
Nicos Nicolaou
cy 82,900 52,900

Leia tudo

5 More Hands

• Nível 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

There will be five more hands played tonight before it is time to bag and tag for those lucky enough to survive the 12 levels of poker.

Top Three Stacks

• Nível 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

There are a few players hovering around the 120,000 mark but a couple have stretched ahead and one has a clear lead. Lucian Tartan has a whopping 320,000 and barring a series of unfortunate events looks set to be the chip leader at the end of Day 1a.

Lucian Tartan GB
Lucian Tartan
GB 320,000
Brett Kennedy us
Brett Kennedy
us 170,000
Sander Sol NL
Sander Sol
NL 165,000

Dempsey In the Dumps

• Nível 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

The flop was {5-Clubs}{7-Spades}{q-Diamonds} and James Dempsey led out from the big blind for 5,400. Constantin Erhan on the button raised to 11,000 and Dempsey had a decision to make. Neither player had a huge pile of chips behind them so there was little to no wriggle room.

Dempsey opted to call and saw the turn come the {5-Diamonds}. Dempsey checked and a bet of 7,500 from Erhan saw a shove from Dempsey and a quick call.

Dempsey tabled {q-Spades}{10-Spades} for top pair but Erhan had a set with his {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}.

The river was the {10-Hearts} and a double up for Erhan saw Dempsey down to fumes.

Constantin Erhan MD
Constantin Erhan
MD 60,000
James Dempsey gb
James Dempsey
gb 7,000 -19,500

Will Davies Ladies and Gentleman

• Nível 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Paulo Alexandre Lopes, Chris Da Silva and William Davies were involved in some preflop action when Davies moved all in for 43,500 and Lopes shoved behind for 89,700.

Da Silva said he had flatted preflop to call a shove but hadn’t reckoned on Lopes getting so heavily involved. He agonised about it for a while but let his hand go.

Davies had {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} and Lopes {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}. Da Silva said he folded Jacks.

The board ran out {a-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades}{9-Spades}.

“Will Davies ladies and gentleman.” Da Silva said of the ace on the flop for his friend.

William Davies gb
William Davies
gb 88,000 8,000
Paulo Alexandre Lopes
Paulo Alexandre Lopes

Tags: Chris Da SilvaWilliam Davies