WPT Merit Cypress Day 1a – Panyak Out In Front

The World Poker Tour has kicked back off for its eleventh season, starting out at the WPT Merit Cypress Classic in Cypress. In total there were 163 entrants to this event on Day 1a, with each player enjoying an all inclusive hotel room as part of the buy-in.

By the end of the day that field had been literally cut in half, whilst Maxim Panyak had emerged as the early leader of the event. He managed to win quite a few big pots whilst also knocking out Andreas Krause with his pocket queens beating ace-king. He actually finished the day with a very healthy stack of 255,800, though he will be now the number one target for opponents.

Finishing in second place for the day was Atzian Gil, he is also the only other player who breached the 200k mark. ending the day on 207,100. From the original 163 players only 67 made it through to Day 2, though Day 1 b is as usual expected to have even more entrants than the first which promises to make the tournament as exciting as it usually is.

This $4000 buy-in event is also the first that Gaelle Baumann has played in since she busted out of the World Series Of Poker Main Event in 10th place. She didn’t get as much joy in this tournament though as she only managed to get to level five before she was eliminated. She held an A,K which looked good on a flop of K,3,3, and she was up against a two time WPT champion in Tommy Vedes. She didn’t know however that he held a 3,2 and her hand did not significantly improve.

She has however admitted that she will probably be rebuying in on Sunday.

Her conqueror Vedes also didn’t last too much longer than her and is also likely to rebuy back into the event come Sunday. Of the other more famous names that didn’t manage to get through Day1 were Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche, Nicola Chouity and Zimnan Ziyard.

Back to players that did make it through, there was Marvin Rettenmaier with 122,200 chips, Toni Judet with 101,000, and Marco Neuman with 63,300. These were all fortunate enough to make into Sundays Day2 with a head start on anyone who decides to rebuy.

Day 2 is expected to be a much larger field, with many more well known poker players set to hit the felt. It is even strongly rumored that all four of the Mizrachi brothers are set to play as well as Daniel Cates and Chino Rheem.