The starting day of the 888Live Austria Main Event tournament kicked off around 16.00 UTC+1 this afternoon, after a thrilling morning on the slopes. The event attracted 128 entries creating a €41,820 total prizepool.
We had to wait until the end of the 8th level to see the first 888's Full House. Pavel Eteev, who gained his entrance through a freeroll satellite, went all-in preflop with for 10,975 chips and ran into . Luckily for Eteev, he hit a set on the flop 8♠ Q♦ 3♣ and eventually made his full house as a 3♦ paired the board. A 5♣ hit the river and allowed Pavel to double up and also receive a Playstation 4 - courtesy of 888poker - for becoming the first player to get a full house with a set og 8's..
Soon after, 888poker's Dominik Nitsche busted his first stack: "I was already pretty short when somebody raised from middle position, so I decided to complete from [the] big blind," Nitsche said. "I check-shoved on as my opponent bet half pot, but I got snap-called with a pair of Queens." Turn and river didn't smile at Nitsche, so he got back into the game by using the re-entry option.
The 9th level began with a bad beat. In a 4-way limped pot the flop brought out , UTG+1 Trifon Trifonov bet 2,500 and get called by the button. On a turn, Trifonov decided to go all-in shoving his 7,500 remaining chips and getting called by an opponent who held . Unfortunately for him, a appeared on the river and knocked him out.
Few hands after his re-buy, Nitsche doubled-up by hitting a flush on the river. He opened from UTG with and got called four times. The flop ran out , everybody checked to the button who bet 2,000. "The two players behind me were ready to fold, so I decided to give it a try with a flush draw," Nitsche shared. Both players checked the on the turn and Dominik check-called the river with a flush for almost all his stack.
"After I doubled up, not much happened since I've been card dead. I busted the Aussie Million so quickly that I decided to spend few days at home and now I'm here playing the 888live Main Event. The atmosphere is awesome here, people are so friendly and I have to admit that I got unused to playing with german speaking poker players, but it's nice and I wish there were more tournaments here."
The action stopped after 10 levels when blinds were up to 500/1000 with 100 ante and 67 players progressed into day 2. None other than Alec Torelli surprisingly showed up after few levels of playing and managed to jump ahead with a massive stack.
"My wife and I were in Milan and we decided to head up to Innsbruck as she always wanted to bring me here," Torelli explained. "We've heard about the first 888poker event of the year so we said 'why not?'. I got here two hours late but I think things went really went well for me today. I had an amazing run of cards and made a couple of good reads - so, here I am on top of the count!"
Few tables away from Torelli, Sofia Lovgren also made it to Day 2."Unfortunately, I've been without good cards all day and I finished with approximately 19,000 chips. I made a few steals and a couple of bluffs to stay in play so tomorrow I'll have to risk something. However, this has been a lot of fun so far!"
The remaining players will come back tomorrow to fight the first prize of €11,710, while the 15th place will get €790. The play is set to restart at 14:00 UTC+1.