WPT: Sergii Baranov Bags Day 1B Lead in Copenhagen

Sergii Baranov hopes to follow up his runner-up finish in the WSOPE Main Event with a WPT title, sitting in fifth after Day 1. (Photo c/o WPT)

Things continue to look up for Ukranian Sergii Baranov. After telling Phil Hellmuth early in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event that the two would go heads-up for the title they ended exactly in that spot, with Hellmuth coming out on top. After the windfall of €632,592, Baranov has given himself a head start towards another deep run as he finished Day 1B of WPT Copenhagen with the biggest stack of all at 110,400.

By the close of registration on Day 1B at WPT Copenhagen, 131 players had joined the 98 hopefuls from 1A to bring the total field to 229. The 56 survivors from 1A and the 85 who made it through 1B make for a total of 141 still in contention for this WPT title when play resumes on Day 2. Prizepool information has still not been released by Casino Copenhagen.

Among the 141 are quite a few players who took a second shot at the tournament after being eliminated on Day 1A and made the most of their second chance. Sean Jazayeri (91,400), Theo Jorgensen (53,750), Kara Scott (43,100), Ville Wahlbeck (39,400) and Bryn Kenney (35,000) each need to cash for a little bit more to make their trips to Denmark profitable ones, but they’ve taken the first step by making it on to Day 2. Steve O’Dwyer (38,100), Nicolas Levi (26,300) and Lars Bonding (10,400) only took one shot, but each has some work to do on Day 2 as they start below an average stack.

Though more than 65% of the field was able to bag some chips at the end of the eighth level of the day Tuesday, there were obviously some less fortunate players who were unable to advance. Some of the more recognizable faces who won’t be playing Wednesday include Daniel Cates, John Eames and Tony G.

Play will resume at 12 pm local time in Denmark, as they move closer and closer to crowning a champion. Here are the top ten chip counts heading into Day 2 of WPT Copenhagen.

  1. Andre Petrovic – 220,400
  2. Rasmus Neilsen – 146,300
  3. Nicolay Langfeldt – 125,400
  4. Yaron Zeev Malki – 123,800
  5. Sergii Baranov – 110,400
  6. Niko Mykkanen – 109,500
  7. Magnus Hansen – 108,025
  8. Philip Jacobsen – 105,675
  9. Rifat Palevic – 105,300
  10. Morten Houghard – 105,100
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