WPT World Online Championships: Victor Begara Leads $1K Warm Up, Sosia Jiang and Almedin Imsirovic Also Bag Big After Day 1a Wraps

Aug 1, 2020

By Lisa Yiasemides

The first No Limit Holdem events got out of the starting blocks last night, with NLH 8-Max week, well and truly underway now – the Warm Up events opening a week-long schedule of events.

Tonight, the first Mike Sexton WPT Champion’s Cup event gets started, with Day 1a of the $3,200 8-Max Championship kicking off at 7pm!

$1,050 8-Max Warm Up ($500K GTD)

There were 168 entries in last night’s flight and there is still plenty of value to be had for anyone who wants to play tonight, with half a million guaranteed in the prize pool.

Over the course of six hours and 40 minutes, 18 levels were played and by the time the clock paused, there were just 21 left. They all return at 6pm on Monday, August 2. Leading the way is Victor Begara after the Brazilian accumulated 1,686,724 million. He is trailed by Sosia Jiang (1,589,883) who sits in second on New Zealand’s all-time money list.

Sosia Jiang

Sosia Jiang

Warley Bruno Borges Galvão (1,497,367), Bosnian powerhouse Almedin ‘Ali’ Imsirovic (1,477,217) and Patrick Brooks (1,363,343) completed the top five stacks but the big names don’t end there, with online pro Benjamin Jones (915,830), Philipp Gruissem (632,671), Viktor Ustimov (578,931), Richard Dubini (446,235) and WPT Champion Scott Margereson among the notables who managed to progress.

It wasn’t good news all round, with many famous names biting the dust before the end. For those who haven’t already, they will need to make use of the single re-entry allowed per event and jump back in the game tonight. Jareth East (30th), Thomas Muehloecker (31st), Christian Rudolph (50th), Elio Fox and Sami Kelopuro were among those who failed to make the grade.

Another 18 15-minute levels will be on the clock tonight when Day 1b, the second and final starting flight, starts at 7pm.

$109 Mini 8-Max Warm Up ($200K GTD)

A total of 547 entries were logged in Day 1a of the Mini. Daniel Neilson (1,264,061) bagged biggest by the time the 18th level had concluded. He goes through with the chip lead, followed by Flávio Nascimento (1,125,293) and Viktar Siauko (1,093,990) in second and third places.

Gustavo Mastelotto (1,052,934) and Kim Heidemann (1,003,153) did enough to ensure all of the top-five stacks exceeded the one million-chip mark.

Viktor Ustimov

Viktor Ustimov

The tournament appealed to pros and recreational players alike and Viktor Ustimov (21st – 768,714), Andreas Klatt (28th – 690,099), Charlie Godwin (48th – 486,638), Alessandro Valli (51st – 482,545), Dzmitry Urbanovich (66th – 388,475) and Benny Glaser (85th – 287,043) all advanced to the next stage. Rui Martins (101st – 163,960) and Paul Höfer (102nd – 142,836) also scraped through with 107 surviving to Day 2 tomorrow.

$11 Micro 8-Max Warm Up ($50K GTD)

There were 1,265 entries in total yesterday evening but there is still a great amount of equity in the prize pool for those of you considering playing this evening when the last chance to play presents itself.

Mark Wackrill has set the standard and is the player to catch with 2,110,746 bagged at the end. Wackrill was the only player to acquire more than 2 million in chips but second and third place stacks Gurjit Kooner (1,756,291) and Oleksii Panchenko (1,694,447) didn’t fare too badly either.

Mariusz Harendarz (1,674,153) and Kamal Kasim (1,656,429) take up the remainder of the top five spots, with a total of 210 players progressing to Day 2 in the Micro event.

Tonight’s schedule

As well as Day 1b of the Warm Up events, the first NLH Sexton Cup events kicks off with Day 1a of the Main Event beginning tonight! The Championship event has a huge $3 million guarantee and there are Mega Sats running throughout the day. There are Mega Sats for the Warm Up tournaments as well, giving you loads of reasons to log on to partypoker and play today!


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