Gerald Karlic Leads after WPT European Championship €3,300 Main Event Day 1A

Gerald Karlic, an Austrian player with over $1.2 million in live tournament winnings, ended Day 1A of the WPT European Championship €3,300 Main Event as the chip leader. The player stands atop the leaderboard ahead of 46 other survivors.

As many as 111 entries joined the event’s field from its first starting flight, and ten of them re-entered it taking advantage of that option. Karlic collected a total of 182,800 in chips last night at the host venue Spielbank Berlin.

As mentioned above, the live tournament circuit is not a strange place for the young Austrian player. He has collected more than $1.2 million from different live poker events over the course of his career. He scooped his best cash of €155,600 back in 2015, when he finished 7th in €10,300 High Roller event at that year’s edition of the EPT Barcelona.

The 25-year-old is now leading the 47 Day 1A survivors into Day 2 of the tournament, which is set to be played on Friday, January 12. And Day 1B will be played today, starting at noon local time. Registration for the event will remain open through Level 1 on Day 2, which means that latecomers still have plenty of time to enter the exciting tournament.

Day 1A Action

Karlic joined the event in the second half of the day and quickly gained momentum to accumulate quite some chips. The elimination of Kfir Ivgi during the last level of the day secured the young Austrian with the overnight chip lead.

Ole Schemion, the popular German poker pro, bagged and tagged 160,000 in chips last night to claim the second position in the Day 1A leaderboard. The player did not enjoy a particularly good start of the day, and even dropped below the starting stack at some point. However, cards began going his way and the player managed to build a solid stack before the end of the day.

Other notables that will be seen at the poker tables on Day 2 include Belgium’s Davidi Kitai and German poker pro Dominik Nitsche.

The ongoing Main Event is set to conclude the combined WPTDeepStacks/WPT festival at the host venue Spielbank Berlin. The major festival kicked off on January 5 with the €1,500 buy-in WPTDeepStacks Main Event. Dustin Mangold captured that event’s title after topping a field of 561 entries. The player also collected €134,809 for emerging victorious in what was the largest European WPTDeepStacks tournament.

WPT European Championship Berlin participants are now vying for a WPT Main Tour title and the largest portion of the guaranteed €1 million prize pool. It is yet to be seen whether the guaranteed money will be exceeded. The final prize pool and the places paid will be announced at some point on Day 2, after registration for the tournament closes.

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