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Thomas Kirchner Leads World Series of Poker Circuit Spring Festival €299 Opening Event Day 1A

The poker world is well-acquainted with the King’s Casino located in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, as this is one of the constant hotspots when it comes to poker festivals and riveting tournaments. This Thursday witnessed the official start of the World Series of Poker Circuit Spring Festival which is here to bring spring mood and generous payouts regardless of the winter landscape outside.

Raising the temperature in the poker hall of King’s Casino, the very first tournament of the rich schedule kickstarted the poker action. It was the first one of 14 Ring events, which are going to grant their champions with the coveted WSOP Circuit Ring, bedazzled with diamonds. The Opening Event features a buy-in amounting to €299 which is also the lowest buy-in available in the schedule of the festival. As for the guaranteed prize pool of the first event which welcomed the guests of King’s Casino, it amounts to €300,000 and ensured that the top prizes on the official leader board will be more than appealing to the participants.

The first event in the schedule is going to continue until 5th March and at the end of Day 1A, there was a total of 121 players registered for action. Only as many as 18 players survived the long hours of game and made it to the second day of action which is going to take place on 4th March. The Opening event itself will feature four starting flights, two of them scheduled for Saturday, and those who have managed to outplay the rivals and has survived will meet again on the second day of poker battle.

Poker Action in Progress

At the very beginning of action, all players had a total of 30,000 in chips which they had the freedom to manage as they wish during the 30-minute levels. Re-entry was also allowed and some players had to utilize their second chance in order to remain on the felt. The player who succeeded in amassing the largest amount of chips throughout Day 1A was Thomas Kirchner from Germany, who is well-known in the poker field for his flawless performance at the Deutsche Poker Tour, which took place at the same gaming venue. At the end of Day 1A, he had 551,000 in chips to his name.

Back in 2016, he became the champion at the €145+14 No-Limit Hold’em – DPT Main Event and this brought him a sweet payday amounting to some €18,323 (US$20,115). His most recent winning is from January this year and it seems like the King’s Casino brings him good fortune, as it was also accomplished in the same venue. He participated in the Three King’s Monsterstack poker festival and claimed the throne at the €90+10 No-Limit Hold’em – King’s Big Friday. This, in turn, brought him some €1,839 (US$2,215).

As for the first starting flight of the Opening Event, the runner-up position was claimed by local player Josef Antoš, who continues ahead with 407,000. Hüseyin Arkun from Germany made it to the third position on the official leader board for Day 1A and this resulted in his chip stack amounting to 326,500 at the end of the day. Day 1B is scheduled to take place this Friday, bringing new faces to the poker tables.

 Author: Benjamin Barry

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